Not fit for man nor beast

Negative temperatures produced stunning sea smoke on Friday morning in Bucks Harbor. Photo courtesy Dawn Lamoureux Crocker

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Attempted murderers lead police on long-distance chase

by  Lura Jackson

The sharply cold temperatures of Dec. 27 were not enough to cool the violent tempers of several men, at least some of whom opened fire on another man before leading police on a long-distance vehicular chase. No injuries have been reported thus far.

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A first look at the 2018 race for Blaine House

by  Lura Jackson

With eleven months to go before the 2018 Maine Gubernatorial public elections, more than two dozen potential governors have added their names to the list. While we have spotlighted a few candidates over the past few months, here is a brief look at who is on the ballot thus far – along with a primer on Ranked Choice Voting.

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Celebrated Machias entertainer remembered

by Ruth Leubecker

Over many years Washington County has gained major recognition for its native diverse talents, ranging from athletes to basketmakers. However, rarely has celebrity from the entertainment field penetrated these ranks. 

Broadway producer Andy Wiswell, who played in the Yale collegiate band with Rudy Vallee, won a Grammy in 1968 as best producer for “Hair,” and received further Grammy nominations for “Music Man” and Hello Dolly,” would be the notable exception. 

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Suspended animation

Freezing temperatures helped a bright red kayak to pause in its journey down the Machias River. Negative and single-digit temps have kept most of the region moving at a bare minimum this week. Photo by Bill Kitchen

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Selectboard updates traffic ordinance, MDIFW comments on Machias deer situation

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

The Machias Selectboard completed its final review of the Machias Traffic Ordinance at its meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 20. The board voted to adopt the ordinance, which includes adjustments to some of Machias’ parking lot hours. Town manager Christina Therrien said that they elected to make the parking lot by Bad Little Falls a 24-hour parking lot, so that people who were tired or facing inclement weather could find an easy place to pull over at any time of day.

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News of the Hannah Weston Chapter, DAR

The Hannah Weston Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution will held a Report Workshop at 1 p.m., on Saturday, January 13 at the home of Valdine Atwood, 17 Colonial Way, Machias. At the last meeting members who serve as either an Officer or Chair of a Chapter Committee were given report forms to fill out. These need to be either brought to the January 13 meeting, mailed to the chapter regent, Mary Alice Look at 288 US 1, Whiting, ME 04691 or dropped off at Val’s home before the 13th. Any committee chairs who did not receive a report form are asked to call Val at 255-4432.

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Commissioners schedule meeting on crime

The Washington County Commissioners will be holding a public meeting to discuss the escalating impacts of crime in Washington County.  The meeting will be on Friday, January 5, at 2 p.m. in the Commissioners’ Conference Room at the Courthouse, 85 Court Street, Machias, Maine.

The Commissioners invite Town Officials, Chiefs of Police, members of the press and any other interested parties to attend.

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DMR to choose elver quotas for 2018 season, sets public hearing date

This proposed rulemaking establishes the elver quota allocations for the 2018 season for individuals licensed under §§6505-A and 6302-A, and the method of calculating individual elver quota allocations for individuals licensed under 6505-A. 2018 allocations for individuals who held a license in 2017 will be the same as their 2017 allocations, plus any quota associated with licenses not renewed in 2017, or licenses suspended for the duration of the 2018 season, which will be distributed evenly to all license holders with an allocation of less than 50 lbs in 2017.

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‘All disasters are personal’

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

During his presentation to the Machias Rotary Club on Nov. 28, Mike Hinerman stressed the importance of personal preparation for emergencies. “Because no matter how good the federal agency, the state agency, even the local fire departments and public works, there’s a time delay before they can get to you,” he said. Hinerman serves as the director of the Washington County Emergency Management Agency (EMA).

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