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A closer look at local election, referendum results

A closer look at local election, referendum results

Last week, Nov. 5, Maine’s residents voted on two statewide referendum questions. Question One addressed Maine’s infrastructure, asking residents if they were in favor of a $105 million bond issue, the proceeds of which would go toward Maine’s roads, bridges, railroads, airports, transit, and ports. If the Question were to pass, the federal government would contribute an extra $137 million.  […]

City Council, Mayor clash over ambulance purchase

City Council, Mayor clash over ambulance purchase

On Oct. 15, the Waterville City Council unanimously voted to purchase two used ambulances. One of the ambulances, a 2011 Chevy diesel model with 74,160 miles, will cost $55,000; the second, a 2012 Chevy with 95,500 miles, will cost $47,500. The Council also approved the purchase of two Stryker Power-Cots, which will cost a total of $18,000. When one considers […]

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Waterville heads to the polls a year after midterm challenges to Colby voters

Waterville heads to the polls a year after midterm challenges to Colby voters

On Nov. 5, Waterville residents voted in the State of Maine Referendum Election and Regular and Special Municipal Elections. Waterville voters cast their ballots on City Council seats, Board of Education seats, Kennebec Water District Trustees, and Charter Commission seats. All voters in Maine voted on transportation investment and amendments to the Constitution of Maine regarding allowing people with disabilities […]

Colby Votes works to increase participation in local elections

Colby Votes works to increase participation in local elections

A number of Colby students this year are working on the NESCAC Votes initiative, its purpose is to create higher voter registration and turnout rates in future elections. An added incentive is competition between other NESCAC schools. The program only began at the College this academic year, but it has been running at a number of other schools like Bates, […]

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Two weeks in review: catch up on local news

Two weeks in review: catch up on local news

Mayor Isgro vetoes City Council move to purchase ambulances By Sonia Lachter Local News and Features Editor On Oct. 22, Waterville Mayor Nick Isgro vetoed a unanimous city council vote which approved up to $131,000 in spending on two ambulances for the city. In his Veto of Resolution, Isgro explained that this was due to his concerns about cost. “It […]

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Colby Museum curator moves to Portland Museum of Art

Colby Museum curator moves to Portland Museum of Art

Colby Museum Curator of Academic Programs Shalini Le Gall will be moving to the Portland Museum of Art (PMA). Her role will focus on European art collections as well as academic programs. Her official title is  a curator of European Art and Director of Academic Engagement.  Le Gall’s role as a curator will continue as she will work on developing […]

UMaine System announces plan to cover tuition for 1200 Maine students

UMaine System announces plan to cover tuition for 1200 Maine students

Last week, the University of Maine (UMaine) School System announced its plan to cover tuition and fees for 1,200 of the state’s current high school seniors. The announcement came at the first stop of UMaine’s high school counselor tour.  At the meeting, System Chancellor Dannell Malloy spoke proudly, noting that “the University of Maine System is backed by more than […]

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MaineCare to cover transgender procedures

MaineCare to cover transgender procedures

On Jun. 18, 2019, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) released an emergency ruling which “eliminates transsexual procedures from the list of non-covered services in Section 90.07. Elimination of this prohibition on transsexual medical procedures complies with Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, […]

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Alfond Youth Center introduces food program

Alfond Youth Center introduces food program

The Alfond Youth and Community Center has added the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) to its extensive list of services. The CACFP is a federal program that reimburses child care centers, day care homes, and adult day care centers for providing healthy meals and snacks. The program provides assistance to afterschool programs, emergency shelters, and adults with disabilities […]

Waterville Mayor Nick Isgro’s proclamation replaces Indigenous Peoples’ Day with Columbus Day

Waterville Mayor Nick Isgro’s proclamation replaces Indigenous Peoples’ Day with Columbus Day

This post was updated on Oct. 3 to reflect accuracy regarding the College’s process of adding Indigenous Peoples’ Day to the calendar.  On Oct. 1, at the Waterville City Council meeting, Mayor Nick Isgro proclaimed Oct. 14 as Columbus Day in the city. This proclamation stands in opposition to a state law passed by Governor Janet Mills in April renaming […]