Good morning. Temperatures will peak in the low 20s with sunny skies throughout most of the state.
Here’s what we’re talking about in Maine today.
–Mike and Josephine Yao arrived in Bangor for the first time in 1988, and they finally felt like they were home. Thirty years later, their downtown Bangor restaurant, Panda Garden, has become a staple. But the Yaos are ready for retirement.
–Whole Oceans LLC has responded to an appeal of its wastewater discharge permit by Belfast resident Holly Faubel by arguing she has no standing to challenge the permit for the $250 million salmon farm. According to attorneys for the company, Faubel failed to show how the aquafarm “directly, specifically, and adversely affects her interests in a way that is different from the general public.”
–Bangor officials should launch a comprehensive rental inspection program, take neglectful landlords to court and try to promote the development of more affordable housing.
Those are just a few of the recommendations to improve the city’s housing market contained in a new report that will be presented to the Bangor City Council at 5:15 p.m. on Monday.
Maine’s congressional delegation has resurrected legislation to allow clam and worm digging in Acadia National Park
–The bills would allow marine harvesting to occur along Acadia National Park’s tidal mudflats and require congressional approval for any expansion of the national park. Sen. Angus King and then-Rep. Bruce Poliquin introduced a similar proposal two years ago. It passed the House, but didn’t make it to the full Senate.
–Town councilors want Bucksport’s town manager to negotiate a purchase-and-sale agreement that would allow a local developer to buy the town-owned property for $1 so he can convert it into apartments.
–In his annual State of the City address Monday evening, Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling said he’ll call for a local Clean Election fund as part of a slate of voting and transparency reforms.
The fund could cost the city hundreds of thousands of dollars every year, depending on the program’s details, but the mayor said “it’s worth the investment” to get “big money out of politics.”
–Penobscot County Register of Probate Renee Stupak started taking her adopted whippet mix to work more than two years ago. Since then, her 5-year-old pooch has become Penobscot County Probate Court’s unofficial therapy dog, offering comfort to county employees, attorneys and the people with often stressful proceedings before the court.
In other news …
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