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I'm tracking rain …

... way more than I thought I ever would.

And that’s because I’ve put a number of plants in the ground this spring and summer, but I’ve been watering them a couple of times a week due to the drought that encompasses much of the coast and interior Maine.

The day and half we got this week still doesn’t alleviate a monthslong rain deficit. The U.S. Drought Monitor estimates almost 900,000 people in Maine are affected by the drought, which is not far off from the whole population of the state. Not to mention the bees!

Some interesting reads this week include a woman in New Hampshire who is spending her summer attracting mosquitos! The northern lights are moving south … for a bit; in Japan there’s a move to encourage more alcohol drinking among young people; and what a major developer thinks about changes to Maine’s property tax benefits.

Summer’s still here but not for long!

Enjoy!

Mark Simpson, News Director

Maine Public: Researchers look to Maine's logged North Woods for lessons on protecting birds

Thirty years ago, a study of a clear-cut section of Maine's North Woods showed that birds and logging can coexist with different ages and types of trees. Now, with the population of U.S. birds plummeting, the team is back to document how Maine's North Woods may offer hope for their survival.

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Maine Public: The Gulf of Maine's recent warming comes after more than 900 years of cooling

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BBC: First Native American woman to travel to space in September

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BBC News: Japan urges its young people to drink more to boost economy

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NPR: The Northern Lights may move farther south into the mainland U.S. this week

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Maine Public: Honey bees are another victim of Maine's drought

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NHPR: 'Mosquito Lady' spends summer attracting the insect most of us try to avoid

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PBS Canvas: Art and medicine intersect in New York City hospitals' expansive collections

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Marketplace: What adults are missing about teens and screens

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Maine Public: Developer on how to ease affordable housing shortage

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Warm up round! Our News & Brews Trivia nights are coming back this fall and here is a sneak peek at the type of questions you’re likely to be asked. Take your best shot at these questions from our “I See Your Ten and Raise You!” category. These questions were created directly from THE TEN weekly newsletter. We’ll randomly select five winners from the top scores to win a festive Maine Public winter hat!

 

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