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.
U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree speaks during a debate at the WGME studios in Portland on Oct. 6.

With re-election bid seemingly secure, Pingree devotes attention — and cash — to electing other Democrats

By Seth Koenig on Oct. 21, 2014, at 4:13 p.m.
PORTLAND | Voters in Maine’s 1st Congressional District may not see any campaign television advertisements for their U.S. House race this year. In today’s world of politics — and with a barrage of TV ads coming from Maine’s gubernatorial, U.S. Senate and 2nd District candidates — the lack of …
Writer Crash Barry (left) and Frank Rizzo (right) light up a joint at the "Yes on 1" headquarters in Portland Tuesday night after declaring victory in a referendum to legalize recreational use of marijuana in the city. Portland Police Chief Sauschuck recently announced that Portland police have issued more summonses for marijuana use in the 10 months since voters approved a local legalization ordinance.  He maintains that most of those issued summonses would not have been permitted to use the drug under the ordinance anyway.

Portland police have issued more pot citations than before voters passed legalization ordinance

By Seth Koenig on Oct. 20, 2014, at 8:57 p.m.
Since Portland voters overwhelmingly approved a city ordinance last November locally legalizing possession of 2.5 ounces of marijuana, city police have issued 48 citations to individuals caught with the drug. In the previous 10-month period, for comparison, Police Chief Michael Sauschuck said his department issued 33 such …
Mumford & Sons take the stage on Portland's East Promenade Saturday night, Aug. 4, 2012. The Portland City Council votes to allow a concert promoter to host a concert in August 2015 in the park, though the promoter has not yet secured an act.

Portland City Council votes to allow August concert on the Eastern Prom: Promoter has yet to secure acts for show

By Seth Koenig on Oct. 20, 2014, at 8:24 p.m.
Three years after chart-topping folk rock band Mumford & Sons attracted 15,000 people to Portland for an outdoor concert on the Eastern Promenade, the city-owned park may once again play host to a concert. Since Mumford & Sons brought their Gentlemen of the Road festival to Maine’s …
Mayor Michael Brennan (right) listens as Maine comedian Bob Marley jokes about footgolf at the Riverside Golf Course in Portland on Monday. The city has a nine-hole course for the mashup sport of soccer and golf.

Golf, soccer mashup sport called ‘footgolf’ tees off in Maine

By Seth Koenig on Oct. 20, 2014, at 3:51 p.m.
PORTLAND | A mashup of two popular mainstream sports is spreading across the nation, and now Mainers can try “footgolf” for themselves. Portland’s Riverside Golf Course added the soccer-golf hybrid to its offerings in a kickoff challenge Monday that pit popular Maine comedian Bob Marley against Portland Mayor Michael …
This undeveloped property with a water view and adjacent parking garage are considered prime development opportunities in Portland.

Prime waterfront lot in Portland hits the market, could fetch $20 million

By Seth Koenig on Oct. 15, 2014, at 4:16 p.m.
One of the first properties cruise ship passengers see when they step onto dry land in Portland is hitting the market. The undeveloped 1.34-acre site tucked between the eastern end of the high-traffic Fore Street and waterfront Thames Street has long represented a prime redevelopment opportunity in …

Report: Former chart-topping rock singer arrested as fugitive before Portland concert

By Seth Koenig on Oct. 14, 2014, at 5:53 p.m.
Travis Meeks, the lead singer for the platinum-selling rock band Days of the New, was arrested as a fugitive from justice when he arrived at a Portland venue for a recent concert, the music news outlet Loudwire reported. Meeks, 35, was taken into custody by a Cumberland …
Former Arizona U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords raises her hand as the crowd applauds during an appearance July 6, 2013, at Portland City Hall.

Gabrielle Giffords in Portland: Gun control is a domestic violence issue

By Seth Koenig on Oct. 14, 2014, at 3:38 p.m.
Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was seriously injured in a 2011 shooting in her native Arizona, took part in a Portland forum Tuesday at which attendees said the issues of gun control and domestic violence cannot be separated. The former Democratic congresswoman has campaigned for stricter …

Tim McGraw’s song ‘Portland, Maine’ gets a lyrical overhaul

on Oct. 14, 2014, at 11:44 a.m.
Country star Tim McGraw has made it clear already that, despite his lyrics to the contrary, he knows where Portland, Maine, is. He’s been here, he likes it here and he’s anxious to come back and visit. He said so in an interview with Portland country radio station WPOR 101.9 FM …
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Shenna Bellows speaks with supporters after a Thursday morning news conference in Portland.

Bellows calls for universal health care, releases ad featuring Stephen King

By Seth Koenig on Oct. 09, 2014, at 4:13 p.m.
PORTLAND | Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Shenna Bellows touted her support for a universal health care program and decried incumbent Republican Sen. Susan Collins’ votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act during a Thursday morning news conference in Portland. The event took place the same day the Bellows campaign …
Portland Mayor Michael Brennan announces the Growing Portland collaborative -- which includes local businesses, educational institutions and nonprofits, among others -- has been awarded $50,000 in grant money to explore the establishment of a health informatics cluster in the city or state.

Portland group announces ‘historic’ plan to become a health information destination

By Seth Koenig on Oct. 08, 2014, at 6:47 p.m.
A wide-ranging collaborative comprising Greater Portland businesses and nonprofits announced Wednesday it secured $50,000 in grant money to explore the growth of a health information business cluster in the area. While so-called health informatics is not widely known and the announcement in itself may not immediately resonate …
Peter Marchesi, the attorney representing the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office and Deputy Nicholas Mangino in a potential lawsuit over an April shooting in Windham, fields questions from reporters on Wednesday morning in Portland. On the left is Cumberland County Sheriff Kevin Joyce.

Attorney for deputy in Windham fatal shooting calls claim notice ‘grossly inaccurate’

By Seth Koenig on Oct. 08, 2014, at 12:16 p.m.
PORTLAND | An attorney representing the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office deputy said a legal notice filed against his client in the case of a fatal shooting in Windham is “inaccurate” and “offensive.” Daniel Lilley, a Portland attorney representing the widow of 66-year-old Stephen McKenney, filed a notice of claim …
Daniel Lilley

Widow of Windham man shot by deputy considering $2 million lawsuit against police, attorney says

By Seth Koenig on Oct. 07, 2014, at 4:49 p.m.
PORTLAND | The widow of a Windham man shot in April by a Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office deputy is considering a $2 million lawsuit against police, her attorney said Tuesday. Vicki McKenney, both as herself and as the representative of her late husband’s estate, is named as the complainant …
Portland Mayor Michael Brennan (left), U.S. Senate candidate Shenna Bellows (center) and U.S. Rep. and gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud listen to former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland speak on Tuesday in Portland's Monument Square.

Michaud, Bellows join former Ohio governor to tout minimum wage hike, steps to help middle class

By Seth Koenig on Oct. 07, 2014, at 1:17 p.m.
PORTLAND | Democratic candidates for Maine governor and the U.S. Senate joined former Ohio governor and U.S. Rep. Ted Strickland and Portland Mayor Michael Brennan on Tuesday to call for an increase in the minimum wage, expansion of health care benefits and other steps they said would boost a …
Defense attorney Walter McKee (left) walks his client Philip S. Cohen out of Superior Court in Augusta in this August 2014 file photo.

Maine lawyer testifies he did not assault victim again a day after domestic violence plea deal

By Seth Koenig on Oct. 03, 2014, at 5:28 p.m.
PORTLAND | Prosecutors are seeking to put a prominent defense lawyer behind bars after they say he broke the terms of a plea agreement that threw out a domestic violence assault charge. Androscoggin County District Attorney Andrew Matulis on Friday recommended that Superior Court Justice Roland Cole sentence Philip …
One of the classrooms in the new home for Portland's Bayside Learning Community, formerly the West Program, in the renovated bottom floor of the former Goodwill Industries building in the city downtown.

Portland program for troubled students moves downtown, but one parent calls it a ‘warehouse’

By Seth Koenig on Oct. 03, 2014, at 9:25 a.m.
Portland Public Schools’ former West Program has a new name and a new home, making it more stable and more accessible, school officials say. But even after the school department spent $3.6 million acquiring and renovating the three-story former Goodwill Industries building at 353 Cumberland Ave. — …
Independent candidate for Maine’s 1st District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, Richard Murphy, speaks from his desk in Sanford on Tuesday. Murphy faces three-term incumbent Democrat U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree and Gorham Republican Isaac Misiuk as contenders for the seat.

Political newcomers challenge well-financed incumbent Pingree in Maine’s 1st District

By Seth Koenig on Oct. 03, 2014, at 5:29 a.m.
PORTLAND | The two challengers seeking to unseat Maine’s Democratic 1st District U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree say they’re more in touch with average voters than the three-term congresswoman. Pingree, who enjoys a huge polling and financial advantage in the state’s left-leaning southern district, says that argument is tired and …

People & Places: Evans Boston joins the Red Claws, local principal wins $100,000, mayor heads to Nova Scotia

on Oct. 02, 2014, at 3:22 p.m.
You may remember almost a month ago I wrote in this space about Casco Bay High School Principal Derek Pierce and his opportunity to win a $100,000 grant from the Nellie Mae Foundation for his school. Click here to read that post, if not. Pierce was Maine’s nominee for the …

Former Maine bank executive who spent employers’ money at strip clubs sentenced to 18 months

By Seth Koenig on Oct. 01, 2014, at 5:12 p.m.
PORTLAND | A former TD Bank executive from Arundel told a federal judge Wednesday that he coped with stress caused by working in the cutthroat banking industry by illegally spending thousands of dollars binging on lap dances and alcohol. U.S. District Court Judge George Z. Singal sentenced Jeffrey Burnham, …
An aerial view of Portland's Thompson's Point peninsula provided by developers of a $100-plus-million project to the city's Planning Department.

State Theatre manager signs deal for outside concerts at Portland’s Thompson’s Point development

By Darren Fishell and Seth Koenig on Sept. 30, 2014, at 9:05 a.m.
The general manager of The State Theatre has signed an agreement to operate a new outdoor concert venue at Portland’s waterfront Thompson’s Point, where developers Forefront Partners are working on a broader redevelopment effort. “Until Thompson’s Point, there has not been a feasible site in Portland that …
Portland Police Chief Michael Sauschuck in a 2012 file photo.

Blacks in Portland arrested at ‘disproportionate’ rate, police chief admits

By Seth Koenig on Sept. 29, 2014, at 9:17 p.m.
Portland’s black population is underrepresented on the city’s police force and overrepresented in the arrest logs, Police Chief Michael Sauschuck told an audience of more than 50 people Monday night. Of Portland’s approximately 66,000 residents, 7 percent are black, according to 2010 U.S. Census figures. Sauschuck said …
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