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Water dispute will cost Portland $11,000 a year in lost revenue

Water dispute will cost Portland $11,000 a year in lost revenue

The Portland Water Bureau’s two-year-long legal fight with two of its wholesale customers over a funding formula will ultimately cost the city more than $11,000 a year in lost revenue.

The dispute started in 2013, after the Bureau made some changes in terms of its agreement to sell some of its water to the city of Tualatin and the Tualatin Valley Water District.

City authorities say the dispute was tied not to water guaranteed under agreement but instead for interruptible water - a special kind of water that carries a complex formula for peak water usage during summers.

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Augusta firefighters want a third party to investigate fire chief

Augusta firefighters want a third party to investigate fire chief

The union of Augusta professional fighters has demanded that the accusations of misuse of city money by Fire Chief Chris James should be investigated by an independent, outside group.

The Augusta Professional Firefighters Association has alleged that Mr. James misused city money when he ignored a committee’s recommendation and purchased fire trucks that were dogged by several issues. The Union says the city has not done a proper job of investigating.

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Sundance Marina fire destroys property worth $24,000,000: officials say

Sundance Marina fire destroys property worth $24,000,000: officials say

The Portland Fire & Rescue Bureau on Tuesday pegged the preliminary damage estimate for the recent Sundance Marina fire on Hayden Island at $24 million.

The aggressive fire that kept firefighters busy from late Sunday into Monday morning at the 300-foot-long warehouse on the Jantzen Beach destroyed as many as 350 boats. Fire crews were at the spot on Tuesday, monitoring smoldering hot spots and cleaning up the remnants of the fire.

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Olympic medalist Michelle Kwan stops in Bangor to energize Clinton’s supporters

Olympic medalist Michelle Kwan stops in Bangor to energize Clinton’s supporters

Two-time Olympic skating medalist Michelle Kwan stopped by Hillary Clinton’s Bangor campaign office on Tuesday to express her support for the leading Democratic presidential candidate and energize other supporters.

Kwan, who is surrogate outreach manager for the Hillary for America campaign and who served as former first lady’s senior advisor for public diplomacy & public affairs, said she was very glad to be Bangor to support Clinton.

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Augusta Library’s old stained-glass windows being restored

Augusta Library’s old stained-glass windows being restored

A team of artisans led by Robert Bolton are bringing Lithgow Public Library's 120-year-old stained-glass windows back to their previous, full-color selves inch by inch.

Bolton said their main goal was to restore the artwork and colors of the public library's 32 windows, while retaining their originality to the maximum possible. He said he held the original windows in very high regard.

Working in a Manchester studio, Bolton said they first disassembled the windows, cleaned and repaired the glasses, and then reassembled the windows with new lead delineating the intricate glass details.

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Maine seniors helplessly looking for affordable housing

Maine seniors helplessly looking for affordable housing

The Maine State Housing Authority Board of Directors recently asked Gov. Paul LePage when he would release voter- approved bonds to create affordable housing for the state's senior citizens.

The proposal of issuing bonds for creating affordable housing for the seniors was approved by nearly 70 per cent of state voters.

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Search for missing Maine Maritime Academy student continues

Search for missing Maine Maritime Academy student continues

Search for the Maine Maritime Academy student who has been mission in Orono since last Friday night continued on Sunday, authorities confirmed.

Police Chief Josh Ewing said numerous police officers, game wardens and volunteers searched the Penobscot River in Bangor on Sunday for the missing student. Members of the Maine Warden Service and Down East Emergency Medicine Institute also assisted in the search. The Orono-based institute provided two Humvee teams to the effort.

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