June 14, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

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Hospital officials say not being paid by the state has forced hospitals to put off buying new equipment, restrict travel and hiring and freeze salaries.


Maine getting $1.5 million to help with blizzard's cost

Maine is getting $1.5 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help costs due to the blizzard of Feb. 8-9.

A federal disaster declaration had authorized aid for Androscoggin, Cumberland, Knox, Sagadahoc, Washington and York counties.

The money reimburses public agencies and certain private nonprofits for 75 percent of their eligible costs. For the snowstorm, most of the costs were for emergency response overtime work and for clearing tons of snow from public roads and other public areas.


Restaurants promoting underutilized mackerel

Atlantic mackerel is being featured on menus at Maine restaurants as part of a campaign that aims to promote underutilized seafood species found in the Gulf of Maine.

Beginning Friday, about 20 participating restaurants and retailers will promote mackerel for 10 days as part of the Gulf of Maine Research Institute's Out of the Blue campaign, now in its second year.

The campaign last month featured redfish. Dogfish, whiting and pollock are set to be featured in additional promotions this summer and fall.

Mackerel is considered one of the healthiest fish for human consumption, but there is little demand for it.

For a list of participating restaurants and retailers, people can visit www.gmri.org.


Upgraded intersection set to open Monday on Route 1

An upgraded intersection of Payne Road and Route 1 is scheduled to open Monday, completing a big step in the state's Dunstan Corner road construction project.

This $2.8 million project at the intersection of Route 1 and Payne, Broadturn and Pine Point roads includes new pavement and a realigned Payne Road intersection. It also includes an upgraded traffic light and a new water main.

Payne Road has been moved north from its previous intersection with Route 1.

The state Department of Transportation is recommending motorists use Route 1 and Haigis Parkway because that intersection was improved recently to handle more traffic than the more rural Payne Road.

The department also said work will continue in and around Dunstan Corner and advises drivers to use caution and allow for extra time when passing through the area. All work is scheduled to be completed by the end of July.


Guard members returning from Afghanistan mission

About 100 Maine Army National Guard members are returning to the state after a yearlong mission in Afghanistan.

The members of the 488th Military Police Company will be welcomed home in Bangor on Saturday afternoon.

The soldiers left Maine in July of last year and have been doing security force operations in Afghanistan for more than nine months.


Man facing cruelty charges over dog shot with 100 BBs

A Waldoboro man is facing animal cruelty charges after a veterinarian found a dog with as many as 100 BB pellets embedded in its skin.

Aaron Armstrong, 32, was arrested Thursday on a charge of aggravated animal cruelty and held on $25,000 cash bail.

The stray black Labrador was found two weeks ago behind a home in Waldoboro and taken to the Lincoln County Animal Shelter.

Someone adopted the female dog and took it to be spayed. That's when a vet noticed strange lumps on the skin. X-rays showed dozens of BBs under the dog's face, back and legs.

Dr. Dean Domeyer of Boothbay Animal Hospital treated the dog and said despite the trauma it appears to be happy and friendly.


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