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Monday, June 16, 2008

Maine News for June 16, 2008

Portland Press Herald
Drink tax spurs intense action
Advocates and opponents of a veto fight their battle before petition signatures are even submitted.

Tourism officials put money on Canadians
Gas costs may discourage Americans from driving to Maine, but the weak dollar may lure Canadians.

In race for president, Maine has some allure
Election 2008: The campaigns may battle in the state because of its division of electoral votes and the number of independents.

Attorneys to meet on Hannaford data theft
A judge will decide which law firms will lead the suit over credit card data loss by 4 million customers.

Meister had a clear message, but lacked campaign money
The pediatrician from Winthrop placed last in the Democratic race, but stayed in it to be heard.

New boiler under review as way to keep mill open
Katahdin Paper needs a way to cut its dependence on oil so it can continue to operate and avoid layoffs.

Solar plant fought by ... environmentalists?
The huge facility would be built in a remote California desert, but the power lines would be in scenic areas.

Security not imperiled by Guantanamo ruling
It was a mistake to think we could capture and imprison suspects without due process.

School scare raises question: What were they thinking?
There is enough real trauma related to drunken driving so teachers do not have to lie about it.

MARSHALL JARVIS, Special to the Press HeraldNew toll barrier in York unnecessary
Any problems with the present plaza can be fixed for far less than the $40 million a new one will cost.

McCain must be held to same standards as Obama

Bangor Daily News
Doctor opens no-insurance practice

BANGOR, Maine - Amid all the sound and fury of the health care debate, one local doctor is taking a quiet step toward simplicity.

Candidates pitch ideas on economy

With summertime oil prices topping $130 a barrel and gasoline pump prices more than $4 a gallon, it's looking like the economy might not get back on its feet anytime soon.

Fort Kent flood recovery making headway

FORT KENT, Maine - Despite a recent storm whose powerful winds uprooted trees and damaged homes, Fort Kent, the town most severely affected by last month's flooding, continues to advance in its cleanup effort.

Mother bear startles biker in City Forest

Mountain biker Craig MacDonald was riding with his two dogs Saturday afternoon when he encountered an abrupt reminder of just how close visitors can get to nature in Bangor's City Forest.

Monitoring size of fish population should help state manage resource

DENNYSVILLE, Maine - Upon first glance, the dark patches in the small river that bisects this small Washington County town appear to be shadows cast by trees or pools too deep for even the midday sun to penetrate.

Flood aid information

U.S. Sen. Olympia J. Snowe, R-Maine, has been working with federal agencies such as the Small Business Administration and FEMA to help businesses and homeowners affected by the flood disaster and offers the following information

Trails opened in Baxter State Park

Baxter State Park officials have opened additional trails to the summit of Mount Katahdin as well as all major campgrounds in the 209,501-acre wilderness park.

The Vietnam Test

When Republicans were attacking Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry in 2004 over the supposed exaggeration of his Vietnam record, an unexpected ally came to his aid: John McCain.

Donna Loring: State of Maine needs to apologize to Indians
On June 11, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper formally apologized to Canada's native people in the House of Commons and on national television and radio stating, 'Today we recognize that this policy of assimilation was wrong, has caused great harm and has no place in our country.'

Peter J. Brown: Eyes in sky help during disasters - if you use them
On April 30, due to the severe flooding in the St. John Valley in New Brunswick, Canadian officials at Public Safety Canada activated the International Charter for Space and Major Disasters. As a result, surveillance satellites were quickly directed to start providing high-resolution imagery of the flood zone to Canadian agencies and emergency management personnel.

Big-box roof gardens

Kennebec Journal
Mattson seeks TIF for project
AUGUSTA -- The owner of the Central Maine Commerce Center, Kevin Mattson, is seeking a tax break from the city to help pay for road improvements required by the state.

No regrets about Congressional run
AUGUSTA -- By the end of March, Stephen Meister had determined he was not on track to win the Democratic nomination for Maine's 1st Congressional District race.

Erskine's headmaster stepping down
CHINA -- Donald Poulin started teaching at Erskine Academy in 1973, at a time when the small independent school had an enrollment of about 300.

Whatever Family Festival kicks off Wednesday
The Whatever Family Festival is scheduled to kick off Wednesday for a week and a half of activities, shows and entertainment for the whole family.


State should beat feds to saltwater fishing license
OK, those of you folks who have fished for free in Maine's coastal and tidal waters your entire life, that's about to change. What was once your god-given right to toss a line off the pier and pull up a fish is now going to cost you. You should stop whining about it, because whining won't do any good. Time to suck it up.

ERIC CONRAD : Double-checking our work will help us reduce errors
A little more than a year ago, I wrote that we had started new systems of "proofing" our newspaper pages each night to prevent errors and of counting and tracking errors that still found their way into our newspapers.

PAMELA M. PRAH : Maine among few states that raised taxes
Most states are holding off raising taxes to patch holes in their 2009 budgets, but if you live in Maine, Maryland, Minne-sota and New York, you're out of luck.


We need to keep Maine, Moosehead area green
If plastics are so bad for humans and the environment, why don't we get rid of them? I hate plastic dishes: they harbor germs, they stain easy and take forever to break down in the earth.

Despite claims to the contrary, GOP to blame
Now that gas prices have risen into the panic category with no end in sight, besieged Republicans are busy with their buddies in Big Oil offering arguments that border on the absurd.

Anti-gay petition not supported by all Christians
Recently I learned that a petition is being circulated around the state to yet again place anti-gay legislation on the ballot for referendum in November.

Sun Journal
Baxter park opens campgrounds
BANGOR (AP) - Baxter State Park officials have opened additional trails to the summit of Mount Katahdin as well as all major campgrounds in the wilderness park.

Guard welcomes early notice
PORTLAND (AP) - About 500 soldiers in the Maine Army National Guard's 133rd Engineer Battalion were told last week they might be deployed to Iraq - but not until 2010.

Dissipated urgency for Mill No. 5
For such a giant building, Bates Mill No. 5 is awfully easy to ignore. In the months since a city task force issued its report on the mill's prospects, there's been little progress deciding the big mill's fate.

Note to the next president: Keep a watch on Pakistan
The most urgent foreign policy problem that the next U.S. president will face won't be Iraq. Nor will it be Iran.

National Indian Group Backs Penobscot Cause
Relations between the state and Maine's Indian Tribes took another dive today. Penobscot Indian Nation Chief Kirk Francis confirmed that the National Conference of American Indians has withdrawn its participation in next week's meeting in Augusta with the National Conference of State Legislatures. Francis and other tribal leaders asked the association to drop out of the joint summit after this year's legislative session failed to produce gains the tribes were hoping for. As A.J. Higgins reports, the divide between the state and tribal governments appears to be widening.

Salmonella Outbreak Raises Consumer Concern
U.S. food safety officials now report the number of cases of salmonella poisoning from tomatoes has increased from about 170 on Wednesday, to nearly 230. The number of states affected has also grown from 17 to 23. So far, Maine has been virtually untouched by the outbreak, with no reports of illness or tainted tomatoes, according to the state's center for disease control. Still, the nationwide scare has some people in Maine wondering what they should be doing to stay healthy and still enjoy a favorite summer fruit. Anne Ravana reports.

From Our Mailbox--Listeners Weigh In On Recent Stories
From time to time we bring you some of the letters and emails from our listeners written in response to recent stories on Maine Things Considered. Here's the latest batch.

Environmental Groups Call for Cutback in Plum Creek Development Plans
As Maine's Land Use Regulation Commission considers Plum Creek's plan to rezone 400,000 acres around Moosehead Lake, Maine's two largest environmental groups have a suggestion: block development on the Lily Bay Peninsula. And in return, reduce the amount of land the company must conserve by 33,000 acres. LURC can only consider a pending application. And, as Susan Sharon reports, unless Plum Creek has a change of heart, the current application appears unlikely to be altered.

Washington Post dumps Maine off its targeted Senate list

Times Record

Realtors' leader believes 'housing market correcting itself' (full story)

Take control of oil futures markets (full story)