Morning Links - Sunday, February 25, 2024

Arts

Society Notebook: Portland Museum of Art bash bursts into a dance party πŸ› Portland Press Herald

Asylum Seekers

Letter: Maine’s homeless deserve as much aid as immigrants πŸ› Portland Press Herald

Letter: Prioritize housing assistance for Mainers in need πŸ› Portland Press Herald

Business

As downtown Portland sees fewer office workers, lunch businesses feel a bite πŸ› Portland Press Herald

One Of Us: Headlights and highlights – from auto repair to hair, she likes her work hands-on πŸ› Portland Press Herald

City

Derelict boats are a pricey, growing headache for Portland's Harbor Master πŸ› Bangor Daily News

Climate Emergency

The obscure law that complicates offshore wind development πŸ› The Maine Monitor

Maine wants to lead in offshore wind. The state's governor says she has location for a key wind port πŸ› ABC News

Letter: Accelerate transition to zero-emission trucks and cars πŸ› Portland Press Herald

Letter: Take action now to counter climate change πŸ› Portland Press Herald

Community

Lunar New Year event celebrates Chinese culture and the start of the Year of the Dragon πŸ› Portland Press Herald

First Annual Winter Wassail Successed Despite Cold Wind at Mt. Joy Orchard πŸ› Munjoy Hill News

Elections

Mainers can vote in primaries right now, regardless of party enrollment πŸ› WGME

Guns

Rep. Golden says Gov. Mills' proposals on gun reform don't go far enough πŸ› WGME

Our View: We cannot get gun safety wrong this time around πŸ› Portland Press Herald

Justice

More than 100 Mainers are in jail awaiting lawyers. The fix remains elusive. πŸ› Portland Press Herald

Eliot Cutler disbarred, can't practice law in Maine after child porn conviction πŸ› WMTW

Photography

The moon just above the horizon in Yarmouth tonight was huge. πŸ› Reddit

Sunset last evening and Sunrise today over the Androscoggin. πŸ› Reddit

Police

Shooting suspect led officers on chase, had crossbow and shell casings in car, police say πŸ› Portland Press Herald

Man arrested after police chase through Cumberland, York counties πŸ› Bangor Daily News

Man arrested after police pursuit through Cumberland, York counties πŸ› WGME

Weapons seized shooting suspect's car during Standish arrest πŸ› WCSH News Center Maine

Politics

Maine considers exempting all nonprofits from sales tax πŸ› The Maine Monitor

Maine voters gear up for March 5 presidential primaries, though many are unhappy with the choices πŸ› Portland Press Herald

Transportation

MTA says it will work with Smiling Hill Farms on Gorham Connector πŸ› WGME


Morning Links - Saturday, February 24, 2024

Arts

What Actually Is the 'Hopeful' Sign You See Everywhere in Maine? πŸ› WJBQ

Business

A day on the ocean with Maine's tough winter scallopers πŸ› Bangor Daily News

Maine’s Public Sector Agencies Are Warming to Drones. Where is the Private Sector? πŸ› DroneVideos.com

Eimskip revenues declined by nearly a third last year πŸ› Maine Public

City

Neighborhood Meeting on 42 Atlantic Street Redevelopment Set For March 5th πŸ› Munjoy Hill News

Portland to decide on $1.2m loan for housing project πŸ› Spectrum News

Franklin Street in Portland, Maine Could Get a Redesign πŸ› WJBQ

Climate Emergency

Maine fishing businesses struggling to recover a month after storms πŸ› Bangor Daily News

How This Winter’s Storms Have Impacted Maine and the Lobster Industry πŸ› Maine Lobster Festival

Mills makes formal requests for federal disaster relief from January storms πŸ› Portland Press Herald

ME governor seeks major disaster declaration for January storms πŸ› WCSH News Center Maine

Maine should adopt Clean Car standards πŸ› Portland Press Herald

Councils made the right call on Sawyer Street πŸ› Portland Press Herald

Letter: Offshore wind can help us preserve the things we love in Maine πŸ› Bangor Daily News

Dover-Foxcroft weighs dam removal πŸ› The Maine Monitor

Environment

Coffee with the Casco Baykeeper: PFAS πŸ› Friends of Casco Bay

This forestry practice makes ugly scenery on Maine hiking trails πŸ› Bangor Daily News

Guns

Chief enforcer of US gun laws fears Americans may become numb to violence with each mass shooting πŸ› Associated Press

Healthcare

MaineCare impacted by Change Health cybersecurity issue - YouTube - NEWS CENTER Maine

Housing

While Maine home prices continue to rise and inventory continues to fall, those trends are slowing πŸ› Portland Press Herald

Justice

Eliot Cutler disbarred from practicing law in Maine after child-porn conviction πŸ› Portland Press Herald

Westbrook man files malpractice lawsuit against Mercy Hospital after leg amputation πŸ› Portland Press Herald

Maine foreign election interference law may be paused by federal judge πŸ› Bangor Daily News

Maine prisons, jails see wave of corrections graduates πŸ› WCSH News Center Maine

Maine State Prison: 3 staff members on administrative leave πŸ› WCSH News Center Maine

Police

Maine attorney general finds South Portland officer's use of deadly force justified πŸ› Maine Public

Maine attorney general rules South Portland officer was justified in shooting armed suspect πŸ› Bangor Daily News

Maine AG rules South Portland officer justified in shooting armed suspect πŸ› WGME

Shooting of South Portland man by police ruled justified by Maine AG πŸ› WMTW

Politics

Proposed bill looks to safeguard Maine shoreland πŸ› WCSH News Center Maine

Experiential learning works. Lawmakers should support it. πŸ› Bangor Daily News

State

Maine’s new pine tree license plate to be unveiled next week πŸ› Portland Press Herald

Maine fails to meet federal standards when returning at-risk children to their families, watchdog report says πŸ› Portland Press Herald

Unhoused

UNE will host a public forum on homelessness, Biddeford, Maine πŸ› WCSH News Center Maine

Maine inmates raise $12,000 to help homeless Mainers πŸ› WGME

Vacationland

Meet Maine’s First Lobster Festival Delegate Adelaide Hendricks πŸ› Maine Lobster Festival


Afternoon Links - Friday, February 23, 2024

Arts

Ouroboros πŸ› SPACE

Business

New tropical oasis-themed aquatic center opens in Portland πŸ› WGME

City

Future Friday: 185 Commercial Street πŸ› Portland Old Port

Climate Emergency

Maine fishing businesses struggling to recover a month after January storms πŸ› Maine Public

Environment

Overly broad rules, and prohibitions on rules, aren’t helping whales or lobstermen πŸ› Bangor Daily News

Guns

Stronger gun laws save lives πŸ› Bangor Daily News

History

Black History Month events in Maine at the end of February πŸ› WCSH News Center Maine

Police

Attorney General says South Portland police were justified in shooting man last August πŸ› Portland Press Herald

Politics

Push to limit PAC contributions advances in Maine πŸ› WGME

Shenna Bellows responds to RFK Jr. lawsuit over signature gathering at polls πŸ› Bangor Daily News

Things to Do

A chilly day spent watching films in Camden? Here’s 7 things to do this weekend πŸ› Portland Press Herald

R.A.P. Ferriera and Cavalier πŸ› SPACE


Morning Links - Friday, February 23, 2024

Business

National retailer Free People leases first Maine storefront, in Portland's Old Port πŸ› Mainebiz

14 Maine companies make Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing in the US πŸ› Mainebiz

Maine's business exodus: Is the state losing its corporate backbone? - YouTube - CBS 13 News

Climate Emergency

Cumberland County towns consider removing flood-prone road πŸ› WCSH News Center Maine

Kittery grapples with millions of dollars' worth of damage from historic January storms πŸ› WGME

Turning the tide: How climate change is reshaping waterfront development in Maine πŸ› Mainebiz

Education

White House announces plan to cancel $5.3 million in student loan debt for 700 Mainers πŸ› Portland Press Herald

Maine teachers call on lawmakers to raise their minimum salary πŸ› Portland Press Herald

Lawmakers support funding for African American, Wabanaki studies in schools πŸ› Portland Press Herald

Principal leaving Portland’s Casco Bay High after 19 years πŸ› Portland Press Herald

Environment

Conservation purchase protects 400 acres in Casco πŸ› Maine Public

Loon Echo Land Trust conserves 400-acre site in Casco πŸ› The Windham Eagle

New information may prompt rethinking of lobster rules, development of Sears Island πŸ› Bangor Daily News

Guns

Tensions rise as Legislature prepares to debate gun safety in wake of Lewiston shooting πŸ› Portland Press Herald

Jared Golden opposes Janet Mills’ gun reform package πŸ› Bangor Daily News

Healthcare

We must support reproductive autonomy πŸ› Portland Press Herald

Mental health crisis center in Portland could serve as model for state network πŸ› Portland Press Herald

Aspen Dental patients' personal information exposed in data breach πŸ› Bangor Daily News

Housing

Median home price in Maine in January jumps to $353,000 πŸ› Maine Public

Maine home values climbed nearly 9 percent in January πŸ› Bangor Daily News

MaineHousing Working on Providing Additional Funding for Portland's First Parish Warming Center πŸ› Munjoy Hill News

LGBTQIA+

Lockman readies lawsuit against trans students, reportedly backed by notable attorney πŸ› Maine Beacon

Photography

Dave the dogman pic I found on facebook. πŸ› Reddit

Frank J Wood Bridge πŸ› Reddit

Androscoggin from Lewiston today. πŸ› Reddit

Police

2 youths arrested after attempted carjacking in Portland πŸ› Bangor Daily News

Two juveniles arrested, charged with robbery following attempted carjacking in Portland πŸ› Portland Press Herald

Minors charged with robbery in alleged carjacking attempt πŸ› WCSH News Center Maine

Politics

Measure to limit PAC contributions could be headed for November ballot πŸ› Portland Press Herald

Citizen initiative to limit contributions to PACs deemed valid by Maine secretary of state πŸ› Maine Public

Maine may vote on limiting contributions to political committees πŸ› Bangor Daily News

Nangle introduces bill to help communities protect local water resources πŸ› The Windham Eagle

Bill to help communities with shoreland zoning violations moves forward in Augusta πŸ› WGME

Maine should prevent lapse in critical funding for crime victims πŸ› Bangor Daily News

Letter: Bill will support Maine children in foster care πŸ› Portland Press Herald

Child Tax Credit should be expanded πŸ› Portland Press Herald

RFK Jr. sues Maine's secretary of state over polling place access πŸ› Maine Public

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. sues over Maine ban on collecting presidential nomination signatures at polls during primary πŸ› Portland Press Herald

RFK Jr.'s team sues Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows πŸ› WCSH News Center Maine

Joe Biden, Donald Trump enter Maine primaries with huge leads πŸ› Bangor Daily News

Palestinian rights activists hold rally inside State House and demand a ceasefire πŸ› WGME

Public Safety

More than 200 evacuated from ski lift at Sunday River πŸ› Portland Press Herald

'Mechanical issue' prompts Sunday River chairlift evacuation πŸ› WCSH News Center Maine

Maine Warden Service receives grant, helps those with dementia πŸ› WCSH News Center Maine

Transportation

Smiling Hill Farm stands in the way of proposed Gorham connector πŸ› WCSH News Center Maine

Tribal Sovereignty

Maine Democrat rolls out another effort to expand tribal rights over Janet Mills’ opposition πŸ› Bangor Daily News

Unhoused

Bill to prevent moratoriums on homeless shelters advances πŸ› Maine Public

Take Action Now: Permanent Funding for Shelters πŸ› Preble Street

Cumberland County Jail puts together warming kits πŸ› WCSH News Center Maine

Vacationland

Improvements planned for public restroom in downtown Old Orchard Beach πŸ› Saco Bay News


Morning Links - Thursday, February 22, 2024

City

Committee recommends spending grant money on Portland parks, social services πŸ› Portland Press Herald

Moving the old Chamber building could resolve PMA expansion issues πŸ› Portland Press Herald

PMA is out of compliance with its goals πŸ› Portland Press Herald

Maine's Largest City Named One of Best Places to Live πŸ› WCYY

Climate Emergency

Flood insurance program may prevent South Portland fishing shacks from being rebuilt πŸ› WMTW

Letter: Pass clean car standard for Maine’s future πŸ› Bangor Daily News

Education

Maine lawmakers look to prevent fentanyl deaths by raising awareness in schools πŸ› WGME

Environment

Local residents protest Sears Island as site for offshore wind port πŸ› Maine Public

Food and Drink

Craft beer magazine names Portland brewery best of 2023 πŸ› WGME

Belleflower Brewing named top brewery of 2023 πŸ› Bangor Daily News

5-10-15: February 2024 πŸ› Portland Food Map

Some of the Best Fries in America Are Right in Portland, Maine πŸ› WCYY

Guns

In wake of mass shooting, here is how Maine's governor wants to tackle gun control and mental health πŸ› ABC News

N.Y. police video shows fellow reservists’ accounts of Lewiston gunman’s deteriorating mental health πŸ› Portland Press Herald

Dozens of Maine lawmakers call on Cabela’s, Kittery Trading Post to stop selling military-style rifles πŸ› Portland Press Herald

Mills moves to update yellow flag law, expand gun sale background checks πŸ› Portland Press Herald

Letter: Maine needs to ban assault weapons πŸ› Bangor Daily News

Maine lawmakers consider gun legislation, action to stop 'assault rifle' sales πŸ› WGME

Healthcare

Letter: All Mainers deserve autonomy over their bodies πŸ› Bangor Daily News

Waterville shop showcases pro-choice stance in response to anti-abortion protesters - YouTube - CBS 13 News

History

Was life in Maine better 100 years ago? πŸ› WCSH News Center Maine

Spirits Alive at Eastern Cemetery Presents: Lecture on Black Mainers by Andy O'Brien This Saturday πŸ› Munjoy Hill News

Throwback Thursday Photo: Monument Square Mushroom 1999 & 2024 πŸ› Portland Old Port

Housing

These old Maine churches are being transformed into homes πŸ› Bangor Daily News

Portland’s emergency warming shelter is asking state for more funding to stay open πŸ› Portland Press Herald

Opinion: Portland tenants are doing the city’s job in holding greedy landlords accountable πŸ› Maine Beacon

Justice

Maine's chief justice cites progress and challenges for backlogged court system πŸ› Maine Public

Warden replaced, alleged misconduct investigated at Maine State Prison πŸ› Portland Press Herald

Maine attorney general’s office could get dedicated civil rights unit πŸ› Portland Press Herald

High court chief justice says Maine must invest in tech and staff to solve system’s backlog πŸ› Portland Press Herald

Warden replaced amid investigation into harassment, 'inappropriate relations' at Maine State Prison πŸ› Maine Public

Alleged harassment and hazing at Maine State Prison πŸ› WCSH News Center Maine

Outdoors

Several ice fishing derbies this weekend are free to kids πŸ› Bangor Daily News

Photography

"Starbound" - Ogunquit, Maine. πŸ› Reddit

Police

South Portland man pleads guilty to gun and drug trafficking charges πŸ› WGME

Politics

Maine would become 27th state to ban paramilitary training under bill passed by House πŸ› Bangor Daily News

Bill to ban paramilitary training narrowly passes through Maine House πŸ› WGME

Maine House gives initial approval to bill banning paramilitary training camps πŸ› Maine Public

Ban on paramilitary training camps barely clears first hurdle in Maine House vote πŸ› Portland Press Herald

Critics blast Republican bill targeting foreign nationals as β€˜blatantly racist’ πŸ› Portland Press Herald

A new version of congressional earmarks are benefitting Maine πŸ› Bangor Daily News

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. sues over signature gathering at Maine polls πŸ› Bangor Daily News

South Portland

South Portland municipal buildings need to be bigger, report says πŸ› Portland Press Herald

Things to Do

Winter Warmer: 10+ Events in Portland, Maine to Beat the Chill πŸ› Portland Old Port

Open Studios & Artist Talk for March First Friday Art Walk πŸ› SPACE

Between the Sea & Me: A Grief and Gratitude Ritual for the Coastal Maine Community πŸ› SPACE

Horsegirl πŸ› SPACE

Tribal Sovereignty

LD 2007 Take Action Toolkit πŸ› Wabanaki Alliance

Write an LTE in Support of LD 2007 πŸ› Wabanaki Alliance

Vacationland

Acadia in full seasonal hiring mode πŸ› Mount Desert Islander