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  • Equipment for Wood-Fiber Insulation Factory Arrives in Searsport
    A cargo ship from an operator that has delivered wood pulp to Searsport a half-dozen times over the past year — from Scandinavia and the Southern U.S. — delivered a load of machinery from Germany on February 22 that turns ...

  • Sludge Futures
    At a January 19 presenta- tion to the Municipal Review Commit- tee, the nonprofit that represents 115 Maine municipalities in matters of trash, Rob Van Naarden, CEO of Delta Thermo Energy, described a scene that sounded as if it ...
  • Gifts for the Saw that Cuts Everything
    Front Street Shipyard recently acquired the largest water jet cutting machine in the state — a five-axis, 3D, Suprema DX 1340 model from Waterjet USA. It cost close to $1 million and can cut just about anything. Much of the actual ...
  • Into the Electric Collage
    When “Mad” Mike Hughes launched himself into the sky in a homemade rocket last year, leaving a torn parachute behind in a blast of steam propulsion, he was doing what scientists and doctors have done for millennia, testing ...
  • Lunch with Martin Luther King Jr.
    I had lunch more than 50 years ago with Martin Luther King Jr., during his only visit to Maine. He and I were not alone. There were 350 students at St. Francis College, then an all-male, mostly Caucasian and Catholic liberal ...
  • No One Sets Out to Be Like Venezuela
    Sometime in the early aughts, maybe 2003, I traveled to Washington, D.C., for a protest against the Iraq War. As the march passed the White House, I remember looking up a side driveway to the building where the president lives and ...
  • Finding the Lost Bale
    Captain Dana Willis of Maine Maritime Academy led the search that turned up the lost bale of compressed plastic waste in Searsport on December 21. The bale was recovered two days later by divers hired by Sprague Operating ...
  • Lost Bale of Plastic Waste Recovered
    One of two bales of compressed plastic waste that was dropped into Penobscot Bay at Mack Point terminal in Searsport earlier this month has been recovered intact. Shana Hoch, spokeswoman for Sprague Operating Resources ...
  • Tom Sadowski: A 2020 Time Travelogue
    There is a photo making the rounds on the internet. It’s a scene from the 1985 movie “Back to the Future” where the eccentric professor, Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) is giving instructions on how to control the destination of the ...
  • Opponents of the land-based salmon farm proposed for construction in Belfast have filed formal appeals in two counties challenging permits issued by the Maine Board of Environmental Protection to the developer, Nordic Aquafarms ...
  • Maine Department of Environmental Protection is continuing to investigate the spill of shredded plastic and other waste materials into Penobscot Bay.

    “DEP staff have been on-site, conducted additional interviews and continue to ...
  • Plastic Beach, Searsport
    On December 2, a pair of 2,900-pound bales of compacted plastic waste fell from a cargo ship unloading at Mack Point terminal in Searsport and were not retrieved. The incident went unreported until six days later when Bob Brennan ...

  • Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
    An early December wind storm — not the last one, but the one before — predictably broke tree limbs, knocked out power and so forth. It also toppled a monolithic sculpture of 5,264 plastic egg cartons built by Brooklyn-based artist ...
  • Nordic Aquafarms Connected to Proposed $63M CMP Upgrade
    Central Maine Power is seeking fast approval from Maine Public Utilities Commission to rebuild a section of high-voltage transmission lines in time for the construction of the Nordic Aquafarms land-based salmon farm in Belfast....
  • Where Do the Rights Stop?
    On the weekend before Thanksgiving, I talked to six Trump supporters in three households to hear what they thought of the election, the country and their president. The interviews have been condensed and edited for ... 
  • A Search for Maine’s Rare Blueback Trout
    Fall trout fishing in Maine is mostly an under-practiced sport. When the end of the open water fishing season approaches, most sportsmen are out grouse hunting, and the lucky moose permit holders are in the woods looking for ...
  • U.K. Solid Waste Arrives for PERC
    After a trial run in 2019, Penobscot Energy Recovery Company is importing about 11,000 tons of solid waste from Northern Ireland to power its Orrington waste-to-electricity plant. Plant Manager Henry Lang said the shipment ...
  • State OKs Environmental Permits for Belfast Salmon Farm
    Maine Board of Environmental Protection on November 19 granted four key permits to Nordic Aquafarms for its proposed land-based salmon farm in Belfast. BEP signed off on Nordic’s permits for Natural Resources Protection Act ...
  • Recounts in races for two midcoast Maine House seats in which Republican challengers narrowly lost to Democratic incumbents in unofficial Election Night tallies will be conducted Friday, November 20, in Augusta. In House District 96 ...
  • Out of the Woods, and Back In
    In March and April, when the pandemic was young, I interviewed people in a variety of occupations and circumstances as a snapshot from a quickly changing time. With infection rates rising to new highs, I spoke to several of them again ...
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