Lac des Cygnes Dam / COVID-19 investigations / Funding ban for religious schools

Today is Thursday. Temperatures will be between 20 and 40 degrees north to south, with partly sunny skies to the south and increasing clouds to the north. Here’s what we’re talking about in Maine today.

Here is the latest news on the coronavirus in Maine

According to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, four more Mainers have died as 158 new cases of the coronavirus have been reported statewide. There are 2,120 active confirmed and “probable” cases in the state, while the death toll now stands at 170. Check out our COVID-19 tracker for more information.

The University of Maine at Machias will host a swab and mailing test clinic, where anyone can get tested for free. A doctor’s prescription or evidence of symptoms is not required to be tested. It is the second test site in Washington County.

With the lake in play, the people of Swanville will vote to buy a dam

Swanville residents will vote this weekend to decide whether they wish to purchase the Swan Lake Dam from Goose River Hydro Inc. Credit: Abigail Curtis / BDN

If residents do not vote to buy the dam, the consequences could be severe, according to city officials, who said the lake itself was in danger.

Maine to stop investigating suspected COVID-19 cases until tests confirm them

In this March 19, 2020 file photo, a man walks past the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention on Water Street in Augusta. Credit: Troy R. Bennett / BDN

The change could result in fewer probable case reports, but that doesn’t mean there’s a lower risk of the virus.

Lawmakers Consider Overhauling Maine’s Stressed Unemployment System, But Money Is Tight

In this September 2, 2020 file photo, shoppers walk past a former Clark’s shoe store that is now one of many vacant retail spaces among Freeport outlet stores. Credit: Robert F. Bukaty / AP

The Maine Department of Labor struggled this year as unemployment skyrocketed. Many Mainers have experienced long wait times, delayed claims and fraud that have prevented them from obtaining benefits.

Optimistic families Supreme Court to overturn Maine ban on funding religious schools

In this August 28, 2018 photo, Bangor Christian Schools second-year student Olivia Carson, 15, of Glenburn, was dropped off on the first day of school by her mother, Amy Carson, in Bangor. The Carsons are one of three families in Maine who are challenging a ban on using public money to pay for tuition in religious schools after a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling. Credit: Gabor Degré / BDN

The lawyer for three Maine families challenging the state’s ban on public funding of religious schools sees the addition of Amy Coney Barrett to the United States Supreme Court as cause for optimism after justices of two lower courts have ruled against his clients.

Janet Mills urges Mainers to avoid Thanksgiving plans in person, but does not issue new virus warrants

In this October 28, 2020 file photo, Governor Janet Mills attends a political rally in Bangor. Credit: Eesha Pendharkar / BDN

The Democratic governor said a lack of federal stimulus and a phasing out of unemployment benefits for around 35,000 Mainers by the end of the year had been factored into his decision not to restrict its business activities and personal as she did in the spring.

Struggling fishermen and hungry Mainers have found a way to help each other during the pandemic

Eben Nieuwkerk sends a barrel full of fish out of the hold of his Shannon Kristine gillnet fishing boat at the Portland Fish Exchange on Monday. Nieuwkerk credits the recent Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association purchasing program for stabilizing fish prices. Credit: Troy R. Bennett / BDN

Fish prices have bottomed out, forcing some boats to stay at the berth. At the same time, masses of newly hungry Mainers are facing economic hardship induced by the coronaviruses and are asking their local pantries for help. With uncaught fish at sea and starving people on land, the situation is a mismatched and ironic tragedy.

This trail camera video catches graceful buck lying down for the night

A male lies down in this trail camera capture. Credit: Courtesy of David I.

The grace of the animal is impressive as it simply folds into a sleeping position and relaxes.

Sudden death of senior Southwest Harbor policeman renews interest in sharing a chef on MDI

With the recent passing of Southwest Harbor Police Chief Alan Brown, city officials have renewed their interest in exploring a possible leader-sharing agreement with the neighboring towns of Mount Desert and Bar Harbor, which share a leader in police since 2013. Credit: Bill Trotter / BDN

The idea of ​​officially sharing some law enforcement resources with its neighboring towns has sprouted since before Southwest Harbor hired Alan Brown as Police Chief in 2015.

In other news from Maine …

Man charged with attempted murder after allegedly shooting Lewiston policeman

Judge Orders Sunday River Brewing To Close Again Due To COVID-19 Violations

Androscoggin County Jail inmates go on hunger strike for 2nd time in 2 months

CMP customers to pay lower electricity rates in 2021

Portland businesses unsure whether to delay risk premium after referendum

UMaine postpones men’s hockey season opener

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