Election – Hancock County
(Undated) – Results in Hancock County races are in. Brian Langley is now the Republican nominee for a state senate seat he once held, defeating John Linnehan handily. He’ll face Louis Luchini on the fall ballot. There will be a race for County Commissioner in the fall as Republican Paul Paradis of Bar Harbor gathered enough write-in votes to appear on the November ballot against Democrat Ian Schwartz. The race for Register of Probate is very close, with Juliette Wilbur holding a little more than 300-vote lead over Velma Jordan for the GOP nomination.
Election – Statewide
(Undated) – A lot of Maine communities reported heavier than expected turnout for yesterday’s primary election, especially since a lot of people cast absentee ballots. Democrats overwhelmingly picked Sara Gideon to run against Susan Collins for the US Senate in the fall. Republicans in the 2nd Congressional District will see a 3-way race go to ranked choice voting to select a nominee. Dale Crafts had about 45-percent of the vote ahead of Adrienne Bennett’s 31%. Eric Brakey’s votes will be eliminated and the 2nd choice votes will determine the winner. Maine voters approved a pair of bond questions to expand broadband services and highways.
(Augusta) – A pair of bond questions easily passed at the polls yesterday, where turnout was much higher than projected, thanks in part to a huge absentee ballot turnout. Voters approved bonding to improve broadband expansion to underserved parts of the state and a highway funding bond, with more than 75% support for both. Each state bond will be matched with millions in federal funding.
(Augusta) Maine Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Jeanne Lambrew announced Tuesday that seven healthcare organizations will collectively launch more than a dozen coronavirus testing sites that will send samples to the Maine state lab in Augusta. Locally, swab-and-send sites are currently or will soon be available in Ellsworth, Blue Hill, Bar Harbor, Belfast, Bangor, and Brewer, in addition to other locations throughout the state.
(Augusta) Maine has recorded 3,566 confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases since the outbreak began. The CDC announced Tuesday there were no new deaths reported, freezing Maine’s death tally at 114. There have been 3,082 residents who have recovered from the virus, while 18 people are currently hospitalized.
(Bangor) Comet NEOWISE is the first comet since Hale Bopp in the late 90’s whose tail is visible to the naked eye. Shawn Laatch, Director of UMaine’s Emera Astronomy Center says it’s worth getting up early to see. Laatch tells Star 97.7 we likely won’t see NEOWISE again in our lifetime.
Missing Woman Found
(Freeport) The Maine Warden Service has located a 62-year-old Freeport woman who went missing on Monday after she left her home to go for a walk. Sarah Dowling was located just after 5:30 this morning by Game Warden Kris McCabe and his K9 Morgan. Dowling had left a note at her home saying she was going for a walk but did not return. Sources say she is diabetic and sometimes become disoriented. Dowling was found about 300 yards behind her house on the Stevens Farm Road in Freeport, disoriented but otherwise in good condition.
(Augusta) The Maine Department of Labor says people who receive unemployment benefits through direct deposit may once again see a delay of up to 24 hours. The Department said the delay is due to large volumes of weekly certifications filed over the weekend. Those who receive their benefits via debit card will see no disruption and will receive benefits as usual today. Those who filed their weekly certification on Monday may not have received the additional federal $600 with their benefits this morning, but should see the additional monies within 24 hours.
Ohio Street Bridge Work
(Bangor) Work on the Ohio Street Bridge in Bangor next week will result in closures on I-95. The Maine Department of Transportation will be installing beams for the new bridge. Northbound lane closures will be in effect overnights on Sunday, July 19th through Tuesday morning, July 21st. Southbound lane closures will take place overnights on Tuesday and Wednesday. Detours will be marked.
Bicycle Hit and Run
(Bath) Police in Bath say 27-year-old Daniel Willey is facing multiple charges after hitting a bicyclist Monday night and then leaving the scene. The cyclist sustained serious, life-threatening injuries in the crash. The Bath Police Department responded to the car vs. bicyclist incident around 10 p.m. last night at the intersection of Middle and Russell Streets to find a 33-year-old man who was seriously injured and at least one witness to the crash. The cyclist was transported to Maine Medical Center. Willey is charged with failing to stop for an accident involving death or personal injury, an aggravated Class C felony.
Drowning Victim Heroine
(Fairfield) The Fairfield woman who died in a rafting accident on the Kennebec River on Saturday is being hailed as a hero by her family and friends. WABI-TV reports 33-year-old Emily Fournier and her family were white water rafting in The Forks when several people on the raft were thrown into the water. One of those thrown from the raft was a young boy that was floating away, and as the raft came near him, Fournier was able to grab onto the boy’s life vest and throw him back into the boat, falling into the water herself in the process. Fournier was unresponsive when pulled back into the raft. Friends say Fournier founded the Recycled Shakespeare Company, a grassroots acting company that focused on inclusivity and accessibility.
School Board Meeting
(MDI) Monday’s AOS 91 School Board Meeting lasted nearly four hours, with two issues taking us most of the meeting – the ongoing issue of racism in schools and back to school plans. Five subcommittees are working on the latter topic, including Physical Health and Safety and Social and Emotional Support. The schools have acquired personal protective equipment. Among options on the table are a return to in-person classes, a hybrid model of in-person and remote learning, and the use of tents and outside classes to help with spacing concerns. Sources say the responsibility of opening and closing schools is in the hands of the Superintendent of Schools by statute. The next full meeting is scheduled for July 30th.
- Lots of question marks about the Red Sox starting pitching rotation. With Chris Sale recovering from Tommy John surgery, Rick Porcello and David Price gone, and Eduardo Rodriguez recovering from COVID-19, it looks like Nathan Eovaldi will be the opening day starter later this month.
- Ten major league baseball umpires have opted out for the short season due to concerns about COVID-19