A public hearing is now set for folks to weigh in on the proposal to close a nursing home in Calais.Owners of Atlantic Rehabilitation & Nursing Home say they’re losing more than $80,000 a month.Closing the 50-bed facility would put nearly 100 people out of work.Senate President Kevin Raye says he’s looking into using grant money to keep the nursing home open.A public hearing will be held April 5th from 10-4 at Washington County Community College.
An effort is under way to do away with Maine’s presidential caucuses and replace them with primaries.Republican Senate President Kevin Raye has proposed a change in state law that would establish a Maine presidential primary one week after New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary starting in 2016.Raye told Maine Today Media he proposed the change after this year’s controversial Republican caucus process.The state GOP declared Mitt Romney the winner.
A former Chelsea selectwoman and her husband have been released on personal recognizance after pleading not guilty to federal extortion, tax evasion, and fraud charges.Carole Swan and her husband, Marshall Swan, were ordered by a federal judge on Thursday to submit DNA samples and were barred them from contacting the alleged victims or witnesses in the case.The 53-year-old Carole Swan is accused of using her position as a Chelsea selectwoman to extort $20,000 from a local construction company.
Governor Paul LePage has signed into law a bill that clarifies sales tax exemptions for buses, which the governor says will help the motor coach industry create jobs.LePage was joined by legislators and members of Maine’s motor coach industry when he signed the bill Thursday.Current Maine law allows sales and use tax exemptions for vehicles used in interstate commerce.
A Brewer mom is on a mission to bring awareness to the community about lyme disease.Lisa Jordan’s daughter was recently diagnosed with the disease, typically contracted from ticks.The diagnosis comes 4 years after her daughter, Sally, began experiencing the diseases painful symptoms.Lisa has organized a “Tick Talk” next Tuesday, March 20th, at the Brewer Community School from 6:30PM-8PM.Doctors will be on hand to talk about awareness and prevention, including how to remove a tick, and how to recognize the symptoms of lyme disease.
Maine’s highest court has ruled the land use regulation commission did not violate rules when it gave Plum Creek the green light for a massive development project in the Moosehead Lake region.The plan by Seattle-based Plum Creek calls for 821 house lots and two resorts with more than 1,200 housing units at Big Moose Mountain and Lilly Bay.It was approved in September 2009, nearly five years after the company announced plans to rezone about 400,000 acres.Environmentalists were divided over the plan.
A group of Mainers are calling for a different solution to the budget.55 state lawmakers joined the Maine People’s Alliance at the State House today to deliver a joint message.They’re asking Governor LePage and other members of the House and Senate to support what they call a responsible solution to balancing the budget.
A bomb threat closed a building at the University of Maine for a few hours Thursday morning.UMaine spokesman Ron Lisnet tells us UMaine Police received a call around 8:15 am from a person who received an email saying there was a bomb at Aubert Hall.The building was evacuated and nearby roads were closed so police could search the area but nothing was found.The building reopened just before 11 am.Lisnet says the university used social media to alert the campus.”The goal is to try to get as much information out to the campus community and people around the University of Maine campus as soon as possible so we use all technology we have available.