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Local News – February 1, 2019

Meth Bust

(Limington) – Drug agents put a 33-year old Limington man back into jail after a meth lab bust.  State Public Safety Department spokesman Steve McCausland tells Star 97.7 the meth lab operation turned up when deputies in York County conducted a bail condition check of Andrew Sweeney.  They spotted five jugs in use for cooking methamphetamines and called in the drug enforcement agency.  Agents found 40-more jugs in Sweeney’s garage.  It’s the third meth lab bust in Maine so far this year.


Welcome Sign

(Augusta) – Governor Janet Mills has changed the signs welcoming folks to the state at the New Hampshire border.  The sign simply reads – “Maine, welcome home”. The new sign replaces the previous one installed by the LePage Administration which used the phrase “Open for business” in white letters on the blue background.  The Governor’s office tells Star 97.7 the Maine Turnpike Authority installed the new sign as part of a normal replacement schedule and installation costs were minimal.


Woman Drops Challenge

(Bucksport) A Belfast woman who challenged a state-issued permit allowing a future indoor salmon farm in Bucksport to dump its wastewater into the Penobscot River has dropped her objection. The Bangor Daily News reports Holly Faubel filed an appeal against Whole Ocean’s wastewater permit. The Board of Environmental Protection’s chairman ruled Faubel’s appeal was meritless because she lives a long distance from the facility planned for the old Verso Paper Mill site. Faubel had until January 25th to press the complaint further but did not, which ended the appeal process. Whole Oceans can now finalize a purchase-and-sale agreement for 120 acres at the mill site with owner American Iron and Metal.


ANP Resumes Functions

(Bar Harbor) Staff members at Acadia National Park are ramping up to full operations as the lengthy government shutdown has ended. Based on the duration of the closure, park officials say it will take some time to fully assess current conditions and return systems to normal operations. All winter access roads previously closed to ice are re-opened and parking lot plowing will resume. Certain winter restrooms have reopened. And education rangers are re-establishing contacts with educators to re-offer programs in schools.


Salmon Technology Ditched

(Milford) A plan to test the use of a new technology to help endangered salmon in the Penobscot River has been abandoned, at least for now. Brookfield Renewable of Toronto had planned to evaluate the performance of a new type of fish passage that would help salmon navigate a hydroelectric facility on the Penobscot in Milford. The U.S. Department of Energy awarded the project an $800-thousand-dollar grant and issued a statement in April signaling its support of the project. But a spokesman for Brookfield told The Associated Press the firm has withdrawn from the project, and it’s not scheduled to go forward.


Friendly Caller Program

(Ellsworth) The Ellsworth Police Department is reminding citizens about their Friendly Caller Program. The free service is for elderly residents who live alone. Once a person is registered for the program, the police department will expect their call each morning between 7 and 10. If the person does not call-in, police will make contact with someone on their list or stop by their residence to make sure they’re okay. To sign up or get more information, talk to the dispatcher on duty at the Ellsworth Police Department.


Health Alerts Online

(Augusta) The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention is now posting health alerts on their website to ensure the public has easily accessible and relevant public health information at their fingertips. This comes with the issuance of the first alert for 2019, announcing this week that influenza has officially entered widespread status in Maine – a reminder for Maine residents to continue taking precautions to keep themselves healthy throughout the influenza season.


Make A Wish

(Ellsworth) The Make A Wish Foundation is making a Lamoine girl’s dream come true with a trip to Harry Potter World in Florida. Kilee Campbell and her family will fly out next Tuesday. The Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce is calling on  businesses along the route from Lamoine to the airport in Bangor to put a message on their marquee wishing Kilee well on her way out of town. Fire trucks will escort Kilee from her home beginning at 11 AM on February 5th.


Movie Pirate

(Brewer) – A 51-year old Brewer man is free on bail after pleading NOT guilty to selling pirated movie DVDs. The Bangor Daily News reports that Douglas Gordon is free on unsecured bail with limited internet access as a condition.  The Department of Homeland Security says Gordon copied thousands of movies over the years.  They had warned him about selling the copies over the internet, and seized counterfeit movies in a raid in August 2015. If he’s convicted, Gordon could spend 3-years in prison and a quarter million dollar fine.



  • Philadelphia Flyers 3  Boston Bruins 2 (Overtime)
  • Celtics face the Knicks in New York tonight.
  • The Knicks have traded injured super-star Kristaps Porzingis to Dallas along with several other players.  In return the Knicks get several non-starters and draft picks.

High School Basketball


Hermon 46  MDI 29

Ellsworth 63  Foxcroft 49

Old Town 52  Washington Academy 41

George Stevens 76  DI/Stonington 38

Bucksport 50 Searsport 28

Narraguagus 61 Calais 54

Hampden 70  Mt. Blue 65


MDI 49  Orono 35

DI/Stonington 44  George Stevens 25

Calais 80  Lee 14

Shead 70  East Grand 27