As the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife team is finished checking the bear cubs they put them back near the mother during a den visit in Edinburg. Credit: Gabor Degre

Good morning. Temperatures will be in the low 30s throughout the state.

Here’s what we’re talking about in Maine today.

Bissell Brothers releases its first sour beer made entirely in Milo

–Bissell Brothers opened its newest brewery location in Milo last summer, making it the first brewery in Piscataquis County. Last Friday, the brewery that got its start in Portland celebrated the release of its first sour beer brewed start to finish in Milo. The brewery opened its second location in Milo because that’s where co-founders and brothers Noah and Peter Bissell grew up. Part of the idea is to contribute to their hometown’s revitalization.

As expected, a Maine lawmaker’s bid to ban ‘leftist indoctrination’ in public schools failed

–The Legislature’s education committee voted unanimously Thursday to recommend against passage of a bill from Rep. Larry Lockman, R-Bradley, that aimed to bar biased political, religious or ideological “advocacy” in Maine schools. Educators railed against it and even fellow Republicans said that the matter is best handled at the local level. The Maine School Management Association will send a letter to all Maine school districts to urge them to guard against inappropriate or biased statements from staff to students.

Belfast fish farm foes ask legislators to let agriculture commissioner kill projects

Credit: Courtesy of Nordic Aquafarms

–As local efforts to stop permitting processes for proposed farms in Belfast and Bucksport fail to achieve desired results, opponents of the projects are backing a bill that would give the agriculture commissioner the authority to deny or revoke an existing license. The measure drew criticism from the Department of Marine Resources, Belfast’s economic director and others who said the bill would usurp the authority of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.

The first police officer to reach John D. Williams after a three-day manhunt said he hit him

–Glen Lang of the Maine State Police said he “struck him two or three times to the left side of his head to get him to comply” while trying to handcuff the suspect, who is accused of fatally shooting Cpl. Eugene Cole of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office last April.

During a hearing Thursday in a Portland courtroom, Lang said the hits were necessary because Williams was not giving up his hands to be cuffed.

Williams’ attorneys have now filed a motion to get his apparent subsequent confession thrown out by a judge, in part because of the “beating” they say he took at the time of his arrest.

Late Old Town outdoorsman’s Penobscot artifact collection donated to tribe

Credit: Contributed

–Erick Hutchins was an amateur archaeologist who knew of many spots along the Penobscot River watershed that historians hadn’t yet explored. His collection includes hundreds of arrowheads, spearheads, jewelry items, hand axes and other hand tools. Penobscot Nation tribal historic preservation officer Chris Sockalexis estimates many of them could be up to 4,000 years old.

In other news…


A month after rescue, abandoned bear cub placed with surrogate family is thriving

Canadian ferry firm signs lease on its way to starting service in Bar Harbor this summer

Border Patrol agents rescue Maine drivers caught in whiteout conditions


Maine stores escape latest round of JC Penney closures

Even in the winter, these students have their lessons in the woods

Bangor Mall bidding hits $14.95M but its future remains unknown


Dover-Foxcroft hospital board votes 15-3 to start merger with Northern Light Health

Brunswick-based Mid Coast hospital may join MaineHealth

Walmart is getting rid of greeters. That has disabled workers worried.


Janet Mills adds Maine to group of states aiming to abide by Paris climate change accord

Susan Collins introduces measure to block Trump’s emergency declaration

Plan to move female inmates to Long Creek could put Maine on path to closing its last youth prison


New plan for Bangor psychiatric facility can help overburdened jails

I don’t care whether Trump is a liar or a cheat. I want to know if he’s a criminal.

Friday, March 1, 2019: Cut back rockweed harvest, new bus is worth a trip, Mills’ NECEC decision


Hampden girls hope to upset Greely in ‘A’ state title game rematch

Underdog Lawrence boys look to knock off two-time defending ‘A’ champ Greely

Small-town girl makes big-time impact for Husson women’s basketball team

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Lindsay Putnam

Lindsay Putnam is a senior editor for sports and features at the Bangor Daily News. Lindsay previously worked as an editor and reporter at the New York Post. She's a York Beach native and Colby College...