(Bucksport) – It’s a go ahead for an indoor salmon farm in Bucksport. The State’s Department of Environmental Protection issued the final required permit to start construction on the $180-million dollar facility that will sit on the campus of the former Verso Paper Mill. Construction will likely start in the spring and the facility should be open in 2022. The mill closed back in 2014 putting more than 500-people out of work.
(Machiasport) – A Washington County lawmaker says it’s frustrating to see how slowly things are moving to reopen the former Downeast Correctional Facility in Machiasport. The minimum security prison closed during the LePage administration a few years ago. State Representative Will Tuell reports to Star 97.7 that engineers, architects and surveyors were on scene yesterday and will spend a couple more days getting the paperwork ready to remodel the prison facility which was once a military installation. Tuell says construction could possibly start next spring.
(Bangor) – It took just 2-hours for jurors to decide that a 56-year old Hampden man was guilty of murdering his sister-in-law. Philip Clark faces 25-years to life in prison when he’s sentenced later. Clark emptied two clips of bullets when he shot Renee Henneberry Clark to death in 2018 at the apartment building where the two lived. She’d sought a protection order against her killer, but a judge denied it. Philip Clark admitted to shooting the woman, claiming that she had aggravated him to the point of snapping. His lawyer sought a manslaughter conviction which carries a lesser sentence.
No Shave November
(Ellsworth) The Ellsworth Police Department is once again participating in No Shave November. Chief Glenn Moshier tells Star 97-7 the stunt brings awareness and raises money for a local cause. Money is raised by officers donate to the cause in exchange for being allowed to grow beards, which is in contrast to the Ellsworth PD’s policy about facial hair. Citizens are also encouraged to donate on the Beth Wright Cancer Resource Center’s website.
(Bangor) The city of Bangor is thanking loyal riders of the Community Connector by offering free fares on all routes of the public transit system. Ride The Bus Month culminates this Saturday with Rider Appreciation Day by offering free bus fares all day long. In addition, the Community Connector will operate its trolley between 6:30am and 6:00pm on a loop throughout Downtown Bangor on the 30th to coincide with Small Business Saturday.
Ellsworth Christmas Parade
(Ellsworth) The theme of the 39th annual Downtown Ellsworth Christmas Parade is Silver Bells. Parade organizer Thelma Beal tells Star 97-7 there are already 50 units registered to participate including several newcomers. Beal says no other Santa’s are allowed as the “big guy” is already scheduled to close out the parade on the final float and will then appear at The Bud Connection downtown to meet with kids.
Guide Nominees Sought
(Augusta) The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is looking for nominees for a special award given to Registered Maine Guides. The Wilmot Robinson Legendary Guide Award recognizes a member of the guiding community who’s been an active guide for 10 years, can pass a criminal background check, and volunteers by providing education and safety in the Maine woods. To submit a nomination by January 10th or learn more about the necessary qualifications, visit the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife online.
(Delaware) A former University of Maine baseball player will spend 5 years in prison for rape. The Bangor Daily News reports 23-year-old Clay Conaway is accused of sexually assaulting 6 women and was sentenced Friday in Delaware for his conviction in the first case to go to trial. Conaway was previously sentenced to one year of home confinement and two years of probation for the June 2018 rape of a woman he met online. He attended UMaine and was on the baseball team from 2014 through 2016 before transferring to Delaware. The alleged sexual assaults occurred between 2013 and 2018.
(Maine) Maine’s two US senators say six health care organizations across the state will expand online services and reach more Maine residents. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King say the grant of more than $2.1 million-dollars is from the US Department of Agriculture’s Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program. The largest single grant of $500,000 will go to the University of Maine System to upgrade distance learning, enabling the university to provide teaching services to more than 29,000 students in rural Maine. Almost $474-thousand-dollars will go to MaineHealth to create a telemedicine network to treat opioid disorders experienced by women and infants in rural Maine.
- Boston Celtics 103 Sacramento Kings 102 (Jaylen Brown 24 points)
- Monday Night Football: Baltimore Ravens 45 L-A Rams 6
- The Bruins will skate against the Canadiens in Montreal tonight.
- U-Maine quarterback Chris Ferguson has announced that he will transfer. Ferguson missed the 2nd half of the season due to a torn ligament. He plans to enter graduate school and has one year of eligibility left.