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Shutting down free speech

As Maine’s legislative leaders bring us to the brink of a government shutdown, it is worth diverting our attention to some other places in the country that are shutting things down. One such place is Evergreen State College, in Olympia, Washington, where an increasingly aggressive group of student “protesters” have …

Matthew Gagnon

Pine Tree Politics
10:18 am Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Politics

LePage might not have a budget to veto Friday if lawmakers fail to cut a deal today

It’s the day of reckoning in Augusta. We’ve been giving you updates on the state budget process day after day and ticking off a number of deadlines by which lawmakers must act or cause a government shutdown. Today marks perhaps the hardest deadline yet. The six-member conference committee formed by …

Christopher Cousins

State & Capitol
9:06 am Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Bangor

Grasping and groping in the darkness

One of the greatest things that blogging can do is connect kindred spirits. I am a huge fan of both Jayna Otto and Taylor Kelley – two incredible writers and members of my chosen family. We inspire each other. Taylor guest blogs here in response to Jayna: I read this …

Jim LaPierre

Recovery Rocks
8:55 am Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Food

Maine soldiers had little time to enjoy historic Williamsport in Maryland

WILLIAMSPORT, Md. — Located just off traffic-plagued Interstate-81, this historic and lovely town on the Potomac River has multiple Civil War connections with Maine. Just for that reason alone, Williamsport would be worth the visit — and the sites encountered along the C&O Canal Towpath and the downtown shops only …

Brian Swartz

Maine at War
8:32 am Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Outdoors

Running pioneer has deep roots in Acadia hiking

Robin Emery is well known in Maine as a trailblazer and champion in women’s running, but many people may not be aware of her deep connections to Acadia National Park hiking.

Dolores Kong & Dan Ring

Acadia on My Mind
7:30 am Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Hancock

Toxic algae considered possible cause in whale deaths

After an algal bloom off Cape Cod was identified earlier this month as a possible cause in the deaths of gannet seabirds on the coasts of Maine and Massachusetts, scientists are now considering whether toxic algae may have caused the death of six North Atlantic right whales in the Gulf of …

Bill Trotter

Going Coastal
7:00 am Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Outdoors

Fishing With Kids

Taking a kid fishing is one of the most rewarding things that you could do as a guide. The look of wonder and the new adventures are something that they will never forget.  Make it fun and do not make it all about just catching fish.  Of course you will …

Jon Peterson

Fishing Poles And Adventures
6:52 am Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Business

Fixing Those Annoying Tech Problems

Do you face problems with technology you use on a daily basis? You aren’t alone. Americans workers, for example, rank dead last when it comes to problem-solving skills relating to technology, and it’s a problem that spreads across age gaps of all ranges. Finding solutions for these common issues doesn’t …

Adam Richards

Opportunity Knocks
6:16 am Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Politics

Sacrificing everything at the altar of tax cuts

Burn it down. That’s not a governing philosophy or an ideal. But that is the approach that too many Republicans are taking with government.

David Farmer

David Farmer
5:30 am Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Father’s Day Fishing Adventure Was Fabulous

When son Josh suggested a Father’s Day weekend fishing adventure, I was ecstatic. Josh lives in Massachusetts and doesn’t get much time off, so he doesn’t get much chance to fish – especially with his Dad. Our north woods camp was too distant for a weekend trip to Maine, so …

George Smith

George's Outdoor News
5:00 am Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Portland

The development of Bayside, and a new reason to hate ticks

Your nightly newsletter grab bag of local news, featuring all sorts of potentially deadly critters in Maine.

Seth Koenig

BDN Portland
6:15 pm Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Business

Steps to Landing That Promotion

No one enjoys being in a lower position, with lower wages. But how do you self-promote yourself without feeling anxious? We’ve all felt the need of wanting to become noticed at work at some point in our lives. But, that’s only one of the many ways to help get yourself …

Adam Richards

Opportunity Knocks
4:34 pm Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Homestead

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

I reread “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” by T.S. Eliot recently. The poem that spoke to me as a creative, curious sixteen year old pondering aging held new meaning to me as an adult celebrating a birthday two decades and change later. As an adult, the imagery comes …

Sarah Walker Caron

Maine Course
2:59 pm Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Politics

5 times great white sharks were found in Maine waters

These are cases when we can be fairly sure it wasn’t a basking shark.

Seth Koenig

ThinkMaine
2:27 pm Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Homestead

20 ways to live your life more simply

After two years of living my life more on my own terms and learning to live much more frugally, I have my own list of advice to offer those who may be facing a similar decision or just may want to live more simply. I hope this helps others. I hope you find one or two or six things that will make a difference for you.

Crystal Sands

Pajamas, Books, and Chickens
1:43 pm Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Sports

Scott Lauber ESPNBoston.com on Sox vs Twins, Kimbrel’s usage and the Red Sox clubhouse

Scott Lauber of ESPNBoston.com joined Aaron Jackson and Mark Paulette to discuss reports of disagreement among the Red Sox coaching staff, the usage of Craig Kimbrel and more. Scott previews the Red Sox 4 game series this week with the Minnesota Twins and the multitudes of moves that the Sox …

Sterling Pingree

The Drive
1:18 pm Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Outdoors

1-minute hike: Kittredge Brook Forest in Bar Harbor

Difficulty: Easy. The 2 miles of trails in the preserve travel over fairly gentle terrain with a few gradual slopes. Expect a few sections of narrow bog bridges and exposed tree roots that can make footing tricky. How to get there: The main parking area for the preserve is behind …

Aislinn Sarnacki

Act Out with Aislinn
11:59 am Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Politics

Problems with Trumpcare start with its meanness

There is meanness in what Trumpcare would do to people’s health, but it will also damage the economy and people’s dreams.

Amy Fried

Pollways
10:26 am Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Food

Grain Bowl Beats Cornflakes for Breakfast

Of all the we meals eat, more people tolerate, even desire, repetition at breakfast than for any other meal. My dad ate a bowl of instant oatmeal every day of his working life with milk and sugar on it and a cup of instant coffee to go with it. I …

Sandy Oliver

Taste Buds
9:22 am Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Outdoors

1-minute hike: Kittredge Brook Forest in Bar Harbor

Difficulty: Easy. The 2 miles of trails in the preserve travel over fairly gentle terrain with a few gradual slopes. Expect a few sections of narrow bog bridges and exposed tree roots that can make footing tricky. How to get there: The main parking area for the preserve is behind …

Aislinn Sarnacki

Act Out with Aislinn
8:51 am Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Opinion

Return to Trump Country, Part 2

It was raining heavily the morning I drove into Johnstown, Pennsylvania, which gave me pause as I drove down the steep gorge where, 128 years ago, 20 million tons of water breached the South Fork dam, gathered force as it surged 14 miles down Little Conemaugh Creek, and hit the …

James G. Blaine

Perspectives
8:47 am Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Health

To Root and To Rise: Accepting Brain Injury

A brain injury changed Carole Starr’s life forever. She learned to accept it, but not easily. In this podcast, she talks about her new book To Root & To Rise.

Diane Atwood

Catching Health
8:18 am Tuesday, June 27, 2017