Machias PD Goes on Offense with Two High-Profile Drug Busts in Last Month

Chief Says: ‘We’re Coming For You.’

 

By Paul Sylvain

In the wake of the latest drug bust on Dec. 30, Machias Police Chief Keith Mercier and his department are on a mission to rid the Shiretown of traffickers in illegal drugs. According to the chief, it’s no longer a question of if you’ll be arrested, but when. 

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Work Continues on King Construction Fabrication Center, Office Building

Developer Drafting Plans for New 8-Unit Apartment Building in Machias

 

By Paul Sylvain

Come April, new construction, now going up just inside Machias town limits on Outer Dublin Street/Route 1, will be the new home office for IMK Properties and King Construction, both owned by Northfield developer Justin King.

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Tensions Flare Between Nurses Union, Hospital as Contract Negotiations Continue

By Will Tuell

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Jonesport Shipyard Sold to Lobster Boat Race Organizer

By Nancy Beal 

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First Measurable Winter Snow Accompanied by Single-Digit Wind Chill Downeast

By Paul Sylvain

By Maine standards, the first measurable snow storm of the winter wasn’t a block-buster. An average of just three inches of light, fluffy, powdery snow fell across the greater Machias region Sunday night into early Monday morning, but the wind made the storm seem a lot worse than it was.. 

The wind pushed the snow into drifts six or more inches deep in some places, while other spots remained open with bare ground. 

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New ‘Boater Safety’ Course Requirement Kicks in Jan. 1

By Will Tuell

A new law requiring most Maine boaters under the age of 25 to complete a boater safety and education course kicked in on Jan. 1. While there are exceptions for those engaged in commercial fishing activities, Maine guides, and day boat renters, the law targets anyone born after Jan. 1, 1999, according to the state’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (IFW). 

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Community and 4-H Club Spread Christmas Cheer

By Daisy Ratzlaff -- UMaine Cooperative Extension                 

The Cobscook Current 4-H Club and community members spread joy and seasonal cheer as they helped assemble dozens of gift bags and hand-delivered them to brighten the holidays for several elderly residents in the Edmunds area. 

The heartwarming community service project, organized by Debbie Leighton for the past 33 years, has become an annual tradition anticipated by the volunteers and the seniors.

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Local Young Jiu-Jitsu Talents Shine at Good-Fight Sub-Only World Championship

By Jayna Smith

Local young talents, eight-year-old RJ Kendall and ten-year-old Connor Grass, recently showcased their skills at the Good-Fight Sub-Only World Championship in Manheim, Pennsylvania, a prestigious Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competition.

At the world championship held last month, RJ secured silver in the no-gi category.  Connor earned bronze in both gi and no-gi divisions.  

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Davis to Retire from Legislature, Support Veteran Lawmaker Will Tuell

By Paul Sylvain

It’s one-and-done, for first-term District 10 Rep. Kenneth “Bucket” Davis (R-East Machias), as he announced last week that he is not seeking re-election in 2024. Instead, Davis is endorsing former state Rep. Will Tuell (R-East Machias), whom Davis replaced two years ago. 

Davis, who was elected to the Maine House of Representatives in 2022, replaced Tuell, who termed out after serving from 2014 to 2022.

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Roque Bluffs Man Honored with Top Ranger Award

By Will Tuell

Maine Forest Ranger Brian Getchell of Roque Bluffs was awarded his agency’s top honor as 2023 drew to a close. Getchell, who graduated from Machias Memorial High School, was tapped by the Maine Forest Service to receive the agency’s Jeremiah Crockett award during a Dec. 14, 2023 ceremony.

Regional Forest Ranger Jeff Currier, who oversees rangers from Greenville to Lubec, spoke highly of Getchell in an email with this publication, calling the one-time high school basketball standout a leader in conservation law enforcement circles. 

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