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.
Independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler fields questions from reporters during a news conference Thursday morning at his Portland campaign office.

Cutler calls for ranked choice voting, open primaries in gubernatorial elections

By Seth Koenig on Aug. 28, 2014, at 11:48 a.m.
PORTLAND | Independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler on Thursday reiterated calls for new voting systems in Maine, which he said would help place all candidates — regardless of their political party — on equal footing. In a news conference at his Portland campaign office, Cutler called for Maine to …

Portland’s ‘O-Score,’ and what all these national rankings say about Maine’s other cities

on Aug. 27, 2014, at 3:11 p.m.
It’s not uncommon for Portland to be listed among the best cities in America by nationwide publications. In fact, it’s sort of uncommon for two whole weeks to go by in which Portland isn’t listed among the best cities in America by one such publication or another. This, to some …

From Aerosmith to The Lion King — Nova Star goes big with its vacation packages

on Aug. 26, 2014, at 9:58 p.m.
When the Nova Star launched in May, it picked up where previous ferry services left off, offering daily trips from Portland to Nova Scotia and back again. There were — and still are — a lot of amenities on-board, like a casino and multiple restaurants, but it was a fledgling …
Rachel Talbot Ross, head of the Portland branch of the NAACP, on Tuesday night welcomes nearly 120 attendees to a community discussion about Portland's response to recent events in Ferguson, Missouri. The event was held at the Portland Public Library.

‘Nobody thinks it happens here’: Portland discussion about Ferguson draws 150

By Seth Koenig on Aug. 26, 2014, at 9:21 p.m.
Nearly 150 people turned out Tuesday evening for a community discussion about Portland’s response to recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, where the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager has sparked weeks of demonstrations. While organizers of the Portland event described it as just the start of …
Assistant city clerks Alice Kelley (left) and Karen Morrill accept petitions as marijuana advocates turn in 1,521 signatures seeking a legalization referendum at City Hall in South Portland in July.

Marijuana legalization advocates to turn in York petitions

By Seth Koenig on Aug. 26, 2014, at 9:06 p.m.
Marijuana advocates will turn in the petitions necessary to overcome a Board of Selectmen vote and place a legalization referendum on the York ballot, supporters of the measure announced Tuesday. The Marijuana Policy Project, which successfully campaigned for a legalization ordinance in Portland last fall, announced on …

South Portland man faces 2½-year sentence for burglarizing dance studio

By Seth Koenig on Aug. 26, 2014, at 8:36 p.m.
A South Portland man faces 2½ years in jail after burglarizing a dance studio in the city. Eugene Wilcox, 43, was caught by South Portland police attempting to flee the Spotlight Dance and Performing Arts Center on Broadway with money and credit card information on April …
 Matthew Stuck, head of waterways management for the U.S. Coast Guard's northeastern district, discusses a decision to install new foghorn triggers at Maine lighthouses with reporters on Tuesday afternoon in South Portland.

Coast Guard rethinks launch of new foghorn system in Maine after complaints

By Seth Koenig on Aug. 26, 2014, at 6:32 p.m.
SOUTH PORTLAND | U.S. Coast Guard officials may launch a statewide outreach effort after the installation of a new foghorn trigger system at Goat Island Light off Cape Porpoise caused a tempest of complaints. Goat Island Light is one of seven Maine lighthouses at which a radio-controlled foghorn system …
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton speaks to a crowd at a campaign event for U.S. President Barack Obama at State Capitol Square in Concord, New Hampshire, November 4, 2012.

Bill Clinton to campaign for Michaud in Portland next week

By Seth Koenig on Aug. 26, 2014, at 9:30 a.m.
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton will come to Maine to campaign for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud next week, Michaud’s campaign announced Tuesday morning. Clinton will attend an evening rally for Michaud and the state Democratic party at Portland’s waterfront Ocean Gateway facility Tuesday, Sept. 2. “[Clinton] …
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‘It’s much harder than the show’: Why would 9 former ‘Survivor’ contestants converge on a 4,000-person Maine town?

on Aug. 22, 2014, at 7:23 p.m.
The pond is deceptively deep, deceptively long and deceptively cold. And it’s that much harder to swim when one of your hands is busy holding a torch above the surface, stretching to hold the flames out from your body while someone else tries to splash it out. I know, because that’s …

‘Portland is not invincible’: City economy could be on ‘thin ice,’ chamber warns

on Aug. 22, 2014, at 12:44 p.m.
On Wednesday, Portland Mayor Michael Brennan and his minimum wage advisory committee held a public hearing on plans to set a citywide minimum wage that’s higher than the state’s $7.25 per hour. You can read my coverage of that hearing by clicking here. Beyond the debate over baseline pay for tipped …
Stephen F. McKenney, 66, walks in front of a police dashboard camera before he was fatally shot April 12, 2014 in a screenshot from the video.

Attorney general: Windham man was approaching deputy, civilian ‘ride-along’ with a cocked revolver when police shooting occurred

By Seth Koenig on Aug. 21, 2014, at 11:16 a.m.
The office of Attorney General Janet Mills has determined that a Cumberland County deputy sheriff was justified in using deadly force during an April incident in which an apparently suicidal Windham man approached him and his vehicle with a loaded revolver. An unarmed civilian on a “ride-along” …
Portland Mayor Michael Brennan and Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, head of Goodwill Industries of Northern New England, listen Wednesday night as members of the public weigh in on a proposal to raise the minimum wage in Maine's largest city.

Restaurant owners tell Portland mayor not to raise minimum wage for waiters

By Seth Koenig on Aug. 20, 2014, at 10:41 p.m.
Portland restaurant owners told Mayor Michael Brennan on Wednesday night not to meddle with their payment system for tipped servers as part of his plan to increase the citywide minimum wage. Restaurant owners argued customer tips make waiters and waitresses some of the highest paid people in …

Premiere of Mainer’s monster hunt television show to be delayed

on Aug. 20, 2014, at 4:04 p.m.
If you rush to your television on Friday night and turn on Discovery’s Destination America channel to catch the premiere of “Monsters Underground,” you’ll be disappointed. The scheduled Aug. 22 unveiling of the show, somewhat highly anticipated here in Maine because it features a cave-diving monster-hunting team led by Durham’s …

So yesterday: Portland Harbor bids adieu to the Google barge, ‘for good’

on Aug. 20, 2014, at 1:38 p.m.
On Tuesday, Portland Tugboat LLC posted a picture on its Facebook page of the once-celebrated so-called “Google barge” being dragged away from Portland Harbor by the tugger Rowan — as the post said, “for good.” Thus ends a 10-month stay for the cube-like floating structure that was a whirlwind in …
Portland City Manager Mark Rees abruptly announced his resignation Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.

‘The city got what it wanted in Mark Rees’: Portlanders consider the past, future of their city manager position

By Seth Koenig on Aug. 19, 2014, at 6:23 p.m.
Mark Rees’ predecessors as Portland city manager were well-known, high-profile men who had local histories. Following city managers who include Joe Gray and the late Robert Ganley, Rees was working under long shadows. But as Portlanders who helped reform the city’s government in recent years say it’s …
Stanley Dunham

Old Orchard Beach man arrested after police allegedly find him with 7 pounds of marijuana

By Seth Koenig on Aug. 19, 2014, at 4:24 p.m.
Old Orchard Beach police charged a local man with drug trafficking after they allegedly found 7 pounds of marijuana in his car and home. Detective Cpl. Jeff Reagan told the Bangor Daily News on Tuesday that officers were responding to a report of a domestic …
Marijuana Policy Project holds a press conference before advocates turn in 1,521 signatures seeking a legalization referendum at City Hall in South Portland on last month. The referendum will go to South Portland voters in November.

South Portland voters to decide fate of marijuana legalization ordinance

By Seth Koenig on Aug. 19, 2014, at 10:55 a.m.
Voters in South Portland will get to decide the fate of a marijuana legalization ordinance there this November, supporters of the measure announced Monday night. The Marijuana Policy Project and its backers are hoping to get similar legalization questions on the ballots in York and Lewiston, …
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The top 10 movies with scenes filmed in Maine; did you know these actors had worked here?

on Aug. 18, 2014, at 7:41 p.m.
The following represents a list of the top 10 movies, in terms of their respective box office hauls, in which at least a portion of the filming was done in Maine. As you’ll see below, in some cases, it’s a very small portion. Nonetheless, the list shows that some of …
Portland City Manager Mark Rees

Portland city manager abruptly announces resignation

By Seth Koenig on Aug. 18, 2014, at 4:35 p.m.
Portland City Manager Mark Rees abruptly announced late Monday that he will resign as the top administrator for Maine’s largest city, citing interests in pursuing other personal and professional opportunities. Rees’ resignation takes effect Sept. 3, according to an announcement issued late Monday afternoon. Rees came to …
Michael Levine of Acorn Productions stands in the massive third floor ballroom in Mechanics Hall on Congress Street in Portland on Friday. The Maine Charitable Mechanics Association, the non-profit organization that owns and operates Mechanics Hall, is partnering with Acorn Productions in completing renovations to the third floor ballroom space so the venue can be licensed for public performances.

Historic Portland ballroom could get new life with Naked Shakespeare productions

By Seth Koenig on Aug. 18, 2014, at 12:53 p.m.
An area theater group and one of the country’s oldest trade societies are teaming up to bring new life to a historic downtown Portland space. It’s been decades since the spacious third-story ballroom of the Maine Charitable Mechanics Association’s 1859 headquarters has been used for public events. …
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