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My first trip to the County

Northern exposure
During my 36-hour stay in the Allagash region, I had better luck than the four Massachusetts College of Art students who journeyed into the Maine wilderness in the summer of 1976, only to allegedly encounter a UFO.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 04, 2008


Movies are moving, hot dogs are hopping, Binga's is burning

Venue watch
Even as the temperatures drop and we head into hibernation mode for winter, Portland's drinking, dining, nightlife, and shopping scenes continue to evolve. Here's a round-up of comings and goings.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 26, 2008

Pingree returns from a Congressional crash course

Dispatch from DC
Newly elected Democratic House Representative Chellie Pingree split her time between the mundane and the meaningful during her freshman-legislator orientation in Washington DC last week.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 26, 2008

Planning a promenade

Going green
Presumably, most people who enjoy the to-be-built Bayside Promenade will experience it differently than I did last Saturday.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 26, 2008

Council sinks pier deal, floats arts TIF

City beat
Three pieces of big news came out of Monday's Portland City Council meeting. Make sure you stay in the loop.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 19, 2008

UMaine feels the economic pinch

Tuition pressure
The University of Maine system is being asked by the state to describe how it would cut $10.6 million from its budget — the equivalent of 5.3 percent of the state money it gets — on top of the $19.1 million in cuts imposed earlier this year.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 19, 2008

Maine task force to seek offshore power

Energy in the drink
A new Ocean Energy Task Force, created by Governor John Baldacci last week, is charged in part with investigating the realities of drilling for oil and gas off the coast of Maine.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 12, 2008


Scattered after-thoughts

With the Phoenix going to press on Tuesday evening (before most election results came in), I struggled to come up with ways to be relevant on the morning after.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 05, 2008


The business of bubbly

A Mainer's new book explores the queen of champagne
Barbe-Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin (say that a few times fast) is a woman after my own heart.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 05, 2008


Maine House candidates

Who wants to go to Augusta?
As with the candidates for Maine Senate, we compiled some biographical information on each candidate and then asked each person what they would take action on right up front, if they were elected.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 29, 2008


Running for Maine Senate

Five candidates in two districts
For this year’s candidate profiles, we assembled some basic information on each person seeking election, and then asked them to explain what their top priority would be.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 29, 2008


Educational election

Only a few step up to serve Portland’s schools
An overview of those stepping up to serve Portland's schools
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 29, 2008

Portland City Council

A look at who’s running for City Hall
As with the other races, we asked each candidate what their first major effort would be, once elected.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 29, 2008

Staying warm

Going green
As we hurtle (rather unceremoniously, if you ask me) toward winter, many Portlanders are considering ways to stay warm without breaking the bank during the colder months.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 29, 2008


Witch way

In honor of Halloween, I run a spell-check
After visualizing “financial security,” I readied for Ed McMahon’s knock. No such luck — but the next morning, tucked in a pocket, I found seven dollars !  
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 22, 2008


Unable to vote, teens volunteer

OMG campaigning
Come November 4, they won’t even be able to vote. But for some motivated teenagers, that disenfranchisement doesn’t translate into disinterest.  
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 22, 2008


What do you want to know?

Cha Cha
Have you heard about ChaCha?  
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 22, 2008

Ideas and optimism, plus more reports!

Grow smarter
Last Friday, at the annual GrowSmart summit held at the Augusta Civic Center, more than 500 people checked in on Maine’s progress.  
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 16, 2008

PACTS priorities are a green-transport victory

Reality-based community
Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation Committee showed that Southern Maine’s transportation priorities are rooted in our current economic conditions.  
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 09, 2008


Sony’s loss is Portland’s gain

Music money
Three local music entities are reaping the benefits of a major national lawsuit against big-name music institutions.  
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 02, 2008

Power talk

Going green
Two upcoming debates  will likely address environmental topics and how they impact jobs, climate change, and our national priorities.  
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 02, 2008

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