Julia Bayly

Julia Bayly

Fort Kent


Madawaska schools eye cuts, consolidation

By Julia Bayly on April 29, 2015, at 1:40 p.m.
It’s early in the 2015-2016 Madawaska School Department budget process, but Superintendent Ginette Albert already is worried. Albert said preliminary numbers shared with her board Monday show the school department needs to find nearly $500,000 in cuts to the proposed budget on top of $339,000 she already …
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Michigan police asking Mainers to be on lookout for murder suspect

By Julia Bayly on April 24, 2015, at 3:12 p.m.
FORT KENT | An email sent to a northern Maine business earlier this week alerting local residents that a Michigan man wanted for murder in that state was in Aroostook was incorrect, according to the Allegan County, Michigan, sheriff’s office. The suspect was last seen in the Rangeley area …
Police had been searching for this vehicle and Harold "Butch" Knight in connection with a Michigan homicide. Knight has ties to Turner and could be in Aroostook County.

Michigan man wanted in wife’s death may be in northern Maine

By Julia Bayly on April 23, 2015, at 10:26 p.m.
ALLAGASH | A Michigan man suspected of killing his wife in January and believed to be in Maine may be in Aroostook County, according to an email from the Allegan County Sheriff’s Office. Police in Michigan said 66-year-old Harold “Butch” Knight strangled his wife, Sara Knight. Investigators believe Knight …
A healthy backyard hen can lay hundreds of eggs during her lifetime, resulting in a steady supply of nutritious and tasty egg meal options year-round.

Once shunned, eggs again deemed healthy convenience food

By Julia Bayly on April 23, 2015, at 1:29 p.m.
One of the best things about having your own egg-laying chickens is there is always something on hand for a tasty meal. The better news is, after years of being cast as cholesterol-laden bombs, it turns out eggs are a good nutritional choice, according to nutritionists and new research. A …

Police asking for help in Washburn break-in

By Julia Bayly on April 22, 2015, at 1:26 p.m.
Local police are asking the public for help in solving a break-in that happened sometime Tuesday night at White’s Service on Main Street. An employee of the auto repair shop noticed at 6 a.m. Wednesday that a door of the business had been kicked in, according to …
Barbara Theriault (right) talks to Rhonda Albert about the petition she has started supporting a life sentence for the man accused of murdering her daughter Amy Theriault last summer.

Murder victim’s mom pushing life sentence for accused killer

By Julia Bayly on April 21, 2015, at 1:43 p.m.
FORT KENT | Barbara Theriault does not trust Maine’s legal system when it comes to sentencing the man accused of killing her daughter last May. So Theriault and her family are taking to social media and the streets to collect 5,000 signatures they hope will convince a judge to …

Brothers, state trooper rescue family trapped in floodwaters

By Julia Bayly on April 20, 2015, at 7:11 p.m.
ST. FRANCIS | Anyone who lives along the St. John River knows how fast the water can rise during the spring ice jam season. It’s a lesson a young Canadian family learned the hard way when their truck became stuck and they were trapped early Saturday evening as the …
Lonna McBreairty stands on the St. John River bridge in Allagash a day after a 4-mile-long ice jam let go. Twenty-four years ago, an ice jam destroyed the old bridge and left McBreairty and scores of residents stranded behind flood waters.

Allagash residents recall struggle against spring flood 24 years ago

By Julia Bayly on April 20, 2015, at 5:31 a.m.
When a four-mile-long ice jam formed in the St. John River last week, lifelong Allagash resident Lonna McBreairty took to high ground as the waters rose to flood level. She spent the night with her friends Lietha and Tylor Kelly a mile or so down the road …

Memories of the 1991 Allagash flood

By Julia Bayly on April 20, 2015, at 5:31 a.m.
Allagash residents recall the year the when an ice jam caused the St. John River to flood, which destroyed homes and left scores stranded.
Open water flows under the St. John River bridge in Allagash after the ice jam there broke up Friday afternoon. The jam moved downriver and had re-formed in St. Francis late Friday.

Ice jam on St. John River in Allagash lets go, re-forms in St. Francis

By Julia Bayly on April 17, 2015, at 5:33 p.m.
The National Weather Service lifted the flood warning on the upper St. John River after the ice jam in Allagash let go early Friday afternoon and the water level dropped nearly 11 feet. At 8 a.m. Friday, the water level of the river at the Dickey gage …
Organizers of the 2016 World Cup Biathlon races coming to Aroostook County unveiled the event's official logo on Friday.

World Cup biathlon returns to northern Maine in 2016

By Julia Bayly on April 17, 2015, at 5:10 p.m.
PRESQUE ISLE | Nordic Heritage Center in Presque Isle will host its first major event after separating from the Maine Winter Sports Center when World Cup Biathlon returns to Aroostook County in 2016. The world’s top biathletes will be on the eighth leg of a nine-stop International Biathlon Union …
Rising waters behind an ice jam on the St. John River in Allagash have covered a portion of the Ferry Road off Rt. 161 on Friday.

Ice jam holding fast on the St. John River, residents on high alert

By Julia Bayly on April 17, 2015, at 10:51 a.m.
ALLAGASH | A flood warning remains in effect in northern Maine, where an ice jam on the St. John River in Allagash was creating minor flooding Friday morning, according to the National Weather Service. As of 8 a.m. Friday, the water level of the river at the Dickey gage …
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Before there can be spring in northern Maine, there must be mud

By Julia Bayly on April 16, 2015, at 3:47 p.m.
FORT KENT | Ahh, spring in northern Maine: The time when thoughts at Rusty Metal Farm turn to increasing temperatures, baby animals, blooming flowers and all the mud and detritus revealed by the receding snowpack. As pointed out in previous columns and news stories in this paper, it’s been …
Ice jams up next to the bridge over the St. John River in Allagash Thursday morning.

Ice jams, possible rain raises flooding concerns for parts of Maine

By Julia Bayly on April 16, 2015, at 2:36 p.m.
FORT KENT | State and local officials are keeping a close eye on a massive ice jam on the St. John River in Allagash that could affect towns downriver if it lets go over the next 24 hours. The St. John River rose about 15 feet in 90 minutes …
A massive ice jam along the St. John River in Allagash forced water up over the road for a time Thursday morning near the old Dickey Trading Post.

Massive ice jam in St. John River has Allagash residents on alert

By Julia Bayly on April 16, 2015, at 10:13 a.m.
Residents in this tiny community 35 miles west of Fort Kent are reporting a 3- to 4-mile long ice jam on the St. John River stretching from the bridge up the head of the so-called “big rapids.” “The ice was jammed, and water from the [St. John …
Ice was flowing on the Aroostook River Wednesday evening.

Flooding along Aroostook River forces road closure

By Julia Bayly on April 15, 2015, at 7:02 p.m.
CARIBOU | Spring flooding on the Aroostook River prompted the Maine Department of Transportation to close Grimes Road where it becomes North Caribou Road at the Fort Fairfield-Caribou town line. According to a Caribou Police Department dispatcher, the road was closed around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and drivers should seek …
Alain Bois, director of nursing services at Northern Maine Medical Center in Fort Kent, shows off some of the new monitoring equipment in the hospital's newly renovated emergency room. The $2 million renovation and construction project wraps up in May.

NMMC’s $2 million ER renovations winding down

By Julia Bayly on April 15, 2015, at 3:11 p.m.
FORT KENT | Construction is winding down on a $2 million renovation project at the Northern Maine Medical Center’s emergency room, where medical staff are expected to completely move in by the end of next month. “Our emergency room has not had any facelifts since it was built in …

MDEA finds alleged methamphetamine lab in County home

By Julia Bayly on April 10, 2015, at 11:41 a.m.
LINNEUS | Officers with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency dismantled a methamphetamine lab late Thursday that was operating in a southern Aroostook home where a small child also was living, according to Steve McCausland, Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman. The lab was discovered by the MDEA in a …

Charter school, UMaine at Fort Kent partner up to offer early college courses

By Julia Bayly on April 09, 2015, at 6:27 p.m.
Starting next fall, students at the Maine Connections Academy, the state’s first virtual charter school, can earn early college credits through a partnership announced Thursday with the University of Maine at Fort Kent. The Maine Connections Academy juniors and seniors will be eligible to receive college …
Lubec Selectman Dan Wagner shoveled a path to a friend's house in February.

Mainers weary of ‘brutal’ winter conditions, but end is in sight

By Julia Bayly on April 09, 2015, at 1:34 p.m.
FORT KENT | As parts of Maine woke to more fresh snow or freezing rain Thursday morning, residents took to social media to post photos of the latest round of nasty weather and lament the lingering winter conditions. “When will it end?” and “make it stop” seemed to be …
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