Articles by: Savannah Judge

Sovereignty order revoked between State and Native American tribes

Sovereignty order revoked between State and Native American tribes

An executive order issued by Governor Paul LePage has unexpectedly changed the nature of the relationship between the State of Maine and four federally recognized Native American tribes. On Sat. April 16, Gov. LePage issued an executive order rescinding an order that he issued in 2011 to facilitate cooperation and communication between state government and individual tribes. The original order, […]

Isgro’s first month in office as mayor of Waterville

Nick Isgro has officially been Waterville’s 53rd mayor for only a short month, but the future already looks promising. Isgro, a Republican, was inaugurated on Jan. 6. He came to the Colby Museum of Art on Saturday, Feb. 7 to talk with the Echo about his first month in office and the City’s priorities going forward.  In the past four […]

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Officials cancel shrimp season for the second year in a row

For the second year in a row, officials cancelled the commercial fishing season for Northern shrimp, placing a moratorium on the fishery for the 2015 season. Also known as Pink Shrimp, Coldwater Shrimp or Deep Water Prawn, Pandalus borealis is small not just in stature—measuring up at only about two to four inches—but also in abundance, according to the most […]

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The Milkhouse: Colby alumni open local creamery

Entering the rundown barn in China, ME, Andy Smith ’11, churning yogurt in the corner. He wore a forest green jacket and matching pants tucked into black boots. Smiling to me, he explained the process of making yogurt and passionately detailed the ingredients he uses. Two years ago, Smith and Caitlin Frame founded the Milkhouse, a certified organic creamery in […]

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Experts debate the pros and cons of fracking

Natural gas has come to Maine, and it’s here to stay. Pipelines are being laid across Kennebec Valley, providing a cheaper alternative to oil. The method used to extract natural gas, however, remains a controversial topic. Hydraulic fracturing—or “fracking”—involves drilling wells and injecting fluids to break the shale beneath and release gas. Ask an economist, a geologist and an environmentalist […]

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After dispute, professional hockey returns to Portland

It’s official: professional hockey has returned to Portland, Maine. Now 13 games into the season as of Nov. 2, the Portland Pirates have resumed playing at the recently renamed Cross Insurance Arena (formerly the Cumberland County Civic Center) in Portland after playing last season at the Androscoggin Bank Colisée in Lewiston. The team had moved away from its home in […]

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Mayoral forum at Hall School

While students at the Waterville Junior High School were wrapping up Spirit Week 2014 with a school-wide assembly on Oct. 24, fourth- and fifth-grade students at the Albert S. Hall School across town were at an assembly of a different nature. The students had the opportunity to ask questions of the three candidates running for mayor in the city of […]

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$10K for Penobscot legal fight

$10K for Penobscot legal fight

On Oct. 18, Dawnland Defense, an organization working toward enhancing knowledge and respect of the Penobscot Native American tribe and Wabanaki land, organized a concert and speak-out on Indian Island called Justice for the River. The event aimed to raise money for the Penobscot Nation’s legal defense to protect the Penobscot River and the tribe’s sovereign right to it. Maria […]

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Veterans for Peace walk from Rangeley to N. Berwick

Veterans for Peace walk from Rangeley to N. Berwick

122 miles from Rangeley to North Berwick, Maine; this was the distance that a number of members and supporters of the Maine Chapter of Veterans for Peace (VFP) walked between Oct. 11 and Oct. 20. VFP member Bruce Gagnon organized the Maine Walk for Peace & A Sustainable Future. The purpose of the walk was to connect communities that are […]

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Messalonskee Strong

Messalonskee Strong

Within the past three weeks, the Messalonskee High School community has adopted the “Messalonskee Strong” slogan as family, friends and classmates cope with the recent loss of two students. 17-year-old Nora Birch took her own life on Sept. 30. According to her obituary in the Morning Sentinel, Birch was an avid singer and pianist and was involved in many groups […]

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