Deboullie Public Lands in northern Maine. Credit: Aislinn Sarnacki

Good morning. Temperatures will be in the mid-60s throughout the state, with afternoon showers. 

Here’s what’s happening in Maine today.

Coastal Maine communities are making a stink about illegal sewer hookups

Credit: Ashley L. Conti

–Posting names of potential offenders and the threat of hefty fines are tools that Camden officials are using to spur compliance with a mandate that property owners allow inspections of their connections to the sewer system. The goal is to reduce the chance that the wastewater system will be overwhelmed, allowing raw sewage to mix with storm water and pour into the sea during heavy rains. Rockland also is taking steps to upgrade outdated parts of its wastewater system to reduce the chance that untreated sewage will flow into its harbor.

5,000 miles from home, UMaine professor narrowly avoided death in Siberia

Credit: Courtesy of Jacquelyn Gill

–University of Maine climate science professor Jacquelyn Gill knew that the chance to spend 10 days in the Siberian wilderness shooting a documentary about ice age fossils for the Discovery Channel was an opportunity she could not pass up. The fact that her trip ended up lasting more than a month, and brought her to the brink of death in a Russian intensive care unit, was not something she could possibly have anticipated.

Fish farm foes want a seat at the Belfast city council table

Credit: Nick McCrea

–Two opponents of Nordic Aquafarms’ massive land-based salmon farm proposal have registered to run for Belfast city council as write-in candidates. A third has qualified for a spot on the ballot. Should they win, it would drastically change the small city’s approach to the biggest business development proposal in its history.

Estimated cost of Penobscot River mercury cleanup balloons to more than $240M

Credit: Courtesy of CDM Smith, Inc.

–The recommended remediation of the Penobscot River estuary due to mercury pollution from a defunct chemical plant would cost between $246 million and $333 million, according to a report filed Tuesday in federal court in Bangor.

That is far higher than a previous estimated cost of $130 million for mercury removal.

For sexual assault survivors, Collins’ stance on Kavanaugh goes beyond politics

Credit: Seth Koenig

–For sexual assault victim advocates in Maine, the allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh demonstrate the limitless reach of the #MeToo movement. But they worry that Sen. Susan Collins’ possible vote to confirm Kavanaugh could stymie true progress and compromise her earned position as an ally to victim survivors.

Brewer High School bursts onto Class B volleyball scene in first varsity season

–Becca Gideon said when Brewer High School held its first practice as a club volleyball team last season, nobody could control the ball. “Our goal was to just get it over the net,” the senior said.

The Witches have been fast learners. A little more than a year later, the Witches have a 9-1 record in their first varsity season.

In other news…

Maine

The ’80s kids from Maine who climbed the economic ladder, and those who didn’t 

Stephen King makes cameo in new series about history of horror films 

CMP gaffe exposes names, addresses of 77,000 customers 

Bangor

Bangor’s fire chief named chief of the year by Maine association 

Winterport woman checking mail seriously injured by hit-and-run 

Bangor man to serve 3½ years in May crash that killed friend 

Business

Discount store donates 40,000 meals to Maine food pantry 

Maine fishermen demand better science before canceling another shrimp season 

Heating oil prices top $3 per gallon in northern Maine 

Politics

Candidates seek distance from LePage, each other in Portland debate 

Collins, King condemn Trump for mocking Kavanaugh accuser 

Will more debates wake up a torpid Maine governor’s race? 

Opinion

Fewer Maine children are living in poverty. Thank the minimum wage increase. 

What if the worst is true and half the people don’t care? 

The outcome of the November election may decide future of ranked-choice voting 

Sports

Undefeated Husson women’s tennis team in pursuit of first NCAA berth 

Senior’s breakthrough day sets winning pace for surging Bangor boys XC team 

Fatherhood provides new motivation for former UMaine goalie in NHL 

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