Maine news

CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine - Authorities in Maine are searching for a missing Massachusetts man after his unmanned sailboat was found on an island.
According to the Coast Guard, local firefighters found the sailboat around Thursday evening on Richmond Island near Cape Elizabeth. Officials say the sailboat's sails were raised but no one was aboard the vessel.
Coast Guard officials say they were able to identify the 80-year-old owner of the sailboat. According to the Coast Guard, the incident is being treated as a possible person in the water.

Summer Reads

Aug 4, 2017

This is a rebroadcast of our earlier show (June 23). No calls will be taken.

Summertime and the reading is easy – easy if you know which books are must-reads and must-avoids. Our panel shares some of their favorite books and which books they’re looking forward to reading.

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Richard Dudman, an American newsman who rose to prominence in the 1970s and later made his home in Maine, has died. The Ellsworth American reported that Dudman passed away at a retirement community in Blue Hill. He was 99.

CARIBOU, Maine - Maine game wardens have suspended their search for a retired 85-year-old priest who's been missing for two weeks.
The Maine Warden Service on Wednesday ended its formal search for Clement Thibodeau, of Caribou, but will continue to investigate his disappearance. The Morning Sentinel reports that the agency was searching for Thibodeau based on cellphone data.

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AUGUSTA, Maine - Former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell says Maine's Republican governor is wrong to criticize the state's two U.S. senators for opposing an Affordable Care Act repeal.
Mitchell, a Maine Democrat, responded to Paul LePage's criticism of Republican Sen. Susan Collins and independent Sen. Angus King on Thursday. He says the senators were representing the interests of Mainers by opposing the repeal, which he says would harm rural residents and the elderly and poor.

BAR HARBOR, Maine - The National Park Service says it is reopening three cliffs and their associated trails to public entry soon following a closure to protect peregrine falcons.

The park service closed the areas in March to protect the falcons from disturbances while they were nesting. The service says the protection resulted in the fledging of five chicks this year compared to 11 last year.

The areas will reopen to the public on Thursday.


Aug 3, 2017

Back in the 1970s, Maine was a pioneer in the use of mediation as an alternative to the courts in dispute resolution.  Now, mediation is used in thousands of cases in Maine – from family disputes to small claims, evictions to land use.  Still, many people aren’t aware of mediation and don’t take advantage of the programs available.  We’ll learn more about how mediation works, what kind of training is involved and who might benefit from it.

Guests: Elaine Bourne, Program Manager, Community Mediation Services, Volunteers of America

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A Portland man has been charged with a hate crime after yelling derogatory comments to female employees at Sisters Gourmet Deli about their sexuality.

On Saturday afternoon, police responded to the incident and charged 37-year-old Jesse James Taylor with disorderly conduct and interference of constitutional rights. 

Portland Police Chief Mike Sauschuck says Taylor has pled guilty to disorderly conduct and will spend five days in jail.  

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine's older residents are dying on the job at a higher rate than workers overall, and for most of the last decade, at a higher rate than their peers nationwide.
An Associated Press analysis of federal statistics found that while the rate of workplace fatalities has decreased nationally, older people are dying on the job at a higher rate than workers overall.
The workplace death rate for older people in Maine was above the national rate for seven of the 10 years between 2006 and 2015, though it has been dropping in recent years.

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.

Frances FitzGerald on The Evangelicals

Aug 2, 2017

Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Frances FitzGerald tells the story of the Evangelical movement in America—from the Puritan era to the 2016 Presidential election.

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.

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.