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In symbolic move, Maine lawmakers signal opposition to hydropower project

(The Center Square) – Maine lawmakers have stated their opposition to a controversial 145-mile hydropower transmission corridor that would run through the state. The state Legislature, in its final vote of the session, passed a largely symbolic resolution stating that the project constituted a "substantial alteration" of public lands and should have been required to pass with a two-thirds vote. The Senate approved the measure on a 28-6 vote. The House voted 66-52 to approve it.
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Maine to celebrate blueberry crop on second weekend in August

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine will celebrate its wild blueberry crop with a new weekend of events in early August. Maine is home to the only commercial-scale wild blueberry producers in the U.S., and the wild blueberry is the official state berry. Gov. Janet Mills said Friday the first annual Wild Blueberry Weekend will take place on Aug. 7 and 8.
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Are sprawling fish farms coming to swallow Maine?

ON A CHILLY SUNDAY in June, Sarah Redmond steers her pickup outside of an old sardine cannery here in Gouldsboro, Maine, leaps out, and pulls from the truck bed what looks like lobster traps oozing with slimy, withered vegetable matter. “I’m doing research on dulse,” she says, about the tough, purplish seaweed that is higher in protein and lower in iodine than other varieties. Seaweed is popular in Japan, she says, but Americans find it too intense. “We sell it mostly as an ingredient and as seasoning,” she says. “It’s a flavor enhancer, in chips, bread, cereal — you can sprinkle it on as a barbecue rub. It’s got vitamins, minerals, fiber.”
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Maine farm says recent rain too little, too late for blueberry crop

ARUNDEL, Maine — While this month’s rain has been good for drought conditions in Maine, it might be too little, too late for some farmers. Farms in Maine have experienced moderate to severe drought conditions this year. The owners of Dragonfly Meadow Blueberry Farm in Arundel said because of the...
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Maine loggers eligible for $200M in relief

AUGUSTA, Maine (WABI) - What state officials felt was a forgotten profession is forgotten no more. The federal government is making $200 million available for logging businesses that have been hurt by the pandemic. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Congressman Jared Golden, D-Maine, were co-authors of the Loggers Relief Act.
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$200M available to Maine loggers hurt by the pandemic

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The federal government is making $200 million available for logging businesses that have been hurt by the pandemic. Republican Sen. Susan Collins and Democratic Rep. Jared Golden were co-authors of the Loggers Relief Act, and they pressed for the funding to be expedited by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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