June 27, 2019
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Maine news you need to know for Friday

Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN
Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN
Fog settles in the valleys just after sunrise in Dedham on Thursday morning.

Good morning. Temperatures will range from the 70s to 80s with clouds along the coast and sunny skies up north. 

Here’s what’s happening in Maine today.

Maine is selling a lot more lobsters to Canada. But where are they going from there?

Robert F. Bukaty | AP
Robert F. Bukaty | AP
In this Thursday, July 19, 2018, photo, a cooked lobster is served on a picnic table at McLoon's Lobster Shack in Spruce Head, Maine.

–Canadians are snapping up live Maine lobsters, buying $43.72 million worth in July, more than double in that same month last year. The increase comes at the same time that Maine’s live lobster sales to China plummeted. China imposed retaliatory 25 percent import trade tariffs against the United States on July 5.

As Maine’s exports to China dipped, Canada sold close to 58 percent more live lobster to China this July compared to July 2017. But there’s no evidence that Maine lobsters are making their way to China through Canada to avoid the tariffs.

Three years ago, state wildlife officials opposed plans for a 22-turbine wind farm in northeastern Hancock County

–Now, a Boston-based renewable energy company is hoping to change their minds and revive the project. Of the 22 proposed turbines, 14 would be in Osborn and 8 would be in Eastbrook, according to a company official.

With nothing left to fight about, Maine legislators go home 

–The 128th Maine Legislature, which presided over a state shutdown last year and stretched nearly five months past its scheduled end in 2018, closed its work for the year on Thursday — but not without dealing with Gov. Paul LePage’s late threat to call it back.

Presque Isle paid $10,000 to investigate its police chief. It won’t release the report.

–The city of Presque Isle paid more than $10,000 to a Portland law firm this summer to quietly investigate its police chief, who resigned last week and is now running for sheriff.

But the city refused to make public the results of the investigation of Matt Irwin, citing a Maine statute that keeps confidential large swaths of municipal personnel records.

A Trump is coming to Maine to stump for Angus King’s Republican opponent

–Donald Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son, will be in Portland Oct. 1 for a fundraiser to boost the campaign of state Sen. Eric Brakey, who is running against incumbent U.S. Sen. Angus King, an Independent, and Democrat Zak Ringelstein. King is a heavy favorite. It’s the first campaign visit to Maine by a Trump family member since the 2016 presidential campaign.

Orrington wants to build a $3.5M public safety building

–Orrington officials are looking to build a new $3.5 million public safety building, which would combine the now separate police and fire department buildings, both of which are riddled with health hazards and code violations, officials said.

Oddly enough though, the project won’t cost voters any additional money. Funding would be allocated from existing accounts, interim Town Manager Andy Fish said.

Former UMaine All-American set to test coaching skills in the NHL

Jae S. Lee | AP
Jae S. Lee | AP
Dallas Stars new head coach Jim Montgomery speaks at an NHL hockey press conference at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Friday, May 4, 2018. Montgomery, the second head coach in three years to go from the college ranks to the NHL, was 125-57-26 the past five seasons at the University of Denver, including a national title in 2016-17.

–Jim Montgomery played on an NCAA championship team at the University of Maine and coached a national title team at the University of Denver. Now, the 49-year-old embarks on an NHL career as the head coach of the Dallas Stars.

Do this: Your Maine weekend guide

Emily Burnham | BDN
Emily Burnham | BDN

–Music, music and more music. Pop over to the Bangor Arts Exchange Friday night for the annual Broadway Rocks showcase, or hit up some local water holes such as Paddy Murphy’s, Nocturnem Drafthaus or Sea Dog Brewing Company for some music filled evenings. But that’s not all. Performances are taking place all over the state this weekend.

In other news…


Report: Nearly one-third of Maine adults are obese 

Maine documentary film festival shines spotlight on gender equity 

Man dies in LaGrange rollover 


Man arrested after 2-hour standoff with Bangor police 

Bangor Market Bazaar aims to revitalize empty Hogan Road retail space 

How a Maine university is addressing pressing social issues 


Defense bill with $162M for Maine shipyard upgrades sent to Trump for signature 

Ellsworth Walmart among 6 getting face-lifts around the state 

Mainers are making more money, but still not as much as the US median household income 


As toll of 9/11-related illnesses rises, we can’t forget these victims 

How a Maine university is addressing pressing social issues 


UMaine taps veteran broadcasters for athletics play-by-play announcers 

Patriots’ Gronk ‘ready for anything’ after Ramsey’s comments 

Celtics’ Jabari Bird taking a break after domestic violence charges 

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