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    March 9, 2012

    Clammers on front lines of climate change

    When it comes to the acid-base balance in human blood or ocean water, a small change can mean a lot. That was the message presented at a March 3 seminar at the Maine Fishermen’s Forum. The scale between acid and base conditions is expressed using the term pH, on a range from 0 to 14. Pure water is neutral, with a pH of 7. A lower number designates acid conditions. “In the last 1,000 years, CO2 was stable at 280 …

  • Published
    March 1, 2012

    By sun and by moon, pilots guide cargo to Penobscot Bay ports

    Passengers are not frequent on the Penobscot Pilot, the 48-foot powerboat with twin C-series 430 hp Cummins engines that rendezvous with barges, tugs and tankers bringing cargo to the ports of Penobscot Bay. As Capt. Jane Ryan slowly motors away from the wharf off Tillson Avenue in full dark at 4:45 a.m. on Feb. 10, Mate Matt Jacobson familiarizes this reporter with the safety equipment and protocol – emergency …

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    February 28, 2012

    New commissioner wants to meet the fishermen

    Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher plans to participate in many of the different breakout sessions at the upcoming Maine Fishermen’s Forum, March 1-3 at the Samoset Resort. Keliher was sworn in on Jan. 26, after serving for six months as the DMR’s acting commissioner. In addition to sitting in on many of the forum’s scheduled sessions, Keliher will be guest of honor at a Meet the Commissio…

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    February 23, 2012

    Cushing fisherman nets 27-pound lobster

    When fisherman Robert Maloney of Cushing brought in his last shrimp trawl of the 2012 season Feb. 17, he did not expect to find the 27-pound crustacean that had gotten caught in the grate that is designed to keep fish and lobsters out of his net. “I’m mainly a lobsterman,” said Maloney in a Feb. 23 phone interview. “That’s why it was kind of neat. It wouldn’t even fit in one of my lobster traps.” When Maloney saw …

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    February 22, 2012

    Islands seek impact analysis for proposed Searsport propane terminal

    The Islesboro and North Haven boards of selectmen have voted unanimously to ask the Army Corps of Engineers for “a fair and thorough” environmental impact study of a proposal — by Colorado-based DCP Midstream — to construct a 22.7-million-gallon liquefied petroleum gas storage tank at Mack Point before issuing a decision on pending permits, a Feb. 16 press release said. The release was issued by the Islesboro …

  • Published
    November 4, 2011

    Lincolnville considers land sale to Habitat for Humanity

    Lincolnville citizens will decide whether to donate a parcel of land on Greenacre Road to Waldo County Habitat for Humanity when they go to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 8. At their Oct. 24 public hearing, the Lincolnville Board of Selectmen voted unanimously to put the article on the municipal ballot. The parcel is on a list of town-owned properties. According to its website, Habitat for Humanity International…

  • Published
    October 25, 2011

    Driver swerves to avoid collision, goes off road

    The driver of a 2004 Ford Focus who went off Route 1 early Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 25 received only minor injuries. According to a Maine State Police trooper on the scene, Dan Ackley, 59, of Searsport was headed north on Route 1 when a van, two cars in front of him, slowed to make a left turn. In order to avoid a collision with the car directly in front of his, Ackley braked hard and swerved into the woods. …

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    October 14, 2011

    Ballot questions address voting rights, gambling, redistricting

    A referendum veto of a law passed by the Legislature will top the four-question statewide ballot when Maine voters go to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 8. Election Day registration goes to voters Question 1, known as the People’s Veto, asks citizens if they want to reject the section of Chapter 399 of the Public Laws of 2011 that requires new voters to register to vote at least two business days prior to an …

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    September 22, 2011

    Lobster Zone Council meets after summer hiatus

    A Rockland lobsterman is asking his local zone council to consider a change to the number of traps allowed on a single trawl. Members of the Zone D lobster council, one of seven such groups in the state, met for the first time since spring, on Sept. 19 in Rockland. Each council may propose rules for their zone, in regard to such matters as the manner in which new harvesters are allowed to enter the fishery and …

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    September 20, 2011

    Bill would mandate life jackets for paddlers

    Emergency legislation, to be submitted by Rep. Richard Malaby, R-Hancock, would require all those on board kayaks and canoes to wear personal floatation devices at all times. Malaby said the bill was submitted at the request of a constituent. The bill comes in the aftermath of a number of kayaking deaths this season. Eric Hogan, a 28-year-old man from Webster, Mass., died June 18 when his kayak flipped over …

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