Crime/Public Safety/Drugs Hit-and Run Search Continues (Winter Harbor)  Police continue to search for a man in connection with the hit-and-run death of the founder of a youth retreat that happened in Acadia National Park. The crash killed 35-year-old Nicole Mokeme on the campus of the Schoodic Institute sometime between last Saturday night and early Sunday. […]

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Crime/Public Safety/Drugs

Hit-and Run Search Continues

(Winter Harbor)  Police continue to search for a man in connection with the hit-and-run death of the founder of a youth retreat that happened in Acadia National Park. The crash killed 35-year-old Nicole Mokeme on the campus of the Schoodic Institute sometime between last Saturday night and early Sunday. The Portland Press Herald reports police said the man sought in connection with the death had been in a relationship with Mokeme. The details of how she was struck remain unclear.

(Winter Harbor)  Authorities continue to search for a black BMW X3 they say was involved in the hit-and-run death of a youth retreat advocate.  35 yo Nicole Mokeme was struck and killed on the campus of the Schoodic Institute in Acadia National Park last weekend.  The Institute is located near Winter Harbor.  We’ve posted a likeness of the BMW, along with registration information, on our Star 97.7 FB page.  The Portland Press Herald reports the driver had been in a relationship with Mokeme.  Details of how she was struck remain unclear.  Anyone with information is asked to contact Maine State Police.

Local Politics

LePage Campaign Hit with Fine for Late Filing

(Augusta)  Former Governor Paul LePage’s campaign was hit with a $3,000 fine this week for filing a campaign finance report late.  The report was due at 11:59 p.m. on May 3rd, but wasn’t filed until early on May 4th, despite campaign staff uploading the information two days earlier.  The total amount raised was released to media on May 3rd.   The campaign staffer who was to have filed the report said he was ill and had fallen asleep, missing the deadline.

(Augusta)  A staffer who reportedly overslept has cost the LePage campaign $3,000 in fines.  The Bangor Daily News reports a campaign finance report was due at 11:59 p.m. on May 3rd, but wasn’t filed until early the next day.  Campaign staff had uploaded the information two days earlier, and the amount raised was released to media on May 3rd.  The staff person responsible for filing the report said he was ill and fell asleep, causing him to miss the deadline.

Health

New Technology Helps Women with Post-Mastectomy Pain

(Undated)  Women with chronic pain after a mastectomy have a new, minimally invasive option.  Emory University’s Dr. David Prologo reports.  (((Breast 1  “…cryoblation to treat this pain.”  :20)))  In the procedure, the nerve transmitting the pain is frozen, blocking the pain signal and repairing the damaged nerve.  More information is available at s i r web dot org.

(Undated)  Breast Cancer is the most common invasive cancer in women, but many experience post-surgical pain following a mastectomy.  Emory University’s Dr. David Prologo says a new, minimally invasive option can deal with that.  (((Breast 2  “…go home the same day.”  :16)))  More information is available at s i r web dot org.

(Undated)  Breast Cancer is the most common invasive cancer in women, and up to 80% experience persistent pain after a mastectomy or lumpectomy for treatment.  Emory University’s Dr. David Prologo says a new minimally-invasive treatment is available in which the pain-signaling nerve is frozen.  (((Breast 3  “…stick with their cancer treatments.”  :24))) Find more information at s i r web dot org.

Mark Cuban’s Pharmacy Could Save Medicare Billions

(KHN)  Last January, billionaire internet entrepreneur Mark Cuban launched a new generic pharmacy.  Kaiser Health News reports while it doesn’t offer all prescription drugs, Harvard Medical School researchers estimate that in 2020, Medicare could have spent $3.6 billion less on generic acid-reflux, cancer and other drugs purchased through Cuban’s online pharmacy.  The Wall Street Journal reports Cost Plus Drug Company sells commonly used generic medicines directly to consumers with a transparent, fixed-rate markup pricing model.

Rule Would Require Tobacco Companies to Reduce Addictive Chemicals

(Washington Post) The Biden administration plans to develop a rule requiring tobacco companies to reduce nicotine levels in cigarettes sold in the United States to minimally or non-addictive levels; an effort that, if successful, could have an unprecedented effect in slashing smoking-related deaths and threaten a politically powerful industry. The Washington Post reports the initiative was included in the administration’s “unified agenda,” a compilation of planned actions released twice a year.

Environment

Scallop Industry Meetings Set

(Brewer)  A series of scallop industry meetings are scheduled for discussions related to developing the management plan for state scallops for the 2022-23 season and beyond.  The first meeting is this Monday, June 27th, from 5-7 p.m. at Jeff’s Catering in Brewer.  Monday’s meeting will focus on comments received related to 2-3 year rotations, inshore vs offshore access, limited access areas, and spawning or recruitment areas.

Weekend Bird Observations

(Maine)  This weekend is the Super Bowl for birders, and Maine currently has the trophy.  The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife reports Big Atlas Weekend, June 24-26, is a fun, annual way for birders across the state to document breeding birds.  Participating is easy … take note of your bird observations, including location, time, species, and behavior, and share those observations with MDIFW by noon on Monday.  This year, Maine is competing against Newfoundland, Ontario, New York, Maryland and DC, and North Carolina.  Let’s keep the trophy in Maine!

Monarch Pledge Day

(Trenton)  The eastern Monarch butterfly population has fallen by 90%, and less than 1% of the western population remains.  The Town of Trenton has taken the National Wildlife Federation’s Mayors’ Monarch Pledge to help save the endangered insect.  Trenton is one of three Maine communities, along with Biddeford and Gray, to sign the pledge.  On July 16th from 3-5, experts will be at the Trenton fire station with advice on how to protect and grow your own Monarch habitat.  Milkweed seedlings will be available for a voluntary donation.

Mills, Other East Coast Governors Meet with Biden on Offshore Wind Industry

(AP/Washington, DC)  The White House is launching a partnership with Governor Mills and 11 other East Coast governors to boost the growing offshore wind industry.  Biden administration officials met with governors and labor leaders Thursday to announce commitments to expand important parts of the offshore industry. Those parts include manufacturing facilities, ports and workforce training and development. The President has a goal of deploying enough offshore wind power by 2030 to provide electricity to 10 million homes and support 77,000 jobs.

Infrastructure

Maine Ferry Service Launches Online Ticketing

(Rockland)  Maine State Ferry Service customers can now buy tickets online.  Customers who choose to purchase online can print their tickets or display them on their devices during the boarding process.   Riders will still have the option of buying tickets at ferry terminals, and the Maine Department of Transportation says ticket prices are not changing.

Education

Bates College President to Step Down

(AP/Lewiston)  The President of Bates College will step down next year after 11 years at the liberal arts institution. Clayton Spencer made her announcement in a letter to the community on Wednesday. She will depart next June.   During her time at Bates, the student population has grown more diverse and the endowment has more than doubled. Two dormitories and a new science building were constructed.

Business/Economy

Castine Teacher Can Continue to Call Lighthouse keeper’s Cottage Home

(Castine)  A Castine teacher can continue to call a lighthouse keeper’s cottage home.  The Bangor Daily News reports Tracy Lameyer, a local educator, has been the tenant for nine years.  Recently, some had called for turning the cottage into a more profitable short-term rental.  The town owns and has been renting out the three-bedroom house at Dyce Head Light for decades, with the current lease expiring this month.  Local officials passed on the option that could have generated the municipality more money and decided to keep leasing to the local teacher.

Airport for Sale

(Limington)  Want to own your own airport?  The Bangor Daily News reports there’s one for sale in Maine.  The Limington-Harmon Airport in southern Maine can be yours for just 2.5 million dollars.  The small, locally owned airport features hangars, a paved runway, and even has its own restaurant.

Relief for Commercial Fisherman

(Augusta)  Lobster, scallop, and other licenses cost hundreds, even more than a thousand dollars.  The Mills Administration will use $8.3 million dollars in Federal funding to reimburse resident commercial fishermen, dealers, processors, and aquaculturists for the cost of their 2022 licenses and additional fees.  The first round of payments will be mailed next week through the Maine Department of Marine Resources.

(Augusta)  Fishermen will soon find relief in their mailboxes.  The Mills Administration Thursday announced $8.3 million dollars in federal funding will be used to reimburse resident commercial fishermen, dealers and others for the cost of their 2022 licenses, as well as associated licenses such as trap tag fees.  Funding with be distributed through the Department of Marine Resources, with the first checks being sent out by the end of next week.

Six Maine Farms to Receive Grants to Expand Operations

(Maine)  Six farms across the state will receive $50,000 each from the Maine Farmland Trust upon completion of a two-year program designed to help them grow their operations.  Farms in Bowdoinham, Belmont, Windham, West Gardiner, Albion, and Somerville will benefit.  It’s the sixth year MFT has offered grants to farmers participating in the Farming for Wholesale program to help build a network of thriving local farms that can more easily supply fresh, local food to Maine consumers.

Human Interest/Entertainment

Dory Woman Rowing Making Waves in Belfast

(Belfast)  A Belfast woman is making waves on the water in Belfast Harbor.  The Working Waterfront reports Nicolle Littrell moved to Maine from New York City, where she was an actress and an advocate in the domestic violence field.  But she says she loves to row, having begun that hobby with Come Boating!, Belfast’s community rowing program.  Last August, she started her own business, and now rows year round – yep, even through the winter.  Littrell does lessons and workout rows, taking up to three people at a time.  Contact her at dory woman rowing dot com.

Bicycle Coalition of Maine Earn-A-Bike Program

(Bangor)  Bicycle Coalition of Maine has an exciting new project this summer.  Their new Earn-A-Bike program in Bangor aims to get bikes into the hands of those who can’t otherwise afford them.  Every graduate of the program receives a fully-refurbished bicycle, a new helmet, lock, repair kit, and set of lights.  The program includes teaching participants how to stay safe while biking on the roads and how to properly maintain their new bikes.

Community Kick-Off Party

(Ellsworth)  It’s a Kick-off Community Party tomorrow night in Ellsworth.  Come on down to 21 Water Street beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday to help kick off the Water Street Mural project.  The Heart of Ellsworth event, entitled “Beyond the Brick”, will include art installations, a chance to meet the mural artist, and an opportunity to share ideas for the mural.  There’s no admission fee, and refreshments will be available for purchase.  Bring your own seating.

Sports

The Red Sox had the night off last night.  They’re in Cincinnati for a weekend series against the Guardians.