Governor John Baldacci says people in Maine and elsewhere are increasingly disconnected from nature –
and he’d like to see that change.
In his weekly radio address, Baldacci points to disturbing
health trends in Maine, such as more overweight children. But he
also suggests solutions.
While it’s easy for adults to blame video games and television
for keeping children indoors, Baldacci says today that parents need
to ask themselves if they are taking their kids to parks, playing
outdoors with them and introducing them to the natural world.
Baldacci says Maine has done a lot to protect special places
like Mount Katahdin and the state’s environment, which combine to
lure those who enjoy the outdoors.
The governor says he’s directed state agencies to evaluate their
programs and policies that encourage Maine people, especially young
people, to experience and appreciate the natural world.
He wants to know whether Maine’s transportation, education and
health policies work to get children outside — or if they
inadvertently contribute to keeping them indoors. His
administration’s kicked off a new initiative called ":Take It
Former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell
has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.
The announcement came from his New York law firm, which quotes
Mitchell’s doctor as saying the cancer is small, low grade and
A few dozen tourists, reporters and
antiwar protesters gathered at a checkpoint leading to Walker’s
Point in Kennebunkport Saturday as President Bush prepared for a lunch
meeting with French President Nicolas Sarcozy.
As prison crowding remains a problem in
Maine, there’s more discussion about a possible state-county
partnership to run a prison in the eastern part of the state.
In Machias, members of an exploratory committee met
Government researchers next week will
begin a study of sediment in Maine’s Penobscot River to see how
well the waterway can support aquatic life.
Starting Monday, the Environmental Protection Agency will
They say the state is down 212 pints of blood so far this month putting us at risk of a severe blood shortage.
They’re asking folks to roll up their sleeves and sign up for a blood drive tomorrow.
Governor John Baldacci joined transportation officials this morning as they inspected an Augusta bridge with the same deck truss engineering design as the Minneapolis bridge that collapsed last week.
In February a routine inspection was performed on the Augusta Memorial Bridge but Friday inspectors analyzed it again.
The driver of the van has been upgraded to serious condition, after being in critical condition since the accident.
The crash killed a 15 year old boy, and injured a dozen other people. All of the victims came to Maine from a summer camp in New York.
A two-year old boy is now in foster care, after he was found wandering alone on the streets of Bangor. The toddler was walking around on his own near the intersection of State Street and Parkview Avenue early Thursday morning.
Nicolas Sarkozy is vacationing at an estate on a Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire, about 50 miles from the Bush compound in Kennebunkport.
The President and the First Lady will host the French leader on Saturday, at a private luncheon.
The lights went out at all the businesses and residences on an entire block of Main street, just before nine a.m. Traffic lights were out as well.
The outage left scores of kids in the dark at the Maine Discovery Museum Summer Camp. Many restaurant owners had to turn away customers who were looking for certain items on the menu.
Representative Earl Richardson died Wednesday morning, after a long battle with cancer.
He served House District 27, which includes Greenville, Brownville, Guilford, and Monson, among other communities.
Richardson was a former town manager in Greenville, and a four-term State Representative.
But Patrick Alexandre’s not getting out of his 40-year prison sentence any sooner.
50 year old Patrick Alexandre was found guilty in 2003 in the killing of Joseph Cloak Junior in Lagrange.
(AP) – Michigan-based Boyne USA is partnering with real estate investment trust CNL Income Properties to provide funding for upgrades at Sugarloaf USA and Sunday River.
Boyne planned to pay $77 million to buy the resorts from American Skiing Company.
This year, the fair is bringing a new midway to town, and will have more than 30 rides.
The Great American Frontier Show will present its animals, including bears, wolves, and mountain lions.
The agency says it has less than a one-day supply available and has cut blood shipments to hospitals.
Summer typically is a tough time for the Red Cross to collect blood, mainly because of vacations, but lately, the heat also has cut into donations. Some blood drives in the region have been canceled because of the heat.
WABI – Evergreen Wind Power is seeking a zoning change to build 38 wind turbines on Stetson Mountain, a ridge line that runs along the border of Washington County and Penobscot County between Danforth and Springfield.
Authorities say the accident happened around 2:30 Tuesday afternoon at the man’s home on the Ledge Hill Road in Corinth.
They say the man was trying to break down a gas tank when it exploded, burning most of the front of his body.
A Maine state prison inmate serving time for murder will spend a lot more time in jail for plotting to escape.
Gary Watland (44) was sentenced in Knox County Superior Court in Rockland to 35 years in prison for several charges related to the escape plan. He’s already serving 25 years for shooting his neighbor to death in Anson in October of 2004.
The Androscoggin county sheriff’s department says speed and the driver inexperience both played roles in yesterdays crash in Greene. The crash sent five teens to the hospital.
The vehicle was driven by a sixteen year old girl who had a learner’s permit but no driver’s license. The passengers were all between the ages of 16 and 18.