Category Archives: City

10 bill titles to watch for Portland

Gov. Paul LePage and state Sen. Justin Alfond, D-Portland -- often political rivals -- appear together at an event last year in Portland. (BDN photo by Troy R. Bennett)

This is the time of year when state lawmakers submit bill titles — a sentence or so very generally describing the intent of the legislation — and those titles get fleshed out with text detailing what the bills would actually do and how much they’d cost. It’s a bit of a transitional period when the […]

Portland Trails looks to go to the next level with ‘unexpected’ financial boost

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The nonprofit Portland Trails announced Monday afternoon it has been awarded a three-year, $100,000 grant by the Old Bug Light Foundation, a gift organization leaders described as “unexpected” and transformative. In a statement, Executive Director Kara Wooldrik talked about how the grant will serve as a bridge between the “scrappy” operation Portland Trails has been […]

Transforming USM: Just what do they mean by ‘Metropolitan University,’ and what will the change cost?

University of Southern Maine buildings can be seen over Interstate 295 in Portland. (BDN photo by Seth Koenig)

Over at least the last year or so, University of Maine System trustees have pushed each of their seven universities to define its identity or specialty. For the University of Southern Maine, that conversation has centered around the establishment — or, perhaps re-establishment — of the school as “Maine’s Metropolitan University.” The term has evoked imagery […]

Portland Phoenix to sue Dig Portland over ‘trade secrets,’ lost staff and advertising

(BDN photo by Seth Koenig)

Less than a month after Portland officially became a two-alternative-weekly city, those two alternative weeklies are engaged in a legal dispute. The new publisher of the Portland Phoenix has announced his newspaper will sue the nascent Dig Portland over what he calls breaches of contract by two former Phoenix leaders now working for Dig. In late October, at […]