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February 28 legislative hearings feature exotic animals, fish hatcheries, and more

The legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee will host public hearings on three of my bills on Tuesday, March 28, along with three other bills. LD 305, my exotic animals bill, is sponsored by IFW Committee chair, Senator Scott Cyrway of Kennebec Country, and promises to draw a substantial crowd …

George Smith

George's Outdoor News
5:00 am Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Sports

Pie-gate: The real story of the “Rolie Polie Goalie”

By Mark Paulette   Here in New England, we are rather familiar with our fair share of asinine scandals. Deflated footballs, peeping coaches, you know the basic things that need to be handled with the harshest fists of justice to protect the sacred ‘integrity’ of sport. (The same integrity that …

Sterling Pingree

The Drive
4:07 am Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Portland

Ireland – a land for sweaters, scarves, and all things woolen

When we tell people we meet that we are from Maine, in the United States, they often look at us and within seconds say, “that’s cold.” They’re right of course, but Ireland also seems to be a land that understands the benefits of layering and a good dose of wool, not to mention a solid pair of walking shoes or boots.

David Arenstam

My Secret Maine
3:34 am Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Politics

The Justice Gap in Rural America

There is a lawyer shortage. That’s right, there is a lawyer shortage. We have somehow ended up in a situation where law schools are graduating more people than there are job openings but yet we have a lawyer shortage. How is a lawyer shortage even remotely possible? The answer is …

Christopher Chavis

Lone Pine Policy
12:57 am Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Homestead

Insulation day

After a long, long hiatus, I was finally able to get some work done on the house Monday. After buying the Roxul insulation last month, my Dad and I got a good portion of it put up. The rafters of the house are two feet apart and the insulation is …

Laura Reed

Laura's House Journey
6:46 pm Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Portland

Police chief slams body cam advocates for ‘politicizing’ shooting

Good evening from the BDN Portland office on Congress Street. Tonight the police chief gets political; a story that would make most humans cry; and for crying out loud, please let the NBA trade deadline be over so I can stop obsessing over every Isaiah Thomas tweet. What we’re talking …

Dan MacLeod

BDN Portland
6:45 pm Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Bangor

Winterfest in the Dooryard; downtown Bangor festival brings community together

Here it is! The first official post where I would like to start off by explaining the title of my blog. “Company in the Dooryard” comes from a joke from an old family friend, a line that describes his feelings when friends and neighbors would unexpectedly show up at his …

Rebecca Reisman

Company in the Dooryard
6:40 pm Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Bangor

What it means to be a grateful alcoholic

Just about a year ago, I had a guest blogger who happens to be a nurse in Maine. She published two honest pieces as an active alcoholic who struggled long and hard to get sober and embrace recovery. What a difference a year makes! Here’s her latest essay: Grateful I’ve …

Jim LaPierre

Recovery Rocks
5:57 pm Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Event

New music including Lana Del Rey, Maggie Rogers, Little Dragon and Health on this week’s West Of The Fields podcast

I debuted new tracks from The Shins, Mew and Muna on the show this week, while the retro alternative set focused on music from the year 2002.

Travis Gass

West of The Fields
4:39 pm Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Homestead

Is it safe to kiss your kids if you have a cold sore?

How safe is it to kiss your kids on the face if you’ve ever had a cold sore? One mom finds out.

Sarah Cottrell

Housewife Plus
4:27 pm Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Midcoast

Improve Health Care for the Average American by Helping Local Farmers while killing SNAP and Switching to Food Distribution Centers

“I eat whatever I want, Junk food included.” –Vanessa Marcil Yeah, you can eat what you want, but not if the government is paying for it. That is my opinion though and I am entitled to have it. I don’t believe people who are receiving SNAP benefits should be able …

Zakia Thiesen

From Military to Civilian Life
2:13 pm Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Homestead

Banana Blueberry Coffee Cake

On a whim, I bought a few lottery tickets over the weekend. It was an out-of-the-ordinary moment for me. Unless the jackpot reaches gargantuan levels, I never buy them. But this time, it was just for fun. Buying the tickets, a slogan for the New York State Lottery popped into …

Sarah Walker Caron

Maine Course
2:00 pm Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Outdoors

1-minute hike: Flying Mountain and Valley Cove in Acadia National Park

Difficulty: Easy to moderate. From the parking lot, the climb to the top of Flying Mountain (284 feet above sea level) is just 0.3 mile. The trail is mostly a gentle slope with a few moderately steep sections near the summit. You can lengthen the hike by continuing past the …

Aislinn Sarnacki

Act Out with Aislinn
2:00 pm Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Sports

Easton enjoys first trip to Bangor in 26 years

The Easton High School girls knew what they accomplished was rare and special and they poked a little fun at it on their warm-up shirts. The Bears qualified for the Class D North Tournament in Bangor for the first time since 1991 so the back of their warm-up shirts read …

Larry Mahoney

Fast Breaks
1:27 pm Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Piscataquis

Wilderness Sled Dog Race, Greenville, Maine, in pictures

  My wife Holly and I were present for our first wilderness sled dog race on Saturday February 4th despite my having worked the night before we made it in time for the pre-game show where both dogs and humans posed for pictures while putting on their harnesses and trying …

Eric Leif Johnsen

The Junction
12:11 pm Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Sports

How Glory Boarding can improve your confidence

Positive self-talk can have massive impact on our lives, our confidence, the way we feel and our overall well-being.

Paige Wilcox

Inspire Healthy Living
9:47 am Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Bangor

2017 Rise Above Fest set for Bangor Waterfront, expanded to two days, features Korn, Shinedown

Waterfront Concerts announced the return of the Rise Above Fest, a yearly concert featuring metal and modern rock bands and benefiting suicide prevention organization SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education). This year, the show’s fifth year, will be expanded to two full days, July 22 and 23, at the Darling’s …

Emily Burnham

Culture Shock
9:42 am Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Politics

LePage floats acting education commissioner for permanent post

Gov. Paul LePage’s office said Tuesday that he has notified a state board that he intends to nominate Acting Education Commissioner Robert Hasson for that permanent position.

Michael Shepherd

State & Capitol
9:33 am Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Politics

A progressive group is meeting with Sen. Collins right now, and streaming it live

Members of Mainers for Accountable Leadership, a grassroots organization that grew out of the Indivisible movement following the election of Donald Trump as president, are meeting with Maine Senator Susan Collins right now, and are broadcasting it live on Facebook. The group has been calling for opposition to some of …

Mike Tipping

Mike Tipping
9:16 am Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Health

Why you should know the difference between cardiac arrest and a heart attack

You should know the difference between cardiac arrest and a heart attack. In this podcast, Dr. Brandei Wingard explains and tells us how to protect our hearts.

Diane Atwood

Catching Health
9:12 am Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Politics

The long march to block LePage’s new welfare reforms starts today

Room 228 at the State House will be the center of activity today as the Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee begins hours and days and weeks of deliberations over Gov. Paul LePage administration’s latest proposals for the Department of Health and Human Services. The committee will gather to hear testimony …

Christopher Cousins

State & Capitol
8:12 am Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Business

It’s About Time

As I sit here thinking deep thoughts and reviewing content, I see a bit of a trend I didn’t expect. Then again, I didn’t expect to be writing a weekly mentorship series either. While I talk about setting goals, communicating, and staying positive, a lot of this seems to be …

Jamie Tinker

The Day Job
8:00 am Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Opinion

Two Facts and One Big Question About American Health Care

For several years, Republicans in Congress routinely made a show of voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which they pejoratively labeled Obamacare.  Having refused to participate in the crafting of health care reform, they offered no alternative to the ACA.  Nor did they suggest ways to improve the …

Mark W. Anderson

Stirring the Pot
7:39 am Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Politics

Every Republican health plan means lousier coverage for fewer people

Republicans’ favored policies have been floated for a long time and would lead to inferior coverage for those who still have it.

Amy Fried

Pollways
5:52 am Tuesday, February 21, 2017