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Tuesday, November 12, 2019
  • Republicans and the Climate Crisis
    Our Confronting the End of Everything series discusses how, politically, Maine people could help avoid the human-caused environmental disasters facing the earth. These include global warming, a million species risking extinction, and ...
  • Searching for a Lost Norse Settlement at Ducktrap
    Looking for Norse artifacts in the Maine woods might be like wandering the state of Virginia in search of the hatchet that George Washington used to chop down his father’s prized cherry tree. At best, it’s like looking for a rusted ...
  • Opponents Say, ‘No Trespassing’ on Contested Tidal Land
    A recent visit by state officials to Belfast to size up the proposed Nordic Aquafarms site included a low-tide walk along a wide stretch of intertidal flats, the ownership of which is the subject of two lawsuits and multiple complaints to state ...
  • The Free Press Is Moving—
    Dear readers, advertisers and friends of The Free Press, We’re moving! As the newspaper industry continues to change and morph, so do we here in midcoast Maine. In order to continue to bring you a quality weekly feature paper ...
  • Deep State: Conservation — The Forgotten Alternative
    In the 1970s’ Energy Crisis, America’s dependence on oil was the leading villain, and the problem was largely political and economic. Middle Eastern countries restricted the supply; prices at the pump shot up. In our vastly more ...
  • BEP Lays Eyes on Proposed Belfast Salmon Farm Site
    In blaze-orange hats and vests, members of the state Board of Environmental Protection and Department of Environmental Protection on October 24 walked the Belfast site of Nordic Aquafarms’ proposed land-based salmon farm ...
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded Boothbay Harbor Sewer District a grant of $254,000 and a loan of $596,000 to replace and upgrade existing sewer lines. Superintendent Chris Higgins said the award is not ...
  • Four More Years
    Former presidential yacht USS Sequoia, the “floating White House” to commanders-in-chief for half a century, arrived in Belfast on a barge October 21. The yacht is scheduled for a “stern-to-bow” restoration at French & Webb Boatbuilders....
  • Warmer Winter Coming Says NOAA and One of the Almanacs
    Winter is likely to be warmer than usual in Maine this year, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center, which released its 2019–’20 Winter Outlook last week....
  • Restorative Justice Gets Almost $1M to Expand and Take Stock
    Restorative Justice Project of the Midcoast recently was awarded a $924,307 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Innovations in Community Based Crime Reduction program. The funding will help the Belfast-based organization ...
  • Philbrick Avenue, Then and Now —
    The city is installing a new sewer line for a planned 12-home subdivision by Midcoast Habitat for Humanity on Philbrick Avenue. The original development, just before demolition in 2012 (first photo) and this week (below), was built by ...
  • Deep State: Is Mills for Real on Climate Change?
    Gov. Janet Mills got a lot of attention when she stood before the United Nations General Assembly’s Climate Action Summit on September 23 and announced she had signed an executive order pledging Maine to become “carbon neutral” ...
  • Views of Point Lookout
    On September 24, we ran a cover story about Point Lookout Resort and Conference Center after the owners announced plans to lease working parts of the property. This week, Managing Editor Ethan Andrews, who wrote the story, talks with ...
  • ‘Rise and Renewal’ in Rockland
    Near the end of “Rockland, Maine: Rise and Renewal,” a new comprehensive history of the city released this month, author John Bird distills the most recent transformation of the city to four newspaper headlines: The opening of the ...
  • Rockland’s South Main Street Is Back
    A formerly pitted and potholed stretch of South Main Street in Rockland reopened September 20 with a smooth coat of asphalt covering a rebuilt road with upgrades to the sewer and municipal water systems. The project, which ...
  • The town of Camden has been awarded two grants totalling close to $14 million to upgrade its wastewater treatment system and further study the possible removal of Montgomery Dam. A grant of $1.4 million with a loan of ...
  • Deep State: Democrats: Will They Save Us?
    At noon on Friday, September 20, a gorgeous sunny day, a spirited rally about love and death took place in Portland. Love and death of the Earth. There was singing, chanting, colorful signs and banners, and speeches by young ...
  • Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap on September 18 received signed petitions for a people’s veto of LD 798, the contentious law that removed most philosophical and religious exemptions from Maine’s school immunization ...
  • A few days ago a friend mailed me a report that described tree planting in India in response to climate change. Two hundred and twenty million trees planted by over a million volunteers in one day. What an incredible feat! ...
  • You Can Get It if You Really Want
    “At 1:30, I’m going to start hurting like a son-of-a-bitch.” Sonny had just finished unloading a bag of cannabis products onto my office desk. It was late morning, so there was plenty of time before the witching hour, but there was also ...
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