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By Scott Dance | August 6, 2012
Maryland environmental officials have placed the Eastern Shore under a drought warning, encouraging water systems, residents and businesses to restrict water use. The warning is based on rainfall levels slipping to 70 percent of normal and well levels dropping well below normal. Some streams measured as indicators are at less than 5 percent of normal flow, considered "emergency" levels, according to the Maryland Department of the Environment. Central Maryland, not including the area tapped into Baltimore's water system, remains under a drought watch.
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By John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2014
Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski joined a bipartisan chorus of lawmakers Monday calling on the Obama administration to speed up the implementation of a law intended to mitigate increases in flood insurance premiums. In a letter to Craig Fugate, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Mikulski wrote that families on the Eastern Shore whose homes are located in the state's floodplain are facing "astronomical increases in their flood insurance premiums. " President Obama signed bipartisan legislation last month to stop those premium increases but several lawmakers have raised concerns that FEMA is not moving quickly enough to implement the law. "Without immediate implementation ... my constituents face enormous increases in their flood insurance premiums which could cause serious financial hardship and even the loss of their homes," the Maryland Democrat wrote.
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NEWS
May 13, 2011
The new alcohol tax will harm businesses, especially on the Eastern Shore, where unemployment is already at 15 percent. The tax will also increase highway fatalities due to people driving to Delaware and other states to save 3 percent. M. Link, Baltimore
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Tim Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | April 5, 2014
The Senate moved Saturday to curtail commercial wind turbines across much of the state to protect a prized naval air station in southern Maryland, brushing aside arguments the curb would kill a $200 million energy project on the Eastern Shore. By a vote of 31-16, senators approved a 13-month moratorium on tall turbines within 56 miles of Naval Air Station Patuxent River.  Supporters said they feared a proposed Eastern Shore project could lead to cutbacks in operations at the base, the region's economic engine.  They argued a delay was needed to finish a study of whether such projects could operate without interfering with the station's radar.
NEWS
August 16, 2010
The current flap over the Miles Point Property development in St. Michaels ("Drawing up battle plans," Aug. 16) reminds me of the old saw: What do you call someone who wants to build a cabin in the woods? That's a no good lousy developer. And what do you call someone who already owns a cabin in the woods? That's an environmentalist. Allan G. Scott, Towson
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By Justin Fenton | January 23, 2012
The recent guilty plea of a man accused of being part of the far-reaching South Side Brims Bloods gang reveals an Eastern Shore meeting between members of at least three gangs - a reminder that while gangs and drug organizations make news for warring over turf and debts, they also sometimes work together.  The meeting, according to the plea agreement, took place inQueen Anne's Countyin 2008 and included members of the Latin Kings, the Thunderguards (characterzied...
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By Scott Dance | May 10, 2012
The lower Eastern Shore, the driest part of Maryland this year, saw the most significant rainfall from the system that moved through Wednesday. Amateur weather watchers reported rainfall levels up to 1.23 inches in Wicomico County and 1.03 inches in Somerset County, according to rain-counting collaborative CoCoRaHS. National Weather Service hydrology charts show upwards of 2 inches in Worcester County, with up to 1.5 inches across Somerset and Wicomico. The lower Eastern Shore is under a severe drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.
NEWS
December 24, 2011
One Maryland shore town is deciding whether to create a municipal website. Commissioners of Mardela Springs tell the Daily Times of Salisbury that they're considering a website to promote open government and to keep residents informed about events and meetings. The town currently spreads information by mailing out monthly newsletters. Commission president Stanford Robinson says the town is concerned about possible startup costs. He says it won't be able to start the site if it would cost the town $400 to $500 a year.
NEWS
August 4, 2012
In today's mail, I received what I deem to be a campaign letter from Rep. Andy Harris, paid for with taxpayer money, in which he tells potential voters of his firm defense of gun rights and other rights of sportsmen, and of the rights of women - though he doesn't elaborate upon his actions on that very important issue. I feel he should be held accountable for this type of questionable campaigning at taxpayer expense. Prompting my curiosity, I perused his voting record to find legislation he has supported on women's issues and found his support for several anti-abortion measures, including eliminating funding for abortion and co-sponsorship of a bill requiring state maternity mortality reviews and reports.
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By Scott Dance | April 13, 2012
The Eastern Shore is under a drought watch, according to the Maryland Department of the Environment. Below-normal snow- and rainfall has the MDE closely observing precipitation, stream flow, groundwater levels and reservoir storage. But there are no restrictions being placed on water usage -- at least not yet. MDE encourages people to be aware of their water use and to use less water. Local water jurisdictions could place restrictions, but haven't yet, according to the department.
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Tim Wheeler | April 1, 2014
A record expansion of Maryland's "wildlands" passed the General Assembly Tuesday, as the House of Delegates gave final approval to an O'Malley administration priority to designate nealry 22,000 acres of sensitive state-owned lands as legally protected wilderness areas. The measure, previously passed by the Senate, creates nine new wildlands and expands 14 existing ones in nine counties across the state.  The largest tracts are in rural western Maryland and on the Eastern Shore. But there's even one in the heavily developed Baltimore area - an addition to Soldiers Delight, an ecologically rich swath of rocky soil and grassy savanna in Owings Mills that naturalists say is the largest ecosystem of its type on the East Coast.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | April 1, 2014
In a duel of sorts between two of Maryland's top Democrats, U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer went to Annapolis Tuesday to press for legislation opposed by Gov. Martin O'Malley that Southern Maryland officials insist is needed to protect their region's prized naval air base from an Eastern Shore wind energy project. Hoyer, who represents Southern Maryland in Congress, said he was making his first appearance before a legislative committee since leaving the General Assembly for Washington in the 1970s.
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Tim Wheeler | March 28, 2014
Del. Rudolph C. Cane bid farewell Friday to the House of Delegates, saying goodbye to the chamber where he's represented the Eastern Shore as its first African-American representataive for nearly 16 years, an advocate for diversity and the interests of his region. The soft-spoken Democrat from Hebron, 79, had previously declared his intention to retire at the end of his fourth term. But he departed a little more than a week before the 90-day legislative session ends because he's scheduled to have back surgery on Monday.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | March 21, 2014
Legislation that could kill a $200 million wind energy project on the Eastern Shore is moving through the General Assembly, pushed by Southern Maryland lawmakers who contend the 600-foot tall turbines threaten their region's most important job generator, Naval Air Station Patuxent River. But renewable-energy advocates are crying foul. They point out that the project's developer already has reached a deal with the Navy to curtail the turbines' operations so they wouldn't affect the air base.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | March 21, 2014
Dozens of star-struck lawmakers flocked to an Annapolis wine bar Friday evening to meet Kevin Spacey, star of the Netflix series “House of Cards,” and to hear a pitch for  a generous tax credit that would keep its production in Maryland. Delaying their usual rush to get out of town on Fridays, senator and delegates of both parties dropped by to meet and greet the Oscar-winning actor at a private reception. The real Annapolis politicians couldn't wait to  get a glimpse of the man who may be the nation's most popular fake Washington politician - the scheming and unscrupulous Frank Underwood.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser | March 15, 2014
Opponents of a Somerset County wind energy facility pushed forward with a House proposal to slow the project Saturday, a victory for Southern Maryland over the Eastern Shore in a rare contest of rural regions. On a 40-80 vote, the House defeated an amendment that would have weakened a bill to impose a 15-month delay on the construction of high turbines for the Eastern Shore project. Lawmakers from Southern Maryland -- across the Chesapeake Bay -- are concerned about how the wind facility would affect Patuxent Naval Air Station,  one of the state's largest military bases and the economic engine of that region.
NEWS
February 15, 2014
The recent letter to the editor from a Baltimore doctor critical of flood insurance as a benefit for the rich ("Government offers a flood of help for the rich," Feb. 12) is a good example of how intelligent people on the west side of the Chesapeake Bay just do not understand that flood insurance touches people who have lived in towns and rural areas of the lower Eastern Shore for generations. These locals are not wealthy and many are living on the edge, especially in all of the waterman communities.
NEWS
June 16, 2012
Maryland State Police are investigating as a homicide the death of a woman found in an embankment in Worcester County. Authorities have identified the woman as 35-year-old Nicole Bennett of Millsboro, Del. A passerby told police Friday morning that he found the woman's body in an embankment off a dirt road in Whaleyville. She had been reported missing by her husband after she didn't come home from work the night before. Authorities say an autopsy is being done and the cause of death had not yet been determined.
NEWS
March 13, 2014
On reading Wenonah Hauter and Julie Gouldener's commentary on Maryland's poultry industry, I kept waiting for them to cite the hideous cruelty to animals that is inherent in confined animal feeding operations ( "Why is O'Malley giving poultry polluters a free ride?" March 7). But it never came. I do not understand how one can write an article about the polluting agribusiness farms and leave out that part. Billions of chickens have lived torturous lives of misery on Maryland's Eastern Shore "farms," and at least mentioning that in the article would have garnered the writers a lot more support.
NEWS
March 12, 2014
Ol' Andy Harris is at it again. The last I heard from him when he was my representative was, "When does my health care start?" as he headed for Congress. Since then I hear that he is spotted occasionally glad-handing people in stores and restaurants on the Eastern Shore. I hear very little about what he is doing to expand the Maryland economy or ensuring that tax money we pay to the federal government is returned to us in terms of our fair share of goods and services. Other representatives across the country seem to be hard at work, working for the interests of their states.
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