(Ellsworth) – A planned trash to bio-gas plant in Hampden has cleared a major hurdle as a judge has upheld Department of Environmental Protection permits issued for the plant’s construction. More than 100-communities who are members of the Municipal Review Committee have pledged to send their trash to the Fiberight plant in just over a year when contracts with the PERC trash to energy plant in Orrington expire. PERC’s owners and other challenged the permits obtained for the biogas plant that has yet to begin construction. The MRC has begun building the road into the future plant.
(Cranberry Isles) – If all goes well today, the rest of the power will be back on in Downeast Maine. Emera Maine reports only Cranberry Isles remains without power in Hancock County – and that accounts for 368 customers without electricity this morning. The number yesterday system wide was more than 85-hundred following the blizzard that pounded much of Maine. Linemen worked feverishly to get the power back on and will tackle the island today.
(SW Harbor) – Police in Southwest Harbor say they’re finding cans of spray on whipped cream along roadsides, but it’s not the littering they’re concerned about. WVII-TV reports it’s huffing – a practice where the chemicals in cans are ingested without the cream coming out. The aerosol can create a quick, temporary high, but it can also cause people to pass out, and in some cases can be fatal. Local store owners say they have several customers who repeatedly buy multiple cans of Ready-Whip and it’s concerning. Spray on whipped cream is not a regulated drug.
(Surry) It’s hard to believe Monday is the first day of Spring. Blue Hill Heritage Trust has organized a community walk through the woods to welcome the new season. Development and Outreach Director Chrissy Allen says it’s actually the final hike of their winter group hike series. Allen says the walk begins at 10AM Monday and you should bring snow shoes and walking poles if you have them. Contact Blue Hill Heritage Trust to sign up.
(Maine) Yesterday was the 197th anniversary of Maine becoming a state. That means in just 3 short years Maine hits a major milestone. Secretary of State spokeswoman Kristen Muszynski says it takes a lot of people and a lot of planning to put together a Bicentennial Celebration, but it’s in the works.
Fire – Travelin Lobster
(Bar Harbor) – Tuesday night’s fire on Route 102 in Bar Harbor destroyed a small take-out lobster shack that was set to open in May. No immediate word from the owners of Travelin’ Lobster. Bar Harbor Fire Chief Matt Bartlett said the 9-1-1 call came in around 9:30 at the height of the blizzard. Help came from Mt. Desert, Trenton, Southwest Harbor and Ellsworth. Bartlett said they asked the State Fire Marshal’s office to help find the cause.
Elver Dealer Indicted
(Woolwich) – One of the big players in Maine’s lucrative baby eel fishing communities is under federal indictment for buying illegally harvested elvers. The Bangor Daily News reports 70-year old William Sheldon of Woolwich is charged with illegally trafficking in baby eels because he allegedly knew that he purchased eels harvested in Massachusetts and other states that did not allow elver fishing. Federal agents and marine patrol officers raided two hotel rooms in Ellsworth where Sheldon was buying eels using the name Kennebec Glass Eels.
(Portland) Interstate fishing regulators are getting ready to vote on whether to send a plan about the future of the imperiled Maine shrimp fishery to the public. Regulators shut down the fishery in 2013 amid declining populations of shrimp, and say environmental conditions off New England are poor for the recovery of the stock. A vote is scheduled for today
(Skowhegan) Skowhegan’s police chief will take a different position in law enforcement to work closer to home. Donald Bolduc was promoted to chief in 2015 after working for the town of Skowhegan for just 2 years. WABI-TV reports Bolduc will become a deputy in Penobscot County, serving in the Katahdin region where he and his family live.
(Portland) The Governor’s Energy Office says the price of heating oil in Maine has dropped 4-cents from mid-February. The statewide average cash price for No. 2 heating oil was $2.26 per gallon this week.
(Bangor) A group of senators is calling on U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to keep a pipeline of foreign doctors open to benefit rural communities. The senators want premium processing to continue for doctors participating in the Conrad 30 waiver program, which makes it easier for foreign doctors to come to underserved parts of the U.S. to work.
• Boston Celtics 117 Minnesota Timberwolves 104
• Boston Bruins 5 Calgary Flames 2 (Bruins at Edmonton tonight)
• The Patriots have signed all-pro linebacker Dont’a Hightower to a 4-year contract
• Red Sox and Tampa Bay play to a 3-3 tie in spring training. Sox face Pittsburgh today. Rick Porcello will be the opening day starting pitcher for Boston.