Poland Spring’s Plan to Take Water from Lincoln Wins Regulators’ OK

Aug 2, 2017
Maine Public

Poland Spring owner Nestle’s plan to draw up to 172 million gallons per year from a well in Lincoln received the blessing of utility regulators who deemed Tuesday that such a deal wouldn’t harm other customers of the Lincoln Water District.

A showdown is looming today between Gov. Paul LePage and the Maine Legislature over the future of solar electric power.

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Maine Attorney General Janet Mills is joining a lawsuit with more than a dozen other states against the federal Environmental Protection Agency and Administrator Scott Pruitt for delaying the designation of areas affected by harmful levels of ozone.

The designations were required by October of this year under stricter Clean Air Act standards implemented in 2015. Pruitt has postponed the designations for one year, but Mills says there is no time to waste.

ROCKLAND, Maine - Lobster lovers rejoice! The 70th annual Maine Lobster Festival gets underway Wednesday.
Festival goers are expected to put away some 20,000 pounds of lobster at the event in Rockland, which runs through Sunday.
Highlights include the coronation of the Maine Sea Goddess, a cod carrying contest and a parade down Maine Street. But the real star of the festival will no doubt be the lobster dinner.

PORTLAND, Maine - A key ocean management panel has shot down a plan to try to preserve southern New England's lobster population with new fishing regulations.
An arm of the interstate Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission voted against proposed new restrictions on Tuesday. Members of the panel say they don't feel the proposed measures would go far enough to rebuild the lobster population, which is suffering due to warming ocean temperatures.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Legislature has a busy day ahead with solar, student debt relief and hands-free driving bills on the agenda.
Lawmakers are set to return for their final day of session to deal with bills, vetoes and bonds.
Republican Gov. Paul LePage has voiced support for a $40 million bond for student debt relief and a $55 million bond to help companies commercialize products through research and development.

Facing an anticipated shortage of about 50 school bus drivers across the state, the Maine departments of education and labor are reaching out to veterans to let them know there’s free training available to those interested in becoming bus drivers.

Maine Department of Labor spokeswoman Julie Rabinowitz says veterans make good school bus driver candidates.

“Because they are very mission-centric and they are often people who have been servicing and protecting our country, and they understand the need to serve and protect our schoolkids,” she says.

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Ryan Lizza has been covering politics for the New Yorker for 10 years, but recently broke the big story about Anthony Scaramucci’s profanity laced rant that played a part in ending his tenure as White House communications director just a few days after it began.

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine - Maine's U.S. senators say the federal government is giving Maine more than $300,000 to keep its pipelines safe.
Republican Sen. Susan Collins and independent Sen. Angus King say the federal Department of Transportation is giving the money to the Maine Public Utilities Commission. It was awarded by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Two recently enacted laws help the state's burgeoning aquaculture industry and those displaced by transportation projects in Maine.
One of the laws creates a framework for all individuals growing and selling marine organisms as part of the growing field of agriculture. Most commercial aquaculturists are growing shellfish, and a state marine resources representative said aquaculturists face a very confusing licensing process.
The new law shepherded by Democratic Rep. Mick Devin creates a separate new aquaculture license.

MILLINOCKET, Maine - Baxter State Park officials in Maine say the body of a man found in the park has been taken to a funeral home.
The man's body was discovered on Sunday. Park officials say he was a 60-year-old man from Connecticut who was hiking the Chimney Pond Trail and was found unresponsive by hikers.
Park Director Jensen Bissell says park officials are not releasing the name of the deceased, which is typical of search and rescue operations in Baxter State Park.

PORTLAND, Maine - A high-speed ferry in Maine known as the Cat is temporarily suspended after two of its four engines blew out in separate incidents.
The Canadian company Bay Ferries Limited canceled the ferry's next two scheduled trips after the Cat arrived in Portland Monday from Nova Scotia. The Portland Press Herald reports that it arrived with only two of its four engines in operation.

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine's Republican governor is vowing to fight for bonds aimed at attracting young people and supporting research and development.
Gov. Paul LePage on a Tuesday radio appearance expressed frustration with fellow Republicans opposed to such efforts.
A $40 million bond would help pay off student loans for those who agree to live and work in Maine for five years. A $55 million bond would help companies commercialize products through research and development.

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You could say Ryan Lizza is the man who got Anthony Scaramucci fired.  Lizza was the reporter for the New Yorker who Scaramucci called, swearing about other members of the Trump hierarchy, a conversation that went public. 

While it may have forced Chief of Staff Reince Priebus out, it also led to the hiring of John Kelly, who yesterday demanded Scaramucci's resignation.

Lizza spoke at College of the Atlantic last night about - among other things - the aftermath of that call.

Mother of Woman Shot by Police Files Notice of Lawsuit

Aug 1, 2017
Gabor Degre / Bangor Daily News

The mother of an 18-year-old woman who was shot to death by police in February in Vassalboro plans to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the three officers who fired their weapons.

Jessica Fagre filed a notice of claim against the officers, as well as the Vassalboro Police Department, the town of Vassalboro, Kennebec County and Col. Robert A. Williams, the head of the Maine State Police.