Nicholas Sambides Jr.

Katahdin Bureau

Brothers Owen (left) and Eben Ryder climb aboard the new fiberglass loon on Saturday in Lincoln. Town officials hope the it will be a tourist draw to rival Bangor's Paul Bunyan.

Loony, or a good tourist draw? Giant fiberglass loon installed in Lincoln

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Oct. 11, 2016, at 1 a.m.
The 6-foot-tall, 13-foot-long fiberglass loon was installed off West Broadway and Main Street on town land near the Lee A. Rush Memorial Gazebo and overlooking Mattanawcook Lake.

Bangor skateboarders looking forward to new skatepark

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Oct. 09, 2016, at 9:30 a.m.
BANGOR, MAINE -- 10/08/2016 - Libertarian Vice Presidential candidate William Weld (left) answers a question during a town hall meeting at Spectacular Events Center in Bangor Saturday.

In Maine, Libertarian VP Weld says Trump tape is an ‘illustration of who he is’

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Oct. 09, 2016, at 8:21 a.m.
Nineteen-year-old Caleb Welch of Bangor comes off a half-pipe ramp at Bangor Skatepark on Friday. City officials plan to relocate and upgrade the park.

Bangor Skatepark to be relocated, upgraded

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Oct. 08, 2016, at 1:34 p.m.
The equipment is from the original skate park located at what is now the Cross Insurance Center and dates back to about 1999.
Tranzon Auction Properties Vice President Michael Carey talks to more than a dozen bidders and observers at the former Manna Ministries building on Thursday. The winning bid was $390,000.

Developer buys former Manna building for $390,000, promises moderate-income housing

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Oct. 06, 2016, at 5:42 p.m.
A developer who bought the former Manna Ministries headquarters for $390,000 at auction Thursday will start transforming it into a moderate-income housing development within 90 days, his agent said.

An old dam needs some work at Matagamon

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Oct. 06, 2016, at 5:32 p.m.
Rick Hill (left) and Donald Dudley can be seen recently at Matagamon Dam in Township 6 Range 8. They hope to raise about $230,000 over the next several years to repair the dam.

Dam near national monument lands needs $230,000 in repairs

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Oct. 06, 2016, at 4:55 p.m.
The dam controls much of the water flow into the headwaters of the East Branch of the Penobscot River near the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.

Millinocket police: Man suffers cut or stab wounds to throat, face

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Oct. 03, 2016, at 9:08 p.m.
Maine State Police, including the Major Crimes Unit, are assisting Millinocket police with the investigation.
The Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument has attracted 605 vehicles since President Barack Obama created it in mid-August, according to a vehicle counter installed on Katahdin Loop Road. Some residents of Patten have noticed an increase in visitors to their town.

Some Katahdin region businesses see uptick from monument visitors

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Oct. 03, 2016, at 6:58 a.m.
“The town is busier. They come and look around. Some purchase things but their just being in the area is good for it. It makes the town a more bustling place,” Nathan Richardson of Richardson’s Hardware said.
FairPoint Communications can be seen in Bangor in this August 2014 file photo.

FairPoint bumps up broadband internet cost with a fee

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Oct. 01, 2016, at 1 a.m.
Mainers who pay FairPoint Communications for broadband internet service might want to read the fine print of the bills a bit more closely.
Grover Searles works to disassemble a radiator on Wednesday on the first floor of 73 Central St. in Bangor.

Developer bringing one of downtown Bangor’s largest structures back to life

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 28, 2016, at 7:18 p.m.
A developer who owed back taxes to the city has begun renovating 73 Central St. in compliance with an agreement with the city.
Civic leaders from Augusta, Bangor, Brewer and Holden held a press conference Monday, expressing their support for ranked-choice voting in Maine. The event was held at the Bangor Public Library.

Backers of ranked-choice voting say it would add civility to campaigns

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 27, 2016, at 3:12 p.m.
“We used to be a country where we talked about ideas. Now we’re more concerned in what not to do or who is going to get credit for something,” said Augusta Mayor David Rollins.

‘I can’t find good about either candidate’

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 26, 2016, at 10:17 p.m.

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 26, 2016, at 9:24 p.m.

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 26, 2016, at 8:58 p.m.
Husson University student Andrew Farnsworth straightens up his dormitory room on Friday. The sports management major said students will welcome the six two-story apartments that will be built on the Bangor campus over the next year.

Husson to hold groundbreaking for new $5 million student housing project

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 24, 2016, at 1 a.m.
Construction of the three townhouse-style buildings will begin within six weeks.
Valerie Tieman, 34, of Fairfield, was found dead Tuesday. She is shown in the photo with her husband, Luc Tieman, who has been arrested in connection with her death.

Husband charged with murder in Fairfield woman’s death

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 21, 2016, at 11:19 a.m.
Luc Tieman, 32, was taken into custody and charged at about 10 a.m. Wednesday.
Christina Marts, a National Park Service community planner, briefs the crowd during a park service listening session on Tuesday at Medway Middle School.

North Woods monument ‘an educational opportunity’ for children, residents say

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 21, 2016, at 1 a.m.
“I think we can develop some businesses around it in Medway, East Millinocket and Millinocket, and I think we can do it together.”
Two ATVs disappear down Half Township Road in Lincoln. Millinocket volunteers hope to forge the first connection between the networked ATV trails of southern and northern Maine.

Volunteers eyeing 3,000-acre site for state’s first ATV-snowmobile park

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 20, 2016, at 1:23 p.m.
One problem — it’s a dump.
Traveling westbound on the Down East Sunrise Trail between Mile Markers 15 and 16, three ATVs and their riders cross the Schoodic Bog in Sullivan, Sept. 8, 2013.

ATVs temporarily banned from new national monument land

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 16, 2016, at 12:26 p.m.
“We feel that ATV access is a traditional use of that land, and we need to find a way to [re-establish] that access,” Patten Town Manager Raymond Foss said.