Maine lawmakers are considering bills that would abolish or drastically change the mission of the agency that oversees development in the state’s 10-million-acre Unorganized Territory.Two of the bills scheduled for hearings Tuesday would abolish the Land Use Regulation Commission, and a third would alter its mission to serve residents and property owners within the jurisdiction of LURC.Supporters say overseeing development in the Unorganized Territory is better left to county governments.Opponents of the three bills, including landowners, foresters, a logger and others, planned a news conference at the State House on Monday.
The Federal Aviation Administration has announced improvements at eight airports that range from $44,000 to more than a half-million dollars.Representative Mike Michaud says the airports are important to communities and businesses, so the projects “hold positive, long-term economic benefits.”The biggest – $650,000 – goes to Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport for the purchase of snow removal equipment to boost efficiency during the winter.
Maine Insurance Superintendent Mila Kofman will leave her position as of June 1.Kofman’s headed the Maine Bureau of Insurance since March 2008.Kofman says her top priorities have been to increase efficiency, accountability and transparency.State business regulation Commissioner Anne Head, who announced Kofman’s resignation Monday, says that during Kofman’s tenure Maine made homeowners’ and auto insurance rates more affordable.
A Marine with ties to Richmond, Maine was killed last week in Afghanistan.Military officials are investigating the death of 27-year-old Marine Corps Sergeant Kevin Balduf.Sergeant Balduf died during combat operations Thursday.He was serving in the Helmand province of Afghanistan.Sergeant Balduf’s wife is from Richmond.Senator Susan Collins released a statement Monday night, saying quote our nation will forever be grateful for his selfless sacrifice and brave service to our country, unquote.Senator Olympia Snowe also issued a statement, offering her heartfelt sympathies to his family, as she honored Sergeant Balduf’s memory, for he made the ultimate sacrifice for his country.Balduf was originally from Nashville, Tennessee.
A family of seven lost everything to fire Sunday in Abbott Village.The blaze was called in around 2:00 p.m.to the Kand family home on Juanita Lane.The only thing left now is the charred remains of their trailer.Crews from six surrounding towns were on the scene for about four and a half hours.No one was injured, one firefighter was taken to the hospital with chest pains but was released.The home is a total loss and the family does not have insurance.It didn’t take long for the community to pull together.The Red Cross is helping the family.If you’d like to help, you can donate to a fund set up in the Kand family name at the Highlands Federal Credit Union’s Guilford branch.Saturday May 21st is a benefit supper for the family at the Red Maple Inn, located in Guilford.It’s from 5:00 p.m.
A suspicious powder that left an entire Ellsworth office in quarantine, last week, can’t be identified.Officials say there wasn’t enough of the substance to test.A sample of the powder that landed in the hands of a Bar Harbor Bank and Trust employee was sent to the state crime lab.Because there was so little powder, they won’t ever be able to tell what it is.The substance landed in the hands of an employee going through mail at the bank’s operation center.About thirty employees working at the time had to be quarantined in the parking lot.A hazmat team tested the powder twice on site.Both came up negative for a hazardous chemical.
A new business in Brewer is now open.Brewer Mayor Joe Ferris presented a key to the city to the Brewer Discount Furniture to help celebrate the business’ grand opening.The new store is located at the end of the Joshua Chamberlin Bridge on South Main Street.Mayor Ferris says it’s a good thing to see a new business open during these tough economic times.Owner Kathy Harvey is excited about doing business in Brewer.”During this hard time, it’s really tough for everybody, it’s hard to get new furniture right now so we have a very small markup and we make it so almost everybody can afford to get something new in their house at this time,” Harvey said.If you visit the store this week you can register for a special raffle.The grand prize is a one-thousand dollar gas card.
A Dover-foxcroft man accused of shooting his brother to death was charged with murder Monday.22-year-old Steven Mayo showed no emotion as he walked into Piscataquis County District Court.He’s accused of shooting his brother in the head.The Medical Examiner’s Office says 20-year-old Ryan Mayo died from a single gunshot wound to the head on May 1st.
A woman charged with attempted murder for allegedly setting her grandmother on fire last week made her first court appearance Monday afternoon.Emily Cole of Ellsworth was arraigned via video conference in a Bangor courtroom.According to court documents, Cole was putting gasoline on pine needles last Friday at her grandparent’s houseon Broadway.