PORTLAND, Maine — Spring is in the air and baby eels are in the rivers. Or at least that's what Maine fishermen hope.

The state's big-money baby eel fishery is scheduled to get started on Thursday. Fishermen seek the eels, called elvers, in rivers and streams so they can be sold to Asian aquaculture companies as seed stock.

The elvers are frequently worth more than $1,000 per pound, and this year is expected to be especially lucrative because of supply issues elsewhere in the world. Maine is the only state in the U.S. with a significant elver fishery.

BAR HARBOR, Maine — The Maine Legislature is sustaining a veto of a bill to create a port authority in a popular coastal tourism community.

Opponents of the bill, which would’ve created the authority in Bar Harbor, feared the possibility of large cruise ship pier coming to the area. Republican Gov. Paul LePage vetoed the bill earlier this month, and lawmakers sustained that veto on Tuesday.

LePage has called the proposal a needless creation of bureaucracy. Officials with Bar Harbor have argued that creating a port authority could help prevent congestion and debt.

OAKLAND, Maine — Maine’s Republican congressman has sold his house in the district, but is continuing to live on the property through a rental agreement.

Rep. Bruce Poliquin moved into the home before running for his first term in the U.S. House in 2014. The town assessor says his Oakland home sold for $450,000 on Jan. 3 to Gary and Elizabeth Ouellette of Winslow.

An adviser says Poliquin’s leasing back an apartment on the property. He brokered that deal during the sale of the home.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Spring flowers might not be blooming in Maine, but the spring sap is flowing.
Republican Gov. Paul LePage tapped a tree outside the governor's mansion on Tuesday to mark the coming of Maple Syrup Sunday. Mainers celebrate maple syrup every fourth Sunday of March by visiting sugarhouses all over the state.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine Senate is supporting another year of funding for a minimum-security prison that Republican Gov. Paul LePage shuttered without legislative approval.
The Senate endorsed a bill Tuesday to provide $5.5 million in funding to Downeast Correctional Facility. The bill faces further votes.
A bill to provide such funding immediately lacked sufficient support in the House last week.
LePage said Monday he'll comply with a court order by adding a "minimal'' number of staffers and inmates to the facility.

A powerful nor'easter approaching the East Coast will deliver a glancing blow to Maine and New Hampshire, bringing the potential of up to 6 inches of snow.
The National Weather Service says snow will begin falling Wednesday afternoon in southern New Hampshire and Wednesday evening on the southern Maine coast. Forecasters say accumulations could reach a half-foot along the entire coast of Maine and New Hampshire.
Heavier snow accumulations are expected to the south from the fourth nor'easter to hit the eastern seaboard in three weeks.

NEW YORK - Ben True said his strategy was to hold back until the near end of a half-marathon, then use his speed in the final stretch, and "hang on for dear life.''
It worked.
The North Yarmouth, Maine, native was first American to win the 13.1-mile course in the 12-year history of the United Airlines NYC Half on Sunday.
True says he didn't feel confident about his ability to win until the last mile.

PORTLAND, Maine - Two Maine bus services are working together to bring electric buses to the state.
The Portland Press Herald reports Greater Portland Metro and ShuttleBus-Zoom are in talks to jointly apply for state and federal grants to replace diesel buses with electric vehicles. Metro general manager Greg Jordan and SH-Zoom director Al Schutz say electric buses run cheaper and are cleaner than diesel buses.

TISBURY, Mass. - Officials say a faulty fuel pump is to blame for a ferry losing power off the coast of Martha's Vineyard, stranding 72 passengers for five hours.
The Cape Cod Times reports the ferry's fuel oil transfer pump was not generating enough pressure to transfer oil properly. The issue caused the ferry to lose power about 15 minutes into a trip from Vineyard Haven to Woods Hole on Saturday evening.
Steamship Authority General Manager Robert Davis says the ferry was cleared to return to service Monday morning.

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PORTLAND, Maine — Many Maine cities are spending more than expected to keep roads clear of snow and ice this winter, and another nor’easter could send them even further over budget.

Portland is still totaling bills from plowing contractors, but had already spent nearly all of its $1.37 million budget before the last two storms.

A city spokeswoman tells the Portland Press Herald the city expected 60 inches of snow this year, but has already gotten nearly 90. She says cost overruns will be covered by unspent money elsewhere in the budget.

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LEWISTON, Maine — U.S. family-owned promotional products company Geiger is buying the largest family-owned promotional products distributor in the United Kingdom.

CEO Gene Geiger said Monday the merger with BTC Group expands the company’s footprint in Europe. The new company, Geiger BTC Group, will have nearly 400 employees.

Financial terms weren’t disclosed.

Geiger told the Sun Journal newspaper that the two companies have collaborated in the past, and that BTC’s owners let it be known that they were ready to sell.

Both management teams are staying in place.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Utility regulators will decide this week whether to open a full investigation into Central Maine Power over customer complaints of skyrocketing bills and poor service.
The Maine Public Utilities Commission says it has received more than 1,000 complaints from the utility's customers. The commission has conducted a preliminary review of the complaints and will meet Tuesday to decide whether to pursue a management audit.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine Gov. Paul LePage has vetoed a bill to require insurance carriers to provide coverage for services provided by naturopathic doctors.
Naturopathy's an alternative medical system that focuses on things like diet, herbs and vitamins instead of pharmaceuticals. The Maine Association of Naturopathic Doctors used social media on Monday to urge residents to request an override of the veto.
LePage's veto message says the bill would restrict insurance carriers from constructing provider networks that "deliver quality and cost-effective services.''

MACHIAS, Maine - Police in Maine are warning residents about a Facebook scam that promises grant money.
WMTW-TV reports the Washington County Sheriff's Office received multiple complaints about the scam. Police say Facebook users receive messages from people pretending to be their friends. The accounts offer a $12,000 grant through the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agency if users send $3,000.
Police say Facebook users should check suspicious messages and avoid sending personal information.

PORTLAND, Maine - University of Maine System trustees are moving closer to naming a president of its flagship university.
Trustees are expected to go into executive session Monday to hear Chancellor James Page's recommendation for the job. But there will be no announcement until a contract is signed.
System officials have been searching for a replacement for outgoing President Susan Hunter, the first woman to serve in the role. She's due to retire this summer.