Category Archives: Legislative News

Here are my ideas for legislation in 2017

Kerri Bickford Capitol two

This is a preliminary list of bills I am thinking of proposing for the 2017 legislative session. I’d appreciate your reaction to any or all of these. Please email your thoughts to me at Thanks! Exotic Animals: Require permits for all non-native animals and require notification of the Maine Warden Service and any neighbors […]

You’re the guest on the new edition of Wildfire!


Your opinions are the subject of the new edition of Wildfire, the TV talk show that I host with James Cote. While James and I discussed a lot of issues, including problems and opportunities at DIF&W’s fish hatcheries, and what the legislature achieved and didn’t achieve, we also spent a good deal of the time […]

New episode of Wildfire focuses on deer

Gary Hilliard

State Representative Gary Hilliard (R-Belgrade) is our guest on the episode of Wildfire that begins airing tonight. Much of the show focused on deer, as we questioned the sharp 60 percent increase in any-deer permits issued this year by the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Gary is on a working group that is partnering […]

Hatchery fish kill was predictable

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While the press release reported an “unexpected reduction in water flow” killed lots of juvenile landlocked salmon at the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s Casco hatchery, it was entirely predictable. And the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s failure to ask the legislature for funding to solve the problem, when they had a good […]