County eyeing new sheriff’s office

by Will Tuell

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Moosabec ambulance pleads for 3x increase; Jonesport officials support it

by Nancy Beal

News of the threefold budget increase that the Moosabec Ambulance Service (MAS) intended to ask of the towns it covers—Jonesport and Beals--came to the Jonesport select board by letter from MAS Service Chief Renèe Gray in mid-January. Last week, between their weekly meeting and the annual gathering of the town’s budget committee to set the warrant for town meeting (March 13), selectmen heard directly from Gray and her colleagues.

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Machias selectboard declines counteroffer on Dublin Street lot; releases brewery UCC

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

At their meeting last Wednesday, the Machias Board of Selectmen resolved two matters raised at their final meeting of 2022. 

First, the board voted to approve the town’s release of a UCC filing against some brewery equipment owned by Bad Little Brewing Company, which closed its doors in December 2022. 

The UCC filing, a type of lien, was given to the town until BLB met its $180,000 Community Block Development Grant (CDBG) terms. 

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In Augusta, mixed messages surround Machias dike project

by Will Tuell

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Taking stock

by Jonathan Reisman

As President Biden struggles to find a classified document discovery hiatus that allows him to announce his re-election plans, nearly three-quarters of Americans believe the country is on the wrong track. Here is why:

Climate alarmism and the Price of Energy

When Biden took office and canceled the Keystone pipeline, gas, and heating oil were under $2.50 a gallon, America was energy independent, and the climate alarmists were only dreaming of banning internal combustion engines and gas stoves. 

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Zoom presentation, ‘Working While Black,’ set for Feb. 22

The Pembroke Historical Society is honored to host a presentation by Dr. Maureen Elgersman Lee for the first Zoom program of 2023 at 6:30 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, Feb. 22. Professor Lee, an outstanding scholar in the field of African American History, will discuss the highly notable, though often overlooked, history of Bangor’s Black community. 

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First in 2023 Wabanaki Voices series to be held at UMaine Machias Feb. 9

The public is invited to attend the first of three sessions in the UMaine at Machias’ Wabanaki Voices Spring ‘23 series, to be held Thursday, Feb. 9, at 12 p.m. in the Science Building, room 102.

Osihkiyol (Zeke) Crofton-Macdonald is a Wolastoqey person from the Houlton Band of Maliseets in Maine (Metaksonikewiyik) and the Oromocto First Nation (Welamukotuk) in New Brunswick, Canada. Zeke has spent his life advocating for Native rights in the United States and Canada. He will be hosting a talk titled "Wabanaki Nationhood Past, Present, and Future." 

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The Nature of Phenology: Brown creepers

by Hazel Stark

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Ice storm search and rescue has happy ending in Cutler

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Five Maine Game Wardens, two Maine Forest Rangers, one K-9, the Whiting Fire Department, and a Washington County Sheriff’s Deputy successfully located a missing Cutler man after a four-hour search and rescue operation conducted during a sleet storm on the night of Sunday, Jan. 15.

Peter Taylor set out by ATV on Sunday morning, looking for moose antlers, a frequent pursuit of his. His family knew Taylor would normally return from the woods by midday, so when he didn’t come home, they went out to search for him.

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State lawmakers visit Downeast

by Will Tuell

Two busloads of lawmakers from across the state visited Washington County on Jan. 19 and 20 as part of a tour organized by the Maine Development Foundation to familiarize legislators with different parts of the state. 

Representative Anne Perry (D-Calais) said that she and her Washington County colleagues were proud to show off this part of the state to other lawmakers who may not have been Downeast before. 

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