Orono resident and Penobscot Indian Nation member Maria Girouard speaks to the Orono Community Development Committee about withdrawing from a lawsuit the Penobscot have against the state over tribal waters. "I have a sense you don't really understand the severity of the decision," she told council members. "I’'ve spent the good part of a year or so [educating people] and nobody has any idea that the state government is in this fight with the Penobscot Nation." At the end of the meeting, the committee voted to recommend to the full council that they withdraw from the lawsuit.

Orono panel endorses withdrawal from Penobscot Nation water rights lawsuit

By Nok-Noi Ricker on March 16, 2015, at 8:58 p.m.
Local resident John Banks, who is also a member of the Penobscot Indian Nation, told the town’s Community Development Committee on Monday that his tribe has been promised fishing privileges over and over by different governments, including the Colonial government of Massachusetts before Maine was even a …
Millinocket Town Councilor Richard Theriault listens to a resident following a council meeting in this 2014 BDN file photo.

Millinocket maintains opposition to North Woods national park, for now

By Nick McCrea on March 13, 2015, at 2:42 p.m.
The Millinocket Town Council on Thursday night decided not to send a letter to Maine’s congressional delegation detailing conditions it would require of a proposed North Woods national park. Councilors voted 6-0 to hold onto the three-page letter drafted by Town Manager Peggy Daigle in February. Daigle …

The State of Maine Birds

By Downeast Audubon on March 13, 2015, at 11:31 a.m.
Thursday, March 26, 2015 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Location: Ellsworth Unitarian Universalist Church, 121 Bucksport Rd, Ellsworth, Maine For more information: 207-664-4400; downeastaudubon.org Join Downeast Audubon for a talk by wildlife biologist Linda Welch of the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge on “The State of Maine’s Seabirds,” on …

Small earthquakes reported in western Maine

By Ryan McLaughlin on March 12, 2015, at 4:09 p.m.
NEWRY | A pair of small earthquakes were reported in Newry late Wednesday night, according to the Weston Observatory at Boston College. According to the observatory, the larger of the two earthquakes, which was reported shortly after 7:30 p.m., measured at magnitude 2.2 in Oxford County near the New …

What’s so special about the Sebasticook?

By jirving on March 11, 2015, at 1:07 p.m.
Thursday, March 19, 2015 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Location: Newport Cultural Center, 154 Main St., Newport, ME For more information: 207-948-3766; SebasticookRLT.org NEWPORT – The Newport Cultural Center, 154 Main St., will host an informational session with Sebasticook Regional Land Trust from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 19. What is …

Rescue and Rehabilitation of Wild Birds in Maine

By chickadee on March 11, 2015, at 9:53 a.m.
Saturday, March 28, 2015 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Nutting Hall 100, University of Maine, Orono, Maine For more information: 207-866-2578; https:edithmarionpatch.wordpress.com Diane Winn, director of Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center, discusses the process of caring for injured and orphaned wild birds, the challenges faced by Maine’s wild …

Florida tells state agency not to say ‘climate change’

By Barbara Liston, Reuters on March 09, 2015, at 12:47 p.m.
ORLANDO, Florida — Despite coastal Florida’s vulnerability to storm surge and rising sea levels, a state agency was directed not to use phrases such as “climate change” or “global warming” in its official communications, according to Florida Center for Investigative Reporting. Former employees of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection …

Brainstorm session for Earth Days Waldo County

on March 04, 2015, at 3:51 p.m.
BELFAST, Maine — A second brainstorm session for Earth Days Waldo County will be held at 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 23, at With Breath Puppetry Studio, second floor of the Masonic Building, 137 High St. With Breath Puppetry and event planners will present themes and stories developed for the April 26 …

The Ecology of Gardening with Native Plants

By swlamaine on March 04, 2015, at 10:41 a.m.
Saturday, March 21, 2015 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Location: MOFGA Annex, 294 Crosby Brook Rd, Unity, Maine For more information: 207-589-3230; swlamaine.org Saturday, March 21, 7pm. Join native plant and perennial herb expert and farmer Julie Beckford for a talk on the multiple benefits of native plants. The ornamental …
The Penobscot River in Hampden on Tuesday, March 3.

Thick ice on Penobscot River thwarts Coast Guard cutters

By Evan Belanger and Nok-Noi Ricker on March 03, 2015, at 6:55 p.m.
BANGOR | Repeated winter storms and record cold conditions have hampered the U.S. Coast Guard’s ice cutting operations on the Penobscot River, raising concern among some officials that ice jams could cause flooding in the spring. The Coast Guard’s 65-foot ice breakers have not been able to get within …

Ecomaine presentation on Augusta recycling slated for March 14

on March 03, 2015, at 5:05 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Lithgow Public Library will host an informational workshop on Augusta’s new recycling program at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 14, in the Reading Room. Staff from ecomaine will give a brief presentation about Augusta’s drop-off single-sort recycling program, including what materials can be recycled, how the material is sorted, and will …
Kevin Klucher of Maryland snaps a photo of a live lobster in Rockland  at the 67th annual Maine Lobster Festival in July 2014.

Maine’s lobster enigma: Record catches in warming waters

By Matthew Stone on March 03, 2015, at 4:06 p.m.
The lobster is in its boom years on the Maine coast, and no one knows precisely why, scientifically speaking, or how long the boom will last. Maine lobstermen had a record year in 2014, hauling in $456.9 million worth of the popular crustacean. While the actual amount of lobster landed …

Bar Harbor Garden Club Meeting

By marybopdyke on March 02, 2015, at 12:04 p.m.
Thursday, March 12, 2015 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Location: Bar Harbor Garden Club monthly meeting, 25 Village Inn Road, Bar Harbor, Maine For more information: 207 244-4582; barharborgardenclub.com On March 12,2015, beginning at 1Pm the garden club will be having a meeting at Birch Bay Village in Bar Harbor. …
Jesse Leach opens up one of his oysters to show its meat on the inside. The number of aquaculture operations in the Bagaduce River has increased sharply in recent years, which has led to competing concerns between Penobscot residents who say it is having a negative impact and fishermen who say they need to earn a living.

Respect the ecosystem for Bagaduce oysters

By Tom Stewart on March 01, 2015, at 10:20 a.m.
On Jan. 24, the editorial board of the BDN ran an insightful editorial addressing failed fisheries regulations and the uncertain future of depleted fisheries stocks. A major point of the commentary was that we need to take a more integrative approach to the management of our marine resources, one that …

NOAA, fishing industry find rare common ground on cod actions

By Sean Horgan, Gloucester Daily Times on Feb. 26, 2015, at 10:06 p.m.
The period for public comment ends Monday on the fishing sectors’ proposal to trade cod allocation for the elimination of some restrictive elements of the emergency cod measures NOAA Fisheries instituted last November in the Gulf of Maine. Barring comment that will sway NOAA to a different conclusion, a coalition …
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Film screening of: Growing Local at Reel Pizza in Bar Harbor 2/28

By Navi Whitten on Feb. 25, 2015, at 4:20 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Location: Reel Pizza, 33 Kennebec Pl, Bar Harbor, Maine For more information: 207 338-6575; mainefarmlandtrust.org/films BAR HARBOR. College of the Atlantic, Reel Pizza, and Maine Farmland Trust will present the new film Growing Local on Saturday, February 28 at 2:30pm at …

Seventh annual Community Supported Agriculture Fair to be held March 1

Bangor Daily News on Feb. 25, 2015, at 2:19 p.m.
Sunday, March 1, 2015 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Location: Sea Dog Banquet Hall, 26 Front St., Bangor, Maine For more information: foodandmedicine.org BANGOR, Maine — The seventh annual Community Supported Agriculture Fair will be held 3-6 p.m. Sunday March 1, at the Sea Dog Banquet Hall, 26 Front St. The event …

Permitting appeals board staff recommends OK for Bingham wind power project

By Darren Fishell on Feb. 25, 2015, at 11:31 a.m.
PORTLAND | Staff of the state’s environmental permitting appeals board have recommended upholding a permit for a proposed western Maine wind farm that would be Maine’s largest wind power project to date. The Board of Environmental Protection, an appointed citizen oversight panel, will consider the Bingham Wind permit appeal …
President Barack Obama looks on during a meeting with the Amir of Qatar, His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani, in the Oval Office of the White House Feb. 24, 2015 in Washington, D.C.

Obama vetoes Keystone pipeline bill, heightening clash with GOP

By Christi Parsons, Tribune Washington Bureau on Feb. 24, 2015, at 3:53 p.m.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama rejected a bill Tuesday that would have approved construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, the first veto of a year that seems likely to feature repeated such moves as the Democratic president confronts the Republican-led Congress. The veto came as no surprise to GOP …
In this file photo from the 1970s, the Callahan Mining Corp. open pit in Brooksville, Maine, is seen while it was still active. Chemicals were used to extract the metals from the mine. The polluted Down East mine later became a federal Superfund cleanup site.

Mining is on Augusta’s agenda. Public hearing, reality TV or charades?

By Dennis Chinoy on Feb. 22, 2015, at 8:08 a.m.
The Maine Legislature’s Committee on Environment and Natural Resources is set to host a game of charades, and the public is being invited to play. Billed as a public hearing on mining regulations, the show will start 9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, in Augusta. Its ostensible purpose is to hear …
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