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.
 
SETH AND THE CITY (blog)

Is a new outdoor concert venue on the horizon for Greater Portland?

on Aug. 15, 2014, at 2:03 p.m.
In the latest edition of MaineBiz, my friend Dylan Martin has a profile of Lauren Wayne, general manager of The State Theatre, as part of the publication’s “Women to Watch” series. The whole story is worth reading, as is anything Dylan writes, but one sentence fragment stood out to me. …
Anti-abortion activist Donna Hebert, left, chats with Cha Cha Canady on Congress Street at the edge of the buffer zone created around the entrance across the street to Planned Parenthood of New England in this June 2014 file photo.

Anti-abortion protests grow as Portland demonstrators seek to make legal statement

By Seth Koenig on Aug. 14, 2014, at 5:26 p.m.
Portland police confirmed that anti-abortion protests outside the city’s Planned Parenthood clinic have increased in number and activity since the revocation of a buffer zone, as demonstrators pressed in court to be awarded monetary damages for the months they’d been forced across the street by the city-imposed …

Portland recovers from record rainfall

By Seth Koenig on Aug. 14, 2014, at 2:05 p.m.
Timothy Nangle of the Portland Police Department describes which areas of the city were hardest hit by Wednesday’s record rainstorm and how the city is reacting to the damages on Thursday.
Scarborough resident Adam Chick waits for help Wednesday night in his car, which was disabled by high water on State Street in Portland's Deering Oaks Park. The record-breaking storm dropped more than 6 inches of rain in parts of southern Maine in a few hours, according to the National Weather Service – more than twice the average total for the month of August. Chick said a police officer waved him through and cautioned him to proceed slowly, moments before his car stalled in the water. Chick's was the last vehicle to enter the water before police closed the street.

Record rainfall in Portland causes flooding, road washouts, evacuation of hundreds

By Beth Brogan and Seth Koenig on Aug. 14, 2014, at 6:26 a.m.
A record-breaking storm topping 6 inches of rainfall overnight Wednesday forced the evacuation of hundreds of people in Portland, caused widespread flooding and washed out busy downtown streets. Portland city spokeswoman Jessica Grondin on Thursday told reporters the flash flooding forced the evacuation of eight properties in …
SETH AND THE CITY (blog)

Portland one of ‘the Best Towns Ever’

on Aug. 13, 2014, at 5:38 p.m.
We’ve seen Portland lauded by national publications for its beer, coffee, economy, farmers markets, environmental friendliness, healthy living, second career opportunities, and on and on and on. It’s really kind of become a bit of a running gag how frequently Maine’s largest city is pumped up by magazines in search …
CAMPAIGN 2014
At a campaign rally in downtown Portland on Tuesday, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Shenna Bellows described her approach as neither liberal nor conservative but as "working class."

Bellows completes 350-mile campaign walk, touts ‘working-class’ agenda in Portland rally; Collins premieres TV ad

By Seth Koenig on Aug. 12, 2014, at 4:48 p.m.
In a Portland rally to celebrate the end of her 350-mile campaign walk from Houlton to Kittery, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Shenna Bellows cast herself not as a liberal or a conservative choice but as a “working class” one. Bellows also tied her opponent — incumbent Sen. …
Iron Eagles stunt pilots Bill Gordon and Billy Werth perform aerobatic maneuvers during the Acadian Heritage Air Show in Frenchville on Sunday, Aug. 10. Werth suffered minor injuries after a crash landing in Standish later that evening, while returning home from the air show.

Amateur-built aircraft that crash-landed on Standish road Sunday had crashed once before, CBS 13 finds

By Seth Koenig on Aug. 12, 2014, at 4:46 p.m.
The amateur-built plane that crash-landed on a busy road in Standish on Sunday had crashed at least once before, an investigation by Portland television station WGME, CBS 13, found. A report from the National Transportation Safety Board noted that the same aircraft, still registered to pilot Billy …
VIDEO
Comic book artist and creator Ray Dillon draws on a Cintiq computer screen at his home in Cape Elizabeth on Monday. Dillon, who has worked on major comics for big companies in the past, is crowdsourcing five original books of his own through the website Patreon.

Acclaimed Maine comic artist has novel business model to fund original projects

By Seth Koenig on Aug. 12, 2014, at 12:14 p.m.
CAPE ELIZABETH | When Ray Dillon was an aspiring artist as a high schooler in Kansas, there were no online drawing tutorials or social networks available to show off his work. “I had to figure it out on my own,” Dillon recalled. “So I’ve always just enjoyed passing along …
Water trickles from a hole on Whaleboat Road in Portland on Monday where Portland Water District workers dug up a busted water main.

Water main breaks on Whaleboat Road in Portland

By Seth Koenig on Aug. 11, 2014, at 11:53 a.m.
A water main break Monday morning on Whaleboat Road attracted the attention of the Portland Water District, but caused little inconvenience for the neighborhood. Michelle Clements, spokeswoman for the water district, told the Bangor Daily News that eight customers in the area are affected by the break. …
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Josh Wege (left) and Rick Will of the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team stand in the parking lot of The Ballpark in Old Orchard Beach on Thursday night.

Wounded Warrior softball team comes to Maine ‘to show that life without limbs is limitless’

By Seth Koenig on Aug. 08, 2014, at 8:44 a.m.
OLD ORCHARD BEACH | Each one remembers the date. For Josh Wege, it was Oct. 4, 2009. He was in a light armored vehicle in Afghanistan when it rolled over an improvised explosive device — which, after nearly a decade and a half at war, many Americans know better …

Winning $1.1 million Megabucks lottery ticket sold at Portland grocery store

By Seth Koenig on Aug. 07, 2014, at 4:25 p.m.
The Maine Lottery announced on Thursday afternoon that a winning Megabucks ticket for the Wednesday drawing was sold at a Portland grocery store. Someone who shopped at the Shaw’s Westgate Supermarket on Congress Street has a lottery ticket worth $1.1 million, the lottery office announced, and the …
SETH AND THE CITY (blog)

Portland finance director to move to school department; City Hall turnover continues

on Aug. 07, 2014, at 3:48 p.m.
About two years ago, I was talking to Portland City Manager Mark Rees about what was at the time an almost unprecedented amount of turnover at City Hall — within the previous 18 months or so, the city had replaced or begun searching for a new fire chief, police chief, …
This map shows the proposed route of a passenger train connection between Portland and Auburn, along with potential sites for train stops along the way.

Portland-Auburn passenger train could be first step toward rail connection with Bethel, Montreal

By Seth Koenig on Aug. 07, 2014, at 1:22 p.m.
The 2001 establishment of Amtrak’s Downeaster train service created a passenger rail pipeline tying Boston to Portland. That pipeline today carries more than 1,500 people a day between the two cities, a group that includes professional commuters and tourists alike, and generates an estimated $12 million in …
Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley (left) drives to the basket against Charlotte Bobcats forward Josh McRoberts at TD Garden in Boston in this April 2014 file photo.

Boston Celtics announce plan to play game in Portland

By Seth Koenig on Aug. 05, 2014, at 5:45 p.m.
The Boston Celtics NBA basketball team on Tuesday announced plans to play an October preseason game in Portland. The Celtics are the parent club for the NBA Development League’s Maine Red Claws, which plays its home games at the Portland Expo. The Boston team, which is coming …
A little brown bat showing no visible signs of white-nose syndrome perches on a researcher's glove in Vermont in this file photo.

2 bird, 2 bat species among Maine animals in line to be listed as endangered

By Seth Koenig on Aug. 05, 2014, at 4:47 p.m.
PORTLAND | Two species of bats that have been devastated by the deadly white nose syndrome are among the animals state officials propose to reclassify as endangered. State wildlife officials also propose classifying a third bat species as threatened. Joining the bats are two species of birds — the …
West End Neighborhood Association President Roseanne Graef said Congress Square needs a redesign and more attractions like the Small Axe food truck, as opposed to redevelopment as an events center for the Westin Portland Harborview Hotel seen in the background.

Portland council orders group to study possibility of rooftop park over Congress Square event center

By Seth Koenig on Aug. 04, 2014, at 8:03 p.m.
The Portland City Council on Monday revived a study group charged with plotting the future of the embattled Congress Square and ordered the panel to consider the possibility of a rooftop park over an event center there. That project was discussed by councilors during a workshop last …
Paul Bradbury, Portland International Jetport director

Portland jetport ranked as one of country’s most affordable airports

By Seth Koenig on Aug. 04, 2014, at 7:26 p.m.
The Portland International Jetport’s top administrator on Monday touted the facility’s recent ranking as one of the country’s most affordable airports. According to the website cheapflights.com, the Portland International Jetport is the 13th most affordable of the 400-plus commercial airports in the country, three spots ahead of …
The Portland Public Library on Congress Street.

Portland eyes deal with public library to store, digitize city archives

By Seth Koenig on Aug. 04, 2014, at 6:24 p.m.
The Portland City Council on Monday night laid the groundwork for a deal in which the Portland Public Library would store and digitize city records. The collaboration is being touted by city officials as a way to better preserve and allow public access to historic city documents …
CAMPAIGN 2014
Independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler slammed rivals Paul LePage and Mike Michaud on Monday in Portland for not agreeing to more debates before the fall election. Cutler said the party candidates are scared the forums could hurt their efforts to get out early absentee votes.

Cutler: Democrats, Republicans are afraid of more debates

By Seth Koenig on Aug. 04, 2014, at 12:48 p.m.
PORTLAND | Independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler blasted his Democratic and Republican rivals on Monday for not agreeing to more debates, saying the party candidates are afraid the forums could blunt their efforts to cement early advantages through absentee voting. Cutler’s news conference at Portland City Hall came on …
SETH AND THE CITY (blog)

Report: Google giving up on its floating showroom — mystery barge to be scrapped

on Aug. 01, 2014, at 10:17 a.m.
Tip of the cap here to the Portland Press Herald’s Tom Bell, who, after a day of speculation about the latest movements of Google’s mysterious barge, uncovered the news that the cube-shaped floating structure is bound for… the scrap heap. Tom was the first to report this morning that Lance Hanna, …
 
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