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Local News – June 22, 2018

Prison Funding

(Machiasport) – Lawmakers have approved a bill to fund the Downeast Correctional Facility prison in Machiasport which now sits on Governor Paul LePage’s desk.  He’s likely to veto the measure.  LePage ordered the minimum security prison closed in February, but Maine’s Supreme Court ruled the governor did not have the power to shut down the prison, only the Legislature could decide that.  State Representative Will Tuell tells WABI-TV he’s trying to round up more support to over-ride the expected veto.


Illegal Immigrant Plea

(Bangor) – A Mexican man who got kicked out of the US in 2013 has admitted he was back in the country illegally when police picked him up again in April.  The US Attorney’s Office tells Star 97.7 that 37-year old Fausto Rivera-Rivera pled guilty yesterday to illegal entry.  He faces up to 2-years in prison and a quarter million dollar fine and faces deportation back to Mexico.  Rivera-Rivera was a passenger in a car that police stopped in Clinton on April 27th.


Ferry Return

(Bar Harbor) – The empty ferry terminal in Bar Harbor that voters approved buying last week may once again house a boat to Nova Scotia.  The Mt. Desert Islander reports Bay Ferries Limited has contacted town manager Cornell Knight and will make a proposal next week to use the ferry terminal that it abandoned several years ago.  Town councilors say they’ll likely need to find money to fix up the property.  Bay Ferries says it may be interested in a 5-year lease which would provide income to Bar Harbor while it figures out what to do with the property in the long term.



WAA Museum

(Columbia Falls) Wreaths Across America is well known for its December convoy to Arlington National Cemetery where wreaths are laid on veterans graves, but did you know they also have a museum? Spokeswoman Susan Patten says the 18-hundred-square foot facility in Columbia Falls showcases hundred of donated items. Friends in Action of Ellsworth is planning a field trip to the Wreaths Across America museum on June 27th. Limited transportation is available, admission is free.



Shrine Hospital Night

(Bangor) Families who have been helped by Shriners Hospitals for Children will share their stories of success during the 5th annual Hospital Night. It’s a chance for the public to learn about the work that’s done by Anah Shrine volunteers, and hospital representatives and patients will highlight their experiences. Proceeds from the dinner and silent auction benefit the Shriners Hospital for Children in Boston and Springfield Massachusetts. The 5th annual Hospital Night is at the Anah Shrine building on Broadway in Bangor tomorrow night starting at 5.




  • Boston Red Sox 9  Minnesota Twins 2 (Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi hit home runs, Rick Porcello got the win)
  • Tonight, the Red Sox return home to Fenway Park against Seattle.  Steven Wright will start against the Mariners.
  • The Celtics take 6-foot-10 power forward Robert Williams as their first round draft pick.  He played for Texas A&M.