February 19, 2019
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Maine news you need to know for Tuesday

Gabor Degre | BDN
Gabor Degre | BDN
Jaeda Grosjean, 13, (center) and her grandfather Clyde Baker shovel snow from a relative’s driveway in Bangor Monday morning. Many people spent Sunday afternoon and Monday morning with similar activities after the frist significant snowfall of 2019. Also pictured right are, Jaeda’s father Jesse and her younger brother Kai.

Good morning. Temperatures will range from the teens to the 20s with sunny skies throughout the state.

Here’s what we’re talking about in Maine today.

Survivors made a freezing escape from Orrington fire that killed two

Charles Eichacker | BDN
Charles Eichacker | BDN
A home at 359 Brewer Lake Road in Orrington was destroyed and two people died in a fire early on the morning of Saturday, Jan. 19.

–The owner of an Orrington home that started to burn early Saturday morning tried to call 911 on a cordless landline phone, but when that didn’t work, Richard Murphy had to run outside in single-digit temperatures without any shoes or socks, according to his next-door neighbor.

The longer the federal government shutdown lasts, the more people are affected

–That’s why the BDN has put together a running list of the federal government shutdown’s effects in Maine. We’ll update it as other effects become clear the longer the shutdown persists.

Liberty homesteader shares ‘all the dirt on living the good life’

Aislinn Sarnacki | BDN
Aislinn Sarnacki | BDN
Kirsten Lie-Nielsen, the author of "So You Want to Be a Modern Homesteader" and "The Modern Homesteader's Guide to Keeping Geese," interacts with her Nigerian dwarf goats on Jan. 16, at her homestead in Liberty, Maine. She is also the author of a blog about homesteading at hostilevalleyliving.com.

–The farmhouse had been empty for 30 years. Built in the 1860s, the building had no electricity or running water, the surrounding fields were overgrown with brush, and a giant Yankee-style barn on the property was filled with animal waste and discarded equipment. Yet to Kirsten Lie-Nielsen and her partner Patrick Jackson, the old farm looked like home, a place where they could pursue their homesteading dreams.

Belfast salmon farm ignites debate about what ‘NIMBY’ actually means

–The ongoing dispute over a proposed salmon farm and other development plans in Belfast have prompted proponents to accuse opponents of embracing a “not in my backyard” mentality that stifles progress. But opponents say that’s just a diversionary tactic to shift the debate away from the substance of their arguments.

Experts say that concepts such as “fear of change” and what value people assign to “sense of place” should be factored into positions that are sometimes dismissed as “not in my backyard” obstructionism. As debate on the proposed salmon farm rages on, a separate discussion of what it means to be a “NIMBY” and what it means to accuse someone of being one has taken hold.

Rising seas to swallow $70 million in Maine home values, study says

CBS 13 | BDN
CBS 13 | BDN
An astronomical high tide in Portland reached 13.1 feet, the 12th highest ever for the city, CBS 13 Chief Meteorologist Charlie Lopresti reported March 2, 2018.

–Housing and floods caused by rising sea levels threaten property values in Maine and New England, with $69.9 million lost in Maine and $403 million lost across the region, a study released Tuesday found.

The report found dramatic dropoffs in home values from Kittery to Winter Harbor, with the most severely affected community being Bath, where researchers found two homes that should be worth nearly $150,000 apiece now valued at just more than $90,000 because of the higher water.

Vintage sled show added to popular Pine Tree snowmobile ride-in

–Since its origination in 1974, Maine snowmobilers have staged a “Ride-In” in support of Pine Tree Camp, which serves children and adults with disabilities.

Over that time, the event, now called the Dysart’s Snowmobile Ride-In, has raised $3.7 million in that effort. One of the key pieces of the day’s festivities has been an egg ride, during which “celebrity” snowmobilers stuff eggs in their suits before hitting the trails. Each egg represents $50 in donations, and the ride is organized by radio station Q106.5.

Listen to this: 6 homesteading podcasts you can add to your life now

Stock photo | Pexels
Stock photo | Pexels

–Nothing makes daily chores go by faster than having an interesting podcast playing in the background. Even better, homesteading podcasts will keep you entertained while inspiring you to think about future projects.

In other news …

Maine

3 men arrested after running away from police into Ellsworth hospital

Rare hawk rescued from Portland park during storm

Waterville shoppers called police to report a man with a gun. Turns out, his pants had just fallen down.

Bangor

If you want to find good theater in Bangor, go to the mall 

The Bangor area was once home to more than 10 ski areas — nearly all now lost 

Greater Bangor retail going strong despite mall’s troubles 

Business

Bath-built ‘stealth’ destroyer named for Medal of Honor recipient to be commissioned in San Diego

Biddeford in the running to be featured on main street makeover TV show

Student debt has kept home ownership out of reach for 400,000 young families, Fed reports 

Politics

Governor attends NAACP Martin Luther King Jr. Day event for first time in 8 years

Property taxes hurt low-income Mainers more than ever, but a fix won’t be easy

TSA checkpoint worker no-shows peak at 10 percent of the workforce 

Opinion

Trump needs to go big to secure immigration deal

Our children’s rights are at risk with proposed Title IX changes

Maine can change the debate on climate change 

Sports

Freshman’s late goal helps UMaine men’s hockey team tie New Hampshire

Celtics’ Marcus Smart fined $35K for pursuing Hawks player

NFL will consider making pass interference calls reviewable after Rams-Saints gaffe

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