September 21, 2019
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Maine news you need to know for Thursday

Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Troy R. Bennett | BDN
The sun shines on tulips blooming at Portland's Fessenden Park on Tuesday. After they're through showing the world their colors, city workers will dig them up and plant annuals that will bloom all summer.

Good morning. Temperatures will be in the mid-60s throughout the state with periods of sun and encroaching clouds.

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

Maine political dynamos pushed to expand monitoring of alleged domestic abusers. Why it didn’t happen.

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–Instead, some counties have taken it upon themselves to develop electronic monitoring programs, scattering the effort and creating different approaches across the state. In addition, jail populations have remained stubbornly high, not because of an increase in sentenced prisoners but because of an increase in prisoners unable to bail out before their trial.

Developer of Bucksport salmon farm took a big early step. Here’s what comes next.

–After a company planning a $250 million salmon aquaculture farm closed on its purchase of a portion of a former paper mill site Tuesday, there’s excitement in Bucksport about the coming development, as well as some relief. The transaction between Whole Oceans and the mill site’s owner, American Iron and Metal, for an undisclosed price was the most tangible sign yet that the project first announced in February 2018 was moving forward.

Two new exhibits showcase Jamie Wyeth’s love for a Maine island and his late wife

Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN
Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN
With his Benner Island home in the background, Jamie Wyeth talks with a group of incoming freshmen and faculty of Colby College on Allen Island in 2017.

–The Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland will open the new exhibitions on June 8. “Untoward Occurrences and Other Things” focuses on paintings completed by Jamie Wyeth between 2010 and 2017, many of which were painted on Monhegan. A second exhibition, titled “Phyllis Mills Wyeth: A Celebration,” features 29 works, including the first portrait he ever painted of her ― covered in fallen leaves in 1967.

A Maine county is moving its inmates after finding a better deal on jail services

–After talks to continue sending prisoners to Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset faltered, Waldo County commissioners decided to sign a new three-year deal with Somerset County that will start on July 1. The move will save Waldo County taxpayers about $200,000 a year, according to Commissioner Bill Shorey. The East Madison correctional facility is a few miles closer to the courthouse in Belfast, but prisoner rights advocates remain concerned about the strain the distance may put on inmates’ families.

Do this: Ask an expert your burning moose questions

Aislinn Sarnacki | BDN
Aislinn Sarnacki | BDN
A male yearling moose wades in a pond in the Moosehead Lake Region.

–Some of the world’s foremost moose researchers will head to one of Maine’s “moose-iest” locales — Sugarloaf — next month for the 53rd North American Moose Conference. At 7 p.m. on June 12, a panel of visiting guests will hold a forum in the Carrabassett Room of the Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel where the general public will be invited to ask the panel their questions.

In other news…

Maine

Photos, testimony detail extent of Bar Harbor woman’s injuries in her killing last year

How Janet Mills aims to boost Maine’s economic growth in the next decade

Maine town that didn’t want to become ‘midcoast pot paradise’ rejects marijuana businesses

Bangor

Orrington town manager on the job 2 months fired by selectmen

Eddington mother sues DHHS in federal court seeking contact with daughter

Bangor’s budget proposes money for police body cameras, new homeless outreach worker

Business

Some Mainers want to replace CMP and Emera Maine with a public utility. Here’s how it works in Nebraska.

Maine tourist towns prepare for influx of foreign student workers

Decade-long dispute over local pizza parlor headed to trial

Opinion

Have a little faith in Merrick Garland, and an unbiased judiciary

Safely storing guns will protect Maine children

Is age an issue in the 2020 presidential campaign?

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