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Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Maine News for Tuesday, August 5, 2007

Portland Press Herald
Another 911 glitch, but calls answered
FairPoint's backup system works as planned after the Cumberland County center's phones go out July 18.

Police chief leaves for Texas job in 12 days
Deputy Chief Joseph Loughlin, a 27-year department veteran, will serve as interim chief.

Fairs keep prices low
During tough economic times, Maine organizers are marketing their affordability to families.

Ruling on petitions likely sign of big changes
Election 2008: Signature gatherers might be used to looking the other way, but 'those days are over.'

Saco pans CMP's new plans for power lines
Jenkins Road homeowners didn't want the tall lines, and neither does the Hillview neighborhood.

Developer drops his plans to build condos in Bayside
A lawsuit that delayed construction of Waterview cost Jeffrey Cohen his financing.

Redone part of I-295 due to reopen on time

Utilities nominee now faces approval vote in state Senate
Jack Cashman wins a committee's approval after touting his business perspective for the PUC.

Nine named to oversee jail savings
The new panel will implement the governor's proposal to increase efficiency in corrections.


Cars can't be banished, but planning can change
While an investment in light rail might be a stretch, it's time for new approaches.

Protesters can't admit it, but they will miss Bush years
Was there ever a nicer spot than Walker's Point to give voice to outrage?

Obama confident, not 'arrogant'

Power lines will harm neighborhood's value

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Kennebec Journal

AUGUSTA Cony Circle project gets more funds from city
AUGUSTA -- Councilors voted unanimously to appropriate $62,000 more in city funds for planned Cony Circle improvements, despite some residents' objections that improvements in the area should be funded entirely by developers of a Hannaford supermarket just off the circle.

Century later, Maine's Hamlin offers history lesson for today's nominees
AUGUSTA -- Abraham Lincoln didn't meet his running mate -- Hannibal Hamlin of Maine -- until after the 1860 Republican convention.

AUGUSTA -- Casting his background in insurance and commercial real estate as an asset, Jack Cashman cleared his first major hurdle Monday toward earning a seat on the three-member state body responsible for regulating Maine's utilities.

I-295 project still on schedule
Despite inclement weather, Maine Department of Transportation officials say the 18-mile stretch of Interstate 295 south that closed June 16 will open to the public on schedule.

Local fair fees aim to entice crowds
TOPSHAM -- Tad Hunter likes to say the $6 admission at the Topsham Fair provides a lot of entertainment -- from music to pulling events to harness racing to an exhibit hall filled with baked items, crafts and other goodies.

New program aims to help to sex-assault victims
WATERVILLE -- Health-care professionals at four hospitals in the region aim to improve services for victims of sexual assault by putting a network of nurses on-call around the clock.

Signature gathering faces change after Hoffman ruling
A ruling by the state's highest court that knocked independent Herbert Hoffman's name off the November ballot will affect more than just Maine's U.S. Senate race.


Congress' reply to energy crisis? Go on vacation
We can understand why some people are cynical about government.

REP. PATSY GARSIDE CROCKETT : Crockett hopes renaming bridge will let all move on
As the state representative for District 57, which is part of Augusta, I have been reading the editorials and stories in the Kennebec Journal concerning the renaming of the Father Curran Bridge in Augusta.

DAVID B. OFFER : Object to Bush if you want, but respect office of president
It's not unusual to name schools or monuments in honor of former presidents.


KJ let down city about principal nominee meeting
As a representative of the Ward 1 residents of Augusta (as well as the city as a whole), I will state my opinion with regards to the lack of action of the Kennebec Journal.

Kennebec Land Trust series much appreciated
I write on behalf of the entire board of directors of the Kennebec Land Trust and our Advisory Board to thank Travis Barrett (series, July 6-12) for his very well-planned and executed series of articles on the land trust.

Gardiner valuation based on 2006 property sales
If Gardiner Mayor Andrew MacLean and the Gardiner City Council want to understand the reasons for such a huge jump in city evaluations ("Taxing Matters on Tap," July 29, Kennebec Journal), they need go no further than Vision Appraisal.

Media can't be trusted in new digital age
If the recent media incident, where CBS left a huge gaffe of McCain's on the cutting room floor, is any indication of where we're heading in this new digital age, I wonder if we should ever be able to trust anything the mainstream media tells us again. McCain blundered into a historically false statement about the surge in Iraq in his interview with Katie Couric, but, instead of showing us that, CBS substituted part of another answer.

Governors could help ease home heating fuel crunch
Of all the governors of Maine, Gov. Percival Baxter gave the most. He purchased the land that became Baxter State Park with his own money. I was surprised to learn he also donated a parcel of land in Portland called Baxter Woods, a bird sanctuary listed in the Maine Atlas and Gazetteer.

Sun Journal
Maine names jail-spending board
AUGUSTA (AP) - Nearly a year ago, Gov. John Baldacci announced a proposal for the state to take over Maine's network of county jails, explaining that the current system had grown too costly and inefficient.

Flooded basement closes hospital
BLUE HILL (AP) - Blue Hill Memorial Hospital has been closed because of a flood in the basement, forcing the evacuation of nine patients.

State foreclosure rates not a threat
AUGUSTA (AP) - A study by the Maine Bureau of Financial Institutions indicates the number of homes in foreclosure in the state has grown but not enough to threaten the health and stability of state-chartered banks and credit unions.

Utility commission backs Cashman
AUGUSTA (AP) - A key aide to Gov. John Baldacci is a step closer to his appointment to the Maine Public Utilities Commission.

Cashman's cachet will change PUC
Jack Cashman's a baseball fan, so he'll appreciate this analogy: Like a mid-season acquisition, his nomination to the Public Utilities Commission changes the status of the regulator from also-ran into front-runner.

Keep it civil
I am tired of hearing attacks on Barack Obama all day long on conservative talk radio. A better approach would be for these hosts to discuss the benefits of voting for John McCain instead.

A repeat of the days
There are some people who evidentally believe history began when they were born. There are others who think that Barack Obama, as president, would make great changes. Of course, nobody knows what those changes would be, but I suspect there wouldn't be anything new if he should become president.

Questions Raised About Qualifications of Baldacci PUC Nominee
A legislative panel has voted to recommend the confirmation of a long-time associate of Governor John Baldacci to the three-member state Public Utilities Commission. Jack Cashman, a former Old Town legislator who served as head of the state Department of Economic and Community Development, was praised by some for his tenacity and business experience. But the 11-2 vote also reflected the concerns of two lawmakers who questioned Cashman's experience in the complicated realm of utility regulation. A.J. Higgins reports.

Jarody drops House run at behest of Republican Party leaders

Maine Republicans call for special session

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