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Let's Do Lunch! At Flatbread in Portland

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Portland
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 Great pizza with an ocean view make Flatbread a new favorite for "Let's Do Lunch!"

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Gene Letourneau honored in new sportsmen’s survey

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 Press Release - January 23, 2014

Contact: George Smith, 207-293-2661

georgesmithmaine@gmail.com

 

Gene Letourneau honored in new sportsmen’s survey

 

A new survey that gives sportsmen an opportunity to voice their opinions on key issues is being named for long-time outdoor newspaper reporter Gene Letourneau.

 

Legislature tackles controversial issue of protecting wild brook trout

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Sportsmen Say Survey

 

The first question in my new Sportsmen Say Survey is about this issue. Please read this column, and then select “Sportsmen Say Survey” on this website and complete the survey. Make your voice heard on this critical issue! The legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife will receive a report and recommendations from Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife on this issue on February 11.

 

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Boat owners may get big hike in milfoil sticker fee

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The legislature is considering a significant hike in milfoil sticker fees. LD 1626, sponsored by Rep. Mike McClellan of Raymond, would raise the milfoil sticker fee by $7 for Mainers and by $15 for nonresidents. This fee is now incorporated into the boat registration fee and must be paid when boats are registered.

The Lakes Environmental Association is a principle proponent of the legislation, and emailed a message today to its supporters urging them to contact legislators to express support for the bill.

“Only a small percentage of sticker revenues currently supports plant control, reported LEA. “Seventeen groups in Maine have programs underway and the most anyone receives from those fees is $5,740 annually. Private groups working to clean state waters contributed over $500,000 in cash and donated time and materials in 2013.

Lodges will get Maine moose hunting permits this year

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 Maine sporting camps, lodges, inns, and guides will get moose hunting permits this year. In a surprise move, the legislature – which had defeated similar proposals in the past – last year enacted LD 738, An Act to Promote the Maine Economy and Support Maine’s Sporting Camp Tradition, sponsored by Senator Troy Jackson.

Governor Paul LePage sat on the bill for more than 6 months and then allowed it to become law without his signature in early January.

Bill Swan, Director of Licensing at Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, will be responsible for creating the special lottery that will distribute these permits. Bill told me today that the lottery will be held in advance of the regular moose lottery, and applicants will each get one permit unless there are more permits than applicants.

They've turned an historic Portland church into an elegant restaurant

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Portland
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What do you get when you combine a beautiful and historic Methodist church with delicious creative food and superb service? Amazing Grace!

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Wildfire previews outdoor and environmental issues at the legislature

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 The key hunting, fishing, conservation, and environmental issues before the legislature this session are previewed on the current episode of Wildfire, the TV talk show I cohost with Harry Vanderweide. The show is owned and produced by Maine Audubon.

Audubon’s lobbyist, Jenn Gray (in the photo above), talks with us in the second half of the show about the environmental issues from mining to ocean temperatures. In the first half of the show, Harry and I discuss the hunting and fishing issues from licensing to rubber worms to exotic animals. Yes, we’ll be talking about rat snakes this session!

Not surprisingly, brook trout issues are on the list for both sportsmen and environmentalists.

Wildfire is aired on the Time Warner channel statewide (channel 9 in most places) on the following days and times: Sundays at 9:30 pm, Wednesdays at 7 pm, Fridays at 7:30 pm, and Saturdays at 2:30 pm. Each episode airs for a two week period, beginning on a Wednesday night.

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