Today is Wednesday. Temperatures will be in the low 20s to low 30s from north to south, with mostly sunny skies throughout the state. Here’s what we’re talking about in Maine today.
Another three Mainers have died and 211 more coronavirus cases were reported across the state on Tuesday, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The death toll statewide is now 639. Check out our COVID-19 Tracker for more information.
State officials expressed “strong concern” as hospitals said early in Maine’s COVID-19 vaccination process that they may offer vaccines to non-patient facing workers, but
Maine’s largest hospital system did so before the state revised guidelines in mid-January.
Jeffrey Bishop, 53, of Cherryfield is facing charges for allegedly furnishing drugs at Narraguagus High School in Harrington. Bishop is a former Calais police officer. Credit: Courtesy of Aroostook County Jail
A few weeks before he was arrested on suspicion of furnishing drugs from his police cruiser, Jeffrey Bishop submitted a resignation letter to the Calais Police Department that said he had “decided to go out on top.”
PLUS: Read the resignation letter of the ex-Calais cop accused of selling drugs
In this March 12, 2020, file photo, Gov. Janet Mills speaks at a news conference alongside Nirav Shah, the director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in Augusta. Credit: Robert F. Bukaty / AP
The state has not said who will be eligible in a coming “critical frontline worker” phase of vaccinations.
A man sells fish outside the Washington town meeting in 1948 in a photograph by Kosti Ruohomaa for the Black Star agency. The tiny Knox County town meeting is just one of about 500 picture story assignments by Ruohomaa being digitized and made available online by the Penobscot Marine Museum. Credit: Courtesy of the Penobscot Marine Museum
Kosti Ruohomaa chronicled Maine’s fast-modernizing way of life in the 1940s and 1950s.
Workers install fiber-optic cables near municipal buildings. Credit: Courtesy of Jeff LeTourneau
Municipal fiber projects can take a couple years to complete, but Old Town and Orono have tried for nearly 10 years to build a high-speed network.
A crane lowers a statue of former U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Melville Fuller outside the Kennebec County Courthouse lawn. Credit: Courtesy of Robert Devlin
Kennebec County commissioners will discuss next week whether to remove a statue of Melville Fuller, a Maine-educated former Supreme Court chief justice, from the Kennebec County Courthouse lawn. The nation’s top court under Fuller upheld racial segregation under the “separate but equal” doctrine.
A deer seems to be doing a handstand in this trail camera photo. Credit: Courtesy of Pete Lahr
Sometimes animals out in the forest are far from ordinary.
Scott Fisher (from left), 54, of Ellsworth, and Steve Vose, 49, of Augusta, stand at the summit of Katahdin in business attire on Sunday in Baxter State Park. The two are experience mountaineers and wore appropriate winter clothing up and down the mountain. Credit: Courtesy of Steve Vose
It’s just another day at the office — for an avid hiker.
In other news:
Older Mainers can soon sign up for COVID-19 vaccines at Walmart, Sam’s Club
Susan Collins hits Trump lawyer for ‘unusual approach’ as 2nd impeachment trial opens
Portland International Jetport will offer year-round flights to Miami this spring
Former Houlton nurse goes to Super Bowl LV on NFL’s dime
COVID-19 cases force UMaine men’s hockey team to forego weekend games
Maine startup aims to pull carbon out of the atmosphere by growing and — then sinking — kelp farms