Entries Filed in 'Issue 28'

Gov. Baldacci’s radio address on clean energy progress

December 5th, 2010 · No Comments · Business & Innovation, Community Maine, Energy Issues, Issue 28, Maine's green energy potential

Major announcements in recent weeks have demonstrated that Maine is on the right path for energy security and independence. Long before oil prices spiked to record levels, helping to push the global economy into recession, our State was working aggressively to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. It’s a long-term effort that will require continued work and attention.

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Attorney General funds foreclosure relief efforts

November 22nd, 2010 · No Comments · Community Maine, Economy, Issue 28

Attorney General Janet Mills announced today that she is distributing $200,507 in foreclosure relief money from the Countrywide Financial Corporation settlement. The funds are being distributed to the state’s ten Community Action Programs based on the population of the areas they serve.

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Maine’s approach to rid toxic chemicals from children’s products- national model

November 17th, 2010 · No Comments · Community Maine, Health Care, Issue 28, Public Safety

A new report released today documents how state legislatures across the country have responded to the growing body of scientific evidence that children are regularly exposed to dangerous chemicals in food, toys, and other household products. It highlights the overwhelming bipartisan approach that Maine lawmakers have taken to protect children’s health and reduce the long-term health costs that can result from early chemical exposure.

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Hydrogen filling station proposed in Portland, ME.

November 11th, 2010 · No Comments · Business & Innovation, Economy, Energy Issues, Issue 28, Maine's green energy potential

Maine could become the northern end of an East Coast hydrogen highway when SunHydro builds a hydrogen filling station in Portland. The company wants to be the first to meet a new demand that will come to power fuel-cell powered electric vehicles.

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Maine Landowners to Benefit from Forestry Initiative

November 10th, 2010 · No Comments · Community Maine, Economy, Issue 28

Snow-covered stone steps along the trail to Big Moose Pond in the Little Moose Public Lands west of Greenville.
Eligible Maine forest landowners will be able to apply for federal funds to assist them with forest land planning and management while improving wildlife habitat on their property, thanks to increased funding from the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS).

NRCS Chief Dave White recently announced the allocation of an additional $5.9 million in Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) funding under the New England/New York Forestry Initiative, $2 million of which are for projects in Maine.

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$5.55 Million Federal Wood-to-Energy Conversion Grants

November 9th, 2010 · No Comments · Energy Issues, Issue 28, Maine's green energy potential

From the University of Maine in Presque Isle, to the Sanford School Department in York County wood will be heating buildings and saving funds because of federal oil to wood conversion grants.

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$20million for trail improvements in Southern Maine

November 9th, 2010 · No Comments · Community Maine, Economy, Health Care, Issue 28

Thirty pedestrian trail projects in southern Maine are going to benefit from $20.3 million in federal and state grant money. One of the objectives that came from Governor John Baldacci’s council to improve Maine’s Quality of Life, three years ago, was to connect trails for hiking and biking all around the state. In essence they decided to create a ‘Biking Interstate.’

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Fundraiser to benefit local homeless outreach program

November 8th, 2010 · No Comments · Business & Innovation, Community Maine, Issue 28

November 29,, Bayside Bowl will host a fundraiser for the Homeless Outreach and Mobile Engagement (HOME) Team project. Bowlers can enjoy a night of great fun, great food and great music knowing that five percent of the night’s sales will support a great cause.

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Job openings: State Troopers

November 7th, 2010 · No Comments · Issue 28, Public Safety

Col. Patrick Fleming, state police chief, says there are currently 27 openings for state troopers. Another 40 troopers are expected to retire in the coming year, which will create more vacancies. The state is working to recruit new troopers.

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Maine’s Kibby Wind Power Project Is Complete

November 5th, 2010 · No Comments · Economy, Energy Issues, Issue 28

TransCanada Corp. has announced that construction of its Kibby wind project is now complete. The $350 million project is now fully operational and was finished on time and on budget.

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