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July 22, 2016

American Eagle Eastport Maine

THE AMERICAN EAGLE stopped for visits in Lubec and Eastport during the Rockland windjammer’s 11-day cruise Downeast. Over 20 passengers were aboard and enjoyed visiting the two communities in mid-July. (Edward French photo)

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Cooke Aquaculture Eastport Maine
HELD UPSIDE DOWN is a Cooke Aquaculture boom truck that tipped over while lifting salmon farm nets off a barge at the Estes Head cargo terminal in Eastport on July 19. Neither of the two Cooke employees unloading the nets was seriously injured in the accident, with one treated at hospital and released and the other attended to on scene. According to Cooke Communications Manager Chuck Brown, the company quickly notified the U.S. Coast Guard, police and port officials, who responded to the scene. The company placed a containment boom around the barge, and the site was secured. Eastport Port Director Chris Gardner says, “I was very impressed with Cooke’s response. They had plenty of manpower on the scene immediately. The port authority is very pleased with how they responded.” The following day, two cranes from Irving Equipment Ltd. in Saint John were able to lift up the boom truck to remove it. There was no significant damage to the cargo pier. (Edward French photo)

Front Page Stories

FERC licensing of four St. Croix dams debated
by Edward French

The decades-long debate over federal licensing of Woodland Pulp's storage dams on the St. Croix River has gained greater local interest with the filing of legislation by Congressman Bruce Poliquin to exempt the dams from federal oversight and with the increased attention being paid to restoring passage for fish, particularly alewives, on the river. Critics of Poliquin's bill maintain the costs to Woodland Pulp to continue with Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) licensing requirements are not that significant and fear the company will not maintain the fishways for the passage of eels, alewives and other fish. Woodland Pulp representatives, though, say that the costs of the FERC requirements are becoming too great and that the company would continue to maintain the storage dams, if they are exempted from FERC licensing, the same as it has in the past.

by Edward French

Is St. Croix Island going to be a National Park Service (NPS) site in the future? This unusual question was among those raised by a group of approximately 20 scientists from the park service and elsewhere who convened recently to address the impact of climate‑related challenges facing the St. Croix Island International Historic Site. Each of the scientists readily spoke to the cultural importance of St. Croix Island, while recognizing that the site is in the process of disappearing.

Runner inspires people to chase their dreams
by Lura Jackson

In a world where stories of conflict and strife permeate the media, people are occasionally gifted with a refreshing reminder of the common threads that unite them as human beings. No matter where they live or where they are from, they can relate to having dreams and aspirations that lift them up from the quagmire of the daily struggles around them. For Mo'ath Alkhawaldeh, an elite Jordanian marathon runner who trained recently in Pembroke for the Olympics, participating in sports is a globally unifying experience.

New Sipayik school plans moving ahead
by Edward French

Progress is continuing with the plans for a new school building at Sipayik, with the tearing down of the Passamaquoddy tribal government office building that will be the site for the new school. The building was torn down by Thomas DiCenzo Inc. of Calais earlier this month for a cost of approximately $98,000. The building, which was constructed in 1993 at a cost of $900,000, had mold and mildew issues.

Cooperative effort opens waterway to alewife passage
by Lora Whelan

A cooperative and multi‑year effort between the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS), Project Share and the Passamaquoddy Tribe will allow for the watershed from the St. Croix River to Nash's Lake to be open for alewife passage. Steve Agius, acting manager at the Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge, shared the good news as part of an update on the 2016 phase of the project: the construction of the Popple arch culvert in the Maguerrewock watershed area. The region may be most familiar to area residents as the eagle nesting site region located just off Route 1 heading north out of Calais.


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