Maine News Headline Animator

Maine News

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Maine News for Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Portland Press Herald
A contribution to evolution
Maine people and places played important roles int he heroic beginnings our our nation.

Assault by police led inmate to give up
Maine's corrections chief gives an account of the first hostage situation at the Warren prison since it opened in 2002.

Mainers won't see fireworks shortage
Professional producers say they had plenty in stock or traveled to China to ensure an ample supply.

Amid flashy fanfare, expanded Hollywood Slots opens
The $132 million gaming complex in Bangor has 1,000 slot machines.

Flippers inspire windmill innovation
Blades for fans and wind turbines are modeled after the anatomy of a humpback's appendages.

Electric power policy interconnected, complex
A $1.9 billion proposal to build new transmission lines isn't the only pressing issue.

Bangor Daily News
Court rejects Christian school tuition subsidy

SWANS ISLAND, Maine - An appeal filed by a local couple hoping to get the town to pay for their children’s education at a Christian school in Trenton has been rejected by the state supreme court.

Maine's rank in technology index drops

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine has dropped six places in the national State Technology and Science Index compiled by the Milliken Institute, a complex report dubbed 'the gold standard' of such studies by Gov. John Baldacci four years ago.

State prison hostage details aired

AUGUSTA, Maine - Monday evening’s tense hostage situation inside the Maine State Prison nearly came to a violent end, the state's corrections commissioner said Tuesday.

Katahdin mill switches to biomass

EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine - The Katahdin Paper Co. LLC's Main Street mill 'took a major step toward profitability' by shutting down its oil burner and answering all steam needs with its biomass boiler, company officials said Tuesday.

New Bangor slots facility welcomes public on opening day

BANGOR, Maine - The long-awaited opening of Hollywood Slots Hotel and Raceway Tuesday got off to a brisk start with patrons beginning to arrive about 7:30 a.m., hours before the facility's 10 a.m. official opening.

Power line plan unveiled

AUGUSTA, Maine - Two utility companies unveiled plans Tuesday for a $1.9 billion overhaul of Maine's electricity transmission lines aimed at bolstering reliability and encouraging large-scale wind power development in Aroostook County.

State can't afford antiviral medicine

Maine is one of just two states that have not participated in a federal program which helps states purchase and store doses of the potent antiviral drugs Tamiflu and Relenza. The prescription medications are widely seen as important pharmaceutical weapons against a predicted global outbreak of a deadly strain of influenza, but Maine's chief public health officer says there’s no money to purchase the drugs.

LNG settlement talks perhaps on horizon

BANGOR, Maine - A federal judge appeared Tuesday to be steering a federal lawsuit filed more than 2½ years ago against the Bureau of Indian Affairs by Passamaquoddys who oppose construction of a liquefied natural gas terminal on tribal land through its final stages toward a possible settlement.

Rail rehabilitation project meeting resistance

ELLSWORTH, Maine - The Calais Branch Corridor Rehabilitation project has been up and running for more than a week but not everyone is giving two thumbs up in support.

School smarts

A regional high school with students from Orono and Old Town and the involvement of the University of Maine has been talked about for at least 60 years. A group of mostly retired school officials and businesspeople has revived the idea. It is past time for this idea to get a much closer look.

Logic and short lobsters

Everyone loves a good conspiracy. Consider the industry that has grown up around doubt over the official explanation of JFK's assassination or the 'evidence,' mostly on the Internet, that the United States destroyed the World Trade Center. But, when it comes to the state's former head warden caught with short lobsters, Occam's razor provides the most likely explanation.

Bob Meyers: Flimsy policies a threat to Maine woods
In the June 14 BDN, four authors penned an opinion piece titled 'Preserving Maine's North Woods.' The authors claimed that it is the 'new generation of large landowners' who are fighting hard against the Land Use Regulation Commission and its Comprehensive Land Use Plan review process. Much to the contrary, landowners in Maine's Unorganized Territory are fighting hard to protect the current land-use plan, one that is already working well for the majority of owners and users of the jurisdiction.

Santaguida claims he was "set up." Does something smell fishy here?
This week, the BDN's interactive feature, ClickBack, seeks comment from editorial page readers on the resignation of former Maine Warden Service head Tom Santaguida, the rise of wood pellets as a fuel, and the Maine economy.

July 2 Letters to the Editor

Kennebec Journal
Web Site not working properly

Sun Journal
Firewood elusive as people stock up
BRUNSWICK (AP) - Mainers who buy firewood are paying more as they stock up this summer and many are finding short supplies, as well.

License plate would aid animals
PORTLAND (AP) - There's an effort afoot to create vanity license plates to benefit Maine's cash-strapped Animal Welfare Program.

Maine utilities look to beef up power grid
PORTLAND - Two utilities on Tuesday proposed $1.9 billion worth of electric infrastructure improvements to ensure reliability of the existing power grid as well as to connect northern Maine to the New England power grid for the first time.

Priest who committed suicide laid to rest
AUGUSTA (AP) - A Roman Catholic priest who took his life after being informed that he would be suspended pending an investigation of his alleged sexual abuse of a minor 29 years ago has been laid to rest.

After police smashed glass, prison standoff quickly ended
PORTLAND - A state police tactical squad smashed through a plate-glass window with guns ready to fire to bring an end to a tense seven-hour standoff with a Maine State Prison inmate who was holding two hostages, officials said Tuesday.

Democrats to caucus at Naples Town Office
Democrats are expected to caucus at Naples Town Office next week to appoint a replacement nominee for the race for House District 101, which includes Casco, Naples and part of Poland.

Five unenrolled candidates seek Maine House seats
Democrats and Republicans won't be the only candidates vying to be state representatives on November election ballots.

Snowe's right: Energy crisis demands plan
In his 2006 State of the Union address, George W. Bush formally acknowledged what many have said: We are addicted to oil. Two years later, we are going through the shudders and heaves of an addict in withdrawal.

Shocking lack of civility evident in U.S. politics
I have no idea when reverence fled these shores. That it did, however, seems obvious.

Nation needs oil, now
I am really confused how we get all those government officials, from the top down, who have no common sense. It must be the money that gets them in.

Don't trade safety for savings
With the rising price of gasoline, and no end in sight, many people are thinking of trading in their SUV or truck. I question if it is worth it.

Protestors Criticize Proposed Bottled Water Deal
At a rally in Kennebunk, customers of the local water district today called for the district's board of trustees to reject a 30 year deal to sell water to Poland Spring. Dozens of people gathered outside the main street office of the district which serves Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Wells. Inside the building, water district board members were deciding whether to delay a vote on signing the agreement with Poland Spring's parent company, Nestle Waters North America. Keith McKeen reports.

Commissioner Says Hostage-Taking Situation was "Extremely Volatile"
It was business as usual today at the Maine State Prison after yesterday's seven hour standoff off between an inmate holding two hostages and a police tactical squad. That's the word from Corrections Commissioner Martin Magnusson. The Commisioner applauded the armed officers for freeing the hostages and subduing the inmate without serious injury or loss of life. Keith Mckeen reports.

Progressive group backs Allen, Pingree

The pain in Maine falls mainly at the pump