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  • Timing of Land Deals Raises New Questions in Nordic Aquafarms Lawsuit
    Details of a land deal involving the city of Belfast and a property that is pivotal to Nordic Aquafarms’ proposed $500 million salmon farm recently became public. The timing has added a twist to an ongoing lawsuit that aims to ...
  • This is the second article in a series on Maine Department of Corrections’ internal disciplinary system for prisoners. Part 1, “Blind Spots in Oversight,” appeared in the June 22 Free Press. 
  • Pipeline Park
    As Waldo County Superior Court Justice Robert Murray collects closing arguments in a high stakes lawsuit over the proposed $500 million land-based salmon farm in Belfast, city officials are taking steps to ensure that the developer ...
  • Crockett Named Publisher of Midcoast Newspaper Group
    Longtime Ellsworth American employee Chris Crockett has been named publisher of the MaineStay Media group, which includes The Free Press. He is also taking leadership of The Courier-Gazette, The Camden Herald ...
  • Two Bridges (or Three) for One
    Maine Depart- ment of Transpor- tation is rebuilding Goose River Bridge on Route 1 in Belfast. Rather than close the busy road, the department built a second bridge next to the old one to detour traffic while the primary bridge is rebuilt....
  • Intertidal Land Dispute Has Its Day in Court
    Had the late Harriet Hartley been able to peer through a crystal ball into the future, she might have included a note in the several deeds she passed in her life, just to be very clear about her intentions. If she knew the extent ...
  • On a spring afternoon in 2020, Maine State Prison inmate Steve Anctil was feeding seagulls with a friend on his way back from chow, as they had done each day for weeks, when a correctional officer came running out of a shed ...

  • Remembering Tom Sadowski
    Longtime Free Press columnist Tom Sadowski died suddenly last week. He would have wanted you to know exactly how and why, as you will see. With much respect, we leave that decision to his family. Before going into semi-retirement ... 
  • The Twin Lures of Fishing and Ocean Views
    For decades, East Coast fishermen have been ceding dry land to people who buy fish from the store and like to see the ocean when they look out the window. A new report by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric ...

  • Matthew Maxcy — Jaywalking Nightmare
    Matt Maxcy speaks from a lifelong hunter’s point of view. He was the first person who told me he did not want anyone thinking of his experience as a story. “This isn’t a story. This is my encounter. This is my encounter. Stories are stories....
  • Mainers Who Stumbled Upon Bigfoot
    A report on UFOs released earlier this month by the U.S. Defense Department produced no crashed spaceships or extraterrestrial carcasses, but it didn’t rule out the possibility of extraterrestrial life. While it won’t do much for the ...
  • A bill that would have exempted land-based aquaculture from the state’s building and energy code has been voted down in committee at the request of the sponsor. To what extent companies planning such facilities will have to ...
  • Knox Clinic will be surveying residents in July and August about the medical services they get today, the services they need, and what stands between the two. The volunteer clinic is seeking input from people of all ages, incomes ...
  • Pilots Association Offers COVID Vaccine to International Sailors
    When Maine removed the residency requirement for COVID-19 vaccination last month, Skip Strong of the Penobscot Bay and River Pilots Association immediately thought of the crews aboard cargo ships and tankers. “Just by chance ...”
  • The Maine Legislature’s Judiciary Committee on May 20 issued divided reports on six anti-abortion rights bills, with the majority recommending against passage. The committee, composed of seven Democrats and five Republicans ...
  • David Lesterfield’s Nothing Burgers
    On April 29, the Athens Messenger, a southeastern Ohio daily, published a letter to the editor from Asher Nailor of Athens titled, “The need for plant-based meat alternatives may be in the future.” The letter began with an appeal ...
  • Don’t Like the Business? Buy the Building
    While the owner of Scrim- shaw, a medical cannabis shop at 500 Main Street in Rockland, and its out-of-state financier are in court, and while that business is temporarily closed pending a ruling about who owns it and the ...
  • Building Code Exemption Would Save Whole Oceans $33M+
    A public hearing on a bill that would exempt certain land-based aquaculture facilities from the state’s building code shed light on the financial stakes for the company behind it, Whole Oceans. The bill also received dozens of comments ...
  • Looking Out for Maine’s Sea-Run Fish
    A notice posted in March to the Damaris- cotta Mills Fish Ladder Restoration website announced the cancelation of this year’s alewife festival, with the possibility of a make-up event in the fall: “BUT, the fish do not care about Covid and ...
  • Instead of Blaming Unemployment Programs, Employers Need to Find Creative Solutions to Recruit Workers
    Ah spring. Lockdown restrictions have been loosened, COVID vaccines are widely available and Mainers are ready to get back to their pre-pandemic lives and enjoy the summer. And if you listen closely you can hear the collective ...
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