By Jim Johnson. Crossposted from Monterey County Herald
A citizens group in Monterrey is putting forward a ballot that would require the water district to draw up plans for taking water services back into public hands. Services are controlled currently by private company California American Water. Their exorbitant profits and mismanagement, including a failed desalination project and an expensive dam removal, have led to growing anger against the company and provide an opportunity to put water back under [...]
Continue reading Monterey citizens group eyes ballot measure for public buyout of private water company
The public has the right to know what the state and its private roadwork partners are up to.
April 3, 2013 | Portland Press Herald
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Back in 2010, the Legislature created an exemption to the state’s right-to-know law that you could drive a truck through.
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A group responds to Peter Vigue, CEO of Cianbro Corp., while he addresses more than 700 people during a public meeting at Foxcroft Academy in [...]
Continue reading Our View: Transparency needed on transportation projects
This democracy school by CELDF was brought to Dover-Foxcroft by members of Stop the East-West Corridor. There will be another school on April 5 and 6th, followed by a rights-based-ordinance workshop on April 7th. Visit our calendar for details.
Citizens and Activists Learn About U.S. Government System
by WABI-TV5 News Desk | March 8th 2013
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Dover-Foxcroft – Concerned citizens and activists had a chance to learn more about the United States government [...]
Continue reading Democracy School in Dover-Foxcroft
In this article Senator Doug Thomas claims he was threatened by environmental extremists, and that they put fish in his dooryard. Since then, Thomas’s neighbor came forward to share that a fish truck had spilled fish for about a mile along the whole road, effecting all of them. This appears to be another attempt by Thomas and EWC proponents to minimize and criminalize Corridor opponents, and create fear in the greater public. That neighbor has contacted WGME to clarify the [...]
Continue reading Senator Doug Thomas claims he was threatened
Op-Ed by Jane Crosen | February 15, 2013
On January 18, in Eastport and Calais, Cianbro’s program manager Darryl Brown presented the company’s current plans for routing an East-West Corridor through eastern Maine. As with previous promotions, this one was long on vague promises about economic development and avoidance of sensitive areas, but short on maps showing the actual route. Brown’s presentation did, however, reveal enough details for people well acquainted with the downeast landscape to make an educated guess [...]
Continue reading East-West Corridor: Pig in a Poke
The Quoddy Tides | January 25, 2013 | Edward French
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Although limited by time constraints in asking questions about the east-west highway project, the nearly 40 people who attended the forum in Eastport pressed the project developer on issues ranging from how the project would benefit Maine, why rail isn’t being considered instead and how much the truck traffic to the Port of Eastport might increase. The informational meetings, held January 18 in Eastport [...]
Continue reading Pros and cons of east-west highway debated
Link to Original Articleby Hillary Savage | Machias Valley News Observer | January 19, 2013 A highway bisecting Maine, running from Canada in the East, to Canada in the West has brought much concern from the people of Maine. Ranging from environmental concerns, economic and business, to quality of life and property rights, the proposed East-West Highway by Peter Vigue and Cianbro has already divided the state.An informational hearing, coordinated by Sunrise County Economic Council (SCEC) was [...]
Continue reading Dividing the State: Proposed East-West Corridor Affects Washington County
On January 8th, members of STEWC joined members of over 20 other progressive activist groups in a Rally of Unity at the State House. It was an inspiring and successful day with over 150 participants, including drumming and dancing led by members of the Wabanaki Confederacy who are also raising awareness on #IdleNoMore. Thanks to everyone for coming to speak to legislators and share hope for a healthy and prosperous future in Maine, the way life should be!
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Continue reading STEWC has strong presence at Rally of Unity on January 8th!