Articles by Darren Fishell

 

Orono filtration startup gets boost from Silicon Valley

By Darren Fishell on July 22, 2016, at 1:32 p.m.
“It seems like a long way to go from Maine to California, but it is worth the trip because Plug and Play brings people from all over the world into their tech center,” company founder Susan MacKay said.
Pete Waterman of Waterman Farms in Sabattus posted a help-wanted sign along Route 126 in front of his family's farm recently because he was looking for a skilled farmhand.

Maine jobless rate ticked up in June to 3.7 percent

By Darren Fishell on July 22, 2016, at 11:58 a.m.
Maine’s jobless rate rose slightly in June, to 3.7 percent, as the estimate of people working or in the market for a job rose for the fourth straight month.
The sun sets on the State House in Augusta in this June 2015 file photo.

State law blocks northern Maine businesses from energy cost reduction aid

By Darren Fishell on July 21, 2016, at 6:25 p.m.
Aroostook and Washington counties will see no money from a new $3 million program to reduce power rates for “energy intensive” manufacturers.
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Trump finally starts raising some money in Maine

on July 21, 2016, at 2:03 p.m.
Donald Trump’s Maine fundraising jumped about 810 percent in June, compared with a rather slow May. That’s a striking increase, made less impressive by the fact that he’s still raised less here than the senator and primary challenger he insulted as “Little Marco,” who dropped out in March. At the state level, Trump raised one-fifth the amount of Democratic rival Hillary Clinton’s …

Cross Insurance buys Bangor competitor Sargent, Tyler & West

By Darren Fishell on July 20, 2016, at 4:25 p.m.
Cross Insurance has purchased competing Bangor-based insurer Sargent, Tyler and West for an undisclosed price.
Federal regulators have recalled a line of children's water bottles sold exclusively by L.L. Bean and imported from China by GSI Outdoors Inc. The recall pertains to a line of 13.5 ounce insulated water bottles with five different graphic designs: Dino Bones, Flower Power, Orange Grid camo, Purple Tye Dye Butterfly and Robo Shark.

L.L. Bean brand children’s water bottles recalled for lead content

By Darren Fishell on July 20, 2016, at 10:03 a.m.
The commission said lead solder used at the exterior base of the bottle has high levels of lead, which can be toxic if ingested, especially by young children.
A sign marking the location of a natural gas pipeline is seen in Golden, Colorado, Feb. 2, 2015

Maine regulators support using up to $75M from ratepayers for gas pipeline

By Darren Fishell on July 19, 2016, at 12:02 p.m.
Utility regulators disagreed with their staff and Maine’s public advocate by voting Tuesday to move ahead with a plan for electricity customers to pay for expanding Spectra Energy’s Algonquin natural gas pipeline, if other states follow along.
Ships refueling at anchorage in Casco Bay travel to a designated oil transfer area just west of Little Chebeague Island, a popular destination for recreational boaters and campers. Capt. Daniel Milligan, a retired spill expert and harbor pilot, said he's raised concerns repeatedly about the practice but remains unsatisfied with the answers.

Ships aren’t required to take this precaution against oil spills when refueling in Casco Bay

By Darren Fishell and Jake Bleiberg on July 19, 2016, at 10:24 a.m.
Water watchers, oil professionals and lawmakers argue it’s an unnecessary and unacceptable risk.
The former Great Northern Paper Co. paper mill in East Millinocket as it appeared on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014.

Estate of bankrupt GNP seeks repayments from hardware store, staffing firm

By Darren Fishell on July 18, 2016, at 6:11 p.m.
The estate of the bankrupt Great Northern Paper has filed claims against a number of past vendors of the shuttered paper mill.
An undated picture of Eartha inside DeLorme.

DeLorme asks US Supreme Court to review $6.2M penalty

By Darren Fishell on July 18, 2016, at 4:41 p.m.
The case has another twist in that key claims of the allegedly violated patent have since been invalidated in a separate federal court case brought by DeLorme.
A car is filled with gasoline at a gas station pump in Carlsbad, California, Aug. 4, 2015.

Despite summer demand, Maine gas prices dip again

By Darren Fishell on July 18, 2016, at 10:20 a.m.
The average price of a gallon of regular gasoline in Maine fell about 3 cents in the past week, in line with a national decline driven by record-high July gasoline inventories.
A trash truck driver prepares to dump his load of municipal solid waste at Penobscot Energy Recovery Co. in Orrington on Sept. 17, 2009.

The long history of lobbying behind Maine’s trash fight

By Darren Fishell on July 18, 2016, at 6:10 a.m.
In large part, these efforts centered on the same bills, setting restrictions on new landfill capacity, influencing the state’s waste management priorities and attempting to create new incentives for energy generated from trash.
A logging truck delivers logs to the Verso paper mill in Jay.

Jay mill owner Verso emerges from bankruptcy

By Darren Fishell on July 15, 2016, at 1:48 p.m.
Jay mill owner Verso Corp. has emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy, restructuring to take $2.4 billion in debt off its balance sheet in a deal that gives equity in the new company to past holders of that debt.
Work was underway at the Emera Maine substation on Fields Pond Road in Orrington, Oct. 8, 2015.

How do you feel about your Emera bill going up? Regulators want to know

By Darren Fishell on July 15, 2016, at 11:43 a.m.
Utility regulators will be in Bangor on Wednesday for a public hearing on Emera Maine’s proposal to raise the average monthly bill by about $2.40.
The former Great Northern Paper Co. paper mill in East Millinocket as it appeared on Sept. 25, 2014.

Court: GNP must pay $1.5M for natural gas upgrades it didn’t use

By Darren Fishell on July 14, 2016, at 12:13 p.m.
The state’s top court upheld a ruling that the former managers of the shuttered Great Northern Paper mill will have to pay all of a $9.2 million claim related to a partially fulfilled natural gas contract.

Maine businesses get $1.3 million in tech loans, grants

By Darren Fishell on July 14, 2016, at 10:37 a.m.
The Maine Technology Institute awarded loans totaling more than $1.2 million to three companies and about $60,000 in grants to others.
Nicholas Cabral and Nicholas Bernier, co-founders of Goose River Hydro in Belfast, on Tuesday received a key Maine Public Utilities Commission certification that will advance their plans to generate electricity from small dams along the Goose River  for as many as 560 customers.

Maine firm aims to bring new life to old dams

By Darren Fishell on July 13, 2016, at 12:34 p.m.
PORTLAND | Nicholas Cabral and Nicholas Bernier, co-founders of Goose River Hydro in Belfast, on Tuesday received a key Maine Public Utilities Commission certification that will advance their plans to generate electricity from small dams along the Goose River. Cabral and another Maritime Academy graduate restarted the small, Belfast-based …
The Jackson Laboratory on Mount Desert Island is seen in an aerial photo taken Monday, Oct. 5, 2009.

Jackson Lab to raise minimum wage to $15 for 539 in Maine

By Darren Fishell on July 12, 2016, at 5:30 p.m.
The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor plans to raise its lowest full-time wage to $15 an hour for about 800 employees, primarily in Maine and Sacramento, California.
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick attends the summer World Economic Forum in Tianjin, China, last month.

Man who sued Uber CEO says former CIA officer’s firm targeted him, his Maine lawyer

By Darren Fishell on July 11, 2016, at 6:31 p.m.
The chain of emails unfurled previous claims that attorneys for Uber CEO Travis Kalanick didn’t know about the investigations into the man who sued him personally in December, alleging violations of antitrust law in a potential class action.
After rising during the spring, gas prices are now falling again despite higher demand caused by summer vacation travel.

Maine gas prices continue to fall into July

By Darren Fishell on July 11, 2016, at 9:34 a.m.
The average price of a gallon of gasoline, $2.23, is about nine cents lower than one month ago.