Good morning. Temperatures will be in the high 50s throughout the state.
Here’s what’s happening in Maine today.
–Maine’s 1st Congressional District has been held by Democrats for 21 years, it isn’t being targeted by national party groups and it has a five-term Democratic incumbent whose vote shares only once have slipped below 55 percent.
Still, there are Republicans who see a path to knocking off U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree in Maine’s most compelling political science experiment of the 2018 cycle. Their hope relies on the state’s new ranked-choice voting system — and not necessarily by getting a Republican elected.
–Bangor has seen a higher eviction rate than the rest of the state for nearly two decades. And for the past decade, the city has had the dubious distinction of having an eviction rate that exceeds the nation’s, according to data from the Eviction Lab at Princeton University.
But when residents are being evicted, they have no right to a lawyer in court, and Pine Tree Legal’s budget allows it to handle only a small portion of eviction cases. If Bangor wanted the same percentage of tenants to have legal representation in eviction cases as landlords, it would cost about $132,000 per year for Pine Tree Legal to provide it.
–Raymond “Bucky” Alexander figures he has at least $100,000 and several years invested in rebuilding his boat and crafting, by hand, the iron dredger he’s used this summer for quahogs in the New Meadows River. It has allowed him to harvest far more of the hard-shell clams than competitors who use rakes. Some of those competitors, joined by others concerned about dredging’s impact on the environment and quahog population, are asking the state to ban or limit the practice.
–A centuries-old land dispute between Canada and the United States has been getting more heated as a wave of increased lobster catches has moved east along the Maine coast.
And now that a documentary film on the topic has been released, it’s about to get more public attention, too.
–A mass of vines clinging to the side of his house, the string beans grown by John Gonya in Brewer this summer are a sight to behold, reminiscent of the age-old fairytale “Jack and the Beanstalk.”
Starting at the ground, the bean plant has snaked its way up to Gonya’s second-story balcony. Soon, he’ll be picking beans from that height.
–A new $173,000 solar array in Bucksport will save almost $400,000 over the next 40 years, officials said Friday. The 79.8-kilowatt panels — installed on the Public Works Department building — follow the installation of LED lighting in the Town Office, along the town’s waterfront walkway and an electric-car charger on Main Street, said Richard Rotella, the town’s economic development director.
“It’s clean. It’s green. It’s using a natural resource and the savings over time will benefit the taxpayers of the town,” Rotella said. “It makes strong environmental and fiscal sense.”
–As far as Anne Gobes is concerned, nothing can brighten a day as much as gazing at a herd of alpacas.
“When people come to our farm and take pictures of the alpacas or just stand and look at them, they are just smiling and ecstatic,” Gobes, president of the Maine Alpaca Association, said.
In other news…
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