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February 9, 2018
Eastport Deep Cove rescue
ONE OF FIVE FISHERMEN who spent up to three-quarters of an hour in the waters of Cobscook Bay after their skiff overturned is carried up at the Eastport breakwater to an awaiting ambulance. (Edward French photo)
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TWO COYOTES engage in a fight to see who is the dominant one in Perry recently. (Don Dunbar photo)

Front Page Stories

School districts eye boosts in state subsidies
by Edward French

Most area school districts received some good news with the release of preliminary state subsidy amounts on January 31. The subsidies are based on $1.1 billion in funding allocated to education in the 2018/19 state budget that was enacted last year by the legislature, and a 3% increase for school districts' essential programs and services has resulted in over $42 million in additional funding for education. The budget also included a number of changes in the funding formula.

Supporters of prison testify during hearing
by Lora Whelan

The fight to keep the Downeast Correctional Facility (DCF) prison operating will be a long road, says Rep. Will Tuell of East Machias. He, Senator Joyce Maker of Calais, Rep. Robert Alley of Beals, Rep. Anne Perry of Calais and other legislators have sponsored a bill, LD 1704, that would fund the Machiasport prison through 2019 and would require a detailed report including the related impact of closure on other correctional facilities and an economic and community impact analysis.


Five scallop fishermen rescued after skiff overturns off Eastport

by Edward French

Five fisherman survived being in the 39-degree waters of Cobscook Bay for up to three-quarters of an hour after their skiff overturned in Deep Cove, Eastport, on January 30. After one of the fishermen swam to shore to get help, the other four were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard, with help from a Cooke Aquaculture crew.

Valentines share their love stories
by Susan Esposito

Valentine's Day is a reminder of the importance of having someone to love and of having someone love you, and three Quoddy area couples reveal what has helped keep their marriages long and happy.

Three islands rely on backup power after cable damage
by Arlene Benham
For a couple of weeks, Grand Manan, Campobello and White Head islands were powered by the Grand Manan generating station after damage to the undersea cable occurred on January 17. The cable casing was breached, possibly by a scallop dragger. The casing is filled with nitrogen as an insulator, and gauges showed a drop in pressure and more nitrogen being used. The power cable was shut down, and customers were transferred to the island generating station. Outages on Grand Manan and White Head lasted between one and three hours as the transfer was effected.
DOC restructuring proposal considers closing county jail
by Lora Whelan

The just released proposal by the Maine Department of Corrections (DOC) to restructure the state's county jail system did not come out of the blue, but nonetheless Washington County Commission Chair Chris Gardner says that he's surprised they "took this route." The county, still reeling from the DOC's plan to close the Downeast Correctional Facility in Bucks Harbor, now has to contend with the prospect of the county's jail closing as well. "It's absolute foolishness when you look at it with the lens of reality," he adds succinctly.



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