MAINE- With stream flows, snowpack, and river ice all within a typical range, spring flood potential could be considered normal for this time of year. However, continued frigid weather will hold all those risk factors in place, likely elevating flood potential in the next few weeks.
AUGUSTA– The Maine office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services and the Maine Gambling Control Board have joined together with Hollywood Casino and Oxford Casino to help individuals who think they may have a problem with casino gambling. The result is the expansion of locations for individuals to sign up for a program known as self-exclusion from two to 14 sites.
WASHINGTON– The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced on Thursday, March 6 that nearly $60 million in payments will be awarded to 195 producers to support the production of advanced biofuel. In Maine, five advanced biofuel producers will receive payments.
In Maine, five advanced biofuel producers will receive a total of $78,280 under this payment announcement:
WASHINGTON- In response to a decision on Thursday, March 6 by the Canadian National Energy Board to approve the reversal of the Line 9 Sarnia to Montreal pipeline, U.S. Sen. Angus King urged Secretary of State John Kerry to require a presidential permit for, and conduct an environmental impact study of any future proposal that calls for a reversal of the Portland-Montreal Pipeline in order to pipe tar sands south through Maine.
CARIBOU- This morning, March 7, marks the 11th day in a row with a low temperature of below zero at Caribou. This is by far the longest stretch of sub-zero nights at caribou so late in the winter season. Back in late February and early March in 1980 there was a stretch of 7 nights with a low below zero. The all-time record for the most consecutive nights with sub-zero temperatures was set back in January and February of 1961.
AUGUSTA- Secretary of State Matt Dunlap determined on Wednesday, March 5 that enough valid signatures have been submitted to advance a citizen initiative seeking "to prohibit the use of dogs, bait or traps when hunting bears except under certain circumstances."
FRENCHVILLE– Two students at the Dr. Levesque Elementary School in Frenchville are raising money for the PAWS Animal Welfare Society Shelter in Fort Kent. As part of a service learning project, Caitlyn Chasse and Madysen Picard-with help from Principal Lisa Bernier-chose to organize several fundraising activities to benefit the shelter.
WASHINGTON– Following a letter last week from U.S. Sen. Angus King, the Treasury Department announced that it is streamlining health insurance reporting requirements for businesses. The rules, mandated under the Affordable Care Act and finalized on March 5, will only require a single, consolidated form to avoid duplicative reporting and simplify certification options for employers that provide healthcare, including an option to ease reporting by not separately identifying full-time employees.
FORT KENT- The Fort Kent Chamber of Commerce's monthly "Chamber Mixer" will be held at 5-6:30 on Friday, March 7 at the new Home Solutions' location. All chamber members are invited, along with spouses, friends, and those looking to become a member.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Angus King, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, applauded several victories for Maine in the President’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget and renewed his commitment to fighting for increased funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP):
PORTLAND - A 2012 deal worth hundreds of millions of dollars to expand wind energy projects across the Northeast was dealt a blow Tuesday by the Maine supreme court, which ruled that a state agency's approval of the complex deal was invalid.
PRESQUE ISLE- Last month, participants at The Aroostook Medical Center’s Community Lunch and Learn shared their thoughts, opinions and suggestions on how TAMC could become a better healthcare facility. This month they will learn how some of those thoughts may be put into action. Sylvia Getman, president and CEO of TAMC, will present the plan to make TAMC the “Best Rural Healthcare Organization in America.”
AUGUSTA– The Maine Charter School Commission voted on Monday, March 3 to approve the state’s first virtual charter school. The unanimous approval authorizes the independent Commission to enter into contract negotiations with Maine Connections Academy, which plans to start serving as many as 300 students from across the state this fall.
PRESQUE ISLE— Two academic programs at the University of Maine at Presque Isle are joining forces this spring to provide the campus and community with an accessible way to explore the world of science. The Environmental Studies and Sustainability and Biology programs are again presenting a lunchtime seminar series that will provide a forum to present scientific research, as well as management and applied science. The series is conducted by UMPI students and faculty, and other local and regional scientists. This is the second time the two groups have hosted the series.