Articles by Kathryn Skelton

Tracy Bradley jumps over fire during a 13.1 mile obstacle race called the Spartan Beast in Killington, Vt. In 2005, Bradley was one of 15 local high school grads who agreed to let the Sun Journal write about their college experience.

Experts say more Maine 18-year-olds will attend college, stay in state, focus on future jobs

By Kathryn Skelton, Sun Journal on Sept. 01, 2013, at 9:43 a.m.
Helen Ness, left, speaks about her struggles to find answers to heath insurance questions during a public forum on Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield's proposed narrow network for the upcoming Affordable Care Act health insurance exchange at Central Maine Community College in Auburn on Thursday evening. The panel included, from left, Assistant Attorney General Thomas Sturtevant, Bureau of Insurance Superintendent Eric Cioppa and Bureau of Insurance Deputy Superintendent Tim Schott.

Hundreds at hearing rip Anthem state insurance plan that excludes three hospitals

By Kathryn Skelton on Aug. 30, 2013, at 6:10 a.m.
Former CEO of CMMC calls Maine Medical Center “the evil empire.”

Sabattus candidate under investigation after saying to ‘shoot’ president on Facebook

By Kathryn Skelton on Aug. 27, 2013, at 12:40 p.m.
A marijuana starter plant is for sale at a medical marijuana dispensary in Seattle, Washington, in this November 20, 2012 file photo.

Medical marijuana: Hundreds in Maine apply to grow, state program takes in more than $600,000 in fees

By Kathryn Skelton on Aug. 24, 2013, at 6:23 a.m.
A palm-sized pamphlet in what's known as the "Hey Girl" series by the Maine Center for Disease Control, an ad campaign aimed at knocking back the rise of gonorrhea in Androscoggin and Cumberland counties.

Almost half of reported Maine gonorrhea cases last year in Androscoggin County

By Kathyrn Skelton, Sun Journal on Aug. 18, 2013, at 6:25 a.m.
Loren Coleman explains the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland to visitors from Buffalo, N.Y., under a colossal squid constructed by artist Sarah McCann. The squid's dimensions match a real animal found off New Zealand in 2007.

Discover secrets of Bigfoot, Loch Ness in the only cryptozoology museum in the world

By Kathryn Skelton on Aug. 03, 2013, at 11:49 a.m.

Runners must dodge zombies at Auburn ski area obstacle race

By Kathryn Skelton on Aug. 02, 2013, at 6:49 a.m.

State releases latest tally of deaths, items left behind during surgery

By Kathryn Skelton on July 29, 2013, at 6:16 a.m.
Vaporizers sit on a table at Remedy Compassion Center in Auburn. The devices are a way to inhale medical cannabis without damaging your lungs. "We educate patients on how to consume cannabis that does not harm the body," Jenna Smale said. She and her husband, Tim, founded the center.

Auburn’s Remedy Center: Business is growing

By Kathryn Skelton on July 21, 2013, at 6:14 a.m.
David Boyer, the Maine political director of the Marijuana Policy Project, hands out fliers about marijuana at the Moxie Festival last weekend in Lisbon Falls. He plans to collect signatures for a citizen initiative in 2016 to legalize recreational marijuana use in Maine if the state Legislature doesn't pass something sooner.

Marijuana in Maine: The patients, the politics, the future

By Kathryn Skelton on July 21, 2013, at 6:03 a.m.

Turnpike authority looks for interest in providing bus service at Auburn exit

By Kathryn Skelton on July 09, 2013, at 6:04 a.m.
Dan Greeley of Belfast was the first to grab the wheel of cheese during an adult race in the annual National Cheese Roll Championship in 2012.

Ready to chase some rolling cheese? Belfast is your town

By Kathryn Skelton on July 06, 2013, at 8:39 a.m.
Participants line up at the top of the hill. The cheese master runs a few steps and bowls a 3-pound wheel of creamy cheddar. Then it’s game on.
Gerry Reid, the current head of the Maine Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations in Maine, thinks new legislation can recover the sales being lost to New Hampshire.

New state liquor contract nearly ready to bid; ‘prices will go down’ says state alcohol chief

By Kathryn Skelton on June 29, 2013, at 9:02 a.m.
A .40-caliber handgun, $4,600 in cash and 2.5 ounces of heroin confiscated in a search of two hotel rooms rented by Wayman Sparrow, who was arrested on three charges earlier this month in South Portland.

A growing addiction: Heroin overdoses on the rise in Maine

By Kathryn Skelton on June 23, 2013, at 8:47 p.m.

Maine town to consider bill backing residents’ right to bear arms

By Kathryn Skelton on June 08, 2013, at 6:14 a.m.
Jeannine Davin, left, stops to give Kitty Carey, 70, some one-on-one attention during Marshwood's painting class on Wednesday. The class, which draws as many as 10 people per weekly session, will have its first showing at the Oak Street Lofts in Portland tonight.

Never too late: Nursing home painters get first gallery show in Portland

By Kathryn Skelton on June 07, 2013, at 6:18 a.m.
Daphne Izer holds a fish about to be kissed during the Screeching In ceremony at last year's Newfoundland Day. The Screeching In, which involves kissing the fish, eating bologna and drinking a shot of rum, makes one an honorary Newfoundlander. This year's event is being held June 1 at the Poland Spring Resort.

Have a drink, kiss a fish: Just another Saturday night, Newfoundland-style

By Kathryn Skelton on May 25, 2013, at 5:39 a.m.
Economist Charles Colgan of the University of Southern Maine’'s Muskie School of Public Service predicts Maine won't reach full post-recession job recovery until late 2016

Colgan: Jobs recovery expected in 2016

By Kathryn Skelton on May 23, 2013, at 7:20 a.m.
Pete Waterman of Waterman Farms in Sabattus posted a help-wanted sign along Route 126 in front of his family's farm recently because he was looking for a skilled farmhand. He had 14 applicants. Many were unfamiliar with simple farm tasks such as driving a tractor or milking cows. He ended up hiring a student helper and a part-time worker from the 14.

Job openings on the rise as Maine slowly climbs back from recession

By Kathryn Skelton on May 19, 2013, at 7:39 a.m.

Peter Vigue to speak at annual dinner honoring Lewiston-Auburn companies

By Kathryn Skelton on May 13, 2013, at 9:38 a.m.