Ranked Choice   (Augusta) – Workers at the Secretary of State’s office are pulling numbers from thumb drives from 2nd Congressional District towns and cities to determine for sure that Dale Crafts is the Republican nominee to appear on the fall ballot against Democrat Jared Golden.  The ranked choice recount has to toss out votes […]

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Local News – July 21, 2020

Ranked Choice

 

(Augusta) – Workers at the Secretary of State’s office are pulling numbers from thumb drives from 2nd Congressional District towns and cities to determine for sure that Dale Crafts is the Republican nominee to appear on the fall ballot against Democrat Jared Golden.  The ranked choice recount has to toss out votes for 3rd place finisher Eric Brakey, and then determine whether Crafts or Adrienne Bennett has a majority of the ranked choice vote.  Bennett and Brakey have already conceded defeat.

 

Trenton Budget

(Trenton) – When Trenton voters decide on the school budget for this fiscal year, the increase won’t be as large as first feared.  The Mt. Desert Islander reports the proposed school budget will rise by about 6-percent, increasing property tax bills by nearly 9-percent.  School officials say most of the increase has to do with special education which is mandated by the federal government.

 

Ellsworth – Library Cuts Restored

(Ellsworth) – City Councilors in Ellsworth gave final approval to a city budget last night, restoring $100-thousand dollars to the library budget from surplus funding.  The final budget vote has some work ahead of it.  Councilors say a work group will go over the library budget in the next year to prepare for a possible funding cut or increases in fees for non-resident users.

 

Coin Shortage

(Rockland) Can you spare some change? Maybe not these days as the global pandemic created a coin shortage. Where did all the coins go? First National Bank Chief Banking Officer, Sarah Tolman explains that while businesses were shutdown, money wasn’t circulating like normal so the U.S. Mint slowed production of coins.  Tolman says First National Bank has fared well through the coin shortage by asking their cash delivery company Loomis not to ship coins and storing them in the vault.

 

COVID-19  

(Augusta) Maine has recorded 3,711 confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus since the outbreak began. There were no new deaths reported Monday by the Maine CDC, leaving the state’s death rate at 117. There are 9 residents currently hospitalized while 3,159 Mainers have fully recovered.

 

Town Meeting-Soccer Field

(Sullivan) Sullivan’s annual town meeting will be held at the high school’s soccer field next month. The Ellsworth American reports the board of selectmen voted unanimously to conduct the upcoming annual town meeting on the soccer field at Sumner Memorial High School. State pandemic-rules dictate that only 50 residents may attend the meeting on August 24th at 6PM. The rain date is August 31st.

 

Upcoming Bear Hunt

(Augusta) Bear hunters in Maine can start setting bait for bears in less than two weeks. The bear hunt runs from late August to late November, but most of it takes place in the first few weeks, when it’s legal to lure bears with bait. Hunters are allowed to start setting out bait on August 1st.

 

 

Sports

 

  • More fall sports are canceled at Maine Colleges as the North Atlantic Conference decides to end sports.  That includes seasons at Maine Maritime Academy and Husson University
  • NFL Players will get daily Coronavirus tests for the first two weeks of training camp.  After two weeks, if a team’s positivity rate is less than 5%, testing would be every other day.
  • You’ll see a lot more ads on major league baseball fields when the season starts this coming weekend.  MLB will allow either real or virtual TV ads in all sorts of ballpark areas.