(Gouldsboro) – Police in Gouldsboro say they seized more than 7-pounds of marijuana after conducting a probation check. Officers were checking 31-year old Justin Pinkham to make sure he was complying with probation conditions when they found the pot at his home on Cranberry Point Road. He’s charged with illegal possession. While marijuana is legal in Maine, there’s a limit on the amount one can possess.
(Palmyra) – Newport’s fire department is heaping praise on two young firefighters who rescued a dog from a burning building. According to a Facebook post, the firefighters identified only as Nick and Alex were responding to a call in Palmyra when they found a dog inside the building afraid to move. The two got the dog out of the burning building and quickly knocked down the fire, saving the house from total destruction. The basement in the home sustained burn damage but the house can be salvaged.
CDC Briefing Thursday
(Augusta) A vaccine roll out begins today through the pharmacies at all 22 Maine Wal-Mart locations and two Sam’s Clubs. But the chain says nationwide, the overwhelming interest has caused technical difficulties, making it next to impossible for people to sign up. Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah said the agency is on it. Shah added it is his understanding some people have now been able to register and the plan is to go ahead and begin those box store pharmacy vaccinations today.
(Augusta) Next week, the state of Maine is on track to receive 22,475 doses of the coronavirus vaccine – about a thousand doses more than received this week. But Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah says it’s important to keep the number in perspective.
(Augusta) Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah said research conducted in the UK indicates he UK variant of the Coronavirus, diagnosed in Maine for the first time this week, could be anywhere from 20 to 50 percent more contagious than the original strain. That could lead to more cases and people needing clinical care. Shah said the Maine CDC has diligently tracked the variant and working to contain its spread.
CDC Stats – Thursday
(Augusta) The Maine CDC on Thursday is reporting no new coronavirus-related deaths Thursday. 175 new cases of the virus were reported. 641 Mainers have died of COVID-19 related illness, out of just over 42,000 cases recorded since the pandemic began in the state last March.
Northern Light Health Expands Vaccination Site
(Bangor) Northern Light Health is adding a second vaccination “pod” to its Cross Insurance Center site in Bangor. The Bangor Daily News reports that beginning Saturday, the state’s first mass vaccination site will have the ability to vaccinate an additional 1,000 Mainers per day if it receives more vaccine doses in the future. Currently, the location is set up to vaccinate between 2 and 3 thousand Mainers per day. Northern Light opened the mass vaccination site at the Cross Insurance Center on February 2nd.
Jackson Teams With EPL
(Ellsworth) Just how safe is the vaccine? How is it impacting the pandemic? What will mass vaccinations mean for 2021? These and other topics will be the focus of a free collaborative online program between the Ellsworth Public Library and the Jackson Lab. The event is set for Wednesday, February 17th at 7 p.m., and participants will have the opportunity to have their questions answered. Register at ellsworth library dot net or by calling the Ellsworth Public Library.
(Augusta) Initial claims for state unemployment insurance were down by 500 from the previous week. The Maine Department of Labor reports 2,200 initial claims filed for the week ending February 6th, down from 2,700 the last week in January. Initial claims filed for Federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance were also down, with about 300 filed as compared to about 500 claims for PUA filed the previous week. The DOL reports Maine Career Centers are hosting a virtual hiring event for Medical, Medical Staffing, and Home care positions on February 18th from 2-4 p.m. Job seekers and employers can find information on registering on the Department of Labor website.
Acadia National Park Hiring
(ANP) If you’re looking for work, Acadia National Park will be hiring 15-20 people to help with Cadillac Mountain reservations. The Mount Desert Islander reports the new employees are needed to staff the timed entry reservations for driving to the mountain summit between dawn and dusk during peak tourist season, from May to October. Last October, park officials piloted the program for 18 days, charging $2 per reservation. But that cost only covered the price that Recreation dot gov charged for providing the reservation service. This year, that fee jumps to $6, in part to pay for staffing. Still a bargain for a Cadillac Mountain sunrise.
Shuttered Millinocket Mill May Soon Be Converted
(East Millinocket) An East Millinocket paper mill that closed in 2014 may soon become a pyrolysis facility to convert low-grade biomass into biocarbon. The Bangor Daily News reports Standard Biocarbon, a Portland startup, plans to lease about 25,000 square feet of what was the former mill’s finished paper warehouse. The company will use low-grade wood traditionally harvested for papermaking or power generation to produce biocarbon used in agricultural applications like compost and for environmental cleanup. Pyrolysis is a high-temperature decomposition process with heat as a byproduct that could warm space at the facility for future tenants. Standard Biocarbon hopes to launch operations in the fall and hire five employees to start.
- Boston Celtics 120 Toronto Raptors 106 (Semi Ojeleye 24 points)
- The Red Sox have reportedly signed free agent Marwin Gonzalez who will likely start in the outfield this coming season.
High School Basketball-Boys
Mount Desert Island 75, Ellsworth 71, OT
Bucksport 55, Sumner Memorial 38
Machias 68, Narraguagus 61
Orono 71, Old Town 52
Narraguagus 48, Machias 37
Old Town 70, Orono 24