Nicholas McCrea

Reporter

Nick McCrea covers statewide K-12 and higher education from the downtown Bangor office.
 
A crash on Route 1 in Searsport resulted in three people being injured three people and caused traffic on the busy coastal thoroughfare to be stopped for 45 minutes, Aug. 15, 2016.

Driver who died Tuesday was under investigation for similar crash 6 months ago

By Nick McCrea on Feb. 23, 2017, at 11:20 a.m.
A midcoast woman who died Tuesday when her car crossed the centerline of Route 1A and struck an oncoming vehicle was under investigation for her role in a similar head-on crash last August.
An artist's rendering of what the "earth-like" planets orbiting Trappist 1 might look like. NASA announced the discovery of the exoplanets on Wednesday, saying that some of the planets likely have water and the potential for extraterrestrial life.

Discovery of new ‘earth-like’ planets sparks new talks of alien life

By Nick McCrea on Feb. 22, 2017, at 5:30 p.m.
The blockbuster discovery of seven “earth-like” planets — including some that may have liquid water and the potential for extraterrestrial life — set off a firestorm of excitement among astronomers across the globe on Wednesday.
The city of Belfast is considering a fee on plastic shopping bags.

A Belfast proposal to curb plastic bag use is too weak, activists say

By Nick McCrea on Feb. 22, 2017, at 4:40 p.m.
A draft version of a plastic bag ordinance would tack on a 5-cent fee for every fresh single-use plastic bag — but only at three stores.

Woman killed, 3-year-old son injured in Frankfort collision

By Nick McCrea on Feb. 21, 2017, at 8:58 p.m.
Teresa Sirois, 34, of Brooks died after the car she was driving crossed the centerline into oncoming traffic.

Alfond Foundation vows to pay off students’ debt to draw STEM workers to Maine

By Nick McCrea on Feb. 21, 2017, at 4:20 p.m.
The Alfond Leaders competitive grant program will give about 150 recipients up to $60,000 in college debt relief per person over the next three years.
The University of New England announced Tuesday that James Herbert of Drexel University would serve as the university's next president.

University of New England introduces next president from Drexel

By Nick McCrea on Feb. 21, 2017, at 12:37 p.m.
The University of New England announced Tuesday that James Herbert, a Drexel University administrator, will become the school’s next president.
The University of Maine at Machias has entered into a partnership with the University of Maine in an effort to turn around the declining enrollment at the state's smallest university. The partnership will bring more opportunities to the students at both campuses.

Merger with UMaine could save struggling Machias campus

By Nick McCrea on Feb. 17, 2017, at 10:47 a.m.
“We have to start prioritizing our young people in this county.”

CMP continues to chip away at southern Maine power outages

By Nick McCrea on Feb. 17, 2017, at 8:30 a.m.
About 3,700 Mainers in the southern part of the state were still without power Friday morning.
John Parker, who runs Skywalkers Bar & Grille in Machias with his wife Danielle, is stepping into the craft beer business in a region where that industry has not yet taken off. Parker’s nano brewery, Machias River Brewing Co., is scheduled to open in March.

Down East restaurant reinvents itself as tiny brew house

By Nick McCrea on Feb. 14, 2017, at 10:48 a.m.
A bar in Machias is stepping into the craft beer business in a region where the industry hasn’t taken off as it has in other parts of the state.
Shamus Malone, 18, allegedly robbed a convenience store in South Sanford, according to Sanford police.

Sanford man accused of using sword to rob convenience store

By Nick McCrea on Feb. 14, 2017, at 8:28 a.m.
A man is in jail after he allegedly threatened convenience store employees with a sword after he was accused of trying to steal alcohol and cigarettes.

By Nick McCrea on Feb. 13, 2017, at 1:10 p.m.

Belfast is getting buried this morning

By Nick McCrea on Feb. 13, 2017, at 9:50 a.m.

By Nick McCrea on Feb. 13, 2017, at 9:06 a.m.
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Zachary Fowler (right) places his hands on his head while he watches the finale of History Channel's "Alone" survival show during a viewing party Thursday at Threshers Brewing Co. in Searsmont. Fowler won the show.

Maine man reacts to winning $500K on History Channel survival show

By Nick McCrea on Feb. 10, 2017, at 5:11 p.m.
“Eighty-seven days is a long time to be alone. I missed my family so much, but they were my drive and my reason for being there,” said Zachary Fowler.
John Hines

Midcoast man gets 10 months for violating federal firearms law

By Nick McCrea on Feb. 10, 2017, at 1:27 p.m.
A federal judge Thursday sentenced a Swanville man to time served for illegally possessing firearms after a domestic violence conviction.
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Zachary Fowler of Appleton appears on "Alone" on The History Channel.

Maine man lasts 87 days, wins $500K on History Channel survival show ‘Alone’

By Nick McCrea on Feb. 09, 2017, at 10:01 p.m.
Zachary Fowler survived largely on fish and limited edible plants he found in the area, as well as a bird that he took down with a skillful slingshot strike.
The Memorial Union at University of Maine Orono. After violating its own student employment policies by failing to pay students for short breaks during work shifts, the University of Maine is paying an approximate total of $75,000 in back wages to more than 900 current and former dining services student employees.

UMaine to pay $75K in back wages to student dining services employees

By Nick McCrea on Feb. 09, 2017, at 9:50 a.m.
The money will compensate student workers in UMaine’s dining services program who weren’t paid during 15-minute meal breaks over a two-year span.

Waldo County man’s death under investigation

By Nick McCrea on Feb. 09, 2017, at 8:32 a.m.
Maine State Police are investigating the death of a man in Waldo.
Cassandra Lucas loads free firewood into the back of her vehicle at the Waldo County Woodshed in Searsmont Saturday. The Waldo County Woodshed is a charitable organization that gives out firewood to needy families to heat their homes during the winter. They have seen a dramatic increase in the volume of wood it donates across the area.

‘Wood bank’ grows as Waldo County residents struggle to stay warm

By Nick McCrea on Feb. 05, 2017, at 8:26 a.m.
One wheelbarrow at a time, a group of Waldo County residents is doing what it can to help struggling neighbors keep warm.
The Stockton Springs Elementary School.

Midcoast school board meets in near-empty school, and votes to close it

By Nick McCrea on Feb. 01, 2017, at 4:49 p.m.
Voters in Stockton Springs and Searsport will decide this spring whether to shut down a little-used elementary school in their district.