Articles by Kevin Miller

A large roll of partially burned paper came to a rest a few hundred yards downriver from the Maine Central Railroad rail car derailment along the Penobscot River in April 2006.

As trains start to carry crude oil across Maine, environmentalists start to worry

By Kevin Miller on June 10, 2012, at 10:09 a.m.
The modern-day oil boom in the western U.S. and Canada is fueling interest in shipping crude oil by rail across Maine to a refinery in the Maritimes. But the prospect of long trains of oil-filled tanker cars rumbling through Maine also has state environmental officials concerned, particularly in the wake …
Crews from Maine Coast Marine prepare to use a tugboat and barge to remove several railroad tanker cars that derailed in late May and went into the Penobscot River in Bucksport.

DEP awaiting results of sediment tests at Bucksport derailment site

By Kevin Miller on June 10, 2012, at 9:45 a.m.
The remnants of the late-May train derailment in Bucksport that sent several cars into the Penobscot River have largely been cleaned up. But questions over what caused the derailment as well as the extent to which the nonhazardous materials that leaked are still present in the local …

Jackson Lab effort to develop facility in Ellsworth progresses

By Kevin Miller on June 07, 2012, at 6:48 p.m.
The Jackson Laboratory’s long-term plan to take over the former Lowe’s building in this city took a small step forward this week. Ellsworth’s planning board unanimously endorsed a change to the area’s zoning that would expand the types of activities that can be carried out in research …

Officials looking into death in Acadia National Park

By Kevin Miller on June 07, 2012, at 11:23 a.m.
BAR HARBOR | Acadia National Park officials are investigating the death of a local elderly man who was found lying in a marshy area along a trail in the park on Wednesday afternoon. Rangers said the death is not suspicious. John Baer, 85, of Bar Harbor was walking his …

Bucksport natural gas project cost estimates higher than anticipated

By Kevin Miller on June 05, 2012, at 7:26 p.m.
The project to bring natural gas service to Bucksport residents and businesses may have hit another financial obstacle. Representatives from Bangor Gas Co. recently told Bucksport town officials that cost estimates for a gas pressure regulation station needed for the project came back significantly higher than anticipated. …
On Wednesday, May 30, 2012, crews work to remove chemicals from two train tanker cars that fell into the Penobscot River. The four cars that derailed last Friday were the first four cars after the three locomotives, which were each carrying thousands of gallons of diesel fuel and crew members. Once the chemical are removed work will begin to remove the two tanker cars from the river.

Crews remove chemicals from two derailed train tankers in Bucksport

By Kevin Miller on May 30, 2012, at 6:35 p.m.
Work crews on Wednesday emptied chemicals from two of the four train tanker cars that derailed on the banks of the Penobscot River last week. Response staff with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection also said that the amount of a synthetic latex chemical that spilled from …

Ellsworth residents urge withdrawal from RSU 24

By Kevin Miller on May 29, 2012, at 9:45 p.m.
Loss of local control and a perception of growing apathy among residents were the top reasons given Tuesday night by those who would like to see the city of Ellsworth withdraw from RSU 24. On June 12, residents of Ellsworth, Hancock and Lamoine will vote on whether …
Pan Am Railways personnel work to repair the damaged rails on Saturday, May 26, 2012 near the Orrington-Bucksport town line after four tanker cars derailed on Friday sending two of the tankers into the Penobscot River.

Recovery of chemicals in Bucksport train derailment expected to begin Wednesday

By Kevin Miller on May 29, 2012, at 3:56 p.m.
Work is expected to begin Wednesday to remove tens of thousands of gallons of chemicals from railway cars that derailed in Bucksport and crashed into the Penobscot River last week. The derailed tankers, meanwhile, may be removed from the river bed and embankment later this week. Pan …
The Hashey family from Newburgh, Maine, took a day-trip to Bar Harbor on Monday, May 28, 2012, as part of their Memorial Day outing. In addition to enjoying a picnic lunch overlooking Bar Harbor's waterfront, the family hit several sites in Acadia National Park.

Officials say tourism season off to promising start

By Kevin Miller on May 28, 2012, at 7:07 p.m.
BAR HARBOR | Sunny skies, warm weather and somewhat lower gas prices helped lure visitors to parks and coastal communities throughout Maine over the extended Memorial Day weekend, kicking off what tourism officials said looks to be a promising season. Business and traffic in downtown Bar Harbor was brisk …
Pan-Am Railroad personnel work to repair the damaged rails on Saturday, May 26, 2012 near the Orrington-Bucksport town line after four tanker cars derailed on Friday sending two of the tankers into the Penobscot River.

DEP: 4,000 to 6,000 gallons of paper chemical spilled in Bucksport derailment

By Kevin Miller on May 28, 2012, at 7 p.m.
The Maine Department of Environmental Protection is estimating that 4,000 to 6,000 gallons of a chemical used to make coated paper spilled into the Penobscot River when several train tanker cars derailed in Bucksport on Friday. And while the chemical is not believed to be hazardous, DEP …
A truck hauling trash to the Bar Harbor transfer station went off of the road and crashed into Cromwell Harbor Brook on Sunday, May 27, 2012. The driver was injured in the accident and an unknown amount of diesel fuel leaked into the stream.

Trash truck crash causes diesel spill in Bar Harbor

By Kevin Miller on May 28, 2012, at 4:54 p.m.
A trash disposal truck en route to Bar Harbor’s transfer station went off the road on Sunday and crashed into a small stream, injuring the driver and spilling diesel fuel into the water. The incident happened around 8:45 a.m. on Great Meadow Drive. The truck apparently …
Police, fire and rescue crews from more than a half-dozen agencies assisted Sunday night at a two-vehicle crash that killed two people and injured three on Route 230 in Trenton.

2 killed, 3 injured in Trenton crash

By Kevin Miller on May 28, 2012, at 9:27 a.m.
Two men were killed and a third person was seriously injured during a two-vehicle crash on Route 230 in Trenton on Sunday night. Joseph L. White, 23, of Trenton and James L. Crawford, 22, of Otis died after the vehicle White was driving crossed over into the …

Police investigating serious crash in Trenton

By Kevin Miller on May 27, 2012, at 10:07 p.m.
A section of Route 230 in Trenton was closed to traffic Sunday night as police investigated a serious crash. The crash happened on Route 230/Oak Point Road after 7 p.m. Fire and rescue crews from several towns as well as the LifeFlight helicopter service were called to …
Firefighters from the Maine Forest Service, Danforth and Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge were battling a 4- to 5-acre fire on top of Flagstaff Mountain in northern Washington County on Sunday. A wind energy test tower on the site was damaged by the fire.

Forest service battles woods fire in Danforth

By Kevin Miller on May 27, 2012, at 8:56 p.m.
About 20 forest rangers and firefighters were working Sunday evening to contain a fire on a remote mountain in northern Washington County. The fire is located in a cleared area on top of Flagstaff Mountain east of Danforth and had affected about 4 to 5 acres as …
Gov. Paul LePage speaks at the Maine GOP convention in May 2012.

LePage’s critical wind-power stance creating uncertainty

By Kevin Miller on May 27, 2012, at 5:06 p.m.
ELLSWORTH | Recent statements from Gov. Paul LePage regarding wind energy are causing some angst in Maine’s wind power industry at a time changes in Augusta and Washington, D.C., are creating uncertainty over political support for renewable energy. Since his election in 2010, LePage has questioned the economics behind …
Marc Payne, co-director of Avian Haven in Freedom, Maine, holds a mature bald eagle in 2009.

Bald eagles thriving in Maine, but health still studied

By Kevin Miller on May 27, 2012, at 12 p.m.
ELLSWORTH | Nearly three years after being removed from the state’s list of threatened species, Maine’s bald eagle population appears to be doing well as nests continue to appear in new and sometimes populated areas. But how, exactly, eagles have fared since their change in status won’t be known …
A Pan Am Railways tanker car is seen along the shoreline of the Penobscot River on  Saturday, May 26, 2012, near the Orrington-Bucksport town line after four tanker cars derailed on Friday, sending two of the tankers over an embankment and into the Penobscot River.

Crews still working on Bucksport train derailment that sent 2 cars into Penobscot River

By Kevin Miller on May 26, 2012, at 3:12 p.m.
Railway crews were still on the scene Saturday of a trail derailment in Bucksport that tore up roughly 200 feet of track and sent two tanker cars into the Penobscot River. The 4-car derailment happened Friday evening around 7 p.m. on a stretch of Pan Am Railways …

Tree knocks out power to 4,400 on MDI

By Kevin Miller on May 25, 2012, at 12:40 p.m.
BAR HARBOR | More than 4,000 customers on Mount Desert Island lost power for several hours Friday morning when a tree fell on a major power line. The outage happened at about 5:30 a.m. Friday and affected 4,447 Bangor Hydro Electric Co. customers in Bar Harbor, Bass Harbor, Seal …
Four people were shot near this Lamoine home on Sunday, March 11, 2012.

Ellsworth hospital recognized for response to quadruple shooting

By Kevin Miller on May 23, 2012, at 3:56 p.m.
As one of the state’s rural hospitals, Maine Coast Memorial in Ellsworth doesn’t typically see many patients with gunshot wounds come through the emergency room doors. In fact, a year can pass without hospital staff seeing any. So when four men with gunshot wounds came into the …
Duke, a 1,800-pound horse that pulls carriages in Acadia National Park, escaped his stall and fell through floor boards at Wildwood Stables early Wednesday, May 23, 2012. It took 30 people to haul the horse out of the hole.

Horse gets stuck in hole after escaping from stall at Acadia, causing large rescue effort

By Kevin Miller on May 23, 2012, at 12:26 p.m.
MOUNT DESERT | A carriage horse in Acadia National Park apparently got out of his stall and into trouble Wednesday morning, triggering a massive effort to extricate the 1,800-pound animal from a deep hole in the stable floor. Duke, a 12-year-old Belgian Suffolk Cross horse that helps pull carriages …