Articles by Kathryn Skelton

Benny Carrasco, a licensed medical marijuana caregiver and owner of Central Maine Flower, will move his plants from Bangor with an eye toward growing more plants for the recreational marijuana market once those rules are established.

Bangor company buys 8.2 acres to grow recreational marijuana in Greene

By Kathryn Skelton on May 25, 2017, at 2:45 p.m.
Central Maine Flower has bought the shuttered Town & Country Foods with long-term plans to grow recreational marijuana in the former 13,340-square-foot former meat operation.
An aesthetician shapes the eyebrows of a client

You need a license for these Maine jobs. But should you?

By Kathryn Skelton on April 19, 2017, at 12:36 p.m.
State Sen. Eric Brakey doesn’t believe animal control officers must be certified to wrangle rabid animals, massage therapists licensed to massage or sign language interpreters licensed to interpret.
Kathie Leonard, president and CEO of Auburn Manufacturing Inc.

Fed ruling: Imports are hurting Auburn Manufacturing Inc.

By Kathryn Skelton on Jan. 19, 2017, at 8:02 p.m.
The president and CEO of Auburn Manufacturing Inc. has scored a preliminary victory in arguing that unfairly cheap imports have hurt business at her company.
Sheila Simoneau holds a photo of her daughter, Wanda-Jean Mitchell. Mitchell was found dead in the woods in Poland in 1980. Simoneau, who lives in Buxton, joined other HAAD Enough Inc. parents at a news conference Tuesday calling for more help from the Maine State Police cold-case unit. She wants her daughter's case listed with the unit and her death investigated.

Families frustrated by Maine’s cold-case unit push for new bill

By Kathryn Skelton on Jan. 18, 2017, at 1:07 p.m.
“This piece of legislation will hopefully make it a little easier for them to communicate with the (attorney general’s) office and the state police.”
A sample photo EBT card can be seen in Bangor in this April 2014 file photo.

Misprint on some Maine EBT cards lists phone sex line

By Kathryn Skelton on July 15, 2016, at 5:36 p.m.
In a misprint on some cards, the number to report a lost or stolen card to DHHS is actually the number of a phone sex line.
Argo Marketing Group CEO Jason Levesque.

Business leaders rip bill to penalize call centers that ship Maine jobs overseas

By Kathryn Skelton on Feb. 25, 2015, at 12:05 p.m.
Matthew Moore of Forecastle Tattoo applies a tattoo on Sara Weeks of Bangor at his shop on State Street in Bangor in June 2013.

Brewer lawmaker wants to make it clear: You need to be 18 to ink

By Kathryn Skelton on Jan. 31, 2015, at 8:38 a.m.

Lewiston woman discovers ex-husband joined Islamic State, confused by his actions

By Kathryn Skelton on Sept. 21, 2014, at 12:37 p.m.
Excessive speed on an icy road is being blamed for a head-on collision on Route 11 in Moro Plantation in southern Aroostook in this November 2012 file photo.

Head-on collisions increase in Maine

By Kathryn Skelton on July 27, 2014, at 9:26 a.m.

Despite losing state contract, MaineCare ride provider gave employees bonuses for staying on job

By Kathryn Skelton on July 25, 2014, at 2:24 p.m.
Registered Maine Guide Ron Fournier measures a 21-inch, 4.5-pound large-mouth bass that he caught while fishing with his son, Gunner, on North Pond in Woodstock on Friday.

Early signs show frigid, snowy winter heated up Maine’s businesses, economy

By Kathryn Skelton on April 06, 2014, at 6:03 a.m.
Grace Eaton holds a portrait of her son Glen Gilchrist, who was 17 in 1997 when he took his own life. "The 10th anniversary was very hard," said Eaton. "I still sometimes get mad at him, although it took me many years to get mad." Eaton worked with state lawmakers last year on a new law that mandates suicide prevention and awareness training for all Maine school employees.

New law says all Maine school workers, from teachers to bus drivers, must train to spot suicide warning signs

By Kathryn Skelton on March 16, 2014, at 10:09 p.m.

Scarborough Downs agrees to build hotel, complex first if state approves new racino

By Kathryn Skelton on March 13, 2014, at 6:51 a.m.
In this March 2004 photo, a selection of Dansko shoes line the walls at a Lamey Wellehan in Bangor. The Maine-grown personalized footwear retailer turns 100 this year.

Maine shoe store Lamey-Wellehan celebrates 100 years

By Kathryn Skelton on March 12, 2014, at 7:20 a.m.

Survey shows troubling trends among western Maine teens

By Kathryn Skelton on Feb. 16, 2014, at 9:18 a.m.
Doug Walker, professor of economics at the College of Charleston in South Carolina and author of the book "Casinonomics."

How many gambling venues are too many for Maine and New England?

By Kathryn Skelton on Jan. 26, 2014, at 6:16 a.m.

Talking like a ‘Maineah’: Surveys, research show state’s celebrated accent holds distinct place in English

By Kathryn Skelton on Jan. 12, 2014, at 9:39 a.m.

Well paid in Maine: 20 top-paying jobs in the state

By Kathryn Skelton on Jan. 12, 2014, at 6:22 a.m.
In this October 2013 file photo, police in safety suits examine a car in an Ellsworth hotel parking lot as part of a mobile meth lab investigation. Three people from Aroostook County have been arrested in connection with the bust, which police say included the production of methamphetamine in a pickup truck in the same parking lot.

Maine battles record year for meth labs

By Kathryn Skelton on Dec. 08, 2013, at 9:14 a.m.
Gary Asselin feeds a log into a high-efficiency wood-burning Jotul stove at his Auburn store, Fireside Stove Shop. The federal Environmental Protection Agency is tightening standards for wood-stove emissions. Changes are expected next year.

‘More dangerous on a dose-by-dose basis than cigarette smoke’: Concerns about wood-stove smoke prompt state review

By Kathryn Skelton on Nov. 24, 2013, at 4:21 p.m.