Important Changes to the Unemployment Claims Telephone Filing System
The Maine Department of Labor has upgraded the Interactive Voice
Response (IVR) system that allows you to file a claim by phone when you
call the Unemployment Claims Center.
The upgrade has added different prompts and changed the order and
content of weekly claim questions. Please listen carefully to each
selection before entering a reply on your telephone keypad.
The new IVR system includes several features to improve the accuracy of
benefit claims, provide information to claimants, and ultimately reduce
wait times for people calling the Unemployment Claims Center. Users
will also be able to update their address by phone when they use the
automated system to file their weekly benefit claim. Additional feature
upgrades to the IVR system are planned for the future.
IF&W’s New Outdoor Partners Program
The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (IFW) recognizes
the importance of our state’s many landowners who allow public access on
their land for recreational use. As a way to preserve and enhance
relations with these landowners, IFW has created the Outdoor Partners
“The recreational use of private property is extremely important for
our outdoor enthusiasts and respecting landowners is essential to that
use,” said IFW Commissioner Chandler E. Woodcock.
The Outdoors Partners Program is an updated version of the Department’s
Supersport program, which started in 1996 and had at least 1,000
designations every year.
People who join the program agree to abide by a code of ethics that
includes respecting the law, public land, landowners, other outdoor
users, fish, wildlife and the environment. Those who join this program
also agree to assist a landowner in the upcoming year.
Joining the Outdoor Partners Program is simple and can be done when you
purchase any license or through the Department’s online store at www.mefishwildlife.com for just $15.
In return, Outdoor Partners receive valuable benefits, including
periodic electronic newsletters with timely information from Maine’s
biologists, wardens, guides, snowmobilers, landowners and others, free
passes to the Maine Wildlife Park, Swan Island and the North Maine Woods
and discounts to a variety of places such as Kittery Trading Post, L.L.
Bean, DeLorme, Cabela’s and more.
Governor Orders Flags to be Lowered in Memory of General Schwarzkopf
Governor Paul R. LePage ordered that the United States flag and the
State of Maine flag be flown at half-staff on Thursday, February 28,
2013 at all installations and activities of Maine Army National Guard in
memory of retired General H. Norman Schwarzkopf.
Schwarzkopf, a highly decorated Vietnam War veteran who rose quickly
through the Army's ranks during the 1970s and '80s, drew up the initial
plans for the successful U.S.-led ejection of Saddam Hussein's forces
from Kuwait. Schwarzkopf, who quickly became the nation’s most acclaimed
military hero of the era, died December 27, 2012, at 78.
The flags will be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Thursday, which is the day of interment.
“Our nation lost a great leader with the passing of General
Schwarzkopf,” said Governor LePage. “Our thoughts are with his family as
we honor his memory and the positive impact he had on many of Maine’s
The Legislature has released its schedule of session dates through the
first few weeks of April. To see when the Legislature will be meeting,
please visit http://www.maine.gov/legis/house/sch_sess.htm. To view a live video feed of the House of Representatives, please access http://www.maine.gov/legis/house/h_video_int.htm.
To download copies of committee schedules, including dates for public hearings and work sessions, please visit http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/committeeNotices/. The public is welcomed to attend all public hearings to offer testimony or just to observe.