So long regular season, hello tourney time!

Coach Jim Getchell’s Machias Bulldogs said goodbye to regular season play and will be competing in a preliminary game with hopes of heading to Bangor. This year Getchell became the winningest coach in Bulldog history with a total of 123 wins during his 20-year tenure. For all the local basketball news, enjoy our 2018 basketball insert included in this edition. Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon.

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Rural roads big losers in upcoming rehab

by Ruth Leubecker

Although transportation dollars will be awarded once spring arrives, Maine’s rural roads will not be the big recipients of such funding. “They’re already starting to advertise,” said Maria Fuentes last week of the start of the process. 

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Lawmakers, commissioners, move to contain damage after surprise prison closure

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Only the legislature can formally close a state prison, but Governor LePage effectively closed Machiasport’s Downeast Correctional Facility (DCF) when he ordered the removal of its 63 prisoners on Friday, Feb. 5, and issued pink slips to its remaining 38 employees.

Now, state representatives and county commissioners are exploring what can be done to minimize the damage. 

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DOC proposes Machias jail closure

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Though the words prison and jail are often used interchangeably, in the case of local facilities they refer to two different places. The Downeast Correctional Facility (DCF) in Machiasport is a state prison used for long-term incarceration, and the Washington County Jail in Machias is run by the county and used for shorter-term incarceration. 

This week they have something more than geography in common—the state wants to close them both.

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Jonesport responds to county’s push for more deputies

by Nancy Beal

Following two meetings hosted by the county commissioners last month on the increase in crime in Washington County because of the drug trade, county manager Betsy Fitzgerald wrote all 46 towns in the county with information about what the commissioners wanted to do in response, and to ask towns for their reaction. Jonesport’s letter was discussed at the selectmen’s February 7 meeting.

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