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February 24, 2017

Calais February 2017 Blizard

LET IT SNOW! Area residents, like this man in Calais, have been snowblowing, plowing and shoveling their way through the snowstorms that blanketed the area during Valentine’s week. Eastport received 32.5" of snow during the February 13-14 blizzard and 81.3" for the month, as of February 17. (Edward French photo)
 

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Strong Hearts Winter Sports
ENJOYING A SLIDE at the Stronghearts Winter Sports and Fun Day in Perry are Anne Hopkins and two of her children, Gabe and Cecilia. (Don Dunbar photo)
 

Front Page Stories

Arctic mining trucks land at port terminal
by Edward French

Four heavy-duty tractors and 16 tandem side-dump trailers are being trucked from as far away as Idaho into the Port of Eastport for shipment to a new mining operation in the Arctic.

 
University of Maine partnership with UMM to offer opportunities
by RJ Heller

The primary message shared with the public at an informal meeting held at the Performing Arts Center at the University of Maine at Machias (UMM) on February 15 was that future growth and new opportunities await UMM.

County residents rally to oppose prison closure
by Edward French
Washington County town officials, business leaders and employees at the Downeast Correctional Facility (DCF) joined county legislators in Augusta on February 15 to testify against a proposal by the LePage administration to close the Machiasport prison, which employs 50 people and houses up to 150 inmates. The hearing was held by the legislature's Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee.
 
Passamaquoddy youth honored as champion for change
by Susan Esposito

A young man from the Passamaquoddy Tribe who is one of only five Native American youth in the country chosen as a Center for Native American Youth 2017 Champion for Change has returned home to Pleasant Point after his recent four-day visit to Washington, D.C., and calls the experience "absolutely amazing."

 
Gas exposure at mill triggers CRH emergency response
by Edward French

A total of 16 contractors and two Woodland Pulp employees were exposed to chlorine dioxide gas during a planned maintenance outage at the mill at about 10 a.m. on February 16. Calais Regional Hospital emergency staff treated 14 of the victims. All workers were stable as of 12:30 p.m., and 13 were in good condition and were discharged that afternoon. One patient was in fair condition and was observed for a period of time after that.

 

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