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    July 21, 2011

    Augusta man, partner, strike liquid gold, look to sell

    When David Pottle, a plumber and inventor from Albion, was 16 years-old, he was handed down a 100-acre plot of land in Freedom. Thirty-four years later, he and his business partner, an Augusta man, Tony McFarland, who is also his cousin, are a bottling plant away from having a booming business. “One day, about three years ago, David went out there messing around with a well drilling machine. Water came gushing …

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    July 20, 2011

    College students cycle across Maine

    This past week, six college students from all across America were in Augusta — not burning a single drop of fossil fuel. “We made a pledge not to get in a car this summer,” said Lauren Audi, 19, a Boston College student from Saratoga, N.Y. The students are the “Maine Team” representing a program called New England Climate Summer. The summer internship program is designed for college students, graduate …

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    June 2, 2011

    Hundreds gather to oppose “anti-worker” bill

    Hundreds of concerned Mainers flooded the Hall of Flags and Cross Office Building Thursday to give their testimonies regarding their opposition of the bill LD 309. The bill, which was originally introduced in February, has gained traction since the backing of Gov. Paul LePage. “It is another divisive, extreme, and highly partisan proposal from Governor LePage that is out of step with Maine values. From child …

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    March 11, 2010

    Baldacci proposes $79 million bond to put Mainers back to work

    At the Statehouse on March 10, Gov. John Baldacci released details of a $79 million investment package that he said would create 1,898 jobs and protect thousands more.”To climb out of this recession, job creation and protecting our economy must be the highest priority,” said Baldacci. “That’s why I have proposed to balance the state budget without a tax increase. It’s why I support cutting the top income tax rate …

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    March 3, 2010

    Mitchell, Pingree unveil jobs bond

    Legislative and business leaders stood tall behind Senate President Elizabeth Mitchell and Speaker of the House Hannah Pingree on March 2, when they unveiled the details of a jobs bond at the Statehouse.The intent of the bond is to put people to work this summer building and rebuilding the state’s infrastructure. Their goal is for the $99 million package to be voted on in June, in time for the construction …

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    February 23, 2010

    Campaign draws out different spending plans

    Maine artists gathered at the Statehouse Feb. 18, to express what could be accomplished if the $2.5 million used for military spending was put toward other things. The event was on behalf of the “Bring Our War Dollars Home” campaign, but instead of voicing their views, the artists spoke loud and clear in a more unique way. They sat in the Hall of Flags from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., translating into pictures the …

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    February 22, 2010

    Citizens’ task force calls for wind power moratorium

    For Ethan Hall, who lives 3,500 feet from a wind turbine on Vinalhaven, being subjected to the turbine’s sound is like listening to a dripping faucet — “torture.” “I wouldn’t be here if it was easy to get used to,” Hall said at a Feb. 19 press conference at the Statehouse Hall of Flags. “The sound is different from anything I have ever heard. It is an intense pulsing. It is impossible to block or mask this …

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    February 9, 2010

    Damon, MCLU want to keep surveillance under wraps

    Sen. Dennis Damon, D-Trenton, made his case for LD 1561: An Act to Regulate the Use of Traffic Surveillance Cameras, at a Feb. 5 public hearing at the Statehouse. “My concern is for the protection of our freedom, and in this case our right to privacy,” said Damon, who wants to keep the Automatic License Plate Reader, referred to as ALPR, at bay. “Just because we can do something doesn’t always mean we …

  • Published
    February 1, 2010

    Natural Resources Council of Maine: Odd-ball weather is ‘wake-up call’

    The extremes in Maine weather in recent weeks are signs of climate change due to global warming, according to Lisa Pohlmann, deputy director of the Natural Resources Council of Maine. Pohlmann was one of several people calling for action to thwart global warming during a news conference Jan. 28 at the State House. “This week we had 50-mile-an-hour winds, 50-degree temperatures, heavy rains and now ice jams on …

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    January 30, 2010

    Mills to separating couples: ‘Don’t go back alone’

    “There are a lot of very depressing statistics within,” said Maine Attorney General Janet Mills as she presented the 8th Report of the Maine Domestic Abuse Homicide Review Panel Jan. 28 at the Statehouse.In 2008, 31 homicides occurred in Maine, 20 (65 percent) of which involved domestic violence. Of the 25 homicides in 2009 in Maine, 10 (35 percent) were domestic-violence-related.Three red cutouts of human …

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