University of Maine: Online collection documents activism by women’s organizations in Maine

University of Maine: Online collection documents activism by women’s organizations in Maine. “The Maine Women’s History Collection documents the efforts of women’s organizations to address a variety of social and political issues including women’s suffrage, the Equal Rights Amendment, child care, health care, environmental pollution, reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights and social stratification, and provides evidence of persistent obstacles to gender equality, such as gender stereotypes, employment discrimination and domestic violence.”

Maine: Maine State Archives announces launch of online catalog portal

Maine: Maine State Archives announces launch of online catalog portal. “The Maine State Archives has launched its first-ever catalog of its holdings, via the online ArchivesSpace portal at https://archives.maine.gov/ , Secretary of State Shenna Bellows announced today. For the first time in the Maine State Archives’ 56-year history, researchers can now search through the bureaus listing of collections online to see if the Archives is the right resource for their purposes, before contacting an archivist to access the actual documents.”

News Center Maine: Maine DHHS now offering free transportation to Mainers who need rides to COVID-19 vaccine clinics

News Center Maine: Maine DHHS now offering free transportation to Mainers who need rides to COVID-19 vaccine clinics. “Maine DHHS is partnering with ModivCare, one of the organizations that coordinates rides for MaineCare members, to provide rides for any Maine resident who is unable to drive, lacks reliable transportation or is otherwise unable to travel to their appointment.”

Mainer: Anti-Maskers Waging “Spiritual War” Statewide

Mainer: Anti-Maskers Waging “Spiritual War” Statewide. “A network of far-right activists organized on social media, including anti-maskers and anti-vaxx conspiracists, has been raising hell in communities all over Maine, staging armed protests and becoming increasingly aggressive on the streets. Convinced that public health measures intended to slow the spread of COVID-19 are part of a vast, yet vague plot involving Marxists, fascists, corporations and Satan, group members have discussed disrupting a new vaccination site at a racetrack in Scarborough.”

Our View: Fees are too high for Maine electronic court records (Portland Press Herald)

Portland Press Herald: Our View: Fees are too high for Maine electronic court records. “Someone visiting a courthouse can read as many pages in the court files as they wish without any charge. If they want to copy any of the pages, they are charged $1 a page. The electronic records cannot be viewed without paying the fee, $2 for the first page and $1 per page after that. And even though the copying fee is steep, it more closely approaches the real cost of a public employee photocopying a document and processing payment. No human assistance is necessary for someone who wants to access an electronic record.”

WCSH: Maine DHHS launches text notifications to people testing positive for COVID-19

WCSH: Maine DHHS launches text notifications to people testing positive for COVID-19. “The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced Wednesday the launch of a new text messaging service to alert Maine people who test positive for COVID-19 of steps to take to protect their health and limit the spread of the virus, as part of a comprehensive plan to adapt Maine’s response to the pandemic.”

Bangor Daily News: A searchable database of 5 years of punishments for county officers in Maine

Bangor Daily News: A searchable database of 5 years of punishments for county officers in Maine. “Now, the public can see five years of discipline for the worst patrol and corrections officer misconduct at the county level. In these public records, you can see which sheriff’s offices have been open about their misconduct and which have opted to share as little detail as possible. In total, a third of records for serious discipline, where someone was suspended, terminated, demoted or resigned in lieu of discipline, did not provide enough information to determine what actually happened.”

Seafood Source: Gulf of Maine Research Institute launches new aquaculture knowledge portal

Seafood Source: Gulf of Maine Research Institute launches new aquaculture knowledge portal. “The Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) has announced the launch of a new online portal, ‘The Maine Aquaculturist,’ designed to help aquaculture operations in the U.S. state of Maine access resources in the state. The new portal was created in response to the growing number of aquaculture operations that are either already in business or are planning to establish locations in the state, according to GMRI.”

Bangor Daily News: New list gives comprehensive look at Maine’s many spiders

Bangor Daily News: New list gives comprehensive look at Maine’s many spiders. “Maine has 677 different species of spiders, according to the newly-published Checklist of Maine Spiders. Co-written by Daniel T. Jennings and Charlene P. Donahue, the list is the ‘first reasonably comprehensive checklist of spider families, genera and species’ collected in Maine, according to the checklist’s introduction.”

Bangor Daily News: New tool allows parents to track coronavirus at Maine schools

Bangor Daily News: New tool allows parents to track coronavirus at Maine schools. “Designed to help parents track the coronavirus, the dashboard lists private and public schools that have less than five cases of COVID-19. For schools with more than five, it keeps count of the number of cases, also listing schools associated with outbreaks, Maine Department of Education officials said Tuesday.”

News Center Maine: 400+ Baileyville mill workers tested for COVID-19 after cases found among out-of-state contractors

News Center Maine: 400+ Baileyville mill workers tested for COVID-19 after cases found among out-of-state contractors . “More than 400 employees at the Woodland Pulp mill in Baileyville are being tested for COVID-19 after at least seven out-of-state contractors tested positive for the virus. Mill officials were notified of the positive cases Tuesday after the workers from a New York company were among at least 600 subcontractors brought in for routine maintenance to the facility last week.”

SeaCoastOnline: UMaine marine geologist archives change in Maine landscapes

SeaCoastOnline: UMaine marine geologist archives change in Maine landscapes. “Every year since 1982, Joseph Kelley captured photos of the fastest deteriorating portion of Maine’s coast, located in Camp Ellis, for use in his work as a state marine geologist, and research and teaching at the University of Maine. Later this fall, the public will have the opportunity to view decades of geologic transformation captured in the images taken of the Saco-area shoreline, as well as thousands of others depicting dramatic changes in Maine’s coastal vistas.”

News Center Maine: Maine Dept. of Education launches online learning platform ‘MOOSE’ for teachers, students, and families

News Center Maine: Maine Dept. of Education launches online learning platform ‘MOOSE’ for teachers, students, and families. “MOOSE features an online library of asynchronous, interdisciplinary, project-based modules aligned to the Maine Learning Results for grades PK-12. Over the summer, more than 200 Maine educators from across the state developed nearly 100 modules to populate the first quarter of content.” It’s not geo-restricted; I wandered around and looked at modules for a few minutes.

New York Times: For Maine Lobstermen, a Perfect Storm Threatens the Summer Season

New York Times: For Maine Lobstermen, a Perfect Storm Threatens the Summer Season. “With the Fourth of July holiday around the corner, Mr. [Mike] Hutchings and his fellow lobstermen were supposed to be gearing up for a major payday as out-of-staters, cruise ships, warmer weather and bounties of lobsters, having just molted their shells and been lured into the thousands of traps anchored on the rocky bottom of Maine’s coastal waters, came together in a seasonal windfall. But like many businesses across the country, the Maine lobster industry, which makes up the bulk of the fishing revenue the state brings in every year, is being battered by the coronavirus, which has crushed the tourism trade that Mr. Hutchings and his fellow fishermen rely on for a living.”