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Conservation groups set to sue major hydro plant owner over Kennebec dam operations; Four groups say Brookfield Renewable is killing salmon in violation of the Endangered Species Act, intensifying the battle over fish access to the Kennebec and Sandy rivers; Portland Press Herald; FRONT PAGE, 5 June 2021, PORTLAND, MAINE, p. A1

Passamaquoddy tribe reacquires island stolen more than 150 years ago; Pine Island, also known as White’s Island, was illegally taken from the tribe in the mid-19th century. Conservation groups helped get it back; Portland Press Herald; FRONT PAGE, 18 May 2021, PORTLAND, MAINE, p. A1

COVID-19 patient counts at Central Maine Medical Center break record for second straight week; Intensive care demands from the pandemic remain at high levels at many hospitals despite lower overall COVID hospitalizations; Portland Press Herald; STATE & LOCAL, 14 May 2021, PORTLAND, MAINE, p. B2

‘A frightening shift’: Maine hospitals see surge of unvaccinated patients needing intensive care; ICU demands hit near-record levels at many hospitals despite lower overall patient counts; Central Maine Medical Center sees record levels of both; Portland Press Herald; FRONT PAGE, 7 May 2021, PORTLAND, MAINE, p. A1

Meet Christiane Northrup, doctor of disinformation; The Yarmouth obstetrician-gynecologist was once a best-selling self-help author and regular Oprah guest. Now she promotes extreme conspiracy theories about the COVID-19 pandemic, masks and vaccines; Maine Sunday Telegram; FRONT PAGE, 2 May 2021, PORTLAND, MAINE, p. A1

Instagram blocks account of celebrity Maine doctor who spreads vaccine disinformation; Dr. Christiane Northrup is one of the ‘disinformation dozen’ responsible for 65 percent of all COVID-19 vaccine disinformation on social media, according to a Senate report; Portland Press Herald; LOCAL & STATE, 5 August 2021, YARMOUTH, MAINE, p. B2

Pingree, Golden unveil earmark requests for federal funding of 20 Maine projects; Fire departments, water districts, community colleges and nonprofits are among candidates for member-requested congressional funds; Portland Press Herald; LOCAL & STATE, 30 April 2021, PORTLAND, MAINE, p. B2

COVID-19 hospitalizations surge across Maine, hit record levels at Lewiston’s CMMC; Inpatients are younger and from rural areas, and the virus variant from U.K. may be part of the reason; Portland Press Herald; FRONT PAGE, 23 April 2021, PORTLAND, MAINE, p. A1

Maine redistricting thrown into confusion by census delay, constitutional Catch-22; The state’s process insulates against gerrymandering, unless one party has supermajority control of the Legislature; Maine Sunday Telegram; MAINE & NEW ENGLAND, 18 April 2021, PORTLAND, MAINE, p. B2

COVID-19 hospitalizations spike at Lewiston’s Central Maine Medical Center; Inpatient counts at Maine hospitals have been flat since late February but remain at levels higher than they were during the spring 2020 peak; Portland Press Herald; LOCAL & STATE, 17 April 2021, PORTLAND, MAINE, p. B2

House Democrats, including Pingree, kick off probe of Jan. 6 attack on Capitol by pro-Trump mob; the inquiry follows House Republicans’ rejection of the independent 9/11-style commission sought by Maine’s Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King and Rep. Jared Golden; Portland Press Herald; FRONT PAGE, 7 April 2021, PORTLAND, MAINE, p. A1

What Netflix’s ‘Lost Pirate Kingdom’ Got Right (And Wrong) About The Golden Age Pirate Gang; Talking Points Memo; TPM CAFE; 6 April 2021

Earmarks returning to Congress, where Maine’s delegation has outsize influence in the right places; The member-driven spending initiatives, with guardrails in place, could fund critical projects in Maine; Portland Press Herald; FRONT PAGE, 5 April 2021, PORTLAND, MAINE, p. A1

Jared Golden bucks fellow Democrats while fighting the system; The second-term congressman’s positions often put him at odds with his party. Will that help or hurt him in Maine’s conservative 2nd District?; Maine Sunday Telegram; FRONT PAGE, 21 March 2021, LEWISTON, MAINE, p. A1

The year of living distantly; Maine weathered the pandemic better than most states, but it will leave a lasting impact on us; Maine Sunday Telegram; FRONT PAGE, 14 March 2021, PORTLAND, MAINE, p. A1

From Portland to Myanmar, former Maine congressman Tom Andrews has kept fighting for human rights;
Andrews is now the UN’s high-profile human rights expert for the troubled nation in southeast Asia; Portland Press Herald; FRONT PAGE, 9 March 2021, PORTLAND, MAINE, p. A1

Secretary of State Bellows touts Maine electoral practices to congressional panel; The former Democratic state senator, testifying alongside Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams, says voting should be ‘equal and safe and secure all across the country.’; Portland Press Herald; STATE & LOCAL, 26 February 2021, PORTLAND, MAINE, p. B2

Disparity in vaccine distributions across Maine worsens – and explanations conflict; Bangor’s mass vaccination site scurries to fill open slots, while those in Scarborough and Westbrook lack enough vaccine to operate at capacity; Portland Press Herald; FRONT PAGE, 25 February 2021, PORTLAND, MAINE, p. A1

Secretary of State Bellows to testify before Congress on voter rights bill Thursday; She will describe Maine’s experiences with many of the provisions that Congress is considering making mandatory nationwide; Portland Press Herald; STATE & LOCAL, 24 February 2021, PORTLAND, MAINE, p. B2

The Pitfalls and Promise of America’s Founding Myths; Maintaining a shared sense of nationhood has always been a struggle for a country defined not by organic ties, but by a commitment to a set of ideals; Smithsonian (online), 22 February 2021.

Determining America’s National Myth Will Determine The Country’s Fate: The Ethno-Nationalist Vision of the United States Will Not Just ‘Slink Off Into the Night’; Zocalo Public Square; ESSAY; 22 February 2021.

COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to fall across Maine; The burden on the state’s hospitals remains above the spring surge’s peak but is down to pre-Thanksgiving levels; Portland Press Herald; STATE & LOCAL, 19 February 2021, PORTLAND, MAINE, p. B2

Donna Loring, retired tribal affairs adviser to Gov. Mills, says a sovereignty deal can be reached; The Penobscot elder, politician and writer is encouraged by symbolically important progress, but she says the heavy lifting lies ahead; Portland Press Herald; FRONT PAGE, 16 February 2021, PORTLAND, MAINE, p. A1

How Maine weathered the second surge – and what lies ahead; Maine dodged the worst of COVID-19 last spring and summer, but the virus got the upper hand as the seasons changed. Now the race is on to vaccinate our way clear of mutant strains; Maine Sunday Telegram; FRONT PAGE, 14 February 2021, PORTLAND, MAINE, p. A1

COVID-19 hospitalizations in Maine hit lowest levels since November; Patient counts continued to fall or remain flat at most of Maine’s hospitals as the U.S. experiences a modest reprieve from the virus’s onslaught; Portland Press Herald; STATE & LOCAL, 12 February 2021, PORTLAND, MAINE, p. B2

COVID-19 inpatient numbers lowest in 2 months but still high in Lewiston and western Maine; The burden fell or remained flat at most of Maine’s hospitals, mirroring recent national trends and creating breathing space for medical staff; Portland Press Herald; STATE & LOCAL, 5 February 2021, PORTLAND, MAINE, p. B2

Lewiston hospitals see record levels of virus inpatients, while numbers stay flat or fall elsewhere; There’s no clear explanation for the shifting geography of hospitalizations, the Maine CDC says; Portland Press Herald; STATE & LOCAL, 29 January 2021, PORTLAND, MAINE, p. B2

Pingree to chair powerful appropriations panel overseeing Interior and EPA; She becomes one of the House’s 12 ‘cardinals’ who shape the federal funding priorities over their respective congressional fiefdoms; Portland Press Herald; FRONT PAGE, 26 January 2021, PORTLAND, MAINE, p. A1

COVID-19 patient numbers set records at Maine Med and in Lewiston, drop in Bangor and York County; Coronavirus inpatient numbers remain flat at high levels across Maine, but the burden has shifted back to medical centers in Portland and Lewiston; Portland Press Herald; STATE & LOCAL, 22 January 2021, PORTLAND, MAINE, p. B2

Sen. King calls out Republicans who ‘divided the country’ and now oppose impeachment; Maine’s junior senator doesn’t buy the argument that they can’t hold Donald Trump and other elected officials accountable because the country needs to heal; Portland Press Herald; FRONT PAGE, 15 January 2021, PORTLAND, MAINE, p. A1

COVID-19 hospitalizations remain high across Maine but have spread out; Hard-hit EMMC saw its burden ease for second week, while Maine Med had its heaviest COVID-19 inpatient week yet; Portland Press Herald; STATE & LOCAL, 15 January 2021, PORTLAND, MAINE, p. B2

Reps. Pingree, Golden vote to impeach Trump for 2nd time; The U.S. House voted 232-197 to impeach the president on a charge of inciting an insurrection; Portland Press Herald; FRONT PAGE, 14 January 2021, PORTLAND, MAINE, p. A1

Sen. Angus King supports second impeachment, calls Trump ‘a danger to the republic’; Maine’s independent senator says President Trump is too dangerous to allow to stay in office and should be removed immediately; Portland Press Herald; FRONT PAGE, 13 January 2021, PORTLAND, MAINE, p. A1

Rep. Golden joins Pingree in support of Trump impeachment; The House is expected to take up the measure Wednesday. Sens. King and Collins haven’t said whether they will support impeachment; Portland Press Herald; STATE & LOCAL, 12 January 2021, PORTLAND, MAINE, p. B2

Pingree co-sponsors resolution to investigate 147 members of Congress for role in insurrection; Enacted after the Civil War, the 14th Amendment prohibits membership for those who have ‘engaged in insurrection or rebellion’ against the U.S.; Portland Press Herald; STATE & LOCAL, 12 January 2021, PORTLAND, MAINE, p. B2

As momentum builds for 2nd impeachment, Collins, King and Golden aren’t saying where they stand; Rep. Chellie Pingree, who strongly supports impeaching President Trump, says there’s broad support among House Democrats to take action next week; Portland Press Herald; STATE & LOCAL, 9 January 2021, PORTLAND, MAINE, p. B2

Federal judge orders Portland pandemic supply company to return customer’s deposit; Portland-based Noble Partners was accused of keeping a Florida company’s $108,000 deposit after failing to fulfill an order for medical supplies in May; Portland Press Herald; STATE & LOCAL, 8 January 2021, PORTLAND, MAINE, p. B2  

King says 25th Amendment should be considered; Pingree backs Trump’s removal; Sen. Susan Collins and Rep. Jared Golden could not be reached for comment and their positions were unclear; Portland Press Herald; FRONT PAGE, 8 January 2021, PORTLAND, MAINE, p. A1

Southern Maine hospitals hit hard as Maine sets COVID-19 patient record; But the burden on Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor finally eased this week, although it still has the highest numbers in the state; Portland Press Herald; STATE & LOCAL, 8 January 2021, PORTLAND, MAINE, p. B2  

4 dams, the future of Kennebec fish runs and salmon’s survival at stake in federal licensing battle; State officials and conservationists want one or more of the Canadian-owned dams removed to let salmon reach the Sandy River; Maine Sunday Telegram; MAINE & NEW ENGLAND, 3 January 2021, PORTLAND, MAINE, p. B2  

Bangor hospital reports week with most virus patients yet, but counts mostly stable elsewhere; Southern Maine Health Care Medical Center Medical Center and Presque Isle’s hospital also had their biggest inpatient burdens of the pandemic; Portland Press Herald; STATE & LOCAL, 1 January 2021, PORTLAND, MAINE, p. B2  

Bangor hospital reports week with most virus patients yet, but counts mostly stable elsewhere; Southern Maine Health Care Medical Center Medical Center and Presque Isle’s hospital also had their biggest inpatient burdens of the pandemic; Portland Press Herald; FRONT PAGE, 1 January 2021, PORTLAND, MAINE, p. A1

How Joe Biden Can Help Forge a New National Narrative; To survive as a democracy, Trump’s ethno-nationalist story of America must be defeated; Washington Monthly; January-February-March 2021, pp. 14-19.