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Nov. 25, 2016

Split Rock Passamaquoddy Pleasant Point

SPEAKING to the crowd during the November 15 event at Pleasant Point in support for water protectors in North Dakota, “From Split Rock to Standing Rock — Water is Life,” is Holly Cleaves.  (Robin Farrin photo)

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Eastport Pulp Mill Dryer
HERE TODAY, GONE TOMORROW. An 87-ton Yankee dryer, bound for Trois-Rivières, Quebec, is hoisted onto the freighter Egmondgracht at the Estes Head port terminal in Eastport on November 21. The movements of the dryer are symbolic of the decline in paper-making in the state of Maine, as it had been imported through the Port of Eastport for the Lincoln Paper and Tissue mill 10 years ago and had been used until the mill filed for bankruptcy in 2015. (Edward French photo)

Front Page Stories

Mill pond’s fate could affect fire insurance
by Lora Whelan

Concerns are afoot in Whiting about the future of its fire suppression system that exists at the Mill Pond dam, with residents and property owners in Whiting, Trescott and parts of Edmunds potentially affected if the dam were to be altered or removed as part of a proposed project undertaken by Downeast Salmon Federation (DSF) and Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT) to restore the fisheries in the region.

New Brunswick lobster fishery continues to look ‘pretty rosy’
by Edward French

 Lobster fishermen in New Brunswick continue to reap the benefits of strong catches and a good price, following the opening of the season on November 8. They also note that the lobsters have been of higher quality this year.


County cites need to increase tax revenues

Total from taxes jumps 5.8%
by RJ Heller

"We are 35,000 people living in a 3,400 square-mile area, and we, as the commissioners, do not take the budget process lightly," stated Chris Gardner, chairman of the Washington County commissioners, prior to the board's final review and acceptance of the proposed operating budget for 2017. Citing the need to increase the revenues raised by taxes, the commissioners decided to accept the budget as prepared by the nine‑member budget committee and their recommendation for a 5.81% increase for the fiscal year of 2017.

Calais challenges budget hike
by Lura Jackson

The City of Calais is challenging the recently proposed Washington County budget, which increases the city's expected contribution by over 5% to $288,000. The discussion over how the city will proceed was the primary topic at a city council meeting held on November 17.

Eastport proceeds with archery hunt
by Edward French

A special archery hunt to reduce the deer herd in Eastport will be held during the last two weeks of December this year, after the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (IFW) Advisory Council approved the hunt at a meeting on November 21. Before the council voted, though, IFW Commissioner Chandler Woodcock amended the proposal so that it will only be for one year, instead of the three years that the city had proposed. According to Chris Bartlett, the chair of the Eastport Deer Committee, the commissioner felt that the department and the city could evaluate the hunt after it is completed this year to see how it might be improved for subsequent years.

Millennium moves ahead with lawsuit against city, county
by Edward French
Millennium Marine USA and the boatbuilding company's owner, Cory Guimond, are proceeding with a lawsuit against the City of Eastport concerning its leasing of the city-owned former Guilford mill building, according to the company's attorney, Joseph Baldacci of Bangor. Also listed in the suit are City Manager Elaine Abbott, the five Eastport city councillors, the Washington County government and County Manager Betsy Fitzgerald.

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