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  • Quality, quantity of fire inspections vary in greater Portland

    Some Maine towns, cities inspect regularly, some only respond to complaints BRUNSWICK — For three years, Deputy Fire Chief Jeff Emerson tried to get the owners of 45 Maine St., destroyed by fire on April 17, to correct multiple fire and life-safety problems in their building.

  • Open records bill has bipartisan backing in Maine Legislature, local government opposition

    AUGUSTA — The public could get greater access to government records if a bill before the Legislature's Judiciary Committee becomes law. LD 1465 has bipartisan support in the Statehouse – and is opposed by a coalition of government officials and agencies. The legislation ...

  • Portland council to vote on $202M muni budget

    School budget goes to voters next week PORTLAND — Voters will be asked Tuesday, May 10, to approve $84.6 million in school spending for fiscal year 2012. The total school budget proposal is $89.5 million, but approval by voters is not required under state law for adult educa...

  • Long-time North Yarmouth selectman to leave board

    3-way contest takes shape for 2 open seats NORTH YARMOUTH — After four terms and 12 years, Selectman Carol Burgess has decided it's time for someone else to sit on the board while she puts her energy into the Budget Committee. Selectman Mark Verrill, who has s...

  • Yarmouth PD adds officer, harbor master, detective

    YARMOUTH — Michael Pierce is the newest member of the Police Department, which has also named a new harbor master and promoted a veteran officer to detective. Pierce, 28, of the Gray-New Gloucester area, replaces Bruce Flanders, who served on the force for 33 years before retiri...

  • School Board eliminates early release, late start days for Freeport, Pownal, Durham

    FREEPORT — The Regional School Unit 5 Board of Directors approved a 2011-2012 school calendar that eliminates early release and late start days for students and adds two more professional learning days for teachers. The board voted 10-1 to adopt the calendar last week, with Beth Park...

  • CMP asks Maine Public Utilities Commission to reject 'smart' meter opt-out option

    AUGUSTA — Central Maine Power Co. wants the Maine Public Utilities Commission to disregard the recommendation of its staff that would allow customers to opt out of the company's new wireless "smart" electrical meters. CMP issued a response Friday to last week's PUC staff recommendati...

  • A black diamond life: 'Unsung Hero' Frank Lundblad of Brunswick

    BRUNSWICK — Walk into Frank Lundblad’s condominium and you’ll be greeted by a tall man with clear eyes, a warm smile and a firm handshake. Scan the walls and you’ll see evocative paintings of the Norwegian fjords and the Maine coastline, each the product of this man...

  • Lawmakers deepen probe of Maine Green Energy Alliance

    AUGUSTA — Sparks flew, tempers flared and the gavel banged Friday as Democratic and Republican lawmakers debated whether to have the Legislature’s watchdog agency conduct a formal inquiry into the now-defunct Maine Green Energy Alliance. Despite the rancor between the top Repu...

  • Developers see Thompson's Point as 'world-class gateway' to Portland

    PORTLAND — Developers on April 27 unveiled a $100 million plan to build an events center, hotel and office buildings and nature trail at Thompson's Point. The Forefront at Thompson's Point is expected to become the new home of the Maine Red Claws basketball team and will include a me...