Portland's cruise ship season enters busiest month


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Summer is winding down but tourism season is still going strong, with 27 cruise ships scheduled for Portland. 

September is the busiest cruise month of the year, with many of the ships on fall foliage tours. 

This season, an expected 84 cruise ships total will come to Portland, 10 more than last year. Ninety-seven thousands passengers will pass through, with an estimated $12 million economic impact. 

"We're constantly growing. We’re constantly looking at bigger ships. And we can handle it," said Bob Leeman with Cruise Portland, Maine. 

 Cruise Portland Maine said it’s goal is to secure more ships to call Portland their home port, so they can use local goods, produce and lobsters on board.


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Gas prices drop nearly a dime in Maine


PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Gas prices in Maine have fallen nearly a dime per gallon in the past week.
    
Gasbuddy.com, which surveyed 1,228 gas stations in the state, says the average retail gasoline price in Maine is $2.39 a gallon.
    
The national average fell 12.8 cents per gallon to $2.47.
    
The price in Maine was nearly $1.10 less per gallon than a year ago, and 27.1 cents per gallon lower than a month ago.


Red Claws extend contract with Boston Celtics


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Maine Red Claws, and the Boston Celtics have completed a contract extension that will keep the Red Claws as Boston’s only NBA Development League affiliate through the 2017 and 2018 season.

“We couldn’t be more excited to continue our relationship with Bill Ryan and the Red Claws,” said Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge. “Maine is full of die-hard Celtics fans, and we hear all the time from both NBA and D-League players that the environment at the Portland Expo is the best in the D-League. There simply is no better place than Maine for our young players to gain valuable experience against top-level competition, and we expect several of them will take advantage of this opportunity again this year and in the years to come."

Dog-friendly restaurants in Portland


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Hey, the weather is great, and your pooch deserves a little outing too!

We have compiled a list of some Portland restaurants that allow pups at their outdoor tables.

Portland Lobster Company

180 Commercial St
Portland, ME, US 04101
207-775-2112

Plenty of patio seating with a fantastic waterfront view.

Gritty McDuff's Brew Pub

396 Fore Street
Old Port
Portland, ME, US 04103
(207) 772-2739

Enjoy a pub-style meal with your furry companion.

Flatbread Company

72 Commercial Street

Old Port Portland, ME 04101 (207)- 772-8777

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Environmentalists press on with Maine lynx trapping lawsuit


PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- A coalition of environmental groups says it will press on with a lawsuit designed to provide more protections for Maine's lynx despite new trapping restrictions adopted by the state.
    
States cannot allow incidental harm to the protected wild cats without a permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Three environmental groups say the service shouldn't have issued such a permit to Maine last year. They say the Endangered Species Act makes clear harm to lynx must be minimized.
    
The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife says new regulations for the 2015 trapping season were implemented last week to decrease the probability of trapping or hurting a lynx. A biologist with Animal Welfare Institute, one of the groups that sued, says it's unclear the new rules are sufficient. 

 

Portland-based fishing boat towed home by Coast Guard after fire


PORTLAND, Maine (PRESS HERALD) -- A Portland-based fishing boat had to be towed back to port by the U.S. Coast Guard on Wednesday night after its crew extinguished an onboard fire about six miles from the Jeffreys Ledge fishing area.

A crew member aboard the 40-foot Gretchen Marie contacted the Coast Guard at about 7:40 p.m. on Wednesday to report a fire with heavy smoke in the boat’s pilothouse, the Coast Guard said Thursday morning.

The two men aboard the boat managed to put out the engine fire themselves before a Coast Guard rescue boat and helicopter arrived. Both men were unharmed.

Plan for Portland Co. complex leaves out industrial building


    
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Developers of a historic Portland property have unveiled new images of their plan, including brick facades, office space and a waterfront plaza.
    
Project developer CPB2 officially unveiled the plan on Wednesday, but excluded an industrial building.
    
The city's Historic Preservation Board recommended preserving eight buildings, including a former railroad equipment manufacturer's erecting shop.
    
But the Portland Press Herald reports the shop is missing from the rendering and its footprint is part of a public plaza.
    
The developer is slated to meet with officials at a Planning Board hearing on Sept. 8. The hearing will decide whether to designate the district as historic and vote on a recommendation to the City Council.
    
The Portland Co. began operating at the site in 1847 and ceased operating in 1982.