Daily Archives: January 7, 2010

Oh, oh, oh! I know this one!

OK, so DownEast.com’s trivia question stumped me two days running, but the question today was, well, a little too easy. Here it is.

How many states border Maine?

Answer:

Only one, New Hampshire.

Everyone knows that. Sheesh!

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286th returns to Bangor after yearlong Afghan deployment – Bangor Daily News

Glad you are home and thank you for your service.

286th returns to Bangor after yearlong Afghan deployment – Bangor Daily News.

Mainer gets 7 years after his 10th OUI – Bangor Daily News

This guy has to be a complete idiot.

Mainer gets 7 years after his 10th OUI – Bangor Daily News.

Maine conservation fund issues first grants

(Spotted this story by John Richardson on the Portland Press Herald website. It appears that wetlands and deer wintering habitats are the big winners, at least in this first round of grants. Both could use the help. – KM)

 By John Richardson

Portland Press Herald, Jan. 7, 2010

A state conservation fund that collects fees from developers has awarded $1.8 million to projects that help restore or preserve wetlands and other wildlife habitats.

The Maine Natural Resource Conservation Program was created last year to allow developers to pay fees when projects require the filling of wetlands or other impacts on habitat. Before the creation of the fund, developers would sometimes have to compensate for unavoidable impacts by doing individual restoration projects.

Fees are collected by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection and then transferred to the Natural Resource Conservation Fund at The Nature Conservancy. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers also works with the fund to identify priority projects.

The $1.8 million announced today is the first round of grants from the fund and will help 11 public and nonprofit groups move forward on resource protection projects across Maine.

Here’s a link to the rest of the story.

Energy-efficiency grants could create 1,000 jobs

(Reducing carbon emissions and creating and maintaining jobs is a good thing. It appears that at least a couple of the recipients are located in Aroostook County. That’s good for people there. — KM)

$8.9 million in funds partly from a carbon emissions trading plan is awarded to 16 projects.

By ETHAN WILENSKY-LANFORD

Kennebec Journal,

 January 7, 2010

The nation’s first mandatory carbon trading scheme is being credited with potentially creating nearly 1,000 jobs while promoting energy-efficiency projects in industries across Maine.

Sixteen projects were awarded $8.9 million in state and federal grant money on Wednesday. “These projects are ready to go,” Gov. John Baldacci said in announcing the grants.

The funds are a combination of federal stimulus money and revenue from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, which requires industries to pay for each ton of carbon dioxide they release into the atmosphere.

Here’s a link to the rest of the story.