Articles by Anthony Brino

Rep. David McCrea, D-Fort Fairfield, (second from right) and Sen. Michael Carpenter, D-Houlton, welcome members of the Fort Fairfield/Easton Amish community to the State House on Thursday, March 16. The Amish attended a public hearing that day to testify in support of legislation to allow them to wear red instead of orange during hunting season. Their national church group opposes wearing hunter orange due to its bright color.

Bill could let Amish Mainers wear red instead of orange when hunting

By Anthony Brino on March 25, 2017, at 1 a.m.
Rep. Dave McCrea, D-Fort Fairfield, wants to let Amish community members hunt wearing red rather than blaze orange in accordance with religious customs.
This archived aerial photo shows the Northern Maine Regional Airport and vicinity in Presque Isle. The airport received a $250,000 grant from the Northern Border Regional Commission in 2016 to  help construct a five unit, heated airport hangar for medical evacuation aircraft and business clients.

Agency that brought $5 million to rural Maine on Trump’s chopping block

By Anthony Brino on March 21, 2017, at 3:47 p.m.
Since 2010, The Northern Border Regional Commission has funded 26 projects in Maine with a total of $5.4 million in grants
The Massachusetts State Police arrested three men, including two from Maine, who were allegedly taking heroin purchased in Connecticut to sell in Maine.

Two Maine men arrested in Massachusetts on heroin charges

By Anthony Brino on March 21, 2017, at 12:27 p.m.
Two Maine men were arrested in Massachusetts on Saint Patrick’s Day, accused of transporting heroin from Connecticut to Maine.
An aerial view of Portage Lake, one of the gateways to the North Maine Woods and the home of a waterbody some feel could be threatened by open pit mining at Bald Mountain.

Dozens fight back over Maine’s proposed mining rules

By Anthony Brino on March 20, 2017, at 7:52 p.m.
More than 40 citizens, plus additional representatives from environmental groups, voiced their opposition to large scale metal mining.
Brentant Lahey grew up in E. Plantation and went to school in Mars Hill.

Police officer fatally shoots Presque Isle man who was wielding knife

By Anthony Brino on March 17, 2017, at 12:40 p.m.
A Presque Isle man with a knife was shot and killed by police Friday in an altercation.
An aerial view of Portage Lake, one of the gateways to the North Maine Woods and the home of a waterbody some feel could be threatened by open pit mining at Bald Mountain.

Maine may finally be updating its mining laws

By Anthony Brino on March 17, 2017, at 12:26 p.m.
As lawmakers again consider whether to approve regulations allowing open pit metal mining under a controversial 2012 law, the Natural Resources Council of Maine is supporting a new bill that the group says would offer better environmental protections.
Skiers at Bigrock Mountain in Mars Hill in December.

March chill could break records, possible ‘large winter storm’ on way

By Anthony Brino on March 10, 2017, at 1:49 p.m.
A potentially record-breaking March chill is sweeping across Maine this weekend.
Thunderstorms pass over a potato field in Fort Kent in this August 2015 file photo.

LePage’s potato remarks puzzle industry experts

By Anthony Brino on March 09, 2017, at 4:59 p.m.
Despite Gov. Paul LePage’s puzzling claim about wasted Maine potatoes, some of his concerns about energy costs are shared in the industry.
An aerial view of Portage Lake, one of the gateways to the North Maine Woods and the home of a waterbody some feel could be threatened by open pit mining at Bald Mountain.

Legislature to hold hearing on mining rules, mining bills

By Anthony Brino on March 04, 2017, at 8:10 a.m.
Mainers who want to tell lawmakers what they think about how to regulate large-scale metal mines in the state will have an opportunity.
Northern Girl fiddleheads from Aroostook County

Northern Girl food processor shut down, for sale

By Anthony Brino on March 03, 2017, at 6:38 p.m.
The Van Buren-based local food processor Northern Girl has ceased operations and is looking for a buyer.
Gov. Paul LePage takes a look at a refurbished bus with Tim McCabe, director of Business Development for Maine Military Authority, in a 2013 photo.

$7 million aid package expected to help Maine military agency bring back jobs

By Anthony Brino on March 03, 2017, at 4:57 p.m.
The Maine Military Authority is set to receive $7 million through the governor’s supplemental budget.
Bigrock Mountain, seen on Jan. 26, 2017, when it was closed for a two-day stretch because of warm weather. Late February and early March thaws and rains have left Bigrock closed again from Feb. 25 to at least March 2.

Rain closes Bigrock ski area again

By Anthony Brino on March 02, 2017, at 11:42 a.m.
This winter started with ample and lush skiing snow at Bigrock Mountain and elsewhere, but it’s progressing with more uncertainty, above-freezing temperatures and rains.
A plaque on the bridge over the St. Croix River between St. Stephen, New Brunswick and Calais, Maine marks the international boundary line.

Maine border life goes on under Trump

By Anthony Brino on Feb. 26, 2017, at 9:05 a.m.
“I haven’t noticed any sort of change or awkwardness” since Trump’s inauguration, Christopher Yockey said.
 A Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority bus being serviced can be seen on Sept. 28, 2016, at the Maine Military Authority's facility at the Loring Commerce Centre in Limestone.

Extra $7 million for Maine Military Authority clears key hurdle

By Anthony Brino on Feb. 24, 2017, at 12:19 p.m.
A $7 million financial rescue package for the Maine Military Authority in Limestone cleared a major hurdle Friday, when the Legislature’s Appropriations and Financial Affairs committee approved a supplemental budget for a future vote by the state House and Senate.
The former Presque Isle eatery Winnie's on Parson Street is set to open under a new owner by March of 2017.

New owner to reopen Winnie’s eatery in Presque Isle

By Anthony Brino on Feb. 21, 2017, at 7:27 a.m.
A beginning entrepreneur from Caribou is reopening the former Winnie’s eatery in Presque Isle.
Work by contractor Soderberg Construction in January 2017 on Route 11 at Soucy Hill. The 5.6-mile stretch of roadway is the last section of Route 11 between Ashland and Fort Kent to be rebuilt, and will have a 1.5-mile long truck lane, one of the longest in the state.

Roadwork underway at Soucy Hill on Route 11

By Anthony Brino on Feb. 20, 2017, at 4:27 p.m.
The reconstruction of a 5.6 mile section of Route 11 between Portage and Eagle Lake will create one of the state’s longest truck lanes.
Scott Carlin (with stopwatch), owner of the local Hillside IGA, times two of the competitors at the Potato Blossom Festival in Fort Fairfield on July 14, 2016.

Three central Aroostook IGAs being sold

By Anthony Brino on Feb. 20, 2017, at 3:51 p.m.
The three IGA grocery stores in central Aroostook County are changing ownership next month.
Crews from contractor Ed Pelletier & Sons at work on Feb. 14 in the early stages of demolition of Presque Isle's former Haskell Recreation Center.

Demolition starts on old Presque Isle recreation center

By Anthony Brino on Feb. 15, 2017, at 12:51 p.m.
The property is destined to become part of a local car dealership.
Members of the Aroostook County business community gathered Feb. 9 at the University of Maine-Presque Isle to talk about immigration and global trade issues at a forum with the Maine International Trade Center and others.

Forum brings northern Maine into loop on global trade opportunities

By Anthony Brino on Feb. 13, 2017, at 2:33 p.m.
More than 2,200 Maine companies are selling goods and services in the international marketplace and the state is attracting interest abroad, according to Wade Merritt, vice president of the Maine International Trade Center.
The entrance to The Aroostook Medical Center's emergency department and day surgery center.

New Presque Isle EMS service starts with compromise but not a contract

By Anthony Brino on Feb. 10, 2017, at 1:41 p.m.
Presque Isle’s new city-run E911 emergency ambulance service is set to start in April.