Motorists could face delays Tuesday on Maine Turnpike

Motorists could face delays Tuesday at two locations on the Maine Turnpike.

A project to relocate utility lines could cause intermittent traffic stops of up to 20 minutes between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. at mile 81 in Lewiston.

Maine State Police will stop northbound and southbound traffic near mile 81 so the lines can be moved safely. The project may be rescheduled due to bad weather, turnpike officials said.

At mile 102 in West Gardiner, motorists could face delays of up to 25 minutes between 10 p.m. Tuesday and 5 a.m. Wednesday because of bridge girder repairs. The project may be rescheduled to Wednesday if it rains or snows.


Short shrimp-fishing season gets under way Wednesday

New England’s shrimp-fishing season gets under way Wednesday, but isn’t expected to last long because of a catch quota of only 1.4 million pounds. That’s about one-fourth last year’s catch of 5.3 million pounds.

Net fishermen have a quota of about 1.2 million pounds and can fish only two days a week. Trap fishermen have a quota of about 200,000 pounds. Their season begins Feb. 5.

Last month, regulators set a short season with a low quota after scientists warned that the Gulf of Maine shrimp population is in poor shape due to environmental conditions.


Maine lawmakers submit 1,780 bills for this session

Maine lawmakers have submitted 1,780 bills for consideration this session.

The Maine Senate president and House speaker released a statement Sunday saying the number submitted before Friday’s deadline is down from the first session of the previous Legislature two years ago, when 1,899 proposed laws were submitted before the deadline. This year’s number will decrease once duplicate bills are identified.

In the past 20 years, the number of bills submitted before the deadline has ranged from under 1,700 in 2009 to more than 2,600 in 1999.

Governor proclaims Monday day of community service

Gov. Paul LePage is proclaiming Monday to be the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

LePage on Sunday said King is being remembered for his dedication and work aimed at ensuring civil rights for all Americans.

In his proclamation, the governor said the Martin Luther King holiday was designated as a national day of volunteer service when it was enacted in 1994.

The proclamation calls on Mainers to pay tribute to King’s life and work by participating in community service projects Monday and throughout the year.


Unity College president going to India for summit

The president of a Maine college will attend a conference in India focused on sustainable development.

Unity College President Stephen Mulkey will be a presenter at the 13th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit. The summit in New Delhi will take place Jan. 31 to Feb. 2.

Other participants include Pulitzer Prize-winning author and New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, and several heads of state.

Mulkey is a widely published researcher, scientist and educator. His presentation will consider how the world can create knowledge and innovation to ensure efficient use of resources and develop a pattern of sustainable development.


Mount Abram area installs two electric-vehicle stations

Western Maine’s Mount Abram ski area says it’s the second in North America to install electric-vehicle charging stations.

The ski area in Greenwood now has a pair of 220-volt charging centers. They’re located close to the main lodge, rewarding guests who arrive in electric and hybrid cars. Mount Abram says its charging centers show the privately owned ski area’s commitment to environmental sustainability.

Stevens Pass Ski Area in Washington state also has electric-vehicle charging stations.