(Undated) – A lot of schools are not taking any chances later today, closing down early before heavy snow hits. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for up to a foot of snow in some inland areas beginning late this morning. The snow could be heavy at times, and along the immediate coast it’ll be a bit warmer leading to sleet and freezing rain at times.
(Tremont) – A Superior Court judge has tossed out an appeal by opponents of a mussel farm in Blue Hill Bay. The Mt. Desert Islander reports the decision to transfer a lease from Maine Cultured Mussels to Mussel Bound. A group calling itself Friends of Blue Hill Bay had opposed Maine Cultured Mussels’ lease renewal. It took the Department of Marine Resources nearly 5-years to renew the lease to Maine Cultured which transferred the lease ownership last fall.
(Augusta) – A Verona Island woman had no right to try to keep a state trooper out of her home as he was trying to arrest her step son. The ruling from the State Supreme Court upholds a lower court ruling against Betty French means she’ll have to serve her 3-day jail term. The high court ruled that French should not have physically resisted State Trooper Jacob Ferland nearly 2-years ago when Ferland arrived at French’s home to arrest her stepson. She locked a door behind Ferland and got involved in a physical altercation with the trooper when he entered the house to make the arrest.
(Ellsworth) Snowfall is good for at least one thing… The Ellsworth Winter Carnival happening this Saturday is dependent on snow-cover. Event coordinator Uriah Hon says the first event kicks off at 9 AM at the Woodlawn Museum with cardboard sled races. Festivities wrap up with the fireworks display from the high school at 6 Saturday evening.
(Ellsworth) Frenchman Bay Conservancy will lend out snowshoes during the upcoming Ellsworth Winter Carnival. They’ll set up a table at the 12th annual Cardboard Sled Races on the path from the parking lot to the Woodlawn trail opening. The organization will lend snowshoes starting at 8 AM. They must be returned by Noon. You can check the Frenchman Bay Conservancy’s Facebook page for the most up-to-date information for Saturday’s event.
(Bangor) – Bangor police say the same woman allegedly pulled off a pair of convenience store robberies a couple days ago. Detectives arrested 38-year old Michelle Cormier yesterday. She’s held on $10-thousand dollars bail at the Penobscot County jail. Store clerks at the businesses on Union Street and State Street say the robber did not show any weapon during the late night and early morning hold ups.
Jax Lab Money
(Ellsworth) The Jackson Laboratory will receive $12-and-a-half-millon-dollars in voter-approved bond funding for its new mouse production facility in Ellsworth. The Ellsworth American reports the money will go toward the $60-million-dollar cost for the second phase of construction with the Lab picking up the rest of the tab. The facility is under construction at the former Lowe’s building on Kingsland Crossing in Ellsworth.
Downeast Correctional Facility
(Machiasport) The Legislature’s Criminal Justice Committee overwhelmingly passed a bill to keep the Downeast Correctional Facility open for longer. Representative William Tuell and Senator Joyce Maker of Washington County presented the bill last week to prevent the prison in Machiasport from closing in June. Approval of the bill ensures funding to keep the minimum security prison open through next year. Governor LePage has favored shutting down the prison, saying it will save the state $5-million dollars a year.
Stolen Truck Arrest
(Rockland) A Rockland woman facing criminal charges landed back in jail after allegedly stealing a pickup truck. A judge freed 37-year-old Jacqueline Johnson on bail last November after she was charged with breaking a woman’s jaw during a bar fight. Village Soup-dot Com reports last Saturday police received the report of a stolen pickup truck. First Thomaston police pursued the truck, then Rockland police took over. The truck drove over a curb and a snowbank before stopping. Police hauled Johnson out and smelled booze. She’s charged with unauthorized use of property, criminal OUI, passing a roadblock, refusing to submit to arrest, driving to endanger, and violating a condition of release.
(Hancock County) – Maine’s Department of transportation is already gearing up for a busy summer construction season in Hancock County. State Senator Brian Langley says bridge improvements are planned on Route 175 in Blue Hill along with highway improvements along Route 15 in Blue Hill along with a bridge replacement at the Deer Isle/Stonington town line. Highway rehabilitation and bridge improvements are also planned on Route 3 in Mt. Desert.
Pain Management Workshop
(SW Harbor) Healthy Acadia is facilitating a Chronic Pain Self-Management Program for anyone who suffers from persistent pain. The program, developed through Stanford University, is comprised of six, 2-&-a-half hour workshops that offer tools to manage your pain. Taking Action on Pain begins Wednesday February 21st at the Community Health Center in Southwest Harbor. It’s free but registration is required by contacting Laura Driscoll at MDI Hospital.
Park Pass Winner
(Bar Harbor) This year’s annual park pass to Acadia National Park will feature a photograph taken by an Illinois man. The National Park Service announces it has selected Mike Hudson’s picture taken at Hunters Head in Acadia National Park. More than 700 entries were submitted from 35 states as well as Singapore, Australia and Germany. Proceeds from the $80 annual passes go toward park maintenance costs and enhancing visitor facilities.
(Augusta) Governor Paul LePage’s administration has yet to produce the regulations needed to implement a 2015 state law allowing public health organizations to distribute free doses of the overdose-reversing drug naloxone. The law authorizes groups working with drug users to establish overdose prevention programs, which could give away naloxone and train people to use it. Lawmakers directed the state health department to draw up any necessary regulations, but none have been submitted.
(Augusta) Maine lawmakers must now attend annual sexual harassment training in-person and can no longer simply sign a form to fulfill the requirement. The House voted 120-24 Tuesday to support the change. The Senate unanimously voted last week in favor. Previously lawmakers could miss anti-harassment training by signing a form outlining the Legislature’s sexual harassment policy.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) – Experts say the colder than usual winter is driving up demand for wood used to heat homes, leaving some suppliers scrambling. In Maine, some firewood producers say they can’t keep up with demand for dry kindling.
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