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Homeland Security grants waiver; Maine licenses acceptable for federal ID purposes

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 11:30:33 GMT

AUGUSTA – The Department of Homeland Security has issued an additional one-year waiver for the State of Maine's REAL ID Act compliance, which will allow federal agencies to continue to accept driver's licenses and identification cards from Maine through Oct. 10, 2018. The Department of Homeland security issued a compliance waiver to the State of Maine on June 15, 2017, which expired at midnight on Oct. 10, 2017.




Maine is still missing two-thirds of its beds for people with disabilities in crisis

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 23:18:39 GMT

When people with intellectual disabilities become violent or agitated - and a threat to themselves and those who live with and care for them - they are supposed to have the opportunity to stay temporarily in a crisis home and receive help as they calm down and prepare to return to their living situation or find a new one. , Maine DHHS is required to "maintain an adequate capacity" of safe, backup locations with trained personnel where adults with intellectual disabilities can go when experiencing crises.




Another warm winter forecast for swath of US

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 18:58:52 GMT

In this March 10, 2017 file photo, a woman walks through a winter snow storm in Philadelphia. In a report released Thursday, Oct. 19, U.S. forecasters say chances are good that much of the nation will have a warmer than normal winter.




Why Maine should support a constitutional amendment to stabilize public employee pensions

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 14:28:38 GMT

On Nov. 7, Mainers can vote to further stabilize the state retirement system that manages public-employee pensions for current and retired state employees and public educators. Question 4 on the statewide ballot is a constitutional amendment.




Maine Wood Products Association announces award winners

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 09:52:02 GMT

At a recent awards banquet held in Waterville, the Maine Wood Products Association presented its Pine Tree Award to Pallet One of Livermore Falls and its Pine Cone Award to Shaw & Tenney of Orono. In addition, the UMaine School of Forest Resources received special recognition for their dedication in the advancement of wood technology impacting the wood products industry.




Ancient practice of gleaning returns to Maine

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 05:40:21 GMT

Gina Frost, a volunteer with Maine Harvest For Hunger, picks potatoes at Rogers Farm in Old Town on Wednesday, Oct. 4. Gina Frost, a volunteer with Maine Harvest For Hunger, picks potatoes at Rogers Farm in Old Town on Wednesday, Oct. 4. Volunteers Erika Bailey, left, Eric Sanborn, center, and his mother Inez Sanborn pick potatoes for Maine Harvest for Hunger at Rogers Farm in Old Town on Wednesday, Oct. 4. For some, the word "gleaning" evokes Biblical images of women moving through ancient fields to gather enough grain to feed their families or 19th century paintings that show how the tradition continued in old Europe. It might not sound like something that is happening in Maine right now - but it is.




St. Clair buys home in Maine's 2nd District, nine days after launching campaign there

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 01:28:17 GMT

The man whose family helped create Maine's national monument has bought a home in the district he hopes to represent in Congress . Democrat Lucas St. Clair and his wife, Yemaya, on Oct. 11 finalized the purchase of a four-bedroom, ranch-style home in Hampden.




Busha s Super Bowl socks to be auctioned by Catholic diocese

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 20:48:50 GMT

The New England Patriots may have left Super Bowl LI with the Lombardi Trophy, but someone else is going home with presidential socks. Former Republican President George H.W. Bush is giving a pair of socks he wore to the Super Bowl to a Roman Catholic Diocese in Maine so they can be auctioned off.




Working roofers stand for anthem at nearby school

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:23:22 GMT

Working roofers stand for anthem at nearby school The photo of the Maine roofers standing for anthem during football game has gone viral Check out this story on USATODAY.com: https://usat.ly/2ywJgHw A screen shot of Michelle Lyons Cossar's Facebook post of roofers standing for the national anthem during a football game in Maine on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017. As the Star Spangled Banner played at the Old Town Waterville football game in Maine on Saturday, several spectators couldn't help but notice three men beyond the crowd.




Maine weighs lottery to issue first new scallop licenses since 2009

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:46:02 GMT

Southwest Harbor scallop diver Andy Mays cuts out the innards of a scallop on his boat Lost Airmen in March 2017. State officials are considering implementing a lottery system to issue new licenses for the scallop fishery for the first time since 2009.




Maine's first organ institute hopes to spark enthusiasm for instrument

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 07:41:42 GMT

Johan Halvorsen prepares to play the E. & G.G. Hook pipe organ at St. John Catholic Church. Halvorsen, 16, of Guilford likes playing the organ because "it has so much color."




Maine needs more college graduates. University 'no tuition' plan can help.

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 03:47:57 GMT

Too few Maine students are attending and completing college, which is one reason for a shortage of skilled workers across the state. The University of Maine System has stepped into this void with a plan to address both problems by waiving tuition for eligible Maine students at four campuses.




Kestrel Aircraft Evicted from Maine Hangar; Wisconsin Files Lawsuit

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 23:23:03 GMT

A number of media outlets in Maine have, over the past few weeks, reported significant financial troubles for Kestrel Aircraft, one of two companies created under the One Aviation parent in 2015. One Aviation is headed by Alan Klapmeier, former co-founder of the successful Cirrus Aircraft company he left in 2009.




In the Marines, no one is left behind. I won't leave any Mainer behind if elected to Congress.

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 18:58:43 GMT

My time in the Marine Corps taught me a number of important rules for life, but rule No. 1 was this: leave no one behind.




Maine lawmakers at odds over voter-approved ranked-choice voting

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 14:36:11 GMT

A legislative committee was at odds Monday over the future of a new voter-approved voting method that Maine's highest court advised runs afoul of the Maine Constitution for some elections. The Legislature's joint veterans and legal affairs committee could not agree on a path forward for independent Rep. Kent Ackley's bill to bring the 2016 ranked-choice voting law into compliance with the Maine Constitution.




Maine sheriff calls meeting with LePage about immigration holds 'productive'

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 10:14:36 GMT

Maine's 16 county sheriffs met with Gov. Paul LePage at the State House on Monday for what one of them called a "positive and productive" talk that centered on LePage's recent threats to remove sheriffs who don't follow his orders to honor federal requests to detain immigrants. Sagadahoc County Sheriff Joel Merry said all of Maine's 16 sheriffs attended Monday's meeting at the State House, which he said diffused much of the tension that has marked the past two weeks.




Getting to Work in Maineby Nicholas Horton The state of Maine has...

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 06:04:47 GMT

Under Governor Paul LePage, it has reformed its food-stamp program by promoting work, resulting in former enrollees' more than doubling their incomes the following year. Maine has also worked tirelessly to find and prosecute welfare fraud, going after those who steal limited resources from the people who most need help.