Good morning. Temperatures today will be in the mid-40s throughout the state.
Here’s what we’re talking about in Maine today.
Despite dogged opposition, developers of a proposed salmon farm in Belfast continue to move ahead with the project
–Nordic Aquafarms, the Norwegian-owned company that wants to build one of the world’s largest land-based salmon farms in Belfast, is slowly moving forward with its permit applications and will hold another public information meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26.
“We realize that any new developments should result in questions and sometimes concerns in a community. We have truthfully answered questions and put information out there over the past year as it has become available,” the company’s CEO said. But that’s not likely to sway opponents, one of whom said, “They’re going to have another info session and they’ll tell us what they want us to hear. It doesn’t really account for any of the problems that we’ve been talking about.”
–The Legislature’s transportation committee this week unanimously opposed a bill that would have required the Maine Department of Transportation to halt all work on the project temporarily while a private company hired by the state would conduct a new analysis of the project and recommend whether the state should continue the project that would extend I-395 through parts of Brewer, Holden and Eddington.
–Cob van de Sande watched in disbelief as a fish dragged his ice fishing line and trap down through the hole. Hours later, when pulling his last trap, the teen from Amherst discovered that he was hooked onto another fishing line and the story of a lifetime.
–State corrections officials, former inmates and coastal employers gathered Wednesday to tout the benefits of work release and other programs designed to help people who have completed prison sentences find work, avoid recidivism and become community assets.
“The one thing we all recognize is how difficult it is to make the transition. It is challenging to start from behind, especially if there is a stigma attached,” said Jason Constantine, president of Back Cove Yachts. “We believe in redemption as well.”
–City officials last year expected the installation of diesel tanks and the replacement of gasoline tanks at Harbor Park Marina to cost $150,000, but had to increase their estimate to $336,500 because they couldn’t find a qualified contractor at the lower price.
–Matthew Hochman and his wife, Angel Hochman, have owned Trailhead Cafe since 2012 and, at times, have had difficulty paying the cafe’s rent. Its landlord is the Criterion Theatre. Hochman, the vice chairman of the Bar Harbor Town Council, plans to run for re-election in June, and he’s hoping the cafe will remain open at some Bar Harbor location.
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