Graduates celebrate after switching their tassels over during the University of Maine’s 215th Commencement at Alfond Arena in Orono on May 13. The University of Maine System board of trustees Monday voted Monday to approve the first system-wide tuition hike in in six years.

UMS board approves first system-wide tuition hike in six years

By Nick McCrea on May 23, 2017, at 1:10 a.m.
Board also approves new organization, leader at UMPI.
Jacob Poitraw, 20, of Caribou was one of two inmates at the Aroostook County Jail charged with leaving the scene of a work release program Saturday afternoon in Houlton. Poitraw and Jeston Davis, 25, of Fort Kent, were participating in a community work farm project in Houlton when they were left unattended Saturday afternoon and decided to take a pickup truck from the farm. The two drove to the Houlton Wal-Mart, where an ashtray filled with cigarette butts was stolen from outside the store.

Inmates on work release take a smoke break, get charged with theft

on May 22, 2017, at 6:23 p.m.
” It is presumed that the inmates stole the ashtray full of cigarette butts to smoke, as smoking is prohibited behavior for county jail inmates.”
Sam Blackstone of Circle B Farms prepares to go pick up the bean pot for a group lunch at an open house and apple class at his Caribou farm in May 2016.

Caribou farm named northern Maine food aggregator for UMaine system

By Anthony Brino on May 22, 2017, at 11:13 a.m.
A major University of Maine system food service provider is partnering with Circle B Farms of Caribou to bring more locally grown food to four UMaine campuses.
The Department of Defense Finance and Accounting Service offices on the grounds of the former Loring Air Force Base in Limestone.

Former DFAS employee sues Limestone facility over bad water

By Jen Lynds on May 19, 2017, at 7:08 a.m.
Angela Jackson, who frequently drank the water in her coffee, began getting ill around 2004 or 2005, according to the lawsuit.
Loring Development Authority President and CEO Carl Flora, left, prepares for an emergency board meeting on May 16 as LDA Finance and Accounting Director Donna Sturzl sets up a conference call for board members unable to attend due to the short notice.

Loring Industries projected to bring scores of jobs to Limestone

on May 18, 2017, at 2:50 p.m.
Loring Industries will support the Maine Military Authority with purchasing parts and components, doing inventory on those components, and then delivering them to the production line,

Frenchville board rejects chairman’s petition over controversial road project

on May 18, 2017, at 12:34 p.m.
Select board refuses to schedule special town meeting on Election Day as requested by petition.

Madawaska town manager will be next Aroostook County administrator

on May 17, 2017, at 5:43 p.m.
Ryan D. Pelletier will be taking over for current county administrator Doug Beaulieu who is retiring in June,
Limestone resident Tadd Devoe casts his ballot during a May 16 vote to see if Limestone residents favor withdrawing from RSU 39, and authorizing a withdrawal committee to spend up to $40,000 for the cause. Follow the developing story at

Limestone voters overwhelmingly support withdrawing from RSU 39

on May 17, 2017, at 4:11 p.m.
The RSU 39 school board’s vote to send Limestone high schoolers to Caribou High School next year because of anticipated budget shortfalls prompted Limestone residents to look into withdrawing from the school district.

Northern Maine library selected for new NASA-sponsored program

By Julia Bayly on May 17, 2017, at 1:29 p.m.
The northern Maine library was among 75 nationwide — and the only one in the state — selected from 5,000 applicants to participate in the NASA@MyLibrary Program.

Presque Isle man appeals drug conviction to state supreme court

By Jen Lynds on May 16, 2017, at 3:19 p.m.
An attorney for a Presque Isle man found guilty of a felony drug offense nearly two years ago is appealing his conviction.

Madawaska town manager announces resignation

on May 12, 2017, at 12:18 p.m.

State supreme court hears Smyrna man’s appeal of conviction in gun, rape case

By Jen Lynds on May 11, 2017, at 7:03 p.m.
Horace W. Salley III, 47, argued that his attorney was ineffective for failing to object to hearsay testimony from a state social worker at an earlier trial.
Local police charged Robert Dobbins, 20, of Caribou, with theft after they say he was identified from surveillance images taken at the Caribou Recreation Center on Saturday night. Dobbins is accused of stealing about $365 in Canadian money from visiting Canadian roller skaters during a Roller Derby match that night.

Police accuse Caribou man of stealing cash from visiting Canadian roller derby team

on May 09, 2017, at 3:12 p.m.
“We’re promoting Caribou, Aroostook Roller Derby, and the Rec Center, so it’s upsetting to have that happen.”
Sheriff Darrell Crandall of the Aroostook County Sheriff's Office speaks to the crowd.

Houlton councilors consider shifting police coverage to sheriff’s office

By Jen Lynds on May 09, 2017, at 11:10 a.m.
Town councilors opted Monday evening to move forward with a plan to see whether it would be more cost effective for the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office to provide policing services for the community.
Motorists were warned that recent rains have combined with melting snow to push the Aroostook River and its tributaries to flood levels in some low-lying spots in April.

April showers brought more rain than usual to northern Maine

By Jen Lynds on May 09, 2017, at 6:32 a.m.
Statistics from the National Weather Service in Caribou show that precipitation was above average in the state last month except across portions of Down East Maine, where it was slightly below average.

Fort Kent turns swastika vandalism on roadway into tic-tac-toe

on May 03, 2017, at 3:32 p.m.
You can’t look at the swastika and see any positive nature of that symbolism based on its recent history.
John Ezzy (center) refutes assertions of his conflicts of interest at Tuesday evening's board of selectmen meeting, while fellow board member Ivan Dube looks on.

Frenchville board reluctantly OKs petition to recall selectman; vote set for June 13

on May 03, 2017, at 12:43 p.m.
Selectmen lament “flawed” new ordinance they say essentially forced them to a accept citizen petition calling for the ouster of the board’s chairman.
Sen. Mike Carpenter, D-Houlton

County senator creates bill to amend sexual assault laws

By Jen Lynds on April 28, 2017, at 11:30 a.m.
In some cases where sexual assault charge has been reported, the state could only charge the offender with furnishing liquor to a minor, one DA said.
A tractor-trailer truck driven by Marlin Hostetler, 40, of Littleton burst into flames on Interstate 95 Wednesday evening. Hostetler was not injured in the April 26 fire. The tractor trailer, which was hauling a load of potatoes south, was destroyed.

Tractor trailer hauling potatoes bursts into flames

on April 27, 2017, at 10:47 a.m.
Makenna Pelletier with her parents, Danielle and Chad Pelletier.

Benefit dinner to help Fort Kent toddler fighting brain tumor

on April 26, 2017, at 4:51 p.m.