Maine Ocean School prepares for its maiden voyage

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Maine Ocean School prepares for its maiden voyage

A Maine high school aimed at pumping out future ship captains, oceanographers, marine biologists and other seaworthy professionals is close to picking its first crop of students.

‘There’s a lot of things in the air right now,’ said Eric Jergenson, an assistant professor at Maine Maritime Academy who serves as chairman of Maine Ocean School’s board.

Among the big items to check off will be hiring the school’s director. The board has been fielding applications, but needs to complete human relations training before it can review the candidates, a process that should start in the next couple of weeks, Jergenson said. They’ll also need to find an administrative assistant.

Representatives of the school have been setting up booths at boat shows and other public events in a push to drum up interest. They also hosted summer day programs, taking groups of prospective students out on schooner trips, toured the Mack Point port facility in Searsport, and visited Penobscot Marine Museum. They expect to have similar excursions this summer.

‘We are first and foremost interested in knowing the students are interested in the mission and ocean focus of the school,’ Jergenson said in explaining what qualities they looked for in students.

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Interior secretary: ‘Opposition’ to offshore drill plan

PLAINSBORO, N.J. — On the same day his agency announced two additional areas located off Massachusetts are now available for commercial wind energy development, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke acknowledged there is “a lot of opposition” to President Donald Trump’s plan to open most of the nation’s coastline to oil and gas drilling.

Speaking at a forum on offshore wind energy Friday in Plainsboro, New Jersey, Zinke touted Trump’s “all of the above” energy menu that calls for oil and gas, as well as renewable energy projects.

But he noted strong opposition to the drilling plan, adding there is little to no infrastructure in many of those areas to support drilling.

“There is a lot of opposition, particularly off the East Coast and the West Coast, on oil and gas,” Zinke said.

He said on the East Coast, only the governors of Maine and Georgia have expressed support for the drilling plan, which has roiled environmentalists but cheered energy interests. Maine Gov. Paul LePage has endorsed the plan, but Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has hesitated to take a public position on it.

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The Nor’easter Is Causing Serious Flooding In and Around Boston. See What It Looks Like

Winter Storm Riley is pounding the East Coast with gusting wind, heavy rain, and, in some cases, wet snow. Along with these nor’easter storm conditions, Boston and nearby areas are experiencing coastal flooding due to the storm.

At around 11 a.m. local time on Friday a storm surge of 3 feet was recorded, according to local NPR station WBUR. The National Weather Service says high tide cycles could mean “moderate to major impacts” along the coast.

The High Tide at 11:12am ET in Boston Harbor was the 3rd highest on record. Records go back since 1921. #MAwx pic.twitter.com/WcVYQql5q7

COASTAL FLOODING … #Boston reached its 3rd highest tide observed at 14.67 feet (since records began back in 1928); with the next high tide and 3-4 feet of surge forecast, expecting a crest at 14.9 feet with the high tide near midnight pic.twitter.com/iORs1CRLm6

There is a coastal flood warning in effect “from Salisbury to Plymouth,” the NWS reported. “This includes the city of Boston. Damaging impacts are likely for those communities exposed to the open ocean.”

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Interior secretary: ‘Opposition’ to offshore drill plan
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