Nicholas Sambides Jr.

Katahdin Bureau

Auction goers place their bids during an auction of multiple railroad locomotives from bankrupt Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway, Inc and Rail World Locomotive Leasing, LLC  at the Derby Rail Yard in Milo Tuesday. Thirty-two units were sold.

‘It’s too bad to see these go’: Montreal, Maine and Atlantic locomotive auction in Milo draws scrap dealers, rail operators

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 05, 2014, at 2:11 p.m.
A Lac-Megantic city councilor was on hand for the dismantling Tuesday of the freight hauler whose runaway train destroyed most of the small Quebec town last year, killing 47 people. The successful auction of 35 Montreal, Maine and Atlantic and Rail World Inc. locomotives drew close to …
Three people suffered serious injuries when the red Chevy Blazer crossed the centerlines of Route 2 in Winn while heading southbound and struck the northbound Toyota SUV on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, state police said.

Head-on collision in Winn results in 3 victims LifeFlighted to Bangor hospital

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 05, 2014, at 5:40 a.m.
Three people seriously injured when a Chevy Blazer crossed the center line and collided head-on with a Toyota SUV on Route 2 were flown by LifeFlight helicopters to a Bangor hospital Monday night, state police said. Brad Curtis, 29, of Passadumkeag, was taken by LifeFlight helicopter to …
A three-hour standoff ended Sunday night when a Maine state trooper shot and killed Lewis Conlogue outside the former Highland Farm Restaurant in LaGrange.

Lagrange man killed in police standoff had health problems, family member says

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 04, 2014, at 7:31 p.m.
A local man who was shot and killed by a state police trooper following an armed standoff Sunday evening had been depressed because of health problems, according to his mother-in-law. State police Sgt. Scott Hamilton shot Lewis Conlogue, 49, near 5572 Bennoch Road. Conlogue held off police …
A state trooper takes photos of the crash after a two-vehicle collision on Monday on Route 2 in Winn.

Three injured in two-vehicle collision on Route 2 in Winn

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 04, 2014, at 7:29 p.m.
Three people were seriously injured when two vehicles collided on Route 2 late Monday afternoon, according to Maine State Police. Two people were flown by LifeFlight helicopter to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor and a third was taken by ambulance to Penobscot Valley Hospital in Lincoln, …
Lincoln Fire Department Lieutenant Frank Hammond, right, turns away from another firefighter who awaits water for his hose line at a fire on Depot Street in Mattawamkeag on Thursday, July 31, 2014.

Damage too severe to determine cause of Mattawamkeag fire

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 01, 2014, at 6:25 p.m.
The cause of the fire that destroyed a Depot Street home on Thursday, leaving a family homeless, will be logged as undetermined, an investigator said Friday. The damage was too extensive to allow investigators to discover what started the fire, said Sgt. Tim York of the Maine …
Age and work done by excavators is apparent at the Great Northern Paper Co. site in Millinocket June 16, 2014.

Another nearly $100,000 payment made on Great Northern tax debt owed to Millinocket

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 01, 2014, at 5:52 p.m.
The auctioneer trying to settle Great Northern Paper Co.’s $1.18 million net tax debt wired $96,417 to the town on Friday morning, officials said. Koster Industries’ latest payment leaves $657,770 owed to the town, not counting the per day interest charge of $467.02 due until “payment is …
The reinstatement of Mattawamkeag Fire Chief Robert Powers [left] is one of the motivators residents have for cutting several items from the town's budget during a recent town meeting.

Budget cuts would ‘shut down’ Mattawamkeag; former selectman pushes for re-evaluation

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 01, 2014, at 2:36 p.m.
A former selectmen will ask town leaders Monday to hold another town meeting so voters can fix budget cuts he says will force the closure of the town office and the volunteer Fire Department. Former Selectman George Sargent said Friday he believes the majority of town residents …

Family homeless after Mattawamkeag fire

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 31, 2014, at 8:20 p.m.
Firefighters saw it first, but could do little to stop a fire that destroyed a Depot Street home on Thursday.
Firefighters from three towns battled a blaze at this home on Depot Street in Mattawamkeag Thursday afternoon.

Family homeless after Mattawamkeag fire

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 31, 2014, at 2:30 p.m.
A firefighter looking out a side door of the fire station saw the fire that eventually destroyed a 2½ -story house, leaving several family members homeless on Thursday. Two firefighters and a resident were treated for heat exhaustion, officials said. The house at 11 Depot St. is …
As seen here with his family, Greg Hale of East Millinocket stopped a kitchen fire from doing any damaged but was recovering at a Portland hospital from burns on Thursday.

East Millinocket man recovering at burn center after grease fire injury

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 31, 2014, at 12:54 p.m.
The local man seriously burned when he helped stop a kitchen fire on July 26 is recovering, and he is buoyed by the establishment of relief funds in his name, officials said Thursday. Surgeons applied skin grafts to the feet of Greg Hale on Tuesday, and …
The Katahdin Avenue industrial park in Millinocket is a shell of what it was in this picture taken on May 4, 2014.

Millinocket receives small payment toward Great Northern Paper tax debt

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 30, 2014, at 5:31 p.m.
It’s more than a week past deadline and not nearly enough to cover the tab, but the auctioneer trying to settle Great Northern Paper Co.’s $1.18 million net tax debt has made a $76,650 payment, town officials said Wednesday. Town Manager Peggy Daigle announced receipt of the …

Mattawamkeag residents protest reinstatement of fire chief

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 30, 2014, at 5:16 p.m.
Town government and possibly the Fire Department may shut down for at least a day in response to a town meeting during which residents voted to cut the budget in protest of the reinstatement of a suspended fire chief, officials said Wednesday. Town office workers and firefighters …
Rep. Stephen Stanley, D-Medway, introduced the cold case bill to help the family of McLain, a 16-year-old high school sophomore from East Millinocket who disappeared while jogging Aug. 8, 1980. Her body was discovered two days later, and her death was ruled a homicide.

Michaud, LePage, Cutler say they support state cold case squad

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 30, 2014, at 8:39 a.m.
EAST MILLINOCKET | U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud promised to fund the state’s first cold-case squad to investigate homicides if elected governor, saying the issue “hits close to home” because of the 1980 murder of Joyce McLain. “It was nearly 34 years ago that Joyce McClain was abducted and murdered …
The center turning lane illustrated by this road sign would be extended from approximately the Hannaford Supermarket intersection to River Road in Lincoln as part of a plan Lincoln officials are promoting.

Lincoln leaders see $1.8 million road-widening project as investment in local economy

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 28, 2014, at 8:01 p.m.
Voters will decide in November whether to approve allocating $1.2 million to widen much of West Broadway no sooner than 2016 as part of a $1.8 million plan, town officials said Monday. The Maine Department of Transportation is in the process of signing a letter of understanding …

East Millinocket man burned by kitchen grease fire recovering in Portland

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 28, 2014, at 12:23 p.m.
A local man was recovering in a Portland hospital on Monday after suffering serious burns when he and another neighbor got splashed by a burning pot of grease from a Main Street kitchen fire, officials said. Two others were treated for lesser injuries. The man was …
School Superintendent Quenten Clark [with microphone] answers a question from Budget Committee member Cathy King during East Millinocket's annual town meeting on Tuesday, June 3, 2014.

East Millinocket expects more budget cuts before second town meeting, referendum vote

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 25, 2014, at 4:16 p.m.
School leaders may cut another $40,000 in costs as part of efforts to prepare for the town’s second attempt to pass a school budget beginning Aug. 5, officials said Friday. The East Millinocket School Committee already has cut about $152,000 from its approximately $4.1 million budget. …

Firefighters stopped fire from damaging wood grinding machine in Mattawamkeag

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 25, 2014, at 3:32 p.m.
Firefighters needed a little over two hours to extinguish a fire that began in a tub grinder at a railroad tie manufacturing facility on Green Road on Friday. No injuries were reported, Deputy Chief Zane England said. Reported at about 11:51 a.m., the fire at Perma Treat …
Keith Strange prepares to fly a Cessna 172 at the Lincoln Regional Airport in 2008.

Lincoln airport hosts fly-in to boost economy

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 24, 2014, at 7:02 p.m.
If the skies over Lincoln have more aircraft than usual this weekend, David Lloyd will be pleased. The Lincoln Regional Airport manager and a local chapter of the International Cessna 180/185 Club will host a fly-in and campout starting Friday that will take advantage of the town’s …
An aerial view of burnt train cars after a train derailment and explosion in Lac-Megantic, Quebec July 8, 2013.

Bankrupt railway, creditors expected to honor Quebec police request to preserve Lac-Megantic engine

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 24, 2014, at 6:27 p.m.
DERBY | The locomotive that led the Maine train that killed 47 people in Quebec last year will likely be withheld from an auction next month at the request of Quebec provincial police, officials said Thursday. Sûreté du Québec officials must preserve the locomotive for pending court actions, said …
East Millinocket Selectman Mark Marston reads a statement during an anti-national park forum held by the Lincoln Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday.

Katahdin-area residents attend forum on proposed national park, skeptical of benefits

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 24, 2014, at 12:47 p.m.
LINCOLN | Rep. Beth Turner, R-Burlington, said after a forum Wednesday on a proposed 150,000-acre national park in the Katahdin region that she doesn’t believe that the virtues of the park would outweigh its flaws. She and several of the 28 people who attended the Lincoln Lakes Region Chamber …
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