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New Charity Receiving Poland Spring Aid Lacks Federal Nonprofit Status

23 hours ago
Ashley L. Conti / Bangor Daily News

Despite not having yet acquired nonprofit status, a still-forming charity has a $150,000 commitment from Poland Spring as the retail water seller extends its influence in northern Penobscot County. 

EMHS Is Ending Partnerships With Portland And Bangor Over Opioid Lawsuits

May 18, 2018
Courtesy EMHS / Bangor Daily News

Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems says it is ending partnerships with Bangor and Portland after the two cities moved to file lawsuits accusing it and national pharmaceutical manufacturers of playing a key role in the opioid crisis.

EMHS said in a Thursday news release it decided to take the action because of concern that some physicians, formerly employed by EMHS member organizations, “could be named in the suit as a legal tactic to keep the cases in Maine state courts.”

Developers Behind Massive Portland Project Accused Of ‘Shell Game,’ Fraud

May 18, 2018
Troy R. Bennett / Bangor Daily News

A construction company is suing the developers behind an ambitious housing project, once expected to transform a troubled Portland neighborhood, for fraud.

Canadian Salmon Firm Admits Using Lobster-Killing Pesticide Near Maine Border

May 17, 2018
Robert F. Bukaty / Maine Public

For the second time in five years, a Canadian salmon aquaculture firm has admitted in a New Brunswick courtroom to illegally using a pesticide known to kill lobsters for treating salmon off an island that abuts the Maine border.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

When state wildlife officials last formulated a long-range management plan for moose back in 1999, the population was booming, and both wildlife watchers and hunters could count on finding the state’s iconic critters in likely spots.

Today, the population is lower, and as biologists have gathered valuable data over the last eight years, a grim reality has begun to creep into discussions: We may still have too many moose, and the density of moose in some regions may be linked to thriving parasites and an unhealthy herd.

Bangor Health Organization Adds Free Clinic To Serve At-Risk Patients

May 16, 2018
Health Equity Alliance

Health Equity Alliance, a Bangor health organization that serves marginalized communities, will add a new clinical service aimed at bridging its clients’ path into the greater health care system.

Starting this week, the social justice-oriented health organization will begin offering a twice-weekly “triage” clinic providing medical advice and basic treatment to its clientele: people who use drugs, belong to the LGBT community or who have HIV/AIDS, said Andrea Littlefield, HEAL’s director of development and communications.

Maine Attorney General Janet Mills announced Tuesday that her office has filed a civil complaint in York County Superior Court against two Biddeford men who allegedly violently assaulted an African-American man in April and used racial epithets outside a 7-Eleven convenience store.

Dusty Leo, 27, and Maurice Diggins, 34, were arrested at the time and charged with aggravated assault for the alleged incident, Mills said in a news release.

Irving Unveils Its Plans For 51,000 Acres In Fish River Lakes Chain

May 13, 2018
Land Planning Commission

The public gets its first opportunity to comment on a plan to rezone 51,000 acres within the Fish River Chain of Lakes at two public hearings later this month in northern Maine.

J.D. Irving’s proposed concept plan asks the Maine Land Use Planning Commission to allow new commercial and residential development around the lakes in addition to conservation plans and continued logging operations.

Chris Jamison / BDN

For the past two decades Maine’s lobster industry, which had $433 million worth of landings in 2017, has been lauded and envied as a model for how conservation practices can help a fishery thrive.

Courtesy of Nordic Aquafarms

BELFAST, Maine — You might have to squint through the trees to spot the world’s second largest salmon farm in Belfast, according to computer renderings unveiled Wednesday.

Nordic Aquafarms, a Norwegian aquaculture firm, says its due diligence, the process used to determine whether the project would be feasible, is about 90 percent complete, and is ready to start applying for permits.

Nordic hosted its latest information session at the Hutchinson Center in Belfast on Wednesday night.

Landlord In Deadly Portland Fire Pays $300k To Victims’ Families

May 10, 2018
Troy R. Bennett / Bangor Daily News

A Portland landlord has agreed to pay nearly $300,000 in settlements to the families of six people who were killed on his property in Maine’s deadliest fire in decades.

In Japan, LL Bean Cashes In On Growing Yen For The Outdoors

May 10, 2018
Courtesy of L.L. Bean / via Bangor Daily News

The inside of a Japanese L.L.Bean store may look much like any U.S. store, but outside, customers including trendy “mountain girls” are turning their purchases into weekend escapes from their city jobs.

Study: Spending By Acadia Visitors Hits All-Time High In 2017

May 8, 2018
Nick Sambides Jr. / Bangor Daily News

A study released Monday claims that visitors to Acadia National Park last year spent $284 million in support of about 4,163 jobs with a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $338 million.

Community Rallies Around Maine Muslim Family After Their Business Was Targeted

May 7, 2018
Nick McCrea / Bangor Daily News

When Kathryn Piper and Hussam “Sam” Al-Rawi, a Troy couple who own a new halal meat business, woke up one morning in April to see that someone apparently had fired a shotgun at their brand new sign, they were frightened.

Thousands Expected To Attend Memorial Service For Slain Deputy

May 4, 2018
Jeff Pouland / The Central Maine Morning Sentinel/via AP

A memorial service for slain Somerset County sheriff’s Cpl. Eugene Cole is expected to draw as many as 8,500 people to downtown Bangor on Monday, according to organizers.