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MPBN fixes antenna, back on full power

on May 14, 2009, at 11:49 p.m.
MEDDYBEMPS, Maine — Officials at the Maine Public Broadcasting Network have found the problem with its antenna that has forced the network to operate on reduced broadcast output and have fixed it temporarily. Gil Maxwell, senior vice president and chief technology officer, said that one of the seals on the …

Holden woman charged in theft from Borders

on May 14, 2009, at 11:46 p.m.
Bangor police charged a Holden woman with Class C felony theft Wednesday as the result of a recent investigation. Sarah Granville, 35, is accused of having stolen at least $1,000 from her former employer, Borders Bookstore located at 116 Bangor Mall Boulevard, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Thursday. Edwards …

Ellsworth Chamber pays tribute to leaders

By Rich Hewitt on May 14, 2009, at 11:43 p.m.
ELLSWORTH, Maine — The Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce chose its 54th annual meeting Thursday night to premier a promotional video of the city that will be used by both the Chamber and the city. “Ellsworth: Business, Leisure, Life” was developed and filmed by Ben Speed of Summerfly Productions and …

Millinocket council cuts into retiree benefits

By Nick Sambides Jr. on May 14, 2009, at 11:41 p.m.
MILLINOCKET, Maine — Reid Campbell can’t begin to count the fists, knives and broken beer bottles he dodged during his 25 years as a town police officer when hundreds of river drivers and …

South Thomaston man arrested at Senate session

By Abigail Curtis on May 14, 2009, at 9:49 p.m.
A Maine health care activist was arrested, shackled and put in leg irons Tuesday in Washington for disrupting a U.S. Senate Finance Committee round-table discussion on health care reform. Jerry …

Two buildings burn in Ellsworth, Trenton

By Bill Trotter on May 14, 2009, at 9:47 p.m.
ELLSWORTH, Maine — Two industrial buildings, one on Route 1 and another about 10 miles away in Trenton, caught fire Thursday night, sending firefighters from several Hancock County towns scrambling to put out the flames.

Court says bus line not exempt from tax

The Associated Press on May 14, 2009, at 9:45 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Maine’s highest court has ruled that a Maine bus company that transports cruise ship passengers in Portland and Bar Harbor on in-state excursions is not exempt from paying use …

Rockland lighthouse museum needs $50,000

By Abigail Curtis on May 14, 2009, at 9:43 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — Lighthouses, with their steadfast symbolism and romantic history, can inspire love and even obsession in fans around the world. The question is, can love of lighthouses inspire $50,000. That is how much money the interim director of the Maine Lighthouse Museum in downtown Rockland says she needs …

60 mph winds cut power across state

By Dawn Gagnon on May 14, 2009, at 9:36 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Strong winds Thursday knocked out power to thousands of Mainers as gusts topping 60 mph brought down utility poles, trees and limbs throughout the state. The blustery weather …

Lawmakers extending benefits to firefighters with cancer

By Kevin Miller on May 14, 2009, at 9:35 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Firefighters who contract cancer potentially linked to their jobs would be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits under legislation that received preliminary support Thursday in the House. The Senate already has passed the measure. Both volunteer and professional firefighters are already eligible for workers’ comp if they suffer …

State committee backs sweeping energy bill

By Kevin Miller on May 14, 2009, at 9:34 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — A legislative committee on Thursday endorsed a massive energy bill that would revamp Maine’s efficiency and conservation programs but could slow down Gov. John Baldacci’s plan for “energy corridors” through the state. The omnibus bill recommended by the Energy Futures Committee establishes ambitious goals for moving Maine …

State, private firm to test gravel pit water

By Diana Bowley on May 14, 2009, at 9:29 p.m.
SANGERVILLE, Maine — The Maine Department of Environmental Protection has agreed to send groundwater samples taken from the Barrett gravel pit Thursday to an independent laboratory for …

Mill closing to drive up Baileyville water rates

By Diana Graettinger on May 14, 2009, at 9:06 p.m.
BAILEYILLE, Maine — Projected rate hikes of more than 84 percent had water users thunderstruck this week as they tried to figure out how they would pay their bills now that the town’s biggest employer has shut its doors. On May 5, Domtar Industries shut down its pulp mill indefinitely …

Two men nabbed after 5-car theft in Belfast area

By Walter Griffin on May 14, 2009, at 8:55 p.m.
BELFAST, Maine — A Searsport man has been charged in connection with the theft of five cars from Belfast and Searsport on Sunday and Monday. Michael Pyle, 26, was summoned on five counts of theft by unauthorized taking after reportedly confessing to the crimes on Wednesday. A second man, Richard …

Teen pleads not guilty in baby’s death

By Jen Lynds on May 14, 2009, at 8:51 p.m.
CARIBOU, Maine — A Limestone teenager on Thursday afternoon pleaded not guilty to a charge of manslaughter stemming from the death of his 3-month-old daughter late last month. Nicklas Jones, 17, …

State’s workers face 5% pay cut

The Associated Press on May 14, 2009, at 8:48 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Budget negotiators in the Legislature have tentatively agreed to a one-time 5 percent pay cut for all state employees effective Oct. 1. The across-the-board cut would take off the table other proposals including furloughs and curbs on merit and longevity pay. The bill would affect about 14,000 …

Colby College places officer on leave in Easter arrest case

The Associated Press on May 14, 2009, at 8:46 p.m.
WATERVILLE, Maine — A Colby College official says a security officer has been placed on paid administrative leave in connection with an Easter Sunday incident that provoked a student protest at the …

Law bans smoking at state parks, beaches

The Associated Press on May 14, 2009, at 8:44 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Two laws enacted by the Legislature will restrict smoking at Maine state parks and beaches and allow rentals and sales of merchandise at state parks and historic sites. Gov. John Baldacci ceremonially signed the two bills on Wednesday. One of the new laws will prohibit smoking on …

Entire teaching staff laid off

By Abigail Curtis on May 14, 2009, at 8:06 p.m.
CAMDEN, Maine — Citing financial hardship and a pressing need to restructure, the Community School last week laid off its entire teaching staff and two other employees. The five teacher-counselors are welcome to reapply for the new positions that now are being created, said executive director Dorothy Foote, but the …

Newport approves firetruck, gear purchases

By Sharon Kiley Mack on May 14, 2009, at 8:02 p.m.
NEWPORT, Maine — The Board of Selectmen gave its approval this week to the purchase of safety gear and a used firetruck for the Fire Department. Chief Jeff Chretien said the truck, a 1989 E-1 Hurricane rescue-pumper, will replace two existing vehicles, a 1978 Pierce pumper and the heavy rescue …
 
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