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January 23, 2015

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GOING UP FOR A SHOT and scoring is Mac Hood of Shead High School in a boys' varsity basketball game against Islesboro played in Eastport on January 19. Shead won 51-47 and now has a record of 9-3. (Don Dunbar photo)

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LOCKING TALONS in flight are two bald eagles in Pembroke. (Don Dunbar photo)

by Edward French

The Eastport Port Authority is planning to scale back on the scope of the breakwater rebuilding project, by eliminating at least for now a wave-protection wall, as the lowest bid for the project is $5.5 million higher than the current amount of funding. Bids were opened on January 14, and CMP Constructors of Freeport is the apparent low bidder at $18.5 million. However, federal, state and local funding commitments total only $13 million, with an additional $1 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding being sought by the city.

Craig’s set to buy seafood pie firm’s assets
by Lora Whelan
The pending sale of the Trescott‑based Cobscook Bay Company's intellectual and equipment assets to Craig's All Natural of New Hampshire for the sum of $10,000 was not the news the Washington County commissioners hoped to hear from Sunrise County Economic Council (SCEC) Executive Director Charles Rudelitch at their January 8 meeting
Transfer of piers being studied
by Edward French and Lora Whelan
Like the ugly Christmas sweater that nobody wants, the Eastport breakwater, following its partial collapse, is public infrastructure that gets regifted. The current owner, the City of Eastport, is trying to pass the breakwater and the fish pier off to the port authority, but that quasi-municipal body has sent a signal flag back to the city describing the fish pier as a possible "pig in a poke" and the breakwater rebuilding project as being short by perhaps $5.5 million.
Bill proposals would assert rights of tribe
by Edward French

Legislation that would further assert the rights of tribes in Maine, including the right for tribal representatives to vote in the legislature and for the tribes to cooperatively manage the elver fishery with the state, is being proposed by the Passamaquoddy representative. While specific language of the bills has not yet been released, all of the titles of bills being requested during the current legislative session are now available.

Lubec board eyes next steps in plan for town facilities
by JD Rule

Following the recent town vote killing the municipal facilities proposal, the Lubec Select Board called an emergency meeting on January 9. The key issue is the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) of $300,000, which can only be spent on the sand/salt storage facility. The grant will expire in June if substantial progress has not been made towards construction.

Moholland to resign as superintendent
by Lura Jackson

At the Calais School Committee's January 20 meeting, Superintendent Bob Moholland submitted a letter of resignation to the board, to be effective July 1. Reading from the letter, Moholland stated, "Due to personal reasons, my wife and I have decided that it would be in the best interest of our family to resign." Moholland will continue with his duties teaching at the St. Croix Regional Technical Center until his contract is completed. The resignation was accepted with regret.


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