Maine photographer Richard Fortin has sent us a slideshow from the Forget, Forget CD-release show. (Here's Nicholas Schroeder's review of the disc.)
See it here, and enjoy!
By Lance TapleyIn
the midst of public concern about rail shipments of crude oil after the
recent Lac-Mégantic disaster, the Phoenix has learned that Pan Am
Railways has not reported, as required by law, how much crude oil it
shipped through Maine during April and May.When questioned about
this lack, the state Department of Environmental Protection announced
that it was launching an investigation into why the reports weren't
(Yes, spoiler alert, etc. You've been warned.)
If you don't know what we're talking about, check out the food trucks story in our Summer Preview issue.
And if you're ready for the answer, scroll down...
Yes, keep scrolling...
Are you ready for the answer?
Here it comes!
KEEP FOOD TRUCKIN'
When Governor Paul LePage was trying to woo Airbus to build a plant in Maine (it went to Alabama), he talked to Airbus
Americas chairman Allan McArtor.
In that conversation, LePage told the Portland
Community Chamber "Eggs and Issues" breakfast
yesterday, there were three topics of conversation, according to the governor:
Governor Paul LePage is a really fucking savvy political operator. And he's
about to pull his biggest switcheroo ever, if the Dems let him get away with
It might look like he's about to tear himself in half, given how fast he's
running away from Obamacare on the one hand,
and racing to embrace it on the other.
But LePage's real goal is this: he wants to hand hundreds of millions of
taxpayer dollars to Maine
hospitals (to pay off old debt) without spending a dime on present or future
costs of providing poor Mainers with quality affordable health care.
Last night, the city's Transportation, Sustainability, and Energy Committee unanimously approved a resolution calling upon the state legislature, US State Department, US Congress, US Environmental Protection Agency, and President Barack Obama to "require a thorough analysis of the potential impacts of any tar sands oil pipeline proposal through Maine including evaluation of the health, safety, and environmental risks and spill response techniques and impacts."
There are 44 solar companies in Maine, employing 270 workers, according to a new report by the non-profit Solar Foundation.
"These are the first credible solar jobs
numbers for all 50 states," the Foundation boasts on its blog. "Solar employs 119,000 people in every state
in the nation, and employment grew 13.2% last year alone."
The tragic Boston Marathon bombings have generated powerful conversations about homegrown terrorism versus attacks by foreigners. About how easy it is to jump to conclusions in the wake of disaster, and about how difficult it is these days to feel truly safe.
I wonder, then, if this isn't the perfect weekend to attend one of a series of forums related to the controversial National Defense Authorization Act, the military spending bill that includes a provision allowing the executive branch to detain US citizens indefintely and without due process.
See the following email exchange (read up from the bottom). Not sure who's empowered to accept his resignation, but it's as clear as day: Chris Korzen is leaving the Maine's Majority group he founded. Further, he admits that does not understand the difference between requesting public records from the government to use in a publicity campaign to promote a political perspective and, well, requesting public records from the government to use in a publicity campaign to promote a political perspective.
Put together by Greater Portland Landmarks, the show gets
historic restorers, tradespeople, and craftsmen and -women together with owners
of older homes to talk about how to keep things working to modern standards
while following the historic aesthetics that are so well-loved.
Even as a similar case unfolds in Colorado, the Boston-based Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders filed an appeal brief last week in the Maine Supreme Judicial Court on behalf of a "a transgender teen girl whose Orono, Maine elementary and middle schools
removed her from the girls’ restroom because of her transgender status
and forced her to use a staff-only, non-communal restroom in isolation
from her peers."
The Portland Phoenix's seven-years-and-counting series by Lance Tapley on torture in Maine's prison, most especially including conditions in solitary confinement, has gotten national recognition in an article that's part of the Columbia Journalism Review's most recent cover package on "race, class, and the media."
The link below is to a video produced by a student group called Reclaim Colby. It shows students interrupting the college's official February 27 ceremonial celebration of its 200th anniversary in the school's chapel. When college president William "Bro" Adams finishes his speech, student government vice president Kareem Kalil walks to the podium to introduce the (unplanned) student speakers, to the cheers of students sitting in a block of red t-shirts.
Those who read my story last week about groundfishing (or perhaps you saw Jeff and I talking about it on WCSH's 207 program) know that the men and women who catch cod, haddock, flounder, and other bottom-feeding fish are facing hard times.
They've finally gotten a glimmer of good news. At the Maine Fishermen's Forum, taking place now in Rockport, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association announced they WILL (probably) pay for the cost of at-sea monitoring starting May 1.
A friend just brought my attention this incredible Craigslist posting: Basically, if you've got $225,000 (less than many houses), you could soon be the owner of the City Point Central Railroad Museum, which includes numerous antique railroad cars, several buildings, and a 4.6-acre lot close to the Belfast coast. "Amazing opportunity for the
creative thinker," the ad reads.