Maine Things Considered

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Maine voters could be asked to decide a half dozen or more questions on the statewide ballot next November if all the groups circulating petitions are successful.

Homelessness in Maine dropped 13 percent over the past year, according to a recent annual report from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. But the point-in-time survey, where data are collected on single nights each winter, has also fluctuated dramatically over the past five years. Two years ago, the same report showed a 26 percent jump in homelessness in Maine.

And despite recent declines, there are now roughly the same number of homeless people in the state as their were in 2010.

A protest in front of the Blaine House
Susan Sharon/MPBN

On this Thanksgiving eve, about a hundred people picketed the front lawn of the Blaine House to protest Governor LePage's opposition to allowing ten thousand Syrian refugees admittance to the United States.

A recycling bin next to a trash bin in Biddeford, Maine.

Studies indicate that every person in Maine generates at least four pounds of trash a day. That adds up to millions of pounds that to be disposed of, somehow, every year.

Maine Master Guide Bob Howe gives Rip Thibodeau a refresher course in fishing for trout.
Jennifer Mitchell/MPBN

Mainers love the outdoors. Many grew up in camping, fishing and hunting families, and have maintained a lifelong connection to those traditions. But for some combat veterans, who've experienced serious mental and physical disabilities, its much more difficult to enjoy the recreational activities that have such an important part of their lives. One Registered Maine Guide is making it his life's mission to see that all veterans, regardless of disability, can enjoy the Maine woods.

Rip Thibodeau spent his childhood exploring the outdoors.