UK Variant Detected
(Augusta) – A mutation of the coronavirus traced to Great Britain has shown up for the 1st time in Maine. The State’s CDC reports to Star 97.7 that a case turned up in Franklin County in a person who had traveled internationally. The so-called UK variant spreads more quickly than the COVID-19 strain. Vaccines so far have proven effective against the UK variant. State health officials said they had been on the look out for the UK variant and it was a matter of time until it showed up in Maine.
Trenton Staying with MDI System
(Trenton) – School leaders in Trenton say they’re going to stay with the system that encompasses the four towns on Mt. Desert Island and not explore running their own school department. The Mt. Desert Islander reports the Trenton School Committee will not hold a no-confidence vote on AOS-91 superintendent of schools Marc Gousse. A separate town committee had recommended exploration into having Trenton become its own school department, noting that neighboring Lamoine’s budget is about a million dollars less. Trenton officials say part of the problem is that their special education costs are much higher.
Blue Hill Heritage Trust February Offerings
(Blue Hill) Ever wonder how animals survive the bitter, snowy winters here in Maine? Blue Hill Heritage Trust Outreach Coordinator Landere (LAN-der) Nesbitt tells Star 97.7, that’s the focus of a February 18th Winter Ecology Webinar led by Steve Russell, who says some animal adaptations sound right out of science fiction. The Winter Ecology webinar is at 4 p.m. February 18th. Register on the BHHT website or Facebook page.
Free Fishing License Weekend
(Augusta) This Saturday, February 13th through Sunday, February 21st, people who register can fish for free without a license on Maine waterways. Governor Janet Mills, an avid angler herself, is encouraging people to get outdoors and pursue healthy outlets during the pandemic. In order to participate in Free Fishing License Week, you must register online at m e fish wildlife dot com, forward slash ice fishing. All other rules and regulations, including bag and possession limits, apply, with the dates coinciding with public schools’ February vacation. So take the bait, register, get outdoors and get hooked on the opportunity to fish for free!
New Restrictions on Commercial Herring Fishing
(Rockland) New restrictions took effect Wednesday that will limit commercial herring fishing off the coast of New England. Used as both food and bait, Atlantic herring are the source of a major East Coast fishery, but concerns about the size of the fish’s population motivated federal regulators to enact the new rules, which they say are designed to bring sustainability to the species. Lobster industry officials say a shortage of herring, which is used as bait, has troubled the industry in recent years. The rules prohibit certain kinds of fishing in inshore federal waters, from the border of the U.S. and Canada to the border of Rhode Island and Connecticut.
Maine CDC Stats – Wednesday
(Augusta) The numbers appear to be dropping overall, as the state on Wednesday reported 253 new cases of coronavirus and two deaths related to the pandemic. As of today, 641 Mainers have died out of just under 42,000 residents diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began in the state last March.
Businesses Approved for Second PPP Loans
(Augusta) Maine Republican Senator Susan Collins announced today more than 6,000 small businesses in the state have been approved for a second PPP loan. WABI reports The Paycheck Protection Program, which re-opened last month, is still taking applications from businesses that have 300 or fewer employees as well as a 25% or more loss in revenue related to the pandemic. The first round of PPP checks helped more than 28,000 small businesses across the state. More than $460 million will be used to assist businesses in the second round.
Maine Republicans Call for Human Rights Commission Appointee
(Augusta) Maine Republicans on the Judiciary Committee voted with their Democratic colleagues to confirm the Governor’s nominee, Jill Duson, to the Democrat position on the Maine Human Rights Commission, but say they are frustrated that the Republican position on the Commission remains vacant. Representative Laurel Libby of Auburn said Republicans are unaware of anyone in their party being contacted to fill the position, and that the Human Rights Commission needs to be bipartisan in order to function properly.
(Machias) Washington County residents interested in pursuing small business ownership have a new resource for information and support. Start Up Downeast is a small business pre-incubator program hosting several informational sessions via Zoom where potential participants and other interested parties can learn more and ask questions. Each information block is 15-20 minutes, and each session will then be open for two hours. People are welcome to pop in and out of each session as their schedules allow. For details or to join any of the meetings on February 11, 16, or 18, visit the Sunrise County Economic Council FB page
Felony Murder Arrest
(Waterville) – State Police have charged a New York woman with felony murder after a shooting last October in Winthrop. Officers yesterday arrested 28-year old Kierra Francis in Waterville. State Police spokeswoman Katy England reports to Star 97.7 that Francis was a passenger in a car that failed to stop for police officers. Detectives say Francis shot 30-year old Joshua Martin to death at a Winthrop trailer park last October.
Snowmobile Crash Leaves One Dead
(Dallas Plantation) Authorities say speed and alcohol likely played a role in a fatal snowmobile crash in Dallas Plantation Tuesday night. Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Spokesman Mark Latti tells Star 97.7, 33-year-old William Arnow of Connecticut was heading towards Rangeley about 10:30 Tuesday night when he crashed head-on into a powerline pole located off the side of the trail. A friend riding with Arnow called 9-1-1 and attempted CPR, but Arnow passed away at the scene. Authorities say the victim WAS wearing a helmet.
8-year-old Falls From Chairlift
(Carrabassett Valley, Maine) An 8-year-old girl was Life Flighted to a hospital Wednesday afternoon after falling 20-25 feet from a chairlift at Sugar Loaf Mountain. NewsCenter Maine reports the girl was on the ski lift with her mother when employees noticed her struggling. Workers stopped the lift and used a catch net, which broke the girl’s fall, but she fell on the side of the net and was complaining of back pain. Sources say she has a pre-existing medical condition.
- Boston Bruins 3 NY Rangers 2 (OT – Brad Marchand scored the game winner)
- The Red Sox have traded outfielder Andrew Benintendi to the Royals in a 3-team trade. In return the Sox get outfielder Franchy Cordero and a minor league pitcher.
- The first ever draft pick for the Red Sox has died. Billy Conigliaro was the younger brother of phenom Tony Conigliaro. He was 76.
High School Basketball-Girls
Sumner 44 Bucksport 42
Narraguagus 49, Washington Acad. 30
Dexter 77, Foxcroft Acad. 32
Mount View 40, Camden Hills 31
Foxcroft Acad. 56, Dexter 45
Mount View 65, Camden Hills 62