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.
Erin Kuenzig, an attorney from the Michigan-based Thomas More Law Center, is representing a group of anti-abortion demonstrators in Portland. The demonstrators are suing the city of Portland over a 39-foot buffer zone around the local Planned Parenthood clinic, saying the rule infringes on their constitutional right to free speech.

Anti-abortion protesters to push ahead with lawsuit, despite repeal of Portland buffer zone

By Seth Koenig on July 07, 2014, at 8:42 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Portland’s repeal of the 39-foot no-protest zone around the city’s only abortion clinic won’t likely end the legal drama over restriction of anti-abortion demonstrators in the area. Erin Kuenzig, attorney for the Thomas More Law Center representing a group of anti-abortion demonstrators who sued the city over …

Maine State Police officer discusses Biddeford fatal shooting

By Seth Koenig on July 07, 2014, at 5:07 p.m.
Lt. Brian McDonough of the Maine State Police briefly describes the police response to a 7 p.m. shooting Sunday night in Biddeford.
Two Maine State Police crime scene analysts work outside the 19 Western Ave. home in Biddeford on Monday where two men were shot Sunday night. Police said on Monday the shooter or shooters responsible were still at large.

Police looking for suspects in Biddeford double homicide

By Seth Koenig on July 07, 2014, at 3:54 p.m.
BIDDEFORD, Maine — Maine State Police say the shooter or shooters responsible for a Sunday night double homicide in Biddeford remain at large. Lt. Brian McDonough with the Maine State Police told reporters at a Monday afternoon news conference at the 19 Western Ave. location of the crime that investigators …
Portland city attorney Trish McAllister talks to reporters outside the federal courthouse in Portland on June 19 after oral arguments in a case about the city's 39-foot no-protest zone around the local Planned Parenthood clinic.

Portland City Council to consider repeal of its abortion clinic buffer zone

By Seth Koenig on July 07, 2014, at 12:27 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The Portland City Council will consider repealing its 39-foot no-protest zone around the city’s only abortion clinic on Monday night, after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling late last month struck down a similar buffer in Massachusetts. But operators of the Portland clinic, Planned Parenthood of Northern New …
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Research suggests Maine is one of America’s most ideologically ‘loose’ states

on July 07, 2014, at 10:57 a.m.
Don’t read that headline the wrong way. For the purposes of this discussion, ideological “looseness” is strictly referring to how flexible — or not — people are in terms of enforcing rules and accepting variances from social norms. In new research by Jesse Harrington and Michele Gelfand of the University of …
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Which actor will portray LePage in the movies? This facial analysis program can tell you

on July 03, 2014, at 5:05 p.m.
On long, holiday weekends — especially long, holiday weekends getting blasted by rain storms — the news tends to slow down a bit. What better way to spend a few idle minutes than to run prominent Maine politicians through a facial recognition software program and find out which actors look …

Wine Enthusiast magazine is enthused about Portland

on July 03, 2014, at 10:55 a.m.
In case you missed it, Wine Enthusiast magazine named Portland to its list of “America’s 5 New Foodie Cities.” If you read my blog regularly, you know that Portland has been regularly lauded by nationwide publications for a while now for a range of things, but perhaps more than anything …

Updated: Could Portland repeal its abortion clinic buffer zone in the aftermath of the Supreme Court ruling?

on July 02, 2014, at 5:49 p.m.
Most people following national or regional news by now know that, last week, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that a Massachusetts law establishing a 35-foot no-protest zone around abortion clinics in the state was unconstitutional. That decision sets a precedent that’s widely expected to have an impact on a …

Shakeup in Portland’s nonprofit community: United Way, Camp Sunshine make changes at the top

on July 02, 2014, at 4:12 p.m.
At least two of Greater Portland’s most visible nonprofit organizations are announcing big changes in leadership. On Tuesday, United Way of Greater Portland announced its CEO, Suzanne McCormick, will be leaving to accept that same post at United Way Suncoast in Florida’s Tampa Bay area. Said McCormick in a statement: …
Robin Whitham Acker, a graduate student in University of Southern Maine's American and New England Studies program, is seen in a portrait photograph distributed by the university.

Student discovers ‘rare and sought-after’ 19th century portrait in historic Maine home

By Seth Koenig on July 01, 2014, at 3:52 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Soon after moving to the Portland area last summer to pursue a graduate degree, Robin Whitham Acker took a tour of the historic Sarah Orne Jewett House in South Berwick. When she made it to the library in the 19th century author’s homestead, now a museum, something …
Kristan Hawkins of Students for Life leads anti-abortion demonstrators as they cheer after the ruling for Hobby Lobby was announced outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington June 30, 2014. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that business owners can object on religious grounds to a provision of President Barack Obama's healthcare law that requires closely held companies to provide health insurance that covers birth control.

Maine critics of Supreme Court’s birth control ruling call it a win for bosses over women

By Seth Koenig on June 30, 2014, at 4:25 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A top women’s group advocate was among many in Maine on Monday to decry the Supreme Court’s ruling that some private companies can now claim an exemption from the federal health care law that requires employers who provide health insurance to cover birth control. “The decision will …

Portland man drowns in lake at Scarborough campground; police suspect alcohol as a cause

By Seth Koenig on June 30, 2014, at 8:24 a.m.
SCARBOROUGH, Maine — Gorham police on Monday identified Giot Nguyen, 45, of Portland as the man drowned while swimming Sunday at the lake in Wassamki Springs Campground. Nguyen was not wearing a life jacket and police suspect alcohol was a factor in the drowning, according to Lt. Christopher Sanborn of …
Gov. Paul LePage and Senate President and Justin Alfond both smile in Portland on Friday as a series of federal education grants are announced.

Grants to help at-risk students ignites fight over what federal funds are OK to accept

By Seth Koenig on June 27, 2014, at 6:24 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — All in attendance at the news conference in Portland on Friday afternoon agreed that $11.3 million in grant funding to help at-risk students is good news, but the announcement quickly reopened schisms between Maine Democrats and Gov. Paul LePage over MaineCare expansion and aid for undocumented immigrants. …
A statue of Joshua Chamberlain stands sentinel near an entrance to Bowdoin College in Brunswick on Thursday, where he served as president. Chamberlain died 100 years ago of a wound he received 50 years earlier in Petersburg, Virginia. History buff Dean Clegg is raising money for a marker to placed near the spot where he was wounded.

Maine native seeks to place historical marker at Virginia site where Joshua Chamberlain was shot

By Seth Koenig on June 27, 2014, at 1:33 p.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — Joshua Chamberlain surveyed the scene at Petersburg, Virginia, where he had been ordered to help launch one of the last key battles of the Civil War, and knew the siege could kill him. His concerns would turn out to be justified. Now, 150 years to the month …
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Undead cats, rabid dogs and ghosts: Why Buzzfeed thinks Maine is the world’s scariest place

on June 26, 2014, at 3:37 p.m.
This is mostly Stephen King’s fault. Buzzfeed posted its latest listicle about Maine on Wednesday, this time steering clear of all the celebratory “great ocean views” and “delicious seafood” items that usually mark a good pandering Maine listicle. This one is titled: “13 Reasons Maine is the Scariest Place in …

With Coyne and Leeman leaving, will the Portland City Council become more liberal?

on June 26, 2014, at 11:59 a.m.
A day after the Portland City Council’s only registered Republican — District 4′s Cheryl Leeman — announced she won’t seek re-election, one of the panel’s more conservative Democrats said he’ll be walking away as well. District 5 City Councilor John Coyne confirmed to The Forecaster’s David Harry in a Wednesday interview …

Wednesday afternoon fire destroys home in Livermore Falls, CBS 13 reports

By Seth Koenig on June 26, 2014, at 11 a.m.
GRAY, Maine — Firefighters in Livermore Falls responded to an afternoon fire on Wednesday that destroyed a home, Portland television station CBS 13 reported. The fire destroyed a mobile home and spread to a garage between 15 and 20 feet away, CBS 13 reported. A local fire official told the …
Planned Parenthood's controversial buffer zone sign in Portland.

Supreme Court decision on abortion clinic buffer zone could be blow for Portland ordinance

By Seth Koenig on June 26, 2014, at 10:55 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Until Thursday, federal case law in the United States had largely reinforced the city of Portland’s argument that it could legally force anti-abortion protesters to stay at least 39 feet away from the city’s Planned Parenthood clinic. But on Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously struck down …

What’s so funny in Portland? City stand-up lives on after the Comedy Connection

on June 25, 2014, at 4:45 p.m.
For almost two decades, Portland area comedy fans could count on the Comedy Connection as a place to reliably find laughs. It was the best-known — and only dedicated — venue for stand-up comedy in the city, and Maine’s most famous comedian, Bob Marley, long considered it his home club. …
This nearly life-sized statue of Jason Voorhees from the "Friday the 13th" horror movies welcomes customers to Portland's Coast City Comics. The first actor to play the character will pose for photos and sign autographs at the store next month to raise money for charity.

First actor to play Jason in ‘Friday the 13th’ films makes Portland his next haunt

By Seth Koenig on June 25, 2014, at 4:23 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Portland is only about 20 miles away from Crystal Lake — albeit the one in Gray — so maybe it’s natural for Jason Voorhees to make a pilgrimage here. Ari Lehman, the first actor to play the now-iconic antagonist of the “Friday the 13th” horror movies, will …
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