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Citizen complaints suspend law enforcement training at Grimes Road shooting range

By Natalie De La Garza
Staff Writer

    CARIBOU — All law enforcement training conducted at the Grimes Road shooting range has been suspended, and the city council indicated that the suspension will remain until it’s been determined that the range meets the National Rifle Association (NRA) guidelines; council also approved investigation into training alternatives that include sending Caribou Police Officers to privately owned gun ranges for their annual training.

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Shorty earns Rookie Award with Masons
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Photo contributed by Richard Rhoda
    Luke Shorty receives a lapel pin from Grand Master David Walker in recognition of completing the Maine Master Mason Rookie Program. 

    HOULTON — Luke Shorty of Limestone Lodge No. 214 was honored by Grand Master David A. Walker for completing the extensive requirements for the Maine Master Mason Rookie Award.
    Shorty has been a Mason a year and in that time has completed five required and six optional requirements. These are focused commitments to engage new members and to get them involved in their respective lodges.

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Proposed city budget just over $9 million

By Natalie De La Garza
Staff Writer

    CARIBOU — None of the councilors want to see a mil increase this year — but some are more willing to fight to hold the line than others.
    The overall budget for 2015, as presented to the councilors over the past two weeks, totals $9,079,797 — an increase of $382,658 from last year.
    A public hearing for citizens to weigh in on the proposed budget is slated for Monday, Nov. 10 in the city council chambers, but the councilors took a moment during Monday night’s meeting to outline their views.

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Municipal boilers burning through savings guarantee

By Natalie De La Garza
Staff Writer

    CARIBOU — The international company Trane was hired to perform energy savings improvements in the city’s municipal buildings in 2012 including the installation of four new pellet boilers “for a guaranteed year-one savings of $77,274” according to the city council minutes from June 27.

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Rail-car business eyeing commerce center discussed during LDA meeting

By Theron Larkins
Staff Writer

LIMESTONE — The Loring Development Authority held their regular board of trustees meeting on Oct. 15 to discuss a number of changes and updates to the board.
    The meeting began with the announcement of a new board member, Dana Saucier, of Wallagrass. Saucier attended his first official meeting on Wednesday, as he replaced longtime board member and former board secretary David King of Limestone.

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Collins, Bellows disagree over minimum wage, health care in first debate
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Photo by Paula Brewer
     Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Shenna Bellows, left, and incumbent Republican Senator Susan Collins consider questions posed to them during Monday night’s debate in Presque Isle. The candidates sparred on such policy issues as economic development, healthcare and raising the minimum wage.

By Paula Brewer
Special to the Aroostook Republican

    PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Though they found some common ground on veterans’ benefits and public education, U.S. Senate candidates Shenna Bellows, a Democrat, and incumbent Republican Sen. Susan Collins remained divided on raising the minimum wage and providing universal health care during Monday night’s debate in Pre

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Last week’s warmth makes the record books

By Natalie De La Garza
Staff Writer

    CARIBOU — This week’s weather prompted traditional late-October activities— like retrieving the ice scraper from the trunk and fishing wool socks out from the back of the drawer.
    Temperatures are right around normal for late October in The County, but today’s historically-average high temperature around 50 degrees is nothing compared to last week’s record-breaking warmth.

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Limestone reopens search for new town manager

By Theron Larkins
Staff Writer

    LIMESTONE — The Limestone board of selectpeople met on Oct. 9 for a special executive session to discuss the hiring of a new town manager.
    It was previously reported that Greg Moyer, who is currently the interim town manager in Bethel, Alaska would be filling the position left by current town manager Donna Bernier. However, since then Moyer has decided to decline the position, meaning the board of selectpeople would have to pursue a new applicant for the job.

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PDF Download 10.22.2014

The pdf version of this week's Aroostook Republican & News is now available for download.

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