The Maine CDC reports 724 new cases of COVID-19 statewide and 11 more people, diagnosed with the virus, who have died. Most of the deceased were residents of Southern Maine, other than 3 from Penobscot County. Governor Janet Mills says Maine health officials are working with the U.S. CDC on the distribution of a vaccine, with the focus on the state's elderly and at-risk population.

The Maine Department of Public Safety says security is being stepped up at the Maine State House, in response to a warning from the FBI over the possibility of violence surrounding the Presidential inauguration. Right now, the department is focusing on potential events on Sunday, January 17th, and on January 20th, which is inauguration day. The Maine National Guard is included in security discussions, in case they're needed.

Ellsworth has a new City Manager, as Glenn Moshier has agreed to take the position permanently. Moshier, who is also Chief of Police, has been acting as interim City Manager during the search for candidates. He will continue to head up the police department, in addition to his duties as City Manager.

Comments are being solicited by the Maine Department of Marine Resources about a proposed 80-foot-wide channel, from deep water to the town landing in Blue Hill, which could allow vessels of all sizes and increase revenue for the town. The question is how it would affect fishing operations in the area. Comments are being accepted until January 25th.

Residents whose vacation options were limited by the pandemic shutdown flocked to Maine's state parks, breaking previous attendance records. The Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands says, for the first time ever, more than 3 million visitors spent time in Maine's state parks, for day trips and camping excursions.

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