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Truckers Ask for Help 

Truckers are inviting federal and state officials to a second meeting to discuss the impact of fuel prices now hovering at about $3.50 per gallon for diesel. Larry Sidelinger, who owns Yankee Pride Transport in Damariscotta, organized next Saturday’s meeting in Damariscotta. Sidelinger says that with high prices, truckers are barely making a living hauling pulp, logs and lumber. Others plan to suggest remedies, such as temporarily waiving state taxes on diesel fuel and replacement automotive parts like tires and brakes. Sidelinger says some independent haulers have decided to stop driving rather than put wear and tear on their rigs for little or no return. Sidelinger organized next weekend’s meeting for the midcoast after several hundred truckers, logging company and mill owners attended a similar gathering in Lincoln last weekend.