Coast Guard

Recreational Paddling

May 23, 2017
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Maine is an inviting place for paddling, whether on kayak, canoe or standing paddleboard. We'll learn about how these recreational sports have increased in popularity and increased tourism, and we'll find out where paddlers can go in and around Maine -- from rivers to lakes to the exploring the coastal waters.  We’ll also address potential hazards and important safety tips.

Guests: Sandy Moore, former Registered Maine Guide and ACA Kayak Instructor, co-author of Paddling Southern Maine: Day Trips for Recreational Kayakers, Canoers, and SUPers

AUGUSTA, Maine - Military commanders told the Senate Armed Services Committee Thursday that, due to budget constraints, the U.S. Coast Guard and other federal agencies are going after only a quarter of the drug smuggling incidents on which they have intelligence.

Maine U.S. Sen. Angus King, an independent, said that’s unconscionable given the national death toll
from drugs being trafficked across the border.

PORTLAND, Maine - Democratic Rep. Chellie Pingree, of Maine's 1st District, says a Trump administration plan to trim the Coast Guard and Federal Emergency Management Agency budgets is "illogical'' and "reckless.''
 
Pingree made the statements on Thursday in response to reports that Trump's budget proposal calls for a 14 percent cut to the Coast Guard and an 11 percent cut to FEMA.
 

BANGOR, Maine - Three Coast Guard ships are getting ready to start breaking ice on the Penobscot River to help prevent ice jam flooding in the Bangor area.

Coast Guard officials say ice breaking operations are scheduled to begin near Brewer on Tuesday afternoon. The ice breaking will be visible from the shoreline and bridges connecting Bangor and Brewer.

BANGOR, Maine - Three U.S. Coast Guard ships will break ice on the Penobscot River to ease concerns over ice jam flooding.

The Coast Guard is sending the ships to the Bangor area on Tuesday. The ships are ice-breaking cutters that are instructed to clear a safe path for ice to flow out to sea. Coast Guard officials say the effort could take up to three days depending on conditions.