MAINE LANDFILL CLOSURES
Maine DEP sends $400K for landfill closures, fixes
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The Maine Department of Environmental Protection is sending $401,678 in checks to 11 municipalities for costs associated with landfill closures and clean-up costs.
Presque Isle Municipal Landfill is receiving the largest check at $125,445. Others receiving checks include Bath, Greenville and Hartland.
LePage signed legislation in 2012 allowing the DEP to pay back bills to cities and towns that closed and cleaned up landfills that were health or environmental risks.
A $2 per tons fee on construction and demolition debris funds the reimbursements. State officials say the reimbursement checks bring the total sent to municipalities for landfill closures and clean-up costs to $863,000 since January 2013.
Windjammers descend upon Maine's Camden Harbor
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Maine's windjammer fleet is celebrating one of the final festivals of summer.
More than a dozen traditional schooners were participating in the Camden Windjammer Festival, which is described as the largest gathering of schooners on the East Coast. Some of the participating vessels are National Historic Landmarks.
Saturday's events included a lobster crate race across the water, along with windjammer tours and a chowder cook-off.
The three-day event wraps up Sunday with a make-believe pirate attack on Camden.
MAINE COYOTE HUNT
Maine's night coyote hunt ends this weekend
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Maine's night coyote hunt is coming to a close.
Saturday is the final day of Maine's wild dog hunting season this year. The hunt is closed from midnight Saturdays to 12:01 a.m. on Mondays, making Saturday the final full day.
State officials say there are at least 12,000 coyotes in Maine. They live throughout the state, sometimes in urbanized areas. The night hours are most often when they are hunting.
There is no closed season for daytime coyote hunting. Neither the daytime nor nighttime coyote hunt includes a bag limit.
The night hunt starts a half hour after sunset and ends a half hour before sunrise. The season began in December.
COLLEGE PRESIDENT BUILDING
UMaine Augusta building named for outgoing chief
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - A building at the University of Maine at Augusta is being renamed in honor of the outgoing president who is taking a job in California.
On Friday, University of Maine Chancellor James Page announced that a building in downtown Augusta will be renamed Handley Hall, in honor of President Allyson Handley.
The Gannett Building on Water Street houses architecture and art programs. The building was given to the university in 2010.
The Kennebec Journal reports Page said he learned of the effort to rename the building two weeks ago. He says it's incredible the idea was so widespread yet it remained a secret.
School trustees are expected to vote formally on the name change next month.
Handley is taking a job at the National University in San Diego
Motorcyclist brags to cops he hit 185 mph in chase
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire police say a motorcyclist clocked at 127 mph bragged after being arrested that he had reached 185 mph during the chase.
State police say 31-year-old David J. Fries, of Manchester, was spotted by a trooper on Interstate 93 in Bow at about 2:45 a.m. Saturday.
The first trooper eventually ended the chase, but another trooper saw Fries crash into a guardrail after he exited Interstate 393.
Police say Fries then led officers on an hourlong foot chase in Concord. He was subdued with help from a police dog.
Fries was treated for injuries from the crash and from the dog.
He faces a variety of charges and is being held on $30,000 bail.
It's unclear if he has a lawyer.
UNH starts community care coordination program
DURHAM, N.H. (AP) - The University of New Hampshire has created a program to fill a need expressed by medical and social service professionals to bridge services provided by hospitals and those in the community.
The certificate program in community care coordination includes courses in a variety of areas, including health benefits, transportation needs, set up of in-home care, coordination of informal supports, assistance with activities of daily living, and hospital-home transitions.
The school says the positions are among the fastest-growing occupations in the health care field, with a projected growth in New Hampshire of more than 50 percent by 2020.
The flexible 19-credit program is currently enrolling students to begin this fall.
Unabashed, uphill run for Hemingway campaign
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - Andrew Hemingway's campaign headquarters is plastered with campaign signs for Republicans including Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush.
But there aren't any signs for Hemingway, who is nearing the end of a primary campaign for the party's gubernatorial nomination. They're all out on street corners.
With little money in his contest against the well-funded Walt Havenstein, Hemingway is using every resource he can. Still, he says, his grassroots network can overcome the financial disadvantage.
The 32-year-old businessman from Bristol wants government to get out of the way and give the free market room to attract business, create jobs and pay the bills.
Critics worry he is too divisive and has spent too long bashing other Republicans.
Solid apple crop expected in Northern New England
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Northern New England apple growers are expecting a decent crop but not as good as last year's bumper yield.
Early season varieties are already ripening, prompting some pick-your-own orchards to open this weekend.
Vermont is New England's second-largest producer of apples after Massachusetts. It produced about 850,000 bushels of apples last year.
Some orchards are reporting a smaller crop of some varieties that produced bountiful numbers last year.
Genny Boyer, of Boyer's Orchard in Monkton, Vermont, estimates they're down about a third in McIntosh apples from last year. But she says other varieties - Empire, Cortland and Northern Spy - are doing well.
Dick Fabrizio owns Windy Ridge Orchard in North Haverhill, New Hampshire. He says scores of sub-zero winter mornings cut his crop by about 30 percent.
VERMONT GAS PROTEST
Group claims responsibility for Vermont Gas visit
HINESBURG, Vt. (AP) - An activist group is claiming responsibility for a protest at the Hinesburg home of the president of Vermont Gas Systems.
In an email sent Saturday to some Vermont media outlets, the group Green Mountain EarthFirst claimed they "temporarily seized" the property of Vermont Gas President Don Gilbert on Friday night.
Hinesburg police Chief Frank Koss says the protesters left Gilbert's property after police arrived.
Plans by Vermont Gas to extend a natural gas line from Burlington south to Middlebury and eventually to Rutland has sparked impassioned protests by some.
The protesters declined to identify themselves. They were allowed to leave the property after police recorded the license numbers of their vehicles.
Koss says he feels the incident "crossed the line" from freedom of speech and was an invasion of privacy.
POLICE SHOOTING-SUSPECT CHARGES
Man shot by Vermont police facing new charges
ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) - A 27-year-old Vermont man recovering from wounds suffered when he was shot by state police following a high speed chase has pleaded not guilty to a variety of charges from the incident.
On Friday Eric Jackson pleaded not guilty to 10 criminal charges in Caledonia Superior Court in St. Johnsbury. He also qualifies for habitual offender status.
The Caledonian Record reports Jackson was arraigned via tele-conference from the Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield where he is being housed in the medical wing as he recovers from his wounds.
Jackson was shot multiple times on May 28 after he tried to ram two troopers following a high speed chase that ended in Barton.
An investigation determined the troopers acted properly in the shooting.
Vermont officials: mosquito tips after West Nile
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - With new test results indicating that West Nile virus is present in every part of Vermont, state health officials are offering tips on avoiding bites from mosquitoes that can carry the disease.
They're urging people to limit their time outside at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
Wear shorts and long sleeves in high-risk areas and use insect repellants.
Get rid of standing water and areas where it can collect, like stopped-up rain gutters, wading pools and old tires.
Install or repair window screens to keep mosquitoes out of buildings.
Vermont Fish & Wildlife offering deer hunt classes
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is offering seminars to help get people started in deer hunting.
The department is offering three, three-hour seminars in September that will deal with such topics as basic deer biology, hunting regulations, firearm selection, where to go and hunting tips.
All new hunters are required to take a hunter safety course.
The department says hunting is a way to put "wild, organic venison" on the table and that it's inextricably linked with Vermont's working landscape.
The seminars are being offered on Sept. 10 in Montpelier, Sept. 17 in Castleton and Sept. 24 in Burlington.
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