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One injured after Eastport breakwater collapses


EASTPORT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A large part of a breakwater owned by the Eastport Port Authority fell into the water at 2 a.m. Thursday. One person is has minor injuries and three boats are damaged.

"It sounded like a truck with a snowplow on it that was down, and scraping across the street," Denise Cassidy, who can see the breakwater from the back deck of her apartment, said.

The pier was built in 1962, and over the years it has undergone extensive repairs. Eastport Port Authority had just secured all the grant money it would have needed to completely replace the part of the breakwater that collapsed today.

Maine officials to meet with scallop fishermen


WISCASSET, Maine

(NEWS CENTER) -- Maine Marine officials are reaching out to scallop fishermen before the start of the season that begins on Dec. 1.

Downeast scallop fisherman had their season cut short last winter and some are wondering what this coming season will bring. Several areas around the state will have targeted closures as the state looks to rebuild the fishery. Marine resource officials said they expect to cut days if scallops become too heavily depleted during the season, just like they did last year.

There's a second meeting for scallop fishermen Tuesday night from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m at the Lincoln County 911 Communications Center in Wiscasset.

Wednesday night there's another meeting from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m at the City Hall in Ellsworth.


MDEA arrest Fla. men for allegedly trafficking cocaine


ELLSWORTH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Maine Drug Enforcement Agency arrested two men in Ellsworth Saturday for allegedly trafficking cocaine from Florida.

Downeast District Task Force received a tip Saturday about two men who had traveled from Florida to Ellsworth who were allegedly selling cocaine from a Dodge van. Agents also learned they were allegedly staying in a local hotel.

Agents located the van in a parking lot and conducted surveillance as it drove around Ellsworth. Agents said they were able to do an undercover purchase from Marc Antoine Thervil, 44 of Ft. Pierce, Fla., and St. Merite Nicholas, 51 of Ft Pierce, Fla, while the car was parked off of High Street.

Destructive invasive insect discovered on Mt. Desert Island


MOUNT DESERT ISLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Maine Forest Service said property owners and nature lovers need to be on the look-out for an invasive insect recently discovered in Maine.

A gardener on Mount Desert Island sent a sample in to the Maine Forest Service earlier this month hoping for more information about what is killing red pine trees in and around Northeast Harbor. After inspecting the sample and surveying the area, entomologists discovered several hundred acres of dead or dying red pine trees on the island due to an infestation of red pine scale.

Missing kayaker returns safely


STONINGTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) The United States Coast Guard says missing kayaker Tony Cashman returned to Stonington safely Sunday morning.

Officials say Cashman, a 45-year-old man from Ontario, Canada, became separated from his group Saturday evening.

Petty officer Kurt Hein says the US Coast Guard and Maine Marine Patrol launched a search for Cashman between Isle Au Haut and Marshall Island, all expected stopping points.

Hein said Cashman thought his group was stopping at Fog Island to rest for the trip to Marshall Island. Hein says when Cashman could not find his group, he decided to try and find them. When he couldn't, Cashman decided to stop at Saddleback Island to find shelter.

Maine company plans $125 million tidal power project


BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A company's plan to build a tidal power project on the Pennamaquan River is making some Down East elver fishers furious.

Halcyon Tidal Power is looking to build a $125 million tidal power project, similar to a dam, in Washington County. It could provide electricity to 13,000 homes.

The project could take three years to finish, between completing the study plan and getting all the necessary permits.

"It is really the solution for the future, or at least a big part of it," Dr. Ramez Atiya, Chairman of Halcyon Tidal Power, said.

The company is currently developing a study plan for the project, which creates power and maintains the natural in and out flow of the tide. If the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approves the study plan, it will be used to see what the environmental impact would be to build the project on Cobscook Bay.

Maine Farm Bureau seeks to help Two Struggling Washington County Dairy Farmers


BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --The Maine Farm Bureau is seeking donations to help two Washington County Dairy Farmers who have been facing serious financial hardships since the Moo Milk Organic Dairy ceased operations. The Rocky Ledge Farm in Perry and the Tide Mill Organic Farm in Edmunds are working out long term contracts for their milk, but those contracts are still a few weeks from being finalized.

David Bright, who is a member of the Maine Farm Bureau's Farmland Perservation Committee says there is a yogurt plant in New Hampshire that will take their milk in the interim, but the farmers can't afford the costs to truck it there.

The Farm Bureau is seeking to raise about $4,000 in donations to help pay for their trucking costs over the next few weeks

When asked how dire the situation is for those farmers, Bright said right now there dumping their milk.