BRUNSWICK — Maine’s highest court ordered dismissal of a lawsuit that claimed the Town Council violated its charter by not holding a public hearing on use of land at Mere Point. The court said the question is moot because the town has already sold the land. A Superior Court ruling last August affirmed the Brunswick Town Council had a right to reject a petition by Brunswick Citizens for Collaborative Government to hold a referendum to make tax-acquired waterfront land at 946 Mere Point Road into a park. The town sold the property in June 2017 for $550,000 to Daniel and Kathryn Frost of Irvine, California, after voting 5-4 in September 2016 to sell the property instead of using it to create more public shoreline access. The 2017 ruling also stated the town should have held a public hearing on the group’s petition, but that the issue had been rendered moot by the sale of the property. The citizens group appealed … [Read more...] about Court dismisses Brunswick land-use lawsuit
Scott Boeck USA TODAY Published 10:36 p.m. UTC Jul 21, 2018 One week removed from the Eastern League All-Star Game, Tim Tebow will be shelved temporarily with a hand injury. The New York Mets prospect and former Heisman Trophy winner landed on the disabled list for the first time in his baseball career. Tebow, batting .273 with six homers in Class AA, was removed from Thursday's minor-league game in the seventh inning with discomfort in his right hand/wrist. "It's a hand/wrist thing," Binghamton Rumble Ponies manager Luis Rojas told reporters Thursday. "I think there was one swing where he let go the bottom hand and the top hand finished his swing. He said that he felt something there. We don't know right now." Tebow is scheduled to see a hand specialist in New York City on Monday. With the Mets floundering, there has been speculation that Tebow could be a September call-up when rosters are expanded. And who knows, maybe Tebow could spark the … [Read more...] about Minor leaguer Tim Tebow lands on disabled list with hand injury
AHSTON — John Nedrow isn’t the sort of man you would expect to be a conservationist, and for most of his life, he wasn’t one. “To me ‘conservation’ was a dirty word,” he said. “I thought the Sierra Club and those kind of groups were the enemy. I thought their purpose was to shut people out and make Yellowstone 10 times bigger than it is.” The lifelong Fremont County farmer, who sports a horseshoe moustache, spends his summer days hauling sprinkler pipe to water barley and hay on a shallow-soiled farm on the bank of the Henry’s Fork of the Snake River. The Nedrow family farm, located outside of Ashton, started with a series of land purchases in the 1930s, growing to about 600 acres by the 1970s when he took over. Farming is hard work filled with uncertainty, he said, but it’s worth it to be your own boss. The farm is breathtaking, with an unobstructed view of the Teton Range, where at a certain time of year the sun rises … [Read more...] about Teton Land Trust helps farmers, ranchers preserve their way of life
The National Park Service rescued a German pilot from a Glacier Bay sand flat Friday after an engine malfunction forced the plane’s emergency landing. Pilot Thorsten Kampe was uninjured, according to a Friday release from the National Parks Service. At 1 p.m. Friday, crew on the cruise ship Island Princess contacted the National Park Service reporting a downed aircraft in front of the Grand Pacific Glacier at the head of Tarr Inlet. Park rangers responded to the scene and contacted Kampe, the pilot and lone occupant of the aircraft, who reported landing due to an apparent engine malfunction. Kampe made his emergency landing in a sand flat, the release states. The nose of the plane was subsequently buried, breaking the propeller as Kampe taxied through soft sand. The pilot was taken onboard a Park Service vessel to Bartlett Cove. Temsco Helicopters plans to salvage the aircraft, according to the release. National Park Service rangers on the ground in Glacier Bay weren’t … [Read more...] about Pilot rescued after Glacier Bay emergency landing
Paul A. Smith Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Published 6:18 p.m. UTC Jul 21, 2018 With a reauthorization deadline looming, a poll shows Wisconsin voters have extraordinary, bipartisan support for the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund. "Support for reauthorization of LWCF extends across party lines, across the state, and with all key demographic subgroups," according to the study conducted in June by the research team of Public Opinion Strategies and FM3 Research. The poll, conducted by contacting 500 Wisconsin voters on landline or cell phone, showed 86% of the state's electorate support continued funding for the program. In political terms, that's a landslide and a clear mandate. Among political affiliations identified during the phone interviews, 91% of Democrats, 88% of independents and 79% of Republicans supported the program. Along lines of race, 88% of voters of color and 87% of whites were in favor. And 87% of … [Read more...] about The Land and Water Conservation Fund is hugely popular. And it’s about to expire.