Crime/Public Safety/Drugs Arrests Made in Fatal Motorcycle Hit-and-Run       (Danforth)  Police have arrested two people in connection with a May 29th fatal crash that claimed the life of a Frenchville man.  35 yo Rian Moore and 28 yo Mikayla Lowell of Danforth were arrested in Lincoln on Friday.  Moore was driving on Springfield Road when he […]

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Crime/Public Safety/Drugs

Arrests Made in Fatal Motorcycle Hit-and-Run      

(Danforth)  Police have arrested two people in connection with a May 29th fatal crash that claimed the life of a Frenchville man.  35 yo Rian Moore and 28 yo Mikayla Lowell of Danforth were arrested in Lincoln on Friday.  Moore was driving on Springfield Road when he allegedly crossed the centerline, hitting two motorcyclists, injuring one and killing the other.  Moore then reportedly fled the scene.  He faces charges of Manslaughter and Leaving the Scene, among others.  Lowell is charged with Hindering Apprehension and Tampering with a Witness.

(Danforth)  Two people are in Washington County Jail, following a hit-and-run accident that killed one motorcyclist and injured another on May 29th.  Authorities say 35 yo Rian Moore crossed the centerline on Springfield Road in Danforth, hitting the two, then fled the scene.  He and 28 yo Mikayla Lowell, both of Danforth, were arrested Friday in Lincoln.  Moore is charged with Manslaughter, Driving to Endanger, and Leaving the Scene.  Lowell faces charges of Hindering Apprehension, and Tampering with a Witness or Informant.

Unredacted Documents Released

(Augusta)  Maine State Police Friday released unredacted documents related to four state troopers who were suspended for misconduct – in accordance with an order from a Penobscot County judge. But the Portland Press Herald, who along with the Bangor Daily News, had sued for the documents, writes the newly released sections of the documents still provide few details.   The paper reports there is no standard or law in Maine that requires a public agency to provide a clear description of the misconduct that warranted discipline.

Six Arrested in Enfield Drug Bust

(Enfield)  Authorities arrested six people in Enfield last week and seized more than a half pound of fentanyl, with a street value of $40,000.  The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency Friday released a statement saying they executed a search warrant on June 2 at the home of 61 yo Tammy Lee of Enfield.  Lee and two other Enfield residents, along with three men from the Bronx, New York were transported to the Penobscot County Jail on drug charges.

Rockland Construction Worker Killed in Garage Collapse

(Rockland)  A construction worker in Rockland has died after he was pinned under the roof of a carport on which he was working on Saturday.  The Pen Bay Pilot reports bystanders heard a loud boom about 8:30 Saturday morning from the Crescent Street location, where workers were attempting to demolish the structure.  First responders used an airbag system to lift the roof off of 37 yo Kendall Ross.  Ross was flown to a trauma center but later died.

Students March for Gun Reform

(Portland)  More than a hundred students from Cape Elizabeth High School marched outside Senator Susan Collins’ Portland office on Friday.  The students chanted calls for the senator to regulate assault weapons in the wake of the shooting in Uvalde, Texas.  WMTW reports one student as saying students don’t feel safe in their schools right now, and, “…we need to correct what has been wrong our whole lives and keep students safe.”

Local Politics

Mills Widens Political Fundraising Gap

(AP/Augusta)  Governor Janet Mills has widened her fundraising advantage over Republican Paul LePage in the race for Maine’s Governor.  New financial disclosures filed Friday show Mills has raised $3.2 million to date, more than double the nearly $1.5 million raised for LePage. There is only one other candidate in the race, Downeast physician Sam Hunkler, who’s running as an Independent.

LGBTQ People Urge Democrats to Reject GOP Attacks

(AP/Augusta)  Democratic political candidates are struggling to counter a barrage of GOP attacks targeting LGBTQ people, particularly transgender people. Democrats aim to avoid getting sucked further into culture wars that serve mostly to galvanize the Republican base. But some LGBTQ people say they want to see candidates go beyond prepared statements celebrating Pride Month by placing LGBTQ issues more at the center of their campaigns; and they warn of specific consequences of Republican victories.

Senator King Joins AARP Maine in Calling for Lower Drug Prices

(Portland)  Medicare is currently prohibited by law from using its buying power to negotiate with drug companies to get lower prices.   Independent Senator Angus King has joined AARP in highlighting the need for Congress to lower prescription drug prices by passing Medicare negotiation.  AARP says giving Medicare the power to negotiate will save seniors and taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars.

Environment

Moose Permit Drawing

(Jackman)  Maine’s moose permit drawing is returning to the traditional in-person format this year.  The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is partnering with the community of Jackman for a one-day festival this Saturday, June 11th, with the drawing set for 2 p.m. that afternoon.  Lottery results can be viewed after six p.m. on Saturday at m e fish wildlife dot com.

Atlantic Salmon Return to Penobscot River

(Milford)  There’s good news for Atlantic salmon, which are federally protected under the Endangered Species Act.  The Bangor Daily News reports the fish are returning to the Penobscot River in larger numbers than usual this Spring.  As of the last week of May, a total of 169 Atlantic salmon had been counted at Milford. There have only been two years since 1978 in which numbers were higher in the month of May, according to scientists at the Maine Department of Marine Resources.  Experts say efforts to guide fish through a hydroelectric dam and back into the river have contributed to the higher numbers.

How to Help Turtles Cross the Road

(Undated)  You’ve likely encountered turtles moving slowly across the road this spring.  Experts say if no traffic is coming, the safest thing is to watch them to make sure they get across safely.  If the turtle is likely to be hit, make sure there’s no traffic, grab the turtle near the midpoint with two hands, and bring it in the direction it is headed, safely off the road.  The Bangor Daily News interviewed experts who say never grab a turtle by its tail, as that could dislocate its spine.  And if a turtle is nesting, create a simple barrier to protect the eggs from predators.

Infrastructure

Cyr Plantation Road Work Set

(Cyr Plantation)  Work on a section of Route 1 in Cyr Plantation that was washed out due to heavy rains on May 28th is likely to be completed before the end of June.  The Maine Department of Transportation said it understands the importance of Route 1 to the region and will make repairs that will help prevent another washout.  The road is expected to reopen by June 20th.

Education

Free Community College

(AP/Bangor)  Maine’s plan to provide two years of free community college is welcoming its first recipients.  The Maine Legislature approved a plan backed by Democratic Gov. Janet Mills to provide free community college to students who were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program applies to high school graduates from the classes of 2020 through 2023. The program also applies to students who recently earned the equivalent of a high school diploma, such as the HISET.

UMS Chief Legal Officer Resigns

(AP/Augusta)  The University of Maine System’s top legal official is citing stress as a reason for resigning. The Kennebec Journal reports Jim Thelen wrote the stress was “unbearably intense” and that his decision was made in consultation with a doctor. The announcement followed weeks of turmoil over the hiring of a president for the Augusta campus that led to votes of no confidence for UMS Chancellor Dannel Malloy.

Apprenticeship Programs Receive Funding

(AP/Lewiston)  Fourteen organizations are receiving $12.3 million in grants to expand apprentice programs in Maine. The Mills Administration says the funding is expected to provide more than 3,000 Mainers with apprenticeship or pre-apprenticeship opportunities. Among those receiving grant funding are Educate Maine, which partners with Jackson Lab, HCTC, MDI and RSU24 Adult Education programs, Hospitality Maine, ReVision Energy, and Washington County Community College.

Dirigo Reads Adds 36 Schools

(Bangor)  Dirigo Reads, a program that aims to put a book into the hands of every Maine first grader each month during the school year, says 36 schools have been added to the program for 2022-23.  Co-founders Dan and Karen Cashman said that brings participation in the program to nearly one-quarter of Maine schools.  Local participating schools include, among others, Sullivan, Surry, Trenton, Lamoine, Swans Island, Milbridge, Machias, Harrington, and Addison.

Business/Economy

Maine’s Unincorporated Areas See Fastest Growth

(Undated)  A desire for lower property taxes and rural lifestyles caused the number of Mainers living in the Unorganized Territory to grow by more than 300 people in the last decade – far larger than growth across the rest of the state.  The Bangor Daily News reports the Unorganized Territory encompasses 429 townships and some coastal islands that don’t have self-government.  Services in those territories are shared by counties and the state.

Technology

Ropeless Lobster Gear

(Undated)  Lobster fishermen and women throughout New England could soon test innovative fishing gear that could help stem the dire restrictions facing them with NOAA’s rules designed to protect the endangered North Atlantic Right Whale.  The Northeast Fisheries Science Center has applied for a permit to work with fishermen in a trial of ropeless fishing gear.  If successful, the new technology could reopen a fertile fishing ground that is now closed from October to January, part of a prime fishing time for lobster fishery.

Human Interest/Entertainment

Ellsworth Pride Zoo

(Ellsworth)  Head to the zoo this week in Ellsworth. The Ellsworth Pride Zoo is on display at Knowlton Park, with colorful animal sculptures created by students, parents, and businesses to celebrate the LGBTQ-plus community during Pride Month.  The Ellsworth Pride Zoo will be on display at the park through June.

Iditarod Sled Dog Found Safe

(AP/Alaska)  Months after disappearing from a checkpoint in the Iditarod sled dog race this year, Leon is safe.  The dog, a member of a French team, went missing in March and was rescued Saturday, 150 miles from the point of his “escape”.  The Associated Press reports Leon had been seen frequently outside a cabin in McGrath, and the residents left food out for him in hopes of capturing the alert but skinny pup.  Leon will see a veterinarian for a health check before being flown back to France.

Sports

Red Sox beat the A’s at Oakland Sunday 5-2.  Red Sox take on the Angles in LA on Monday.

The Golden State Warriors tied up the NBA Finals last night with a 107-88 win over the Celtics.  Game Three Wednesday in San Francisco.

Joey Logano wins the NASCAR Cup Series Race at World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, IL.  Kyle Busch finished second.