Seth Koenig

Seth Koenig

Portland Bureau Chief

Seth Koenig, formerly of the Brunswick Times Record, covers the Greater Portland area for the Bangor Daily News. He has been named both New England Journalist of the Year and Maine Journalist of the year.
Amy Tchao, the lawyer representing the town of Kennebunkport, argued before the Maine Supreme Judicial Court Wednesday that the public has the right to access privately owned Goose Rocks Beach.

Maine’s high court revisits nearly 370-year-old question of public access to private beaches

By Seth Koenig on April 09, 2014, at 7:06 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Attorneys in the case over public access to a privately owned stretch of beach in Kennebunkport returned to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court on Wednesday, keeping alive a five-year-old legal battle many believed was substantively resolved two months ago. With a new look at the controversy Wednesday, …

Attorneys dispute whether public should be allowed access to private Kennebunkport beach

By Seth Koenig on April 09, 2014, at 7:05 p.m.
Kennebunkport Town Attorney Amy Tchao and Sidney “Pete” Thaxter, attorney for a group of local property owners, squared off in a hearing before the Maine Supreme Judicial Court Wednesday afternoon on a case about public access to privately owned Goose Rocks Beach.
Congress Square Park in Portland.

High court hears arguments in case that could determine fate of Portland’s Congress Square

By Seth Koenig on April 09, 2014, at 3:32 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The Maine Supreme Judicial Court heard arguments on Wednesday afternoon in a case that could determine the fate of Portland’s Congress Square. The state’s highest court must determine if a fall petition-gathering process — which has already resulted in the placement of a referendum on the city’s …
Leigh Saufley

CMP kept $2.6 million too much in customer deposit money, court rules

By Seth Koenig on April 08, 2014, at 5:49 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The Maine Supreme Judicial Court ruled on Tuesday that Central Maine Power Co. kept $2.6 million more in deposit payments than it should have, a move state regulators say threatened to inflate customers’ rates. In a ruling written by Chief Justice Leigh Saufley, the state’s highest court …

The snow cover is finally down to zero in Portland, ending one of the longest stretches in history

on April 08, 2014, at 5 p.m.
A tip of the cap here to my esteemed editor, Robert Long, for pointing out this Tweet today by the National Weather Service’s Gray office:   See that? Zero. Zeeee-roooo. There was definitely a time within the last few weeks during which I wasn’t sure I’d ever in my lifetime …
City workers Barry DeDomenico (left) and Kenneth Pringle feed the truck with large recycling containers from a multiunit building in Portland's Old Port on Wednesday. A new city ordinance requires landlords to provide a means of recycling to residents who live in multiunit apartment buildings.

New Portland ordinance will require multiunit apartment buildings to recycle

By Seth Koenig on April 08, 2014, at 1:50 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The city of Portland has long offered curbside recycling pickup for homeowners, but municipal officials struggled to bump up the city’s overall recycling rates because thousands of residents lived in apartments away from curbs. Under recently approved ordinance language, owners of multiunit apartment buildings in the city …
Patrons enter Sangillo's Tavern on Hampshire Street in Portland on Monday, March 17.

Portland city council votes to close down landmark bar police called dangerous

By Seth Koenig on April 07, 2014, at 10:35 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The Portland City Council on Monday night voted 5-4 to deny a liquor license for the embattled Sangillo’s Tavern, a neighborhood bar on Hampshire Street which police have labeled as dangerous in the aftermath of a late January shooting nearby. The vote is expected to force Sangillo’s …
Quest Navigation, which submitted a proposal to operate a new ferry service between Portland and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, recently signed a long-term charter agreement to operate a 1,215-passenger ship, christened the Nova Star.

Portland council approves 7-year lease deal to clear way for return of Nova Scotia ferry service

By Seth Koenig on April 07, 2014, at 9:54 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The Portland City Council on Monday night approved a lease that will secure the Maine side of a new Nova Scotia ferry service for as long as seven years. The deal is an initial two-year lease with tenant options for two subsequent two-year renewals and another one-year …
Portland City Manager Mark Rees listens Monday night while city councilors discuss Community Development Block Grant allocations by the city for fiscal year 2015. Rees delivered his initial 2015 municipal budget proposal to the council at its Monday night meeting.

Portland city manager’s $221 million budget proposes more police, social service workers and chefs

By Seth Koenig on April 07, 2014, at 9:31 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Portland City Manager Mark Rees is proposing a $220.9 million municipal budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1, a spending plan which would raise property taxes by $84 on the average Portland homeowner if approved. As much as a pure dollars-and-cents document, the city manager’s …
Joe Dumais, Portland's cemetery superintendent, points out on a map where the city's historic Evergreen Cemetery would be expanded. The approximately 180-acre cemetery would get space for 800-1,000 graves and a new columbarium for the interment of cremation remains in the project.

Historic Portland cemetery needs expansion to keep up with demand, city officials say

By Seth Koenig on April 07, 2014, at 2:28 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Many of the biggest names in Maine politics and history can be found on markers and monuments in Portland’s Evergreen Cemetery, but unless the storied graveyard undergoes an expansion, there soon won’t be room for any others. Facing an aging Maine population that promises to drive up …
This architect drawing depicts how a proposed columbarium, which will have 300 niches for cremation remains, would look when constructed at Portland's Evergreen Cemetery.

Trend toward cremations could help save Portland’s Evergreen Cemetery

By Seth Koenig on April 07, 2014, at 2:27 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — For every traditional burial in a coffin, the cremated remains of two people can be interred. That’s an important factor in future planning for graveyards such as Portland’s historic Evergreen Cemetery, where a proposed expansion aims to keep it from reaching capacity after 160 years of burials. …

‘In the Underworld’ discussions and tickets

By Seth Koenig on April 05, 2014, at 2:15 p.m.
The University of Southern Maine is hosting a series of events surrounding the theater department’s production of “In the Underworld,” an operetta written by French Resistance fighter Germaine Tillion while imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp. Regular performances of the operetta will be 7:30 p.m. April 18, 19, 24, 25, …
 USM theater majors Hannah Perry (left) and Clare McKelway feel their newly shaved heads Saturday morning on the Gorham campus. The pair shaved their heads to play Nazi concentration camp prisoners in the English language premier of "In the Underworld."

Play written in Nazi concentration camp, hidden for decades to be unveiled in Gorham

By Seth Koenig on April 05, 2014, at 2:13 p.m.
GORHAM, Maine — Germaine Tillion counted how many women went out each morning on work detail. In the evenings when the groups returned, there were often fewer. During the final years of World War II, Tillion was locked in Ravensbruck, one of Nazi Germany’s nightmarish concentration camps, built to systematically …

A birthday vigil for Ayla Reynolds

By Seth Koenig on April 04, 2014, at 7:22 p.m.
Trista Reynolds, mother of missing toddler Ayla Reynolds, describes Friday night’s birthday vigil for her daughter, as well as how she feels about the ongoing police investigation into the girl’s disappearance. Ayla disappeared from her father’s Waterville home in December 2011 at the age of 20 months, and no one …
Trista Reynolds, mother of missing toddler Ayla Reynolds, stands in Biddeford's Mechanics Park Friday night during a birthday vigil for her daughter. Ayla, who would have been four Friday, disappeared from the Waterville home of her father in December 2011. Police have said they don't believe Ayla will be found alive, and the mystery has captured nationwide media attention.

‘I need to take a break for a while’: Ayla Reynolds’ mother holds final vigil for missing toddler, says she’s stepping away from public view

By Seth Koenig on April 04, 2014, at 4:50 p.m.
BIDDEFORD, Maine — The mother of Ayla Reynolds held a birthday vigil for the missing toddler Friday evening in Biddeford. Ayla would have turned 4 years old on Friday, and the occasion was celebrated as nearly 70 people turned out at Mechanics Park on the waterfront to sign a giant …
Patrick Dempsey and his mother, Amanda Dempsey.

Dempsey Center, Jackson Laboratory announce cancer-fighting partnership in Maine

By Seth Koenig on April 04, 2014, at 12:58 p.m.
Two of Maine’s top names in the fight against cancer will join forces, The Jackson Laboratory CEO Edison Liu said Thursday. The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing, based in Auburn and founded by native Mainer and actor Patrick Dempsey, will enter into a partnership with the Bar …

ESPN says Portland one of best places to see top baseball prospects in 2014

on April 04, 2014, at 9:57 a.m.
As encouraging as the development of young players Jackie Bradley, Jr., and Xander Bogaerts has been during the early part of the Boston Red Sox season, there’s good reason to believe the Sox youth movement isn’t finished yet. In case you missed it, star Boston Red Sox prospect Henry Owens …

South Portland ATM mistakenly spits out $37,000 to homeless man

By Seth Koenig on April 04, 2014, at 9:14 a.m.
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — A malfunctioning ATM at a TD Bank branch in South Portland spit out more than $37,000 to a homeless man Thursday morning, a police official confirmed. Lt. Todd Bernard of the South Portland Police Department said Friday morning that officers were first called to the bank …
his University of Southern Maine aerial photograph depicts the school's Gorham campus.

Will USM sell its Gorham campus to balance the budget?

By Seth Koenig on April 03, 2014, at 2:44 p.m.
GORHAM, Maine — The University of Southern Maine is planning to cut as many as 30 faculty positions and three full programs in response to a $14 million budget shortfall, but one thing school officials say won’t happen is a sale of the Gorham campus. “Gorham is not for sale,” …
Christopher Papagni, former executive vice president of the prestigious International Culinary Center, (right) and Courtney Cook, director of continuing studies at Maine College of Art talk about the school's new culinary class offerings Wednesday in Portland. The classes are all being taught by local food professionals.

The art of beer and bacon: Maine college launches culinary arts program in Portland

By Seth Koenig on April 03, 2014, at 12:24 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Portland’s growing restaurant and brewery scene has been receiving national acclaim for at least five years. So it seemed only a matter of time before someone stepped forward to launch a culinary arts program in the downtown. Last week, Maine College of Art announced it would do …
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