September 22, 2019
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Maine news you need to know for Friday

Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Joe Discoe takes a picture of his wife Mara nd dog Sammy at Portland's East End on Thursday evening.

Good morning. Temperatures will be in the low 60s with scattered showers in the morning.

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

Belfast’s plans to move a polling place are complicated by concern about insensitivity to Native Americans

–Mayor Samantha Paradis objected when city councilors began considering whether to move a polling place to a building called Redmen’s Hall. “I know that historically we have called this the Redmen’s Hall, but the group that leads this organization are not indigenous,” Paradis said Tuesday at the regular city council meeting. “And so I would want to be sensitive about the language that we use and have respect for our indigenous neighbors and think about a better title and name for this building.” Conflict and confusion ensued.

Attorney: Bar Harbor man accused of murder ‘most likely’ will testify at trial

–A Bar Harbor man recorded by a school security camera carrying the apparently lifeless body of a woman he is accused of killing “most likely” will testify Friday at his murder trial, according to his defense attorney. Prosecutors rested their case Thursday against Jalique Keene, 22, who is accused of raping and killing Mikaela Conley on the grounds of a Bar Harbor school on June 1, 2018.

20 years later, a small Maine town finally found a way to solve its 27,000-ton carpet dump problem

Lauren Abbate | BDN
Lauren Abbate | BDN
After 20 years, 27,000 tons of carpet-like material from an abandoned property in Warren will start being disposed of and turned into fuel.

–Next month, Dragon Cement in Thomaston will begin using materials from a 27,000-ton carpet fiber dump in Warren as fuel. A contractor will deliver the materials to Dragon, a partnership that could help ease an environmental headache that has plagued the midcoast for more than two decades. “The material is a very good, clean-burning fuel,” Dragon environmental compliance manager Michael Martunas said. “I am hopeful within the next couple of weeks we’ll be able to start taking these materials.”

A Bucksport native who runs an $11.3 billion manufacturing company has given $250,000 to his high school

–Andy Silvernail runs a manufacturing company in suburban Chicago that employs 7,000 people at 40 factories in 20 countries. Through his career, the 48-year-old graduate of Bucksport High School’s Class of 1989 has remained grateful to the teachers who saw his potential and nurtured it.

Why Maine’s DIF&W commissioner took up hunting after a lifetime of being vegetarian

Courtesy of Judy Camuso
Courtesy of Judy Camuso
Commissioner Judy Camuso of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (right) shows off her first wild turkey, which she shot while hunting with mentor Liz Thorndike recently.

–Judy Camuso grew up in suburban Boston, and though she was always interested in various critters, was not from a hunting family. Now, as commissioner of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, she’s running the agency that manages the animals that Mainers hunt, and has become a hunter herself.

Outdoorsmen can be jerks. What hunting, fishing and hiking behaviors tick you off?

–Outdoorsmen (and women, for that matter) can be jerks. So here’s what we’re asking: What kind of hunting, fishing or hiking behaviors tick you off? How much is too much? And perhaps most importantly, what kinds of things can we do to make our outdoor pursuits more civil?

Do this: Make your Memorial Day weekend plans

Gabor Degre | BDN
Gabor Degre | BDN
4-year-old Asher Wiggin waves a flag as people march by in the Memorial Day parade in Bangor in 2018.

–It’s Memorial Day weekend!? Where did the heck did May go? It’s basically been one long April, with the rain and less-than spring-like temperatures. Anyway, here’s to a long weekend! Check our roundup of all of the Memorial Day events going on throughout the state to start making your plans.

In other news…

Maine

Bill to end religious and personal exemptions to vaccine rules heads to Mills for signature

No ongoing risk of hepatitis A exposure at Caribou restaurant, health officials say

Maine Senate passes bill to expand abortion providers

Bangor

Hermon council includes $210K for ambulance service in budget going to voters

How a ‘failure in leadership’ undermined a push to expand monitoring of alleged domestic abusers

Orrington town manager on the job 2 months fired by selectmen

Business

Study: Maine beer makers add $2 billion each year to state’s economy

Maine natural gas company has big plans to turn cow manure into renewable energy

How an invasive species or pig hide could solve Maine’s lobster bait crisis

Opinion

Maine can’t wait for juvenile justice reform

Maine’s youth are paying the price for state inaction on tobacco

It is time to focus on cyber threats

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