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Friday, September 21, 2018
  • St. George residents approved expanding the existing town landing in Port Clyde in a close vote, 188-184, on Monday. A Monday-night recount confirmed the vote. The town purchased the former St. George Marine property . . .
  • The Big Weird World of Salmon Aquafood
    Wild salmon eat mostly wild fish, pink krill and plankton, but that’s not on the menu for the salmon that will be grown inside buildings at two new midcoast aquaculture facilities that are on the drawing board in Belfast and Bucksport. . . .
  • Summer Labor Shortage Ahead, Even with Foreign Guest Workers Arriving
    Local employers are scrambling to find enough workers to fill seasonal positions as summer approaches. The once reliable method of filling seasonal vacancies with guest workers from countries like Jamaica and Mexico has been . . .
  • with CEO Erik Heim — The Man Behind Belfast’s Really Big Fish Farm
    “Why is it going to be so big?” I asked Erik Heim, the man who wants to build one of the largest indoor fish farms in the world on the outskirts of Belfast. It is a massive project that will produce 66 million pounds of Atlantic salmon a year . . .
  • The new Maine State Ferry rates announced by the Maine Ferry Service and the Maine Department of Transportation (DOT) last week are favorable for most islands. Islesboro is the exception. The fare change, which will go into effect . . .
  • Belfast Cohousing: Living at the Speed of Trust
    The expansive view of the fields sloping down to the Little River from Mike and Margie Shannon’s place outside of Belfast looks as isolated and contemplative as a scene in an Andrew Wyeth painting. That’s a little deceptive. . . .
  • Getting By with a Little Help From Your WindowDresser Friends
    In 2010, Rockland churchgoer Richard Cadwgan offered to build simple window inserts and donate them to put in the drafty aluminum windows in the Unitarian church to keep it warmer. Cadwgan learned how to make the wooden-frame . . .
  • Unanswered Questions About CMP Bid To Cross Maine to Bring Clean Power From Canada To Massachusetts
    Questions are being asked as to whether a $950 million electricity tranmission line that Central Maine Power proposes to build across a remote part of Maine will reduce greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere, as intended. . . .
  • Redefining Capitalism: Do The Right Thing, Make Money, Change the World
    Capitalism is a good system that provides individual freedoms in a way no other system has approximated, according to Rebecca Henderson, the Harvard Business School professor who researches how large corporations shift . . .
  • Waldo County Sheriff’s Office Gets Help From Art Students
    Last Thursday, Mount View High School students unveiled posters they had created to help students and staff stop violence from escalating. After three lock-downs at the school complex and an evacuation following . . .
  • After grabbing the spotlight in the Land For Maine’s Future funding fight a few years back, it looked like Maine Public Lands might return to the status quo of being the largely overlooked cousin to Maine State Parks. But a fresh controversy over . . .
  • Belfast Tackles Its Housing Crisis Head On
    Trying to find a place to rent in Belfast is no easy task. Six different classified listings indicated there was a nice one-bedroom, first-floor apartment for $925, utilities not included, a studio for $600 plus utilities, a two-bedroom mobile home . . .
  • Guns are allowed in most places, though not in Acadia National Park, public schools or federal buildings. They are typically not allowed in bars, but are allowed on college campuses. There are no Maine laws specifically restricting . . .
  • Where Does Maine’s Congressional Delegation Stand on an Assault Weapons Ban?
    The Free Press reached out to the Maine Congressional delegation to see where they stand on regulating the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition at a time when hundreds of thousands of Americans are . . .
  • After months of customer complaints over high electric bills, state regulators from the Maine Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) approved an audit of CMP’s metering and customer billing process on Tuesday. . . .
  • On Tuesday, Governor LePage called lawmakers who oversee Maine Public Lands “liars” for asking why logs were not delivered to Maine sawmill owners who disagree with the governor over U.S. trade tariffs and were . . .
  • Belfast Salmon Farm Starts the Long Journey to Becoming A Real Thing
    Wild Atlantic salmon spend up to four years in the open ocean before they make their way back to their native streams to spawn. It might not take Nordic Aquafarms, the Norwegian company that wants to build one . . .
  • Following in Belfast’s footsteps, Rockland will ban plastic shopping bags and most polystyrene food containers by the end of the year. Polystyrene foam meat, poultry, and seafood trays used in grocery stores are not part of the ban . . .
  • Chris and Jason Brochu, who own and operate four Maine sawmills and strongly favor tariffs on Canadian lumber, were expecting a February delivery of logs from Maine state forests to keep the sawmills operating smoothly. . . . 
  • School Without Fear
    High school students from around the midcoast plan to participate in the March 14 National School Walkout against gun violence — or for school safety
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