$13.5 Million awarded for projects supporting sustainable offshore wind development

October 14, 2021 The US Department of Energy (DOE) is funding four projects with USD 13.5 million to obtain critical environmental and wildlife data to support offshore wind development. The projects will inform offshore wind siting and permitting, and help protect wildlife and fisheries as offshore wind deployment increases under the country’s target of installing […]

Maine CDC urges precautions against ticks during outdoor activities this fall

10/15/2021  AUGUSTA— The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC)urges residents and visitors to take precautions against disease-carrying deer ticks this fall. Maine experiences a second peak in adult deer tick activity in late September through November. Deer ticks are commonly found in wooded, leafy, and shrubby areas. This may include areas around […]

Gov. Mills to Maine’s organic dairy famers: “I stand by you.”

Governor pledges continued support for organic dairy farmers at NODPA’s 21st Annual Field Day in Freeport October 1, 2021 Freeport, MAINE – Governor Janet Mills today attended the Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Alliance’s (NODPA) 21st Annual Field Day in Freeport where she pledged to continue to fight for Maine’s organic dairy farmers in the wake of a recent notice […]

Maine announces availability of grants to support coworking and collaborative workspaces  

October 4, 2021 The Mills Administration announced guidelines for a competitive grant program to create more coworking and collaborative workspaces to support entrepreneurship in Maine.   The grants will be awarded through the Maine Coworking Development Fund and Program, which was established by the Maine Legislature in 2015 but was not funded until 2019 when Governor Mills, with support from then-Assistant Majority Leader Ryan Fecteau, recognized that coworking is a promising element […]

Maine State Rep. McDonald bill decriminalizing hypodermic syringes signed into law

LD 994 eliminates the crime of illegal possession of hypodermic syringes. Additionally, possessing a hypodermic syringe with residue of drugs will no longer be considered criminal possession of those drugs. Providing hypodermic syringes to others who may not be able to obtain them on their own will no longer be considered an act of illegal trafficking. […]

Maine Sec. of State issues warning of phishing campaign via text

07/19/2021 AUGUSTA – Secretary of State Shenna Bellows is warning Mainers to be suspicious of text messages they may have received from an entity claiming to be the “Secretary of State Drivers License Facility” which asks the recipient to click a link to complete this verification. The Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles does not contact Mainers […]

Supreme Court guts voting rights when upholding Arizona’s restrictions, elected officials speak out against biased racist court ruling

July 1, 2021 EOPA, a national coalition of elected officials, says John Lewis Voting Rights Act would uphold the promise of our democracy for all. The following is the statement from the Elected Officials to Protect America about the Supreme Court July 1 decision on Arizona’s voting restrictions: “Today, the U.S. Supreme Court gutted most […]

Severe drought in central Maine as dry conditions get worse

Officials warn the trend is expected to continue this summer unless Maine gets prolonged rain. Despite a little rain this week, a section of central Maine is now considered to be suffering a “severe drought” and most of the state is experiencing a moderate one. The state’s Drought Task Force said  “drought conditions have rapidly […]

Air quality Alert issued for Maine coastline from ozone concentrations

Maine DEP expects ozone concentrations to reach unhealthy levels on Monday, June 7, 2021 AUGUSTA, June 6, 2021 — Ground-level ozone concentrations will be climbing in Maine on Monday June 7, 2021 and are expected to reach unhealthy levels according to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).  Ozone levels have been high upwind since June 2nd.  High levels began around […]

Maine Technology Institute solicits proposals for the Maine Clean Energy Innovation Challenge grants until June 18

May 2021 By Ramona du Houx The Maine Technology Institute (MTI) began soliciting proposals for the Maine Clean Energy Innovation Challenge that was announced by Governor Janet Mills on Earth Day. In collaboration with the Governor’s Energy Office, MTI developed the challenge to catalyze the deployment of innovative clean energy technology solutions in Maine. During […]

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