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Sunday, February 23, 2020
  • “Want to take some responsibility for your choices at election time? Want to know the candidates before you check off the little boxes on the ballot? This is the place!” That’s the text from a poster advertising the Waldo County Republican ...
  • A lawsuit over rights to a strip of intertidal land that would be crossed by a pipeline from the proposed Nordic Aquafarms salmon farm in Belfast continues in Waldo County Superior Court after Justice Robert Murray denied most ...
  • The state Board of Environmental Protection on February 11 will hear public comment on four permit applications related to Nordic Aquafarms’ proposed land-based salmon farm in Belfast. The hearing, at the University of Maine ...
  • Carbon-Biased
    Nordic Aquafarms and Its Opponents Can’t Agree on the Carbon Footprint of the Proposed Belfast Salmon Farm. That’s Not Surprising. But What’s It Really Going to Cost?
  • A three-year, $2.59 billion work plan released by Maine Department of Transportation last week is more restrained than in past years in response to a decline in reliable funding, according to the department. MDOT describes ...
  • Over the past few months, Mainers have been inundated with TV and online ads showing a burbling Kennebec River and aerial views of the Maine wilderness overlaid with assurances that neither would be harmed by the ...
  • The Pilots’ New Ride —
    Captains Jeff Haines, above left, and David Gelinas of Penobscot Bay & River Pilots Association approach a scrap iron ship in their new pilot vessel, Dirigo, a longer, heavier upgrade with a bright red hull. Gelinas later scaled the ...
  • What Midcoast Legislators Brought to the Party
    After six months off, the Maine Legislature reconvened last week with a stack of 182 new bills for the upcoming session. Midcoast legislators are primary sponsors of 15 of them, from the does-it-really-need-to-be-said ...
  • Putting a Ring on Grassy Pond
    Last month, and with muted fanfare owing to the holidays, Coastal Mountains Land Trust completed the purchase of a 500-acre conservation easement on undeveloped land surrounding Grassy Pond in Rockport and Hope....
  • Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets (MFFM) was recently awarded $160,111 toward a $205,892 project to promote an employee benefit program designed to connect residents with their local farmers markets....
  • New Views for Old Eyes
    At a recent talk in Belfast on the “Demise of the Local Newspaper,” veteran midcoast reporter and editor Tom Groening leveled with the packed room of gray- and white-haired residents. “Twenty-five and 30-year-olds won’t pick up newsprint,” he said....
  • Christmas by the Sea —
    Barry Shepard’s 1964 Chevy C-10 pickup lines up for Camden’s Christmas by the Sea parade last Friday night.
  • Environmental Regulators Seek to Allow More Ozone-Causing Pollutants
    Maine Board of Environmental Protection is preparing to petition the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for lighter restrictions on ozone-causing emissions in much of the state. The 138-page proposal, which will be the subject ...
  • A Clean Room for the Art Capital of Maine
    Recently, at Dowling-Walsh Gallery in downtown Rockland, Jake Dowling was talking about his position in the slow caravan that is the life of a great work of art — a role that, for him, recently expanded from selling the wagon to taking ...
  • Point Lookout Owners End Search for Resort Lessee
    The owners of Point Lookout Resort formally ended their search for someone to lease large portions of the Northport resort and conference center, but they plan to keep some of the facilities open. A November 22 letter sent to Point Lookout ...
  • Dutch Aquaculture Company Lands in Jonesport
    A Dutch aquaculture company with plans to expand to the U.S. appears to have settled on Jonesport. Kingfish Zeeland will debut plans for a land-based fish farm to the town this week. The news was first reported by the Machias Valley ...
  • Up the Waterfall!
    For 15 years Waterfall Arts has been Belfast’s sophisticated, ecologically minded art hub and its creative rec center, dealing heady talks and freewheeling creative play with equal aplomb from a former elementary school ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
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