There was a windstorm of activity going on at the University of Maine in Orono Friday.Students from across the state were taking part in a competition asking them to design and build their own composite wind blades.” It’s such a great time to learn new things about engineering,” said Justin Howe, a competitor.
Officials say the Obama administration’s special Mideast envoy, former senator George Mitchell, is resigning after more than 2 years of trying to press Israel and the Palestinians into negotiations.Officials say the White House is expected to announce Friday afternoon that Mitchell is stepping down for personal reasons.The 77-year-old has quite a resume.
The State House has given final approval to a Republican-backed health care overhaul bill.Thursday’s 78-68 House vote leaves only a final Senate enactment vote pending.The bill makes market reforms to promote competition among insurers and lower rates for consumers.The House rejected several amendments during a nearly four-hour debate before giving final approval.The bill says people can’t be denied health insurance or kicked off plans because they get sick or have pre-existing conditions.
A scientist whose areas of focus include climate change and sustainability has been hired to become the next president of Maine’s Unity College.The college announced on Thursday that Stephen Mulkey will take over in July for Mitchell Thomashow, who is stepping down after five years on the job.Mulkey is the director of the environmental science program at the University of Idaho.
The Department of Environmental Protection is warning folks to avoid contact with water in and near a stream in northern Maine.DEP says Greenlaw Stream was tainted after a sewer pipe burst, spilling more than a million gallons of untreated wastewater into it.They say the break likely happened several weeks ago but was only discovered Monday because it’s in such a remote area.The DEP says e-coli levels in the stream are nearly as high as those found in raw sewage.
Unity College has named a new president.Stephen Mulkey,57, is a scientist and expert in climate change and sustainability.He’ll take over in July for Mitchell Thomashow, who is leaving after five years on the job.Mulkey leaves a job as Director of the Environmental Science Program at the University of Idaho.
The city is hosting hearings to decide whether or not Bangor should go to a single stream recycling system, or a “pay per bag” approach to get rid of trash.The first in a series of sessions is scheduled for Thursday night at 7pm at the William Cohen School on Garland Street.For more information, log on to the city’s website Bangormaine.gov
Governor LePage wants to pull the plug on state funding for the Maine Public Broadcasting Network.He says that would save about $200,000,000 a year.The governor has proposed a $6.1 billion budget for the next two years and says he needs to find $4,000,000 dollars to balance it.He had considered wiping out Clean Election Act funds for candidates for governor but has opted instead to cut funding to MPBN.