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    February 5, 2010

    ‘Devastating’ cuts face Regional School Unit 13

    Faced with the possibility of "devastating" cuts in staff and programs because of a worsening financial outlook, the Regional School Unit 13 board reversed course Feb. 4 and voted to consolidate Rockland District High School and Georges Valley High School in the fall of 2011. "I'm more and more convinced this is the only option," said board member George Emery of St. George. "I hope no one takes offense but ...

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    February 5, 2010

    SAD 40 board declines to support Many Flags

    The Maine School Administrative District 40 board on Feb. 4 considered a statement of support for the Many Flags, One Campus project and discussed the number of directors for the school board. The school board unanimously voted to direct the superintendent to write a letter saying that SAD 40 does not support the Many Flags project because it is not in the best interest of the district's students. The Many ...

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    February 5, 2010

    Investigators seek Chevrolet truck in Jan. 30 death of Camden woman

    Orono police, with assistance from the Maine State Police, are seeking the public's help following last weekend's death of a University of Maine student, whose body was found on an Orono street. Investigators said that 20-year-old Jordyn Bakley of Camden was likely struck by a full-size Chevrolet pickup or sport utility vehicle, according to a news release from the state police. Investigators are asking for the ...

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    February 5, 2010

    Lincolnville police blotter

    An arrest or summons does not constitute a finding of guilt. An individual charged with a crime is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at criminal proceedings. The Lincolnville Police Department reported the following activity from Jan. 17 to Jan. 31. Jan. 17 Officer Michael McFadden III responded to Masalin Road for a wildlife complaint. Jan. 18 Officer Robert Cartier conducted a public ...

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    February 5, 2010

    Does money muddy direct democracy?

    Dead men don't vote. And they can't sign their names to voter petitions, either. But one did in the town of Greene last year. The alert town clerk there found a deceased town resident's signature on a petition asking voters if they wanted the tax reform bill to go to a people's veto referendum in June. The clerk discovered every signature on the petition was invalid. The state legislator who represents ...

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    February 5, 2010

    Legislature tackles citizen initiatives

    Two Democratic state legislators want to place stricter rules on the gathering of signatures on petitions that send ballot questions to voters. State Rep. Seth Berry, D-Bowdoinham, and Sen. John Nutting, D-Leeds, said their experiences with petitions, including the made-up signatures in Greene, justify more regulation. Their bills will be heard in a public committee hearing Monday, Feb. 8 at the Statehouse. ...

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    February 4, 2010

    Maine State Police blotter

    An arrest or summons does not constitute a finding of guilt. An individual charged with a crime is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at criminal proceedings. Maine State Police responded to the following calls from Jan. 25 to Jan. 31. As part of an ongoing investigation, Trooper Patrick Hood charged Frank Maddocks, 38, with burglary and theft in Appleton. The complainant reported the theft of ...

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    February 4, 2010

    South Thomaston budget would seek less money from property owners

    South Thomaston voters will be asked March 30 to approve a municipal budget that would require about 1 percent less money from property owners than the spending package approved last year. The proposed 2010 budget calls for spending $855,926, an increase of $1,170 from the 2009 voter-adopted budget. The amount to be raised in property taxes ($458,376) is 1.3 percent less than it was in 2009. The impact on the ...

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    February 4, 2010

    Former chamber head sues unknown parties

    A former executive director of the Camden-Rockport-Lincolnville Chamber of Commerce has filed a lawsuit against individuals she claims concocted a survey of members of the local business community that irreparably damaged her reputation. The lawsuit on behalf of Claire Adams of Appleton was filed Feb. 3 in Knox County Superior Court. The lawsuit is unusual in that the defendant is unknown. Adams' lawsuit ...

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    February 4, 2010

    National fisheries administrator sets plan to respond to inspector general’s findings

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Administrator Jane Lubchenco has instructed the agency's head attorney and its top fisheries manager to take immediate and long-term actions to improve the agency's enforcement and legal operations and enhance its relationship with the fishing community. In a memorandum issued Feb. 3, Lubchenco directed NOAA General Counsel Lois Schiffer and NOAA Acting Assistant ...

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