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2008-08-17 15:00:22

FARMINGTON - University of Maine at Farmington President Theodora J. Kalikow has announced the appointment of Philip A. Griswold as the university's new assistant dean of the UMF College of Education, Health and Rehabilitation. In the newly-created position, Griswold will teach, implement and direct the university's new Master of Science in Education degree program created to develop outstanding educational leaders to meet the needs of western and central Maine. "We are thrilled to have...

2008-07-20 15:00:29

The Sun Journal editorial about T. Boone Pickens wind power development (July 13) was right about the potential of wind power in the Great Plains states, but wrong about the feasibility of transmitting that power across the country to New England. The losses involved in transmitting power more than a thousand miles are too high to justify shipping that power to the East. Wind is an important clean energy source, and we need to make use of it, right here in Maine. While there is some wind...

2008-07-20 15:00:21

The regulator, created to protect nature, is allowing fragile habitats to be destroyed The Maine Legislature created the Land Use Regulation Commission in 1971 to serve the people of Maine and act as the regulatory authority over 10.4 million acres of unorganized land - one of the largest contiguous undeveloped areas in the Northeast. Among LURC's responsibilities are promotion of orderly development, and protection of natural and ecological values.In 1974, to ensure the protection of...

2008-07-18 15:00:30

By Donna M. Perry FARMINGTON - The state's highest court affirmed a Franklin County Superior Court's decision to uphold state land regulators permitting of a commercial groundwater extraction station in Dallas Plantation. The Maine Supreme Judicial Court's split decision was issued Tuesday. The Rangeley Crossroads Coalition had appealed the Maine Land Use Regulation Commission's decision in 2006 to permit Poland Spring's parent company Nestle Waters North America Inc. to develop a...

2008-07-16 15:00:28

By Donna M. Perry FARMINGTON - The state's highest court affirmed a Franklin County Superior Court's decision to uphold state land regulators permitting of a commercial groundwater extraction station in Dallas Plantation. The Maine Supreme Judicial Court's split decision was issued Tuesday. The Rangeley Crossroads Coalition had appealed the Maine Land Use Regulation Commission's decision in 2006 to permit Poland Spring's parent company Nestle Waters North America Inc. to develop a...

2008-07-11 15:00:24

By Donna M. Perry FARMINGTON - Construction of a 44-turbine wind farm in northern Franklin County is expected to begin later this summer, TransCanada Corp. spokeswoman Cecily Dobson said Thursday. TransCanada Maine Wind Development Inc., an affiliate of the Canadian energy company, received final approval from the Maine Land Use Regulation Commission on Wednesday for commercial wind turbines in Kibby and Skinner townships. Pending remaining approvals, TransCanada expects to begin...

2008-07-10 09:00:42

By Kevin Miller, Bangor Daily News, Maine Jul. 10--State regulators gave final approval Wednesday to a $270 million wind farm and transmission line proposed for the mountains of rural Franklin County. TransCanada Maine Wind Development Inc. plans to erect 44 wind turbines on Kibby Mountain and Kibby Range, located near the Canadian border just east of Coburn Gore. The land is a working forest owned by Plum Creek Timber Co. If constructed today, the Kibby project would be the largest...

2008-07-10 03:00:27

TransCanada has announced that the Kibby wind power project has received unanimous final development plan approval from Maine's Land Use Regulation Commission. Construction plans are underway for the 132MW wind project located in the Kibby and Skinner townships in northwestern Franklin County, Maine. The project will involve the construction of 44 wind turbine generators, each with a rating of 3MW. Permanent operation and maintenance efforts will employ approximately 10 to 12 people. The...

2008-06-25 15:03:08

FARMINGTON - Mark your calendars for Thursday, July 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., when the Franklin Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will host its first home and garden tour, titled "Hidden Treasures of Western Maine." The tour will highlight nine sites and is believed to be the first and only home and garden tour ever held in the Farmington and Wilton area. The tour will feature Wilson Lake Inn gardens and the Victorian Rose Bed and Breakfast, as well as several private residences in Wilton. The...

2008-06-18 15:00:19

By KEVIN MILLER; OF THE NEWS STAFF State regulators are soliciting public comments on new rules that will speed up the approval process for siting large wind farms throughout much of Maine. The new rules, which are based on legislation approved earlier this year by both the Legislature and Gov. John Baldacci, streamline the regulatory process by identifying areas as appropriate for wind- energy projects. That means developers will not need to go through the re-zoning process for those...


Word of the Day
penuche
  • A fudgelike confection of brown sugar, cream or milk, and chopped nuts.
'Penuche' is a variant of 'panocha,' a coarse grade of sugar made in Mexico. 'Panocha' probably comes from the Spanish 'panoja, panocha,' ear of grain.
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