Maine news

Irwin Gratz / Maine Public

The University of Maine System's effort to establish a new graduate program took a big step forward Tuesday. The Harold Alfond Foundation has awarded the Maine Center for Graduate and Professional Studies a $7.5 million challenge grant.

That money will help the center expand its course offerings.  The idea is to create graduate degree programs that cross the lines between law, business and public policy courses.

Alfond Foundation Chairman Gregory Powell said the effort represented the kind of teamwork Harold Alfond he learned through sports.

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public

Maine schools have long said they need more money. One reason, educators say, is that they are taking on responsibilities they’ve never had before: providing extra food, medical services and even washers and dryers to clean students’ clothes. Schools in rural Maine need the most help, but often lack the tax base to pay for it.

Alfond Foundation Offers $7.5 Million Boost for Maine Graduate Center

Jul 18, 2017
Gabor Degre / Bangor Daily News

The Harold Alfond Foundation has offered another $7.5 million toward the University of Maine System’s push to merge its graduate business programs and law school.

It would be the largest private gift to a project involving multiple campuses in the system’s history.

MATINICUS, Maine - The internet is celebrating two Maine lobstermen who rescued a seal pup trapped in a fishing net.
WCSH-TV reports that Jeremy Willey and Jeffrey Door were lobstering near Matinicus Rock Monday when they saw a baby seal floating in rope. Door pulled the trapped pup aboard to see what they could do.

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine - A key Senate committee is signing off on funding for a new National Guard center in northern Maine.
U.S. Sen. Susan Collins says the Senate Appropriations Committee has approved $17.5 million for the Army National Guard Readiness Center in Presque Isle. Collins says the money would be used to construct a more than 43,000-square-foot training facility that would replace an existing building she says isn't up to modern standards.

Governor LePage has vetoed the solar energy bill that passed by a wide margin in the legislature.  The bill would keep “net metering” incentives in place, gradually reducing them over time, and it would lift the cap on the number of people involved in community solar farms   The legislature will likely vote on whether to override the Governor’s veto on Thursday.

Guests:  John Carroll/ Director of Communications for Iberdrola USA/CMP

Fortunat Mueller/ Co-Founder and Managing Partner of ReVision Energy

The Dempsey Center in Lewiston and the Cancer Community Center in South Portland announced an intent to merge on Monday.

Spokeswoman Dani Colvin says the new entity will be known as the Dempsey Centers and is expected to be in operation by early 2018.

“It’ll just really increase not only the number of people we serve, but also the amount of fundraising we can do and the grants we can apply for, and we can just incorporate best practices from both organizations across the board,” she says.

The LePage administration's attempt to streamline secondary school education has taken a step forward.  

The Education Department has picked three proposals from seven as finalists for possible funding of an education facility that will combine high schools, career technical education and local business.

NAPLES, Maine - A pilot and passenger in a Maine seaplane escaped injury after their vehicle was forced to make a hard water landing.
Cumberland County Sheriff's Capt. Scott Steward says the seaplane sustained significant damage in the hard landing in Naples on Sunday afternoon. A video taken by an onlooker shows the plane coming in fast, and at an angle.
The plane narrowly missed a boat before making the landing, skidding to a stop with its right wing submerged in the water. Several nearby boat operators rushed to assist the passengers.

Firefighters responded to a fire at Brookfield Place plaza in Waterboro around 10 a.m. Sunday.

There was so much damage that the cause of the fire, which destroyed the strip mall, may never be known.

Crews contained the blaze within an hour and a half. Fire Marshal Sgt. Scott Richardson says all indications are that the fire started in the area of the Asian Taste Restaurant, one of three businesses in the shopping complex, and quickly spread to the other businesses.

“No one was in the Asian Taste Restaurant at the time,” he says.

Descendant Charmane Glass-Tripp speaking at the dedication ceremony at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester honoring the people forcibly removed from Malaga Island in the early 1900s.
Patty Wight/Maine Public

More than a century after a mixed race community of fishermen and laborers were forcibly evicted and virtually erased from Malaga Island off the coast of Phippsburg, their descendants now have a permanent memorial. Today Gov. Paul LePage joined those ancestors and their supporters at Pineland Cemetery for its dedication and to begin the healing of what many consider to be one of the darkest chapters in Maine's history.

Libra Foundation Plans Indoor Sports Complex to Help Revitalize Piscataquis County

Jul 17, 2017
Ashley L. Conti / Bangor Daily News

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — A nonprofit foundation is building a community recreation complex on West Main Street as part of its $10 million plan to revitalize Piscataquis County.

Food Sovereignty

Jul 17, 2017

Maine has a new law that allows towns to regulate local food production without requiring state and federal rules.  We’ll learn what this means for Mainers and how it ties into the national food sovereignty movement.  (Augusta studio)

Guests:  Richard King, co-owner of Goat Spirit Farm in Liberty.

Heather Retberg, co-owner of Quill's End Farm in Penobscot.

Rep. Craig Hickman, (D) Winthrop

Calling in: Jessie Dowling, President, Maine Cheese Guild

 FALMOUTH, Maine (AP) _ Hundreds of bird enthusiasts are flocking to lakes and ponds around Maine to get an idea of how many loons there are in the state.

Jennifer Mitchell / Maine Public

When April rolls around this man from Wiscasset is one of the busiest guys you’re likely to meet.