New corrections commissioner says Bucks Harbor prison is a top priority

by Ruth Leubecker

During his first week in office, Randall Liberty, newly appointed commissioner of corrections, announced his top three priorities for action.

“The Downeast Correctional Facility, Long Creek and the women’s prison population are tops on my list, and those are not in any order. They’re all right there at the top,” he informed the Machias Valley News Observer last week. “With DCF we recognize the value of the facility in providing employees to businesses that use them, and we also realize the value of the prison as an employer.”

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Garet Beal's #24 retired

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Wild Blueberry Commission agrees to increased grower representation

 

by Nancy Beal

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Flash mob shopping success

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Smith cleared of child assault charges

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Seven charges against Jason Smith of East Machias have been dismissed and he has pled no contest to aggravated assault, for which he will be on probation for three years.

Smith spent 125 days in the Washington County Jail after being charged with gross sexual assault, unlawful sexual conduct and assault, visual aggression against a child, solicitation of a child, and endangering the welfare of a child. The charges dated to an alleged incident in June, 2017.

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The trail of Hannah and Rebecca Weston

Editor’s note: With the support and encouragement of Charlie Robbins, Rep. Will Tuell has submitted legislation to honor the long walk of Hannah and Rebecca Weston by naming a stretch of Route 1 in their honor. For those of us unfamiliar with their story, Valdine Atwood brings us this account of the girls’ heroic journey, edited by Atwood and taken from the 1903 edition of “THE REVOLUTION - Life of Hannah Weston” by George W. Drisko, as related to him by grandchildren of Mrs. Weston.

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Senator Collins hires Columbia Falls native

U.S. Senator Susan Collins announced today that Hannah Hudson, a Columbia Falls native, has been hired as a legislative correspondent in her Washington, D.C. office.  Hannah is the daughter of Tom and Cheri Hudson of Columbia Falls.  She was previously a Senior Associate at The Cohen Group, a firm led by former Secretary of Defense and Maine Senator Bill Cohen.

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Mosaic Making Workshop Offered at EAC

 

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Legislation proposed by Rep. Will Tuell

Representative Will Tuell (R-E. Machias) won re-election in November and sits on the Marine Resources Committee. Tuell represents House District 139, which includes the towns of Cutler, East Machias, Eastport, Lubec, Machias, Machiasport, Roque Bluffs, Whiting, and Trescott Township.

 

An Act to Reopen the Downeast Correctional Facility 

 

Resolve, Naming a Highway and Renaming a Bridge in the Town of Whiting

 

An Act Concerning the Composition of the Criminal Law Advisory Commission 

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Budget season, telebusiness center sale and vacant fifth seat top agenda at Machias selectboard meeting

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

During their bi-weekly meeting held Wednesday, Jan. 9 the Machias Board of Selectmen made plans to meet regularly to review the town’s 2019-20 budget.

The board agreed to hold their budget review meetings on the first and third Wednesdays at 6 p.m., which means those meetings will alternate with their regular bi-weekly meetings on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. The full board was present at the meeting together with Machias Town Manager Christina Therrien.

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