In what is being described as progress in the $100 million renovation of the closed Balsams resort, its owners are asking state officials for permission to take water from the Androscoggin River for expanded snowmaking.
“The fact that we have submitted an application to withdraw water for our snowmaking operation is a significant step forward for the project,” said Scott Tranchemontagne, a spokesman for developers, Dan Hebert, Dan Dagesse and Maine businessman Les Otten.
Vermont's big experiment in creating a single-payer health care system is over, at least for now.
On Wednesday Governor Peter Shumlin announced he would effectively kill the plan to create a publicly-financed insurance system that was to be known as Green Mountain Health Care. "In my judgment," Shumlin said, "now is not the right time to ask our legislature to take the step of passing the financial plan for Green Mountain Health Care."
The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard plans to hire more than 700 new employees next year.
The shipyard, based in Kittery, Maine, is recruiting applicants for a number of positions, including engineers, technicians and shipfitters.
Shipyard commander Capt. William Greene says the expansion is needed to keep up with the increased workload of overhauling nuclear submarines, and to make up for about 200 workers who are retiring or leaving for other jobs.
Once the positions are filled, the shipyard's workforce will grow to more than 5,000 civilian employees.
With the holiday season in full swing, many turn to their religion for traditions and spiritual meaning. But for a growing segment of Americans, there’s little interest in finding a house of worship. We’re looking at the trend toward these so-called ‘nones,’ who include not only atheists and agnostics, but folks with a variety of beliefs.
The City of Portsmouth says that drivers for ride-booking companies such as Uber meet the city's definition of taxi drivers and are subject to the same regulations.
The Portsmouth Herald reports that at a city meeting Wednesday night, cab drivers applauded the city's position. The city did not rule on whether to shut down an Uber driver currently operating in the city, as the cabbies had asked.
In a November budget hearing in Concord, Commissioner of Corrections William Wrenn told lawmakers he feared the new $38 million prison they had funded – which is being built in Concord as I write this – would be too small.
The fact that the state’s prison population has been growing steadily is well known. What’s new is a striking increase in the number of female inmates in state prison over the last six months. It’s 13 percent higher compared to 2013. That’s roughly four times the rate of increase among male inmates.