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.
Jon Pomerleau, who is missing most of his upper and lower front teeth, gets fitted for a partial plate by dentist Jennifer Fultz at the Heath Care for the Homeless Clinic on Portland Street in Portland Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011.

Federal funding award delays closure of Portland homeless clinic — but for how long?

By Seth Koenig on March 11, 2014, at 12:44 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A federal agency has agreed to offer Portland’s clinic for homeless patients additional funding to keep the facility open after April. But how much longer after April remains to be seen, said Douglas Gardner, head of the city’s Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees the …
Author Paul Doiron

‘We get to write all the badness out of our systems’: Maine crime writers explain why the state is so thrilling

By Seth Koenig on March 11, 2014, at 5:46 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — During the upcoming Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance “Crime Wave” conference on April 19 in Portland, some of the state’s most accomplished crime writers will talk about their work and the field. Authors and conference participants Paul Doiron, Kate Flora and Kathy Lynn Emerson answered a series …
Tess Gerritsen

Maine is a low-crime state with a lot of crime novelists; upcoming conference delves into genre

By Seth Koenig on March 11, 2014, at 5:42 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Maine is regularly found to have one of America’s lowest crime rates. So why are so many aspiring and accomplished crime novelists in the state? “I think it’s easy for Maine to be used by not only novelists, but screenwriters and movie producers as a great place …

Portland area food truck’s lobster roll named one of America’s best sandwiches

on March 10, 2014, at 5:49 p.m.
Last spring, I wrote about New York City’s upcoming Lobster Roll Rumble, an event organized every year by the trendsetting foodie news distributor Tasting Table. The Rumble perennially attracts the country’s best lobster roll makers, and Maine restaurants predictably have strong showings every year. These are lobster rolls we’re talking …
Cumberland County Sheriff Kevin Joyce addresses reporters Monday, two days after a pair of inmates in the county jail's maximum security section breached security and met up for sex.

Cumberland County sheriff details latest case of inmates breaching maximum security for sex

By Seth Koenig on March 10, 2014, at 4:06 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Cumberland County Sheriff Kevin Joyce on Monday said jail officials are lucky two inmates who were able to breach security over the weekend in the facility’s most fortified section only wanted to meet up for sex. In an afternoon news conference, Joyce told reporters the maximum security …

Details released on how Cumberland County Jail inmates breached security for sex

By Seth Koenig on March 10, 2014, at 4:05 p.m.
Cumberland County Sheriff Kevin Joyce on Monday held a news conference to explain how two inmates in the county jail’s maximum security area on Saturday were able to breach security and meet up for sex.
The Peaks Island ferry glides past the Portland Pipe Line Corporation's terminal facility in South Portland Friday in this February 2013 file photo.

Canadian government’s pipeline ruling ‘brings tar sands oil to New England’s doorstep,’ environmentalists say

By Seth Koenig on March 06, 2014, at 5:56 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — State environmental groups decried a decision by the Canadian government late Thursday afternoon to allow the reversal and expansion of a pipeline leading to east Montreal, where they say controversial tar sands oil can now be pumped almost to the New England border. The Natural Resources Council …
#MAINE (blog)

UFO researchers say Maine is an extra-terrestrial hotspot

on March 06, 2014, at 11:03 a.m.
Not long ago, the publication Business Insider ranked Portland, Maine, one of the 14 top places to visit in 2014 — conspicuously finishing ahead of outer space, which finished as a somewhat tongue-in-cheek honorable mention. Well, if some newly released maps by the nonprofit alien investigation group MUFON (Mutual Unidentified …
Ron Cain

Portland Pirates shuffle leadership roles after lease battle with civic center; former player returns as team executive

By Seth Koenig on March 04, 2014, at 10:26 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The Portland Pirates professional hockey team late last week announced a series of leadership moves, consolidating authority under new majority owner Ron Cain and bringing back one of the team’s former greats to oversee day-to-day operations of the club. Under the restructuring, Cain moves into the team’s …
 Portland's Congress Square Park, as it appeared on Thursday, Jan. 16.

Portland ordinance spurred by Congress Square Park sale put to citywide vote

By Seth Koenig on March 03, 2014, at 10:33 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The voters of Portland will decide on June 10 whether they want the chance to decide — through a second vote — if part of the publicly owned Congress Square Park should be sold to a private hotel developer. In a largely procedural move, the City Council …

Portland considers spending nearly $3 million to buy building, consolidate departments

By Seth Koenig on March 03, 2014, at 10:24 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The city of Portland is considering a plan to consolidate divisions of its public services, fire and recreation departments under one roof in a building to be purchased for nearly $3 million on Canco Road. The plan was given first reading by the City Council at its …
Portland Mayor Michael Brennan speaks out against the state's plan to move DHHS offices from downtown to South Portland, at a press conference on Dec. 3, 2013.

Portland mayor pushes to block access across city land to controversial new DHHS site

By Seth Koenig on March 03, 2014, at 9:41 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — An unexpected game of brinksmanship broke out Monday night between Portland Mayor Michael Brennan and stakeholders seeking to build a new home for state labor and human services offices in South Portland. The decision last fall by the state Bureau of General Services to move its local …
Amanda Oxley of Bangor fills up at Swett's Tire and Auto in Bangor on Tuesday, March 9, 2010. "I have to buy super so I try not to pay too much attention to it," said Oxley of the gas prices.

Maine health advocates applaud new vehicle emissions standards; dealers group waits to assess costs

By Seth Koenig on March 03, 2014, at 4:41 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Lung health advocates in Maine on Monday touted newly announced federal motor vehicle and gasoline emissions standards as potential lifesavers for thousands of people with respiratory ailments. President Barack Obama’s administration’s so-called Tier 3 Motor Vehicle Emissions and Fuel Standards will force car manufacturers to reduce certain …
The African Children's Choir performs onstage at the East End Community School in Portland on Monday. The choir, in the 13th month of 16 month tour, also had time to have lunch and play with children at the school.

‘The best voices in the world’: Grammy-nominated African Children’s Choir visits Portland school

By Troy R. Bennett and Seth Koenig on March 03, 2014, at 4:38 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — After two performances at Merrill Auditorium, the Grammy Award-nominated African Children’s Choir rode their tour bus to the East End Community School for a pizza party with the resident glee club Monday afternoon. Local students handed out whoopie pies, skipped rope and danced with the globetrotting African …
#MAINE (blog)

Move over Gotham and Metropolis. The fate of the superhero world will be determined in… Maine?

on March 03, 2014, at 12:17 p.m.
Hollywood’s got another banner year laid out for superhero movies, with Marvel’s Captain America, Spider-man, X-men and even the lesser known Guardians of the Galaxy due for big screen features in 2014. Marvel’s biggest rival, DC, will hit back in the next few years with another Superman flick, this time …
Bill Sinks of Vermont (left) pulls with all his might against Chris Burns of Massachusetts in a left hand division at the 2014 Maine State Armwrestling Championship at Thatcher’s Restaurant in South Portland on Saturday afternoon.

Spurred by new reality show, arm wrestling in Maine explodes in popularity

By Seth Koenig on March 02, 2014, at 3:07 p.m.
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — There were faces red with exertion, yelling and hollering, tight shirts, big arms, body art and a bar slinging drinks less than 20 yards away. But there was also so much more Saturday at the 2014 Maine State Armwrestling Championship at Thatcher’s Restaurant on Foden Road. …
In this September 2013 file photo, lettering on the door at the Wellness Connection of Maine, a medical marijuana dispensary with four locations in Maine, marks its Portland office.

National labor board breaks new ground by recognizing complaints against Maine marijuana grower

By Seth Koenig and Jackie Farwell on Feb. 27, 2014, at 1:59 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The National Labor Relations Board has entered uncharted territory by validating allegations of worker retaliation and union-busting practices by the Wellness Connection of Maine, which grows medical marijuana for distribution in the state. But while the country’s top food workers’ union hailed the board recognition as a …
 Kevin Whittemore, director of transportation for Portland Public Schools.

Portland schools hire new transportation, adult education directors

By Seth Koenig on Feb. 26, 2014, at 4:32 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The Portland school department announced Wednesday afternoon that the district has hired new directors for its adult education and transportation departments, both of which have been in the news in recent years for significant capital changes. Kevin Whittemore has been named the next transportation director, and is …
Susan Collins

Federal government pledges nearly $33 million to aid Maine, northeastern groundfishermen

By Seth Koenig on Feb. 26, 2014, at 3:02 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has allocated $32.8 million to help Maine and other northeastern U.S. groundfishermen struggling in an industry that for 2013 was declared a federal disaster. Additionally, U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker is expected to waive a 25 percent match required to trigger …
East End Community School fourth graders Ali Djana (left) and Nazar Salman record their impressions while trying seaweed pizza in Portland on Wednesday. As part of a program to expand offerings of locally sourced food in the school's cafeteria, students are given weekly chances to taste test new dishes and decide whether the cuisine should be added to the hot lunch menu.

‘It tastes slightly of the ocean’: Portland school students test seaweed pizza

By Seth Koenig on Feb. 26, 2014, at 2:52 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Pepperoni had better watch its back — that is, assuming pepperoni has a back. The pizza topping rapidly gaining popularity among Portland’s East End Community School students is seaweed. “This is the first week I’ve ever put seaweed on anything, but it’s been a wonderful addition,” said …
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