A Royal race well run

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Poliquin assesses shifting priorities


by Ruth Leubecker

Noncommittal about future plans but still dealing with the loss of his 2nd District congressional seat, Bruce Poliquin arrived in town to greet friends and touch base.

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Rep. Perry cosponsors Indigenous People’s Day bill

by Lura Jackson

Testimony is currently being heard in Augusta to weigh the case of changing the second Monday in October from Columbus Day to Indigenous People’s Day at the state level. The bill, LD 179, was introduced by Representative Benjamin Collings of Portland and is co-sponsored by nine other legislators, including Anne Perry of Calais. In her testimony, Perry referenced the important role of the Passamaquoddy in the St. Croix Valley.

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When dolls went on parade in Machias

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Local author speaks at PML March 1

Porter Memorial Library is happy to have Ruth Fenton come and talk about her new book — It’s 3 a.m . — on Friday, March 1 starting at 5 p.m. The book is a collection of poems, lyrics, anecdotes, letters to the editor and something we all have, random thoughts. Alternating between whimsical and profound, Ruth’s voice is both intensely personal and universal. Come and hear Ruth read from her book and share her thoughts on the writing process. No doubt,  you’ll find that some of the stories from the book are your stories, too.

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Legislative update

On Monday, Feb. 25 Rep. Will Tuell’s bill to exempt fraternal and veterans organizations from cribbage tournament licensing requirements passed committee unanimously, meaning it will likely sail through the legislature, and the American Legion will no longer have to pay a fee to allow its members to play cribbage. Tuell’s bill to reorganize the Wash. Co. County Budget Committee also passed committee.

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The Editor's Desk

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

The news never sleeps but sometimes I do, and so last week I took a vacation from this page, and this week I’ve taken a vacation from the other pages.  

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Orphaned bear cub gets fresh start with new mom


by Amanda DeMusz, Regional Wildlife Biologist


Last April, an orphaned bear cub from Caribou was placed in a den with a new mom, Jen, an experienced mother bear that had been found in good shape with her single cub when her den was visited by the department bear research crew a few weeks before the orphaned cub was found. Warden Alan Dudley managed to catch the cub whose mother had been hit by a car on the highway, and Biologists Randy Cross and Amanda DeMusz took the cub deep into the woods to its new family.

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Raccoon breeding season


by Hazel Stark

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Local buoy goes back to the old country

A scientist living on the Waterford Coast of Ireland sent the Machias Valley News this picture of a buoy he recently found washed up on an Irish beach and belonging to Dave Fraser of Harrington. “I do my best to return flotsam to its owner, but this one is a little awkward to return because the Gulf Stream is relentlessly one way,” wrote Andrew Lloyd, who published the Maine buoy find on his blog. “Perhaps you could tell Dave, though, so he isn’t fruitlessly scouring the waves for his buoy.”

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