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

Robert F. Bukaty | AP
Robert F. Bukaty | AP
A mackerel sky is colored by the first rays of sunlight as Chuck Johns as he photographs a dory moored off Willard Beach, Friday, May 17, 2019, in South Portland, Maine.

Good morning. Temperatures will be in the high 40s to the low 60s from north to south, with strong winds and rain throughout the state.

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

Local author explores the last days of missing AT hiker Geraldine Largay

Maine Department of Public Safety | BDN
Maine Department of Public Safety | BDN
Geraldine Largay.

–Geraldine Largay, known as Inchworm on the trail, made national headlines when she disappeared in July 2013. The Maine Warden Service launched a massive search for her that continued for days, then weeks, then months. Then in October 2015, her remains were found, startlingly close to the trail.

Maine author Denis Dauphinee is now giving voice to the last days of Largay’s life. His newest book, “When You Find My Body: The Disappearance of Geraldine Largay on the Appalachian Trail,” is published by Down East Books.

Bangor-area towns look at new recycling options as new waste plant comes online

–Some towns won’t bother having residents separate out their recyclables at all. Others will, in hopes of taking advantage of a half-off, per-ton fee from the Fiberight facility in Hampden. But Fiberight won’t accept glass and lower grades of plastic as recyclables, meaning change is in store for recycling in the Bangor area.

New owners from China offer hope to two struggling Maine mills

Robert F. Bukaty | AP
Robert F. Bukaty | AP
Steam billows from the former Catalyst Paper Mill in Rumford in this February 2018 file photo. In May 2018 Catalyst said it agreed to sell the mill and another mill in Wisconsin to ND Paper of Hong Kong for $175 million.

–A Chinese company called ND Paper is investing heavily to restore two Maine paper mills it bought last year and turn them into sustainable, long-term businesses. The company has 400 contractors working to upgrade a former pulp mill in Old Town, with plans to reopen this summer. It is also making changes at a Rumford mill, with plans to add workers at both sites this year.

Bad weather forces undefeated Brewer softball team to play three games in 24 hours

–If the Brewer High School softball team is going to extend its 31-game winning streak to 34, it will have to win three games in a span of 24 hours this week. Monday’s game against Hermon was postponed because of the weather and moved back to 2 p.m. Wednesday, where it will be the first game of a doubleheader against two different teams.

Do this: Avoid getting scammed when buying tickets to Maine’s outdoor concerts this summer

Micky Bedell | BDN
Micky Bedell | BDN
Jimmy Buffett plays a concert at the Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion on the Bangor Waterfront in August 2016.

–The first shows of outdoor concert season in Maine are finally on the horizon. In most cases, concertgoers won’t have any trouble getting into a venue with their tickets. But there are inevitably some who will find themselves stuck with fraudulent tickets, or with tickets from unauthorized third parties that cost much more than face value. Here’s what to look for when buying tickets to this summer’s outdoor shows in Maine.

In other news…

Maine

Murder trial in killing of Bar Harbor teen to begin Tuesday morning

Caribou restaurant owner says he had ‘no way of knowing’ employee was infected with hepatitis A

Police: Woman accused of Owls Head murder asked ex-husband if he would ‘kill someone’

Bangor

Orono has worked to make its roads safer. But residents say dangers persist for pedestrians.

Maine universities agree to tuition hike that sticks to inflation

Police say firearms did not damage a car and houses in Brewer but are still investigating what did

Business

LL Bean to offer free outdoor courses

Somali immigrant’s Auburn-based startup adds bold fashion sense to traditional Muslim garb

Ford is cutting 7,000 white-collar jobs

Politics

Maine is racing toward legal sports betting, but a few key questions still must be resolved

Maine hopes to avoid pitfalls during marijuana legalization push

Medicare for all’s rich benefits ‘leapfrog’ other nations’ health care models

Opinion

Better information needed as Maine lobstermen take on challenge of protecting right whales

Online privacy bill doesn’t really protect your privacy

Trump has betrayed my dream of America

Sports

Junior from Miami a potent presence atop UMaine baseball lineup

Trenton sweeps doubleheader against Portland Sea Dogs

6 Maine players selected for national field hockey tournament

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