2 captured after escape from Md. juvenile facility
WESTERNPORT — Authorities say two 17-year-old boys escaped from the Backbone Mountain Youth Center in Garrett County, but were captured within hours. The Cumberland Times-News reports that an Allegany County deputy sheriff and deputies and officers from other agencies found the teens in Westernport on Tuesday morning. Deputy Israel Sibley says he took the two […]
Eye on Annapolis: Lawmaker will again try to ban fracking
A Montgomery County lawmaker plans to introduce legislation that would ban hydraulic fracturing, often called fracking, in next year’s General Assembly session, following the failure of a similar bill in 2013.
Lawmaker will again try to ban fracking
A Montgomery County lawmaker plans to introduce legislation that would ban hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in next year’s General Assembly session, after a similar bill failed in 2013.
Court reverses Deep Creek boat rental decision
CUMBERLAND — A Garrett County judge is throwing cold water on expanded boat rentals at Deep Creek Lake. The Cumberland Times-News reported in its Friday edition that the court voided a boat-rental permit the county issued last June to the owner of the Lakeside Creamery. The permit allowed the ice-cream shop to offer personal watercraft […]
Garrett Co. sheriff plans selective enforcement of new gun law
Garrett County's sheriff is asking county commissioners to support selective enforcement of Maryland's new gun control law.
Eye Opener: Ethics questions in Baltimore County
A few government and politics headlines for Wednesday.
Public Service Commission approves Frostburg wind farm
The Maryland Public Service Commission on Wednesday unanimously approved the construction of 24 energy-producing wind turbines in Frostburg.
Md. bills to ban or delay gas drilling are dead
ANNAPOLIS — Maryland lawmakers seeking to block the gas drilling technique called hydraulic fracturing have struck out in the General Assembly. The Cumberland Times-News reports that a bill seeking a moratorium on the practice was withdrawn Thursday in the House of Delegates after a similar Senate bill died in committee. The same committee killed another […]
Senate changes early voting bill to add more polls
ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland Senate has changed a bill to expand early voting to enable some rural counties to add an extra voting center. Sen. George Edwards, R-Garrett, submitted the amendment on Thursday. It would allow counties larger than 400 square miles, but fewer than 125,000 registered voters to increase early voting centers from one […]
Push to add ATV trails in western Md.
CUMBERLAND — An Allegany County official says a private developer wants to expand the number of off-road vehicle trails on state land in western Maryland. County Commissioner William Valentine told the Cumberland Times-News on Monday that the unidentified developer wants to work with the state to bring more such trails to Allegany and Garrett County. […]
Garrett County hospital expansion proposed
OAKLAND — State lawmakers from far western Maryland are asking the General Assembly to approve a funding plan to expand Garrett County Memorial Hospital in Oakland. The Cumberland Times-News reported in its Friday edition that the bills would enable the county to borrow up to $15 million for the project. The hospital is proposing a […]
State replacing Garrett County emergency chief
OAKLAND — The administration of Gov. Martin O’Malley says it plans to replace Garrett County’s emergency management chief to correct deficiencies revealed by Superstorm Sandy. Israel Patoka, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives, said Monday that the county needs a full-time director. Brad Frantz has been working on a contractual basis since [&hel[...]