November 13, 2018
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Maine news you need to know for Friday

Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Portland's iconic Time and Temperature Building flashes the hour on the city skyline on Nov. 7, 2018.

Good morning. Temperatures will be in the mid-50s with rain showers in the evening.

Here’s what’s happening in Maine today.

A year after a woman was shot and killed by a hunter on her property, some question the law that allowed him to be there

John Holyoke | BDN
John Holyoke | BDN
The Hebron land where Karen Wrentzel was shot and killed in 2017 is now posted, and no access is allowed without written permission.

Newcomers to Maine are often surprised to learn that, according to state law, hunters and many other recreationists have an implied right to access most of the state’s land, so long as that land hasn’t been posted with “No trespassing” or “Access by permission only” signs.

That’s the law. But that’s not good enough for many.

The fight over ferry fee hikes that irked some Maine islanders isn’t over

Islesboro residents are claiming partial victory in a legal tussle with the Maine Department of Transportation over fee hikes implemented last May. State transportation officials agreed to hold a public review and rulemaking process on the fees, putting a lawsuit filed by Islesboro residents on hold. While the higher fees that angered Islesboro residents will stay in effect during the rulemaking process, they could change if islanders and other involved parties make a compelling argument to change them.

In Orrington, the talk of the town is a $3.5 million public safety building

Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN
Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN
James Seymour (left) and Chris Strout, both firefighters/EMTs in Orrington, put tested hose onto Engine 2 on Oct. 13. Orrington officials are looking to build a new $3.5 million public safety building at the corner of Center Drive and Tupper Drive that would combine fire and police.

Selectmen next week are expected to schedule a new date for a vote on the proposed building that would house the town’s now separate police office and fire department. But a group of residents have submitted petitions asking for a meeting to consider cheaper alternatives.

A third of all Americans expect to die in debt

A survey released Thursday shows that one in every three Americans expects to spend an entire lifetime in debt, with low income named as the top reason. Maine ranks higher than the national average for household debt. The average American owes $52,048 in overall debt. Mainers are in way deeper than that, with the average resident owing more than $90,000.

Open your heart — and your palette — to bitterness

Courtesy of Pulp+Wire.
Courtesy of Pulp+Wire.
BitterLove's sparkling bitter beverage in its three flagship flavors: peppered grapefruit, tart cherry, and toasted pineapple.

Most of us can’t think of the last time we ate something truly bitter. But bitter flavors can be found in other cuisine around the world. Chinese dishes mix bitter melon into stir fry, Middle Eastern tahini is made of naturally bitter sesame seeds, and a fine European meal will usually start with bitter aperitifs.

Portland-based Taja Dockendorf and Alexandra Noyes want to challenge the American aversion to bitterness. Together, they created Bitter Love, a sparkling drink that falls somewhere between seltzer, kombucha, and Negroni in flavor.

Cyclists uncover history for 8th Annual Bangor Alleycat race

Not your typical bike race, alleycat races have no set route. Instead, they have checkpoints, locations listed on a manifest that is handed to participants just prior to the race. The racers then use their knowledge of the area to map out what they believe is the best route to hit all checkpoints.

Do this: Your Maine weekend guide

Robert F. Bukaty | AP
Robert F. Bukaty | AP
A couple takes in the view from the ocean lookout ledges of Mount Megunticook at Camden Hills State Park in Camden, Maine.

Craft fairs! There are a million of them this weekend, all over the great state of Maine! Some favorite local fairs include the 40th annual Zonta Marketplace at the Brewer Auditorium, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, the Christmas Fair at The First Church in Belfast, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, the Holiday Fair at the Holden Congregational Church 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday (I recommend their peanut brittle), and the Roost Holiday Craft Show, 9 a.m. -3 p.m. Saturday at the Bryant Moore Community Center in Ellsworth.

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Bangor

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Business

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Oil pipeline company asks federal court to overturn ruling on South Portland law

Tech and health care lead US stock surge after midterms

Politics

Waterville mayor: Results of local bag ban referendum, council race will be challenged

Minority Republicans pick Waldoboro businessman to be their new Maine Senate leader

Bangor Republican defeats incumbent county treasurer in race he didn’t expect to win

Opinion

Diversity and Medicaid expansion were big winners in 2018 election

A lesson from the Great War a century later

Trump is right: Nancy Pelosi should be the next speaker

Sports

He’s already won a state championship in wrestling. Now Bucksport’s junior tackle wants to win one in football.

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Court urged to end rule that erased Aaron Hernandez’s conviction

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