Tag Archives: Maine Legislature

LePage to help dedicate Aroostook County trail to fallen Marine | Bangor Daily News

[I missed this story earlier in the week. Every kid I grew up with and I used to climb this trail every year or so. It won’t bring the young man back to his family, but they now have a place to honor his life and his duty to this country. – KM]

AUGUSTA, Maine — On Friday, Gov. Paul LePage will help dedicate a summit trail on Haystack Mountain in Castle Hill in honor of a Presque Isle native who was killed in Iraq five years ago.

The Dustin J. Libby Trail will be dedicated at 8:30 a.m. in memory of Marine Cpl. Libby of Castle Hill, who was 22 when he was killed in action on Dec. 6, 2006, while conducting combat operations in Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned as a squad leader to 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, based at Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Libby was serving his second tour of duty in Iraq at the time of his death. He had served in the country previously in 2004. Between his two Iraq tours, he was stationed in Okinawa, Japan.

The trail was renamed through legislation sponsored by state Rep. Alexander Willette, R-Mapleton, and passed by the Legislature last March.

Click for the rest of the story in the Bangor Daily News.

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Democrats draw a line on nominee to lead Maine DEP | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Democrats draw a line on nominee to lead Maine DEP | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Paul LePage sworn in as Maine governor | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Paul LePage sworn in as Maine governor | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Portland chief wants tougher penalties for cocaine crime | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Portland chief wants tougher penalties for cocaine crime | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Maine asks bids for offshore power | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Maine asks bids for offshore power | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

When Mainers just say no | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

When Mainers just say no | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

New AR-15s give Maine State Police needed firepower: Assault weapons replace 9mm rifles that nobody believed in | Portland Press Herald

[I’m a little surprised Maine troopers didn’t already have the AR-15 given the kind of firepower criminals tend to pack. I hope these weapons cause people in a faceoff with troopers to simply give up and take the consequences of whatever it was that caused the troopers to be called in the first place. The AR-15 is an effective weapon in the hands of a trained police officer. By the way, a derivative of the AR-15 is the M-16 used by the U.S. military. — KM]

Maine State Police troopers will be issued 105 new assault weapons that are much more powerful than the rifles they have been using.

The Legislature approved the purchase of the AR-15 assault rifles, manufactured by Bushmaster at the company’s plant in Windham. The new weapons cost a total of $76,191.

Why the need for greater firepower? Mike Edes, president of the Maine State Troopers Association, said “almost nobody” in the department has confidence in their Ruger carbine rifles, the 9 mm weapons that the AR-15s are replacing.

“My analogy is this: I’m a deer hunter. I would not go hunting with a 9mm for deer,” Edes said. “So why would I want to be protected against a person that has another firearm, and wants to kill me and is coming after me, and rely on a gun I wouldn’t even go deer hunting with?”

The guns are being paid for with a combination of drug enforcement money and state funds, said Rep. Paulette Beaudoin, D-Biddeford.

Click on the lick for the rest of this story by Meredith Goad in today’s Portland Press Herald.

And here is a link to the Bangor Daily News version of the story, which seems to be better written. Here is the link to “State police to receive new AR-15 assault rifles” | Bangor Daily News

Maine’s community colleges freeze tuition again | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Community colleges freeze tuition again | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Baldacci signs bill slashing Maine budget | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Baldacci signs bill slashing Maine budget | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Hearing today on Maine’s medical pot plan | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Hearing today on medical pot plan | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Taking a hard look at government in Maine | The Kennebec Journal, Augusta, ME

Taking a hard look at government | The Kennebec Journal, Augusta, ME.

Code lays out ethics for Maine’s lawmakers | Portland Press Herald

Code lays out ethics for state’s lawmakers | Portland Press Herald.