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    September 25, 2019

    Wells dominate talks on Nordic freshwater use

    Groundwater use proved the most controversial topic Monday night as the city Planning Board took up the freshwater portion of Nordic Aquafarms’ application. The company plans to build a land-based salmon farm just off Route 1 near the Belfast/Northport line. It hopes to use three difference sources of freshwater to raise salmon from eggs to market-size — its own drilled wells on the property, surface water pumped …

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    September 21, 2019

    Maine DOT releases final ferry rate changes

    Officials with Maine State Ferry Service this week released the final ruling on new rates after a more than 18-month process stemming from heavy islander opposition to a previous proposal. The new rates, which go into effect Oct. 1, are largely the same as a proposal released in July. Commuters taking the ferry to one of the six islands served by the ferry service — Frenchboro, Islesboro, Matinicus, North Haven, …

  • Published
    September 20, 2019

    Point Lookout owners hoping lease will keep doors open

    The owners of Point Lookout in Northport have reversed course and are keeping the venue open — if a lessee can be found. It was announced in June that Point Lookout would close at the end of year. However, David and Tami Hirshfeld — principles of Deep Creek Grazing Association Inc., the owners of Point Lookout — said Sept. 20 that after months of hand-wringing, worry and considering options, they are offering a …

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    September 17, 2019

    Fly-in draws families, aviation buffs to Belfast

    For the fifth year, Belfast Municipal Airport hosted an open house and fly-in sponsored by the Belfast Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 1434. The grounds were open to the public Saturday, with planes taking off and landing throughout the day. Families were in abundance early on, with children seated inside several planes or taking short flights with volunteer pilots. Later in the day, helicopter rides …

  • Published
    September 13, 2019

    BPL final ruling: Nordic granted submerged lands lease

    The state’s Bureau of Parks and Lands on Sept. 11 granted final approval of Nordic Aquafarms’ submerged lands lease, pending an officially recorded easement for disputed intertidal lands. UPCOMING MEETINGS Belfast Planning Board, Monday, Sept. 23, 6 p.m. at University of Maine Hutchinson Center. The board will review freshwater use. Board of Environmental Protection, Wednesday, Oct. 23, site walk visit to …

  • Published
    September 10, 2019

    Maine winters raise concerns about Nordic's stormwater plans

    Typical winter weather in the state led to questions directed at Nordic Aquafarms from the city Planning Board this week, particularly about stormwater. In response to some of the concerns, Nordic representatives focused on the “living document” nature of stormwater and erosion control plans presented Sept. 4. Upcoming meeting On Monday, Sept. 23, the Planning Board will meet at 6 p.m. at UMaine Hutchinson Center …

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    August 30, 2019

    Planning Board sends Tractor Supply contract rezoning to council

    After extensive talk about signs, Planning Board members approved the final plan pitched by DMK Development on behalf of Tractor Supply Co. City councilors will next take up the proposal, as the project falls under contract rezoning rules. The plan was updated to use a darker red for exterior accent colors than is typical for the farm and pet supply retailer. Trees also were moved to a more protected location …

  • Published
    August 28, 2019

    Nordic's visual impacts, buffers explained

    Adhering to its time limits on speakers, the Planning Board on Monday night for the first time completed an agenda related to review of Nordic Aquafarms. The company is proposing to build a large land-based salmon farm on Route 1 properties near the Belfast/Northport line and adjacent to the Little River. Many speakers during the public hearings focused on the visual impacts from the Little River trail as well as …

  • Published
    August 26, 2019

    Belfast woman sentenced for terrorizing

    Laurie Allen has been sentenced to 18 months in jail, with all but two weeks suspended, for making threats against city officials on YouTube. She was sentenced Aug. 20 at Waldo County Judicial Center following a two-day trial after being found guilty of terrorizing. Allen is ordered to report to the Department of Corrections Sept. 13 to begin serving her sentence. The charges were leveled against the Belfast …

  • Published
    August 21, 2019

    Residents argue Nordic is 'too young' a company for Belfast project

    Area residents shared concerns about Nordic Aquafarms’ technical ability to design and operate a land-based salmon farm with Planning Board members Monday night. In addition, the board accepted another intervenor application, as well as taking several votes to move Nordic Aquafarms’ application forward. A number of speakers on the company’s technical ability cited its young age — 5 years old — as an indication of …

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