Susan Sharon

Deputy News Director

Susan is the deputy news director who handles assignments and planning by the news staff. She's also a general assignment reporter who began her career at MPBN working at the State House in 1992. Since then she has covered major political and environmental stories, winning national awards for her beat reporting twice from the Society for Environmental Journalists. Her coverage of labor issues, including an investigative series on independent contractors, has also been recognized by the Public Radio News Directors, Inc and by the Associated Press. Susan is a graduate of the University of Montana where she got her first job in public radio news while still a student. She has also worked at television stations in Montana and Maine.

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Your Vote 2014
5:28 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Judge Sides with Opponents of Bear Hunting Referendum in Campaign Dispute

PORTLAND, Maine - A Cumberland County Superior Court judge has declined to issue an injunction against wildlife biologists and other employees of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife for their role in the bear hunting referendum on Maine's November ballot. The motion for a temporary restraining order was brought by supporters of Question 1, who say the state employees' use of taxpayer resources opposing limits on the use of bait, hounds and traps goes beyond the scope of their authority.

 

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Your Vote 2014
5:37 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Judge Hears Arguments in Maine Bear Hunting Referendum Battle

PORTLAND, Maine - A Cumberland County Superior Court judge is expected to rule early next week on a motion for an injunction brought by the group Mainers For Fair Bear Hunting against the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. At issue is the department's role in the campaign against the bear hunting referendum on the November ballot. Attorneys for both supporters and opponents of Question 1 staked out their arguments at a court hearing Friday morning.

 

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Your Vote 2014
5:37 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Bear Hunting in Maine: Study Ignites Debate About Economic Impact

A bear in Bob Parker's hunting lodge that one of his clients killed.
Credit Susan Sharon / MPBN

WILTON, Maine - A new survey concludes that bear hunters spend $35.4 million across the state each year, mostly in Aroostook County, the Maine Highlands and western Maine. The survey, conducted for the Maine Office of Tourism and the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, also finds that bear hunting and related activities contribute nearly $53 million to the state's economy and support 565 jobs.

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Your Vote 2014
10:47 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Analysis: Bear Hunters Spend Millions in Maine Annually

AUGUSTA, Maine - A new economic study prepared for the Maine Office of Tourism and the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife finds that bear hunters, both residents and non-residents, spend $35.4 million in Maine each year.  The analysis by Southwick Associates also finds that bear hunting is directly associated with 565 jobs.  

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Your Vote 2014
6:27 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Group Seeks Emergency Intervention in Bear Hunting Referendum Lawsuit

PORTLAND, Maine - The group spearheading a statewide referendum to ban the use of bait, hounds and traps in Maine's annual bear hunt is asking a judge for emergency intervention in an ongoing lawsuit filed last week.  The group wants an injunction to prevent state Inland Fisheries and Wildlife employees from using taxpayer resources to actively oppose Question 1 on the November ballot.

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