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State: Baileyville Mill Has A History Of Wastewater Leaks

3 hours ago
Bill Trotter / BDN

The leak of more than half a million gallons of wastewater last week at a Baileyville mill is the third such leak that has occurred at the mill in the past two years.

Belfast Fish Farm Opponents Blast Zoning Changes

Aug 17, 2018
Abigail Curtis / Bangor Daily News

In April, Belfast city councilors unanimously approved zoning ordinance changes that would allow a company planning one of the world’s largest indoor salmon farms to advance to the next stages of the project.

John Holyoke / Bangor Daily News

BANGOR, Maine — Fisheries conservationists made passionate pleas Tuesday night for state fisheries officials to reconsider a plan that would allow the introduction of Arctic charr into a brook trout water that has never been stocked, and which is included on Maine’s list of protected Heritage Fish Waters.

Robert F. Bukaty / AP Photo

A federal judge in California on Tuesday granted L.L. Bean’s motion to dismiss a potential class action lawsuit against the Maine-based retailer but at the same time gave the plaintiff a chance to amend his complaint.

Rockland Sets Temporary Limit On Cruise Ship Visits

Aug 14, 2018
Stephen Betts / Bangor Daily News

Large cruise ships will now be limited to six visits per year in Rockland while the city works on putting together a long-term harbor management plan.

Investor Scraps $8.3M Marijuana Deal With Businessman Linked To Investigation

Aug 14, 2018
Darren Fishell / Bangor Daily News

A Canadian firm has canceled a roughly $8.3 million purchase of a marijuana cultivation facility in Auburn from a businessman who is linked to a federal marijuana trafficking and money laundering investigation.

How China’s Green Wave Is Making Recycling More Expensive In Maine

Aug 14, 2018
Troy R. Bennett / Bangor Daily News

Gouldsboro Town Manager Sherri Cox immediately cut a town service when, early into the new budget season, she discovered a steep rise in recycling fees that threatened to bust the budget.

Rallies, Ads Won’t Sway Collins On Court Nominee, Aide Says

Aug 12, 2018
J. Scott Applewhite / AP Photo

Escalating pressure on U.S. Sen. Susan Collins from both sides of the debate over President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee won’t rush her decision.

How An Invasive Plant Is Helping Ticks Survive In Maine

Aug 9, 2018
Maine Forest Service Department | Maine Department of Agriculture / via Bangor Daily News

There are a lot of reasons to want to control the non-native plants that have invaded the state of Maine.

But recent scientific research done on Japanese barberry adds one more big one to the list: the dense, thorny shrub actually creates a microclimate that is good for ticks. And that is bad news for people.

LePage Urges Mills, Hayes To Step Down While Running To Succeed Him

Aug 8, 2018
David Sharp / Associated Press

AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage issued letters to Attorney General Janet Mills and State Treasurer Terry Hayes on Tuesday, asking them to “do the honorable thing” and either resign or take leaves of absence before continuing their 2018 runs to replace him.

Clearing Of Bangor Homeless Camp Has Unintended Result - More Camps

Aug 7, 2018
Gabor Degre / Bangor Daily News

The clearing of one of Bangor’s largest homeless encampments last month drove dozens of people to form smaller camps around the city — and virtually none of them into shelters and permanent housing, according to police and shelter workers.

On July 24, city crews cut down the thick growth along the bank of the Penobscot River between lower Dutton Street and the Interstate 395 bridge, prompting the 40 or so people who had been living in the sprawling network of campsites to move elsewhere.

Maine Issues Heat Advisory As Sticky, Sweltering Air Moves In

Aug 6, 2018
Troy R. Bennett / Bangor Daily News

Large portions of Maine could feel as warm at 100 degrees on Monday, prompting an official warning about the sticky, sweltering air.

Proposed Farm Bill Amendment Could Negate Local Food Laws In Maine

Aug 4, 2018
Charlie Neibergall / AP Photo

Buried deep within the 641 pages of the proposed 2018 Farm Bill is an amendment that food sovereignty supporters fear is an attack on local control of food.

Before Death In Prison, Inmate Was Scared Of Cellmates, Asked Guard To Move Him

Aug 3, 2018
Maine Department of Corrections - BDN

In the hours before he died in prison, Dana Bartlett was afraid.

He was scared of his cellmates and asked a guard repeatedly to move him to another room at the Bolduc Correctional Facility, according to two men who were incarcerated with him.

Maine prison policy says when one inmate reports conflict with another to a guard, that report should be run up the chain of command to an officer who “shall” investigate and “determine the appropriate level of prisoner separation.”

Some Maine Schools Scramble After New Law Scraps Diploma Standards

Aug 2, 2018

Even those pleased with the reversal of a law that would have required Maine high schools to start handing out proficiency-based diplomas say it doesn’t — and, some argue, shouldn’t — spell the end of the push to link advancement with subject-area expertise in Maine’s schools.