September 23, 2019
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Maine news you need to know for Friday

Courtesy of Derek Runnells
Courtesy of Derek Runnells
BDN reporter Aislinn Sarnacki and her dog, Oreo, pause to take in the view while hiking on the North Ridge Trail on Champlain Mountain on Feb. 17, in Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island.

Good morning. Temperatures will be in the teens in the north and mid-30s and 40s in the south, with mostly sunny skies.

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

Here are details of the deal that won Janet Mills’ support for $1 billion CMP project

Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Gov. Janet Mills speaks at a press conference in Portland on Thursday about a proposed power transmission line through western Maine.

–Central Maine Power’s controversial $1 billion hydropower transmission line through western Maine won major endorsements Thursday morning when a wide-ranging group of 10 supporters, including the governor’s office, filed an agreement with regulators on a package of benefits to Mainers worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

Legislation would keep suspended lawyers from running for DA after one won the GOP primary

–The Legislature is considering whether the qualifications to run for district attorney in Maine should be changed after a lawyer suspended from practice last year won a shot at the job in western Maine.

This farming style that skips soil and adds fish is growing in popularity

Courtesy of Tom McPherson
Courtesy of Tom McPherson
Springworks Farm, a commercial aquaponics operation in Lisbon.

–Aquaponics sounds like the stuff of science fiction. Instead of crops’ roots reaching down into the soil, they are suspended in water that is filled with live, swimming fish that sustain the plants with their nutrient-rich excrement.

Hampden is fighting decades of development to find its center

–The town of Hampden has been trying to, in a way, find its center for the past seven months. Since last summer, a consultant has been working with local officials, residents and business owners to determine how a certain stretch of town can be made into a more inviting downtown — a town center.

Requested tax break for former Verso power plant could cost Bucksport $300k

Nick Sambides Jr. | BDN
Nick Sambides Jr. | BDN
The town of Bucksport and the company that owns the mill site (background) are appraising the value of the site's power plant.

–The town’s top taxpayer seeks to lower the assessed value of its power plant and cost the town about $298,436 this year.

More than 100 Maine schools pledge to serve seasonal and local produce

–A new program launching this spring will introduce Maine students and schools to local food products, according to a recent announcement by the Maine Department of Education, and organizers are looking for Maine farmers and producers to participate.

Help us identify where these wintery Maine photos were taken

File Photo | BDN
File Photo | BDN
Cat tails are covered in snow in this frozen meadow somewhere in Maine during a 1980s winter.

–While a few are pretty obviously shot in highly identifiable places, most are not. If you think you know where any of these photos were taken, please leave a comment on social media or on the story on our site, clearly referencing the photo in question. We’d love to hear from you!

In other news …

Maine

Maine’s lobster industry braces for ‘catastrophic’ cuts to bait fish catch

Madawaska denies Twin Rivers’ $100 million tax abatement request

Bill would prohibit Maine towns from banning short-term rentals

Bangor

Bangor wants to know what you think about backyard chickens and Styrofoam

Four UMaine women’s ice hockey players suspended from team

Maine home sales declined in January but prices held steady

Politics

How Janet Mills is using an under-the-radar spending plan to reverse LePage decisions

Susan Collins says lawsuit is quickest way to stop Trump border emergency declaration

Regulators set schedule for comments on CMP deal

Opinion

More Americans are concerned about climate change. Congress should be, too.

Paid sick days will boost Maine’s economy

‘America first’ increasingly looks like America alone

Sports

Get the latest high school basketball tournament results

Boston Globe baseball writer Nick Cafardo dies at 62

UMaine winger on a roll entering Hockey East series against BC

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