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New Community Solar Farm brings the heat

Power up
Power up
By: HEATHER FORAN  |  October 24, 2014

Behind the partisan veil

Tough talk
The way these debates are panning out, and the absurdly tight-knit poll numbers between Michaud and LePage, suggest that voters may be just as polarized as the candidates—despite the Democratic candidate’s pledge to bring liberals and conservatives together to fix Maine’s most pressing problems.
By: CAROLINE O'CONNOR  |  October 23, 2014

Providence Phoenix to close; Portland still in flight


On October 8, our sister publication the Providence Phoenix announced that it would close, ending a 36-year run for the city’s only alt-weekly. What that means for our paper is a good and appropriate question.
By: NICK SCHROEDER  |  October 16, 2014

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Grime Studios in final fundraising stretch

Rock saves
After half-a-dozen aborted attempts at finding a new home, Grime Studios owner Justin Curtsinger says things look good for a new, much larger space on Presumpscot Street, but it all hinges on a rapidly approaching fundraising deadline.  
By: MATT DODGE  |  October 16, 2014

House island on track to become historic preservation district

Land grabs
Portland’s historic preservation board voted last Wednesday in favor of creating a historic preservation district on House Island, a prominent land mass in Portland harbor that’s slated for private development.
By: ZACK ANCHORS  |  October 11, 2014

New USM cuts may trigger union grievances

#USMfuture
USM says it has no money, and the best way to make money is by firing the revenue makers.
By: CAROLINE O'CONNOR  |  October 11, 2014



Cops, race, and the rules

Talk about it
On Monday night, city police chief Michael Sauschuck addressed a crowd at the Portland Public Library responding to questions that emerged from a community dialogue on August 26 which focused on race and police.
By: HEATHER FORAN  |  October 03, 2014

Failing Psych 101

Gov watch
The Democrats cited a sobering list of problems ranging from patient abuse to issues of funding that they claim characterize mental health care in Maine, and which Governor LePage has failed to address.
By: CAROLINE O'CONNOR  |  October 03, 2014

Spose deeply offended by Maine GOP's suggestion of depravity

Mock press releases
In a press release last Friday, the Maine GOP makes the suggestion that a Spose lyric contained in a Knack Factory video “suggests Senator Collins performs graphic sexual acts.” Nothing could be further from the truth.  
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 01, 2014

Board votes to ax programs, sell office

#USMfuture
The USM community faces a hard reality after the UMS System Board of Trustees unanimously voted to eliminate three degree programs in Geosciences, American and New England Studies, and Lewiston-Auburn’s Arts and Humanities on Monday.  
By: CAROLINE O'CONNOR  |  October 01, 2014

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Facing program cuts, university moves critical meeting to Fort Kent

#USMFuture
If you’re not angry about what’s happening at the University of Southern Maine, it’s time to pay attention.
By: NICK SCHROEDER  |  September 19, 2014



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Politics of place

Environment watch
This weekend, environmentally-conscious Mainers have two solid options for living into their beliefs toward an ecologically sound world.
By: HEATHER FORAN  |  September 18, 2014

The E.C. plan

Politics and Other Mistakes
Independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler has proposed a much-needed change in the way Maine chooses its governor. Under the Cutler plan, the only people allowed to run would be those with the initials E.C.  
By: AL DIAMON  |  September 12, 2014

Voter awareness efforts ramp up

Fill in the bubble
As election season looms a mere eight weeks away, most Mainers are fully aware just how much is at stake in the future of the state. But let’s not take any chances.
By: NICK SCHROEDER  |  September 12, 2014

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Comprehensive Maine farm book due soon


Mary Quinn Doyle has spent the last two years traveling between Aroostook and York counties (and to the 14 in between) learning about and documenting 178 farms. Her compilation will be published this week in a book titled Unique Maine Farms.  
By: HEATHER FORAN  |  September 12, 2014

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Aucocisco Galleries ends 15-year run

Walls close in
This month, the longstanding Exchange St. gallery Aucocisco will be closing its doors, ending a 15-year run as one of the most visible and engaged visual art venues in Portland.
By: NICK SCHROEDER  |  September 03, 2014



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Michael Brown, class or race?

Talk about Ferguson
There seems to be a problem with understanding how the killing of Michael Brown is about race.
By: SAMUEL JAMES  |  August 31, 2014

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Political firing of MTI president still a mystery

You better watch your step
The sudden dismissal of Robert Martin, director of the Maine Technology Institute (MTI), raises questions and red flags.
By: JIM BAUMER  |  August 22, 2014

Tune in, turn on, plug in: WordCamp Maine 2014

Press on
WordCamp Maine, the state’s first WordPress-centered development conference, is all about supporting and educating both the wannabes and already-dids of website development.
By: CHELSEA COOK  |  August 14, 2014

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Maine Tool Library to open in Bayside

Free home goods
The Maine Tool Library wants to be Portland’s communal tool shed; a place where hobbyists, beginners, and pros can come to trade skills and help skirt the steep hardware costs of many home and garden projects.  
By: MATT DODGE  |  August 14, 2014
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