Maine news

Troy R. Bennett, BDN

It was standing room only last night at a hearing in Hallowell on Central Maine Power's proposal to levy an additional charge on customers that generate their own electricity. Dylan Voorhees of the Natural Resources Council was one of many voices in opposition to the charge. Voorhees told the Public Utilities Commission hearing, "The reason people invest in energy efficiency is to  is with the Natural Resources Council of Maine:

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The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad says it will have a new place to run its trains. Thursday's Portland Daily Sun reports Central Maine Power is ready to donate a two-mile strip of land in Gray that the railroad could use to lay track. The paper also says there would be enough room at Gray Plaza for the museum to put up a building larger than its existing exhibit space on the Portland waterfront. The railroad has operated along a former rail bed that runs along the base of Portland's Eastern Promenade and along the waterfront to the city's Ocean Gateway cruise ship terminal.

The University of Maine system comes up with a controversial plan to cope with a $36-million budget gap. The proposals put forth by campus presidents to close the gap have stirred heated debate, particularly at at the university of southern Maine, which is trying to find savings of more than $13-million.

Host Keith Shortall discussed the tough decisions being made at several University of Maine campuses:

James Page, UMaine Chancellor

Rebecca Wyke, Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration

Sam Collins, Chair, U-Maine Board of Trustees

Maine Events Highlight Child Abuse Prevention

Apr 1, 2014

Maine law enforcement and local child abuse prevention councils will participate in a variety of events throughout April for Child Abuse Prevention month.

Events planned for the month are designed to bring attention to the need to prevent child abuse and neglect and to recognize the community partnerships that work on the issue.  

Speaking at a State House event, Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew said that prevention begins in the community.

  Tree tapping and syrup making, it's a conversation about all things maple syrup. Learn why Maine is a leader in maple syrup production. And how this year's long, unusually cold winter is affecting the flow of sap. Learn how to tap your own trees and make your own syrup. Just in time for Maine Maple Sunday.

Host Keith Shortall speaks with:

Kathryn Hopkins, Maple Syrup Expert and Extension Professor, University of Maine Cooperative Extension

Transgender in Maine

Mar 19, 2014

  A conversation about gender identity. Hear from people who are transgender or help those coming to terms with gender dysphoria, the feeling of intense disconnect between the gender assigned at birth and the gender one believes they actually are.

Host Keith Shortall speaks with:

Dorn W. Mcmahon, from the Transcare Collaborative at MMC

Lisa Bunker, program director of wmpg community radio

Susan Maasch, founding director of Trans Youth Equality Foundation & producer of the Transwaves podcast

Tax Filing Help

Mar 17, 2014

  Three experts offer advice on filling out your 2013 tax forms as the IRS deadline for filing is less than one month away.

Host Jennifer Rooks speaks with:

David Martines, accountant with Baker Newman Noyes

Christian Bishop, CFA with Casco Bay Wealth Advisors

Tess Armstrong, tax consultant with the IRS

  Maine's Commissioner of the Maine Department of Marine Resources answers questions about the public policy issues under his purview.

Host Jennifer Rooks speaks with:

Commissioner of the Maine Dept. of Marine Resources, Pat Keliher

  Meet the new Music Director at MPBN, Robin Rilette. She was the former morning classical host at Northwest Public Radio (NWPR), based in Pullman, Washington.

Host Jennifer Rooks spoke with:

MPBN's Music Director Robin Rilette

Reading Proficiency

Feb 4, 2014

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  A new report shows that only 1/3 of Maine 4th graders read proficiently. A panel of experts will discuss tips, techniques and book recommendations to foster a love of reading that lasts a lifetime.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by 

Claire Berkowitz, Executive Director, Maine Children’s Alliance

  The University of Maine is unveiling a program to get adults who didn't finish their college degree to get back to school.

Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by 

University of Maine chancellor James Page 

University of Maine at Augusta president Allyson Handley 

Student John Miller


Jan 23, 2014

  Who are the homeless in Maine and how are they being helped? How many people in our state does homelessness affect, and what practical steps can be taken to help?

Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by 

Tom McLaughlin, research professor at University of New England 

Mark R. Swann, MSPA, Executive Director, Preble Street 

Tom Ptacek with Homeless Voices for Justice 

Canadian Consul General Edit | Remove

  What's ahead for Maine - Canada relations in 2014? From lumber to tar sands, tourism to security... how what happens in Canada affects Maine, and vice versa.

Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by 

Consul General Patrick Binns

  Life as a refugee or asylee in Maine. What are the challenges and opportunities to resettling from a foreign land to Maine?

Host Keith Shortall was joined by 

Regina Phillips, Program Coordinator for Refugee Services Program in Portland. 

Reza Jalali, Author and Educator from USM

Tarlan Ahmadov, Program Manager, Refugee and Immigration Services & Language Partners of Catholic Charities Maine 

2nd Annual Maine Calling 'Made in Maine Gift Guide' Edit | Remove

  Just in time for Christmas - the 2nd Annual Maine Calling Made in Maine Gift Guide, a survey of the most unusual and most Maine-inspired gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list.

Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by:

Alex Steed, co-founder of Knack Factory and BDN blogger on Bourbon, Portland, Beer, Politics.