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Your Vote 2014
3:21 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Bear Measure Backers: Documents Reveal Wildlife Department Involved in Opponents' Campaign

AUGUSTA, Maine - Supporters of Question 1 on the November ballot say newly-produced documents they've received in a court order show the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has been engaged in a broad, coordinated campaign with the Wildlife Conservation Council, the group opposed to the bear hunting referendum.  

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Elver quotas
5:23 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Panel Recommends Cut in Maine's Elver Quota

Tiny glass eels, know as elvers, squirm in a Maine fisherman's net.
Credit Patty Wight / MPBN

PORTLAND, Maine - The group that manages commercial fisheries in the Atlantic states is recommending a nearly 2,000-pound cut in the catch limit for glass eels in Maine. Under the suggested rule change, fishermen would be able to catch a total of 9,688 pounds of elvers in each of the next three seasons. That was the total number of glass eels hauled in this past season, despite a 2014 quota of over 11,000 pounds.

 

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Poland Springs
4:56 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Maine Regulators Approve Water Deal for Poland Spring Bottler

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine Public Utilities Commission says Fryeburg Water Co. can enter into a long-term contract to sell water to Nestle Waters, bottler of Poland Spring.

The commission ruled Thursday that the contract between the privately-owned utility and Nestle could benefit the utility's rate-payers. Nestle would pay higher rates than household customers.

The contract runs for 25 years. Renewals could make it 45 years. Nestle spokesman Mark Dubois says the deal provides the utility "a reliable source of income.''

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Your Vote 2014
4:39 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Your Vote 2014 Profile: Democrat Chellie Pingree

1st District Democratic incumbent Chellie Pingree arrives at her victory party in Portland on Nov. 6, 2012, after winning a 3rd term in the U.S. House.
Credit Mark Vogelzang / MPBN

The race for Maine's 1st Congressional District could be described as the least competitive of all the major electoral battles being fought here next month, based on polls. By some accounts, progressive Democratic incumbent Chellie Pingree leads Republican Isaac Misiuk, and independent Richard Murphy, by as much as 30 points. But if re-elected, Pingree still faces the prospect of returning to a grid-locked Congress.  

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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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