Making Maine Sustainable: Two Bills under Review

AUGUSTA -- The state house was again bustling after Monday's federal holiday.  Lawmakers were back in committee rooms, holding public hearings.  Two measures received that treatment, Tuesday -- both billed as attempts to make Maine more sustainable.  Jared Pliner explains.

 

RSU 20 Schools Look to Withdraw

BELFAST - Members of Regional School District 20 are looking for ways out, as board members debate money saving actions, including the possibility shutting down schools.

Fallen Soldiers Honored at PJCC

BANGOR - Two fallen soldiers were remembered today, where they once attended school.
Penobscot Job Corps Center now honoring their own who served this country.

Wardens Warn Public of Uncertain Ice Conditions

      The Maine Warden Service wants to remind everyone that because of the last two weeks of warm weather, ice conditions around the state can be uncertain, and to use caution.

     Corporal John MacDonald says there are some waterways that have seen ice open up or become thin, and he urges caution. “It’s still a smart idea to check the ice as you go and watch out for currents that can undermine the conditions. Please – everyone – play it safe in spite of the cold weather returning.”

     Rivers and streams are of most concern, where water is constantly flowing and the warm weather has helped contribute to thin ice. And even with cold weather arriving this week it will be a while before ice conditions firm up on lakes as well, as thin spots have cropped up in some unusual places according to wardens in the field.

     In short, ice conditions remain questionable for much of the State of Maine and anyone venturing onto the ice, whether it be for snowmobiling, ice fishing, or just hiking or skating, is urged to use caution.

 

Howland crash

A bad crash in Howland shut down a portion of interstate 95 this morning. Police say it involved a tractor trailer truck and a passenger vehicle. There aren't many details available other than a helicopter was called to rush a victim to the hospital. The southbound lanes of the interstate were closed because of the crash, but one lane has since been reopened. We'll have more details as the day rolls along.  

Inmate death

Maine State Prison Inmate Death

The Department of Corrections today confirms the death of a prisoner of the Maine State Prison in Warren. The prisoner’s death occurred approximately 5:45 a.m., January 21, 2014 at the Maine State Prison. Consistent with the department policy and the Attorney General’s Office protocols, the State Police and the Medical Examiner were notified. Both are reviewing the death.

At the time of his death, Stephen Ray Gravel, age 53, had served approximately 5 years of a 16 year sentence for gross sexual assault.

 

2014 Country Megaticket Announced

BANGOR - Waterfront Concerts making a big announcement this morning; the chance to buy a season ticket good for 3 major country artist performances.

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