Power Cable Delay
(Cutler) – A plan to run an under water power cable to the Navy station in Cutler is on hold as costs have increased. The Bangor Daily News reports the cable cost has risen to about $14-million dollars, and the plan needs Congressional approval. The Naval Station currently uses diesel generators to produce electricity – and that costs nearly $4-million dollars a year. The power cable would hook the base to the Emera Maine system and pay for itself in less than 6-years.
(Richmond) – A state police SUV cruiser is unrecognizable after a tractor trailer slammed into it along Interstate 295 yesterday. The trooper inside was able to walk away with non life-threatening injuries. Trooper Greg Stevens had stopped along the interstate to check on another tractor trailer when the oncoming truck apparently blew a tire and slammed into the parked cruiser. The driver survived the crash and will get a ticket for failing to abide by Maine’s “move over” law.
DIS CSD budget
(Deer Isle) – School officials in Deer Isle and Stonington hope the 3rd time is the charm as they try to pass a school budget. The latest measure goes before voters on Tuesday, and slashes nearly a half million dollars from the previous offering which never got approval at the school district meeting level. The cuts include vacant teaching positions, cutting stipends for assistant athletic coaches, and expected drops in heating fuel costs. If the budget gets approval Tuesday, it will go to a validation vote on August 11th.
No Concealed Carry in ANP
(Acadia National Park) When a new concealed carry without a permit law goes in to effect in Maine in October, folks still won’t be able to carry a gun in Acadia National Park without a permit. The Mount Desert Islander reports the park is among locations such as schools, courthouses, federal buildings, state capitol areas and locations licensed to serve alcohol where concealed carry is not permitted. Concealed weapons may be carried in Acadia with a permit. Maine State Police and local law enforcement agencies will still issue concealed carry permits after the law has passed.
Route 3 rebuild could take 3+ years
(Bar Harbor) – When work begins to rebuild Route 3 in Bar Harbor a year from now, it will be at least 3-years before the project is complete. The Maine Department of Transportation has outlined the construction schedule. The Mt. Desert Islander reports the $18-million dollar project could last into 2020 depending on what detours and one-way traffic plans are put into place. The project will begin near the Pirates Cove mini-golf course and extend to Mt. Desert Street in Downtown Bar Harbor.
(Bar Harbor) Bar Harbor and Mount Desert are the latest towns to join a lawsuit against the Penobscot Energy Recovery Company. The suit, filed in April by the Municipal Review Committee, alleges USA Energy Group improperly used partnership money to pay a law firm to lobby against the MRC. USA Energy paid 1.2 million dollars for lobbying. Bar Harbor’s Public Works director says 41 percent of that money could have gone to the MRC’s equity charter members.
Eves sues LePage
(Portland) – Maine’s Speaker of the House is suing the Governor for pressuring a school that had hired him to fire him. House Speaker Mark Eves says the Governor blackmailed the Goodwill-Hinckley school, threatening to withhold state funding if the school hired Eves as the school president. The governor’s office characterized the lawsuit as a political move, accusing Democrats of trying to accomplish what they couldn’t do at the ballot box.
Knowlton Park Opening delayed
(Ellsworth) – The planned opening of a million dollar city park in Ellsworth is pushed back a couple of weeks. Knowlton Park was supposed to be done this weekend, but city manager David Cole says weather delayed things a bit. Cole said they wanted to make sure the park construction was done correctly instead of rushing to open.