Skeptics question Md. elk reintroduction plan
CUMBERLAND — A proposal to reintroduce elk in western Maryland is drawing skepticism from local residents. The Cumberland Times-News reports that more than 40 people attended a meeting in Cumberland on Friday with representatives from the Maryland Legislative Sportsmen’s Foundation, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the Department of Natural Resources. A cattle rancher asked […]
Both ends of Maryland still dealing with storm issues
HAGERSTOWN — Potomac Edison say Monday that about 3,900 homes and businesses in Garrett County are still without power, a week after superstorm Sandy dumped up to 2½ feet of snow in the far western Maryland mountains. That’s about 17 percent of all electricity users in the rural county. At the peak of the outages […]
Officials: Snow won’t stop voting in Garrett Co.
HAGERSTOWN — Power company and government officials said Friday they are optimistic that the blizzard that paralyzed Garrett County this week won’t prevent residents there from voting on Election Day. By Friday afternoon, Potomac Edison had restored electricity to 11 of the county’s 18 polling places, spokesman Todd Meyers said. He said the company aims […]
Power still out for 19,000 in Maryland after Sandy
WASHINGTON — Thousands of Maryland residents remain without power after Superstorm Sandy, while electricity has been restored to people in Delaware, the District of Columbia and Virginia. On Friday morning, there were nearly 19,000 power outages across Maryland. Snowy Garrett County, in the state’s far western corner, is hardest hit with nearly 11,000 outages. The […]
O’Malley calls snowy Garrett Co. ‘my whole state’
OAKLAND — Gov. Martin O’Malley focused resources Thursday on restoring electricity to Garrett County and checking on snowbound residents suffering their fourth day without power after a blizzard spawned by Superstorm Sandy buried western Maryland’s mountains under more than two feet of snow. About 15,000 homes and businesses, comprising nearly 70 percent of the county’s [&helli[...]
Record-breaking Md. bear hunt nears end
HAGERSTOWN — Maryland’s black bear hunt is a record-breaker. The Department of Natural Resources says the kill total reached 80 Thursday, the fourth day of the season. That compares with the modern-day record of 68 set in 2009. Bear hunting resumed in Maryland in 2004 after a 51-year ban. The season will end Saturday or […]
Frosh: Majority of Senate would support fracking moratorium
A majority of the state Senate would support a legislative moratorium on hydraulic fracturing if such a bill is released from committee, Sen. Brian E. Frosh said Wednesday.
Raskin, Frosh to join in calling for fracking moratorium
A pair of Montgomery County senators are planning to join a colleague in the House of Delegates in supporting a moratorium on a controversial drilling technique used to extract natural gas. Sen. Jamin B. “Jamie” Raskin and Sen. Brian E. Frosh, both Democrats, are expected to detail their plans in a phone conference hosted by […]
Md. black bear season opens with expanded quota
HAGERSTOWN — Maryland’s black bear hunting season is opening with an expanded kill quota and more hunters to help manage the growing population. The season opens Monday, with hunting restricted to the two westernmost counties, Allegany and Garrett. The season will end Saturday or sooner, depending on how quickly hunters reach the Department of Natural […]
Open-records group praises Garrett Co. improvements
OAKLAND — A national open-records group is applauding Garrett County for putting more government information online. The Alexandria, Va.-based Sunshine Review said Wednesday that it’s boosting the county’s transparency grade from a C to an A-minus. The county launched a new website Oct. 2 after seeking the group’s advice. Additions include the direct email address […]
Gas money may not ripen for farmers
At the highest point atop his 500 acres, Delvin E. Mast points across the valley, where — six generations ago — his family first started farming in Garrett County.
Keeping the water flowing
Necessity, it is said, is the mother of invention, and after a long summer of heat and drought, protecting the supply of well water at our rural property in Garrett County is definitely a necessity.