News Reports 2008

This page contains all archived news stories from 2008. Some links go to online newspapers off of our site. Some of those links may not have been maintained by the other sites.


Date: December 28, 2008

Source: The Westerly Sun

Subject: New station pegged at $2M

Date: December 19, 2008

Source: Indian Country Today

Subject: Court undermines NIGC authority in controversial casino case

Date: December 18, 2008

Source: The Chariho Times

Subject: Cesspools must be removed by 2009

Date: December 3, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: Some 72 regional family farms have united to raise all-natural, free-grazing livestock. – Story about Charlestown Farm

Video: Interview with Charlestown farmer

Date: November 27, 2008

Source: Hartford Courant

Subject: Town officials wary of casinos’ alcohol proposal

Date: November 19, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: New council’s first order of business: Fire administrator

Date: November 18, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: Charlestown council cleans house at swear-in meeting

Date: November 17, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: Blocked from database – story about Tribal police

Date: November 13, 2008

Source: The Chariho Times

Subject: 81 acres: for next council to decide

Date: November 7, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: Write-in candidates win Chariho seats

Date: November 6, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: All-new Charlestown council

Date: November 5, 2008

Source: The Chariho Times

Subject: Mageau comes in dead last – loses council seat

Date: November 5, 2008

Source: The Chariho Times

Subject: School bonds pass – not RYSE

Date: November 4, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: Mageau, acting Charlestown Council president, loses seat

Date: November 4, 2008

Source: Legal Times

Subject: After Supreme Court Scuffle, Ted Olson Earns His Keep

Date: November 3, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: Tribal land case arguments ask: What does ‘now’ mean?

Date: November 3, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: A matter of trust: U.S. high court to hear case on status of tribal land in Charlestown

Date: November 1, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: Charlestown lawyer bows out of high court arguments

Date: October 31, 2008

Source: Legal Times

Subject: Ted Olson Wins Supreme Court Showdown

Date: October 31, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: Larisa hands off Indian land case to Olson

Date: October 31, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: Decision on lawyer in Indian land case goes to final bell

Date: October 29, 2008

Source: The Chariho Times

Subject: Tuckahoe Turf fields preserved

Date: October 28, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: Emergency motion asks high court to choose state’s lawyer

Date: October 27, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: Contentious Charlestown councilman loves nothing better than a good fight

Date: October 24, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: Coin toss could decide who takes state case to high court

Date: October 21, 2008

Source: The Westerly Sun

Subject: Tuckahoe Turf Farms in Richmond to become land preserve

Date: October 18, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: Charlestown agrees to buy 81 acres

Date: October 18, 2008

Source: The Westerly Sun

Subject: Councilors won’t back off support for Larisa

Date: October 17, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: Despite Carcieri plea, council backs Larisa

Date: October 16, 2008

Source: CCA Press Release

Subject: CCA Endorses Matt McHugh for District 36 State House Representative

Date: October 15, 2008

Source: The Westerly Sun

Subject: Carcieri appeals to town council

Date: October 15, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: Developer says casino promoters eyeing parcel abutting tribal land

Date: October 15, 2008

Source: The Chariho Times

Subject: AG’s office might deny Mageau’s appeal

Date: October 14, 2008

Source: The Westerly Sun

Subject: Tribe denies land plan

Date: October 11, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: Justice’s remarks prompt complaint

Date: October 10, 2008

Source: The Westerly Sun

Subject: Commission wrestles with Ninigret Park fees

Date: October 9, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: State, town can’t agree on who argues tribal land case

Date: October 7, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: State, Charlestown vie to argue tribal land case before Supreme Court

Date: September 24, 2008

Source: The Westerly Sun

Subject: EPA finds toxins at Kenyon dump site

Date: September 23, 2008

Source: The Westerly Sun

Subject: Mageau appeals guilty verdict

Date: September 23, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: Charlestown councilman found guilty of assault, immediately appeals

Date: September 23, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: Rosenberg column: After the trial, Mageau ponders his error

Date: September 22, 2008

Source: The Westerly Sun

Subject: Mageau found guilty of assault

Date: September 22, 2008

Source: WPRI 12 – Eyewitness News | Video

Subject: Councilman James Mageau found guilty on assault charges

Date: September 22, 2008

Source: NBC 10 News | Video

Subject: Council president found guilty of assault

Date: September 22, 2008

Source: ABC 6 News | Video

Subject: Charlestown Council President Convicted of Simple Assault on Cameraman

Date: September 19, 2008

Source: WPRI 12 – Eyewitness News | Video

Subject: Council President heads to trial

Notice that Mr Mageau pushes the reporters hand away and she complains about it. Look for this video in the list of assorted videos at bottom of page (As of September 19 this is on page 2 of the video list. At a later date you will have to scroll further.)

Date: September 19, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: Town councilman stands trial in assault

Date: September 18, 2008

Source: The Westerly Sun

Subject: Narragansetts petition for Settlement Act records

Date: September 17, 2008

Source: The Westerly Sun

Subject: Mageau gets his day in court

Date: September 16, 2008

Source: The Westerly Sun

Subject: Board retunes Ninigret park fees

Date: September 6, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: Supreme rivalries: 3 vie to argue R.I. land case before nation’s high court

Date: September 3, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: Butterfly count results documented by Audubon Society

Date: August 31, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: A ragin’ rhythm (Rhythm & Roots Festival at Ninigret Park)

Date: August 27, 2008

Source: The Westerly Sun

Subject: Frosty Drew ready to break ground on innovative sky theater

Date: August 28, 2008

Source: The Chariho Times

Subject: Study concludes: cheaper to leave School District

More: Read the Education Report from Ad Hoc Withdrawal Update Committee

Date: August 28, 2008

Source: The Chariho Times – Editorial

Subject: A unified school district may be just a pipe dream

Date: August 27, 2008

Source: The Westerly Sun

Subject: Charlestown alliance hosts candidates, takes swipe at Mageau

Date: August 26, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: Council, panel spar over report

Date: August 22, 2008

Source: CCA Press Release

Subject: Meet the Candidates at Cove Restaurant

Date: August 21, 2008

Source: The Westerly Sun

Subject: Ninigret fees could drive Rhythm & Roots out of Charlestown

Date: August 21, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: Gravel company enters plea deal

Date: August 20, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: Campaign Journal

Date: August 19, 2008

Source: The Westerly Sun

Subject: Mageau questions recall amendment to charter

Date: August 19, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: Charter changes are questioned

Date: August 18, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal – By the Editor, Rhode Island Section

Subject: Editorial: Roll the tape

Date: August 13, 2008

Source: The Westerly Sun

Subject: Official resigns, blames Mageau

More: Resignation statement from Dr. Milton Krantz

Date: August 13, 2008

Source: Press Release

Subject: CCA PAC Releases 2008 Platform

Date: August 13, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: Zoning Board impasse averted

Date: August 7, 2008

Source: The Westerly Sun

Subject: Countdown to Kenyon cleanup

Date: August 7, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: Hearing tonight on proposed park in Richmond – includes a discussion to rezone Shannock in Charlestown and Richmond to Mixed Use

Date: August 7, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: Court: Proposed subdivision goes back to Planning Commission

Date: August 7, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: Eight changes to Town Charter on the ballot

Date: August 3, 2008

Source: The Westerly Sun

Subject: Growing RISC addresses tribal land trust issue

Date: August 3, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: R.I. Statewide Coalition meeting draws 300

Date: August 1, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: Charlestown Town Council President James Mageau’s trial for simple assault is scheduled for Sept. 18

More: Related videos from this assault charge

Date: July 31, 2008

Source: The Chariho Times – Editorial

Subject: This circus will come to a close come November

Date: July 28, 2008

Source: Press Release

Subject: Matt McHugh publishes Campaign Web Site

Date: July 25, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: Democratic Town Committee may dwindle to one

Date: July 23, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: Zoning Board caught in council crossfire

Date: July 22, 2008

Source: WPRI 12 – Eyewitness News | Video

Subject: Council President responds to assault accusations

Look for this video in the list of assorted videos at bottom of page (As of July 27, you have to scroll out to page 8 of their video list. At a later date you will have to scroll further.)

Date: July 22, 2008

Source: The Westerly Sun

Subject: Mageau, Picard squelch charter votes

Councilors also fail to reappoint Zoning Board of Review members

Date: July 22, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: Picard breaks ranks with Mageau on several key votes

Date: July 17, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: Mageau charged in assault

Date: July 16, 2008

Source: The Westerly Sun

Subject: Council president arrested

Date: July 15, 2008

Source: ABC 6 News

Subject: Town Council Scuffle Caught on Tape

More: Related videos from this Town Council meeting

Date: July 15, 2008

Source: The Westerly Sun

Subject: Town Hall chaos leads to clash

Date: July 11, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: Rhode Island PBS phasing out coverage of meetings

Date: July 10, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: Dark days for council TV broadcasts

Read the Proposed Charter Changes

Date: July 9, 2008

Source: The Chariho Times

Subject: Candidates gear up for November

Date: July 9, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: 8 candidates turn in signatures

Date: July 9, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: 3-part proposal on Chariho construction nears approval

Date: July 3, 2008

Source: The Chariho Times

Subject: Mageau cancels meeting on school withdrawal

Date: July 3, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: ELECTION MARCH STARTS IN JULY

Date: July 1, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: Farmland, open space protection need permanent spot in R.I. budget

Date: June 27, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: Not so fast: Joint meeting on withdrawal is called off

Date: June 26, 2008

Source: The Chariho Times

Subject: Farmers market sprouts to success

Date: June 26, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: Time to leave the district, panel urges

Date: June 25, 2008

Source: Public documents

Subject: Local Candidates Declare for Election

Date: June 25, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: Ground Beef in Charlestown – destruction of Black Pond Open Space

Photograph: Tree cutting in preserved openspace

Photograph: Surface scalping in preserved openspace

Photograph: Gravel removal in preserved openspace

Photograph: Gravel pit in preserved openspace

Date: June 19, 2008

Source: The Chariho Times

Subject: Big changes planned for Ninigret Park

Date: June 18, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: Walsh seeks to restore farm bond referendum

Date: June 11, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: Ninigret plan gets council’s approval

Read the full plan: Ninigret Master Plan

Date: June 10, 2008

Source: Press Release

Subject: CCA URGES VOTERS’ CHOICE FROM 2006 ELECTION TO SETTLE COUNCIL IMPASSE

Date: June 10, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: Fissures surface in tribal land case – review of Town Council meeting

Date: June 9, 2008

Source: Public Document

Subject: Read the legal arguments that were filed with the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to prevent the Narragansett Indian Tribe from taking 31-acres in town into federal trust. Trust status could pave the way for a casino here.

Date: June 7, 2008

Source: Press Release

Subject: Sen. June Gibbs: Eliminate straight-ticket voting

Date: June 6, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: Noted lawyer hired in land suit

Date: June 5, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: Name-calling, insults, outrage at meeting — and after it

Date: June 4, 2008

Source: The Westerly Sun

Subject: CCA leader offers to fill Craig’s spot – ‘I’ll cast votes based on facts… and respect the rights of people, even if we disagree.’

Date: June 3, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: $23.8-million municipal budget gets voters’ overwhelming OK

Date: June 3, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: Craig submits resignation as Town Council president

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Date: June 1, 2008

Source: The Westerly Sun

Subject: $23.8M budget set for Monday

Date: May 31, 2008

Source: The Westerly Sun

Subject: Council vacancy to be discussed at special meeting

Date: May 30, 2008

Source: The Westerly Sun

Subject: Craig leaves Council

Date: May 30, 2008

Source: The Chariho Times

Subject: Homeowner’s association contends Smith’s graveling went too far

Photograph: Tree cutting in preserved openspace

Photograph: Surface scalping in preserved openspace

Photograph: Gravel removal in preserved openspace

Photograph: Gravel pit in preserved openspace

Date: May 30, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: Budget referendum set for Monday

Date: May 28, 2008

Source: The Westerly Sun

Subject: Chariho’s accreditation said to be in jeopardy if improvement plans falter

Date: May 27, 2008

Source: The Westerly Sun

Subject: Charlestown charter panel considers changes to annual budget track

Date: May 24, 2008

Source: The Westerly Sun

Subject: Tree ordinance needs a little maintenance

Date: May 23, 2008

Source: Press Release

Subject: Former State Representative McHugh Mulls Political Future

Date: May 22, 2008

Source: Indianz.com

Subject: The National Indian Gaming Commission is again expressing concerns about tribes who promise not to use newly acquired lands for casinos, only to change their minds about it at a later date

Date: May 21, 2008

Source: The Westerly Sun

Subject: Another 90,000 clams transplanted – this time to Quonochontaug Pond

Date: May 14, 2008

Source: The Chariho Times

Subject: 90,000 quahogs moved to Ninigret Pond

Date: May 14, 2008

Source: The Westerly Sun

Subject: Council rejects sale of parade paraphernalia

Date: May 14, 2008

Source: The Chariho Times – Editorial

Subject: The week in review

Date: May 14, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: Council seeking counsel on suit against DEM

Date: May 13, 2008

Source: The Westerly Sun

Subject: Records show tribe pitched Charlestown casino

Date: May 13, 2008

Source: The Westerly Sun

Subject: Consultant will examine state septic regulations

Date: May 9, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: Document shows Narragansetts still pressing for casino

Date: May 9, 2008

Source: The Westerly Sun

Subject: Farmin’ the pond – Volunteers transplant clams to Ninigret

Date: May 9, 2008

Source: The Westerly Sun

Subject: Charlestown budget raises little interest

Date: May 7, 2008

Source: The Westerly Sun

Subject: Charlestown seeks warden to oversee trees on town-owned land

Date: May 7, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: The same arguments, different venue – Chariho

Date: May 7, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: Help needed to re-stock ponds with clams

Date: May 6, 2008

Source: The Westerly Sun

Subject: Charlestown budget meeting postponed until Thursday

Date: May 6, 2008

Source: Town Document

Subject: Read the 2008-2009 proposed Charlestown Budget

Date: May 6, 2008

Source: Town Document

Subject: Read the 2007-2008 Charlestown Budget – for those who want to compare to this year’s

Date: May 5, 2008

Source: The Westerly Sun

Subject: Charlestown Chamber of Commerce responds to Mageau’s assertions on Ninigret Park

Date: May 5, 2008

Source: The Westerly Sun

Subject: Hearing on proposed $23.8M budget tonight

Date: May 2, 2008

Source: The Westerly Sun

Subject: Mageau forms group to fight environmental regulation

Date: April 30, 2008

Source: The Chariho Times

Subject: Eyes on 08 Election

Date: April 30, 2008

Source: The Chariho Times – Editorial

Subject: Charlestown citizen’s group has the right idea

Date: April 30, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: Citizens Alliance switches gears

Date: April 30, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: Mageau and Smith form Property rights group

Date: April 27, 2008

Source: The Westerly Sun

Subject: Citizens’ group unveils platform

Date: April 19, 2008

Source: The Westerly Sun

Subject: Quorum not reached at special meeting

Date: April 18, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: Special meeting may fall short

Date: April 17, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: Mageau, Picard take steps to fight septic regulations

Date: April 17, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: Public lashing for meetings held in private

Date: April 16, 2008

Source: The Westerly Sun

Subject: Mageau calls for wastewater meeting

Date: April 15, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: All talk, no action on wastewater issue

Date: April 11, 2008

Source: The Westerly Sun

Subject: Estimates lower on septic replacements – Only 536 septic systems may need replacement over next two decades in areas that impact salt ponds.

Date: April 11, 2008

Source: The Westerly Sun

Subject: Charlestown residents wary of sewer system

Date: April 11, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: Cost of septic compliance concerns residents

Date: April 10, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: Wastewater forum tries again today

Date: April 9, 2008

Source: The Westerly Sun

Subject: DEM addresses septic issue

Date: April 3, 2008

Source: The Chariho Times

Subject: New septic regs cause uproar – DEM says Mageau’s taxpayer alert is misleading

Date: April 3, 2008

Source: The Westerly Sun

Subject: Council moves septic meeting to April 10 due to overflow crowd

Date: April 3, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: Overflow crowd postpones meeting

Date: April 2, 2008

Source: The Westerly Sun

Subject: State to look at Charlestown septic rules

Date: April 1, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: Septic skeptics to have their say at wastewater session

Date: March 31, 2008

Source: The Salt Ponds Coalition

Subject: Salt Ponds Coalition cautions that town-wide water/sewer system would bring expense, over development and pollution

Date: March 28, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: Wastewater regulations raise concern

Date: March 27, 2008

Source: The Westerly Sun

Subject: Charlestown ordered to pay Richmond attorney fees

Date: March 21, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: Can keeping order be ordered?

Date: March 19, 2008

Source: The Chariho Times – Editorial

Subject: All was quiet while soliciting names for e-mail list

Date: March 18, 2008

Source: The Westerly Sun – Editorial

Subject: Too much of a limit on public discourse in Charlestown plan

Date: March 13, 2008

Source: The Westerly Sun – Editorial

Subject: Good government has no place for Mageau’s diatribes

Date: March 12, 2008

Source: The Chariho Times

Subject: Hot tempers and hot issues – story about Town Council Meeting

Date: March 11, 2008

Source: The Westerly Sun

Subject: Attorney likes state’s chances in tribal land case

Date: March 6, 2008

Source: The Westerly Sun

Subject: Complaints filed over ‘solicitation’ at polls

Date: March 1, 2008

Source: The Westerly Sun

Subject: Tribe asking feds to move 1,800 acres out of trust status

Date: February 28, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: Tribe seeks review of land

Date: February 26, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: Supreme Court to hear R.I. case

Date: February 26, 2008

Source: The Westerly Sun

Subject: Tribe case heads to High Court – Review expected to have broad impact on Indian land claims across the country

Date: February 18, 2008

Source: The Westerly Sun – Editorial

Subject: Judge’s ruling on Shannock zoning makes the right call

Date: February 16, 2008

Source: The Westerly Sun

Subject: Charter Revision Committee declines to alter zoning appointments

Date: February 16, 2008

Source: The Westerly Sun

Subject: Charter Revision Committee proposals so far

Date: February 12, 2008

Source: The Westerly Sun

Subject: Charlestown to appeal village zoning order

Date: February 7, 2008

Source: The Westerly Sun

Subject: Judge orders toilets removed from village

Date: February 6, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: 16 states back R.I. in opposing ruling on Indian land trust

Date: February 6, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: Coalition joins foe of tribe in court

Date: February 6, 2008

Source: Town and State Document

Subject: Read the State/Town/Attorney General’s Writ of Certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court (708K)

Date: February 6, 2008

Source: Town and State Document

Subject: Read the 16 State Amicus Brief in Support of Charlestown (2MB) This is a scan, you’ll have to rotate and scroll in order to read.

Date: February 6, 2008

Source: RISC

Subject: Read the Amicus Brief filed by RISC and CERA

Date: February 6, 2008

Source: Town and State Document

Subject: Read the Justice Department’s reply

Date: February 6, 2008

Source: Town and State Document

Subject: Read the State and Town response to the Justice Department’s reply

Date: February 4, 2008

Source: The Westerly Sun

Subject: Shannock fish passage gets funding from oil spill grant

Date: February 3, 2008

Source: The Westerly Sun

Subject: “Taking a firm, fiscally conservative stance, Councilor Katharine H. Waterman said Kinder’s experience as a labor lawyer over two decades could save the town money”

Date: January 30, 2008

Source: The Chariho Times

Subject: Planning Commission and recall provision reviewed

Date: January 29, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: Charter panel ponders voting by alternates

Date: January 28, 2008

Source: The Westerly Sun

Subject: Forested property to be preserved in Charlestown

Date: January 25, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: Trying to Effect Climate Change – about CCA

Date: January 24, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: Narragansetts renew quest for casino

Date: January 24, 2008

Source: The Chariho Times

Subject: Residents say democracy prevails with Craven’s opinion

Date: January 23, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: Electing board is legal, says Craven

Date: January 22, 2008

Source: Town Solicitor Robert Craven

Subject: Read the full text of Craven’s opinion on an elected Planning Commission here

Date: January 17, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: Beach panel advocates adding changing rooms

Date: January 17, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: A soft tap on the wrist for council by AG’s office

Date: January 16, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: Mageau’s complaint just more harassment – Waterman didn’t violate meetings law, AG rules

Date: January 16, 2008

Source: The Westerly Sun

Subject: Councilor Waterman did not violate open meetings law

Date: January 15, 2008

Source: Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office

Subject: Read the AG’s opinion that the Mageau majority violated the Open Meetings Act when they met privately in executive session to negotiate the Town Solicitor’s contract.

Date: January 8, 2008

Source: The Providence Journal

Subject: Tribe calls for gaming summit to force a casino into Charlestown