Good morning. Temperatures will be in the low 30s, with snow throughout the state.
Here’s what we’re talking about in Maine today.
–Trista Reynolds, whose 20-month-old daughter disappeared seven years ago in what became the largest criminal investigation in Maine State Police history, has scheduled a news conference today in Portland to talk about the officially unsolved case.
Her daughter was declared legally dead last year, opening the door for what could be a wrongful death lawsuit against the child’s father, who was taking care of the girl when she went missing.
The Ayla Reynolds case captured headlines all over the globe, and investigators have said they don’t believe the child’s father has been fully truthful about what happened the night she disappeared.
A federal judge had his robing ceremony a day after rejecting Bruce Poliquin’s challenge to ranked-choice voting
–U.S. District Judge Lance Walker took his oath in mid-October shortly after U.S. Senate confirmation. His formal investiture ceremony took place Friday, where speakers including colleagues from throughout his legal career in Maine advised him to stay humble — despite the high profile of the cases he has been tasked with deciding as well as those to come.
–The University of Maine’s unexpected and unprecedented run toward a potential Football Championship Subdivision national championship came to a screeching halt on Saturday afternoon.
Eastern Washington University had its way with the Black Bears’ defense, jumping out to a 28-0 lead on the way to a 50-19 victory at Roos Field in Cheney, Washington.
The company that plans a salmon farm for Bucksport is teaming up with USM for a first phase of workforce development
–Whole Oceans has teamed up with the University of Southern Maine to offer a class on land-based aquaculture for 25 students. The three-credit class — which can also be taken for no credit and doesn’t require prior training — does not guarantee a job at the Whole Oceans salmon farm. But it could be a first step for the salmon farm’s future workforce.
–A project that could result in a Tractor Supply store opening in Belfast is under review. But the plan has townspeople talking again about development rules in general and how best to honor all sides of public debates over major projects such as a proposed salmon farm that has roiled some community members.
–Maine Maritime Academy could be training mariners in Bucksport as early as this spring.
That’s what academy President William Brennan told Bucksport Town Council members during an update Thursday night on the academy’s plans for its annex at the former home of Verso Paper. The annex will serve primarily as an expansion of Maine Maritime’s continuing education program.
–It’s that time of the year. Whether it’s a full-on blizzard or simply gloomy and gray, there are days where going outside is not going to happen. That’s when you need to be equipped with some easy-to-make recipes for cozy dishes and drinks.
In other news …
Maine man fatally struck by car, tractor-trailer on I-95 identified
Kids with severe autism are being left out of studies, Maine researcher finds
New trails opening in 2019 in Katahdin Woods and Waters
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