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The federal government this morning published proposed new regulations for the East Coast lobster fishery that aim to reduce the risk that endangered North Atlantic right whales will become entangled in trap lines.

Susan Sharon / Maine Public

An administrative officer has ruled that the state was correct in denying licenses to Sunday River Brewing Co. over continued concerns about its compliance with COVID-19 protocols.

Rebecca Conley / Maine Public

The new coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on several industries around Maine in the past year. But there is at least one company that has stepped up to answer the call for needed products. And as a result, it has won a Best in Business Award from Inc. Magazine.

Susan Montoya Bryan / Associated Press file

Last year Maine’s Democratic Legislature and governor enacted a grab bag of programs aimed at bringing more solar power online.

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The Maine Department of Labor says the newly signed federal stimulus bill will provide needed assistance for thousands unemployed Mainers — but many won’t receive benefits for at least a week.

Maine’s economy staged a strong rebound over the summer.

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Maine environmental regulators are postponing the start date for bans on single-use plastic carry-out bags and on polystyrene containers.

As far as real estate sales in Maine are concerned, the pandemic took away, and then it gave — and gave some more.

The Maine Department of Labor says it has distributed a one-time emergency payment of $600 to about 40,000 Mainers who are unemployed due to the pandemic.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Maine loggers are cheering the inclusion of $200 million for the industry in the new COVID-19 relief package Congress passed Monday night.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Massachusetts regulators are proposing a periodic ban on lobster-fishing gear in state waters, to stem the decline of the endangered North Atlantic right whale.

Swayne B. Hall / Associated Press file

Christmas tree growers in Maine and around the world are seeing an unexpected boom in sales this year.

Fred Bever / Maine Public file

A federal judge rejected a request from conservation groups to halt winter construction of Central Maine Power’s power line through the state’s western woods.

Three groups are challenging a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit for the project, and asked for a preliminary injunction while the larger case is adjudicated. But in a 49-page decision, Judge Lance Walker sided with the Army Corps and noted that so far, none of the regulatory review bodies has argued against the project.

Fred Bever / Maine Public

Skiers are back on the slopes of Rangeley’s Saddleback Mountain this week, marking a new era in the resort’s rocky history. Its new owner, a Boston-based venture fund with a social mission, says its investments will help stem economic decline in western Maine. Many in the region are hoping for the best, but not necessarily counting on it.

Fred Bever / Maine Public

Saddleback Mountain’s slopes opened to the public Tuesday morning after a five-year hiatus.