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A pedestrian crosses Main Street Thursday evening in Bangor. Fresh snow blanketed much of Maine Thursday including more than a foot in some locations. Timothy Duda, a forecaster at the National Weather Service’s Caribou office, said the Houlton area accumulated several inches of snow that wound down Thursday evening.

Winter storm winds down, dumps more than a foot of snow in parts of Aroostook, Washington counties

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 18, 2014, at 8:37 p.m.
BANGOR | Much of Maine woke up Thursday morning to fresh snow on the ground, including a foot or more in some locations. Timothy Duda, a forecaster at the National Weather Service’s Caribou office, said Thursday that the Houlton area had about 13 inches of snow. Other places that …
A Community Connector bus in downtown Bangor in this 2013 BDN file photo.

Limestone company may have a deal to rehab Bangor’s aging bus fleet

By Nick McCrea on Dec. 18, 2014, at 5:44 p.m.
City officials are in discussions with an Aroostook County company that refurbishes military vehicles and heavy equipment to perhaps replace Bangor’s oldest buses. “Our fleet is aging rapidly and we really need to begin replacing buses,” Finance Director Debbie Cyr said during a recent meeting of the …
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Aroostook Outdoor News: 12.18.14 edition

on Dec. 18, 2014, at 4:25 p.m.
Speaking of outdoor stuff: November = nondescript. December = decent. But January = coming in HOT! In this edition: 1) Skiing, snowshoeing, sliding, and SANTA in Madawaska. 2) Myriad on-snow and off-snow activities coming up at a Fort Kent festival. 3) Start 2015 on the run on New Year’s Day …
Broken river ice, seen here from the bridge where Castle Hill Road merges with South Wade Road in Washburn, moves down the Aroostook River on Dec. 14. As of Monday afternoon, an ice jam was still holding together on the downriver side of the Fort Fairfield Bridge. Warmer temperatures and rain following this month’s early chill, caused the early jam.

Ice jam expected to winter in Fort Fairfield

By Natalie De La Garza, Aroostook Republican & News on Dec. 18, 2014, at 11:42 a.m.
Broken river ice that has been moving down the Aroostook River looks to have settled here for the winter. The ice jam is not currently posing any problems, but officials will be keeping an eye on it come this spring. Joe Hewitt, lead forecaster at the …

Winter storm expected to wind down throughout Thursday

By Ryan McLaughlin on Dec. 18, 2014, at 8:41 a.m.
CARIBOU | Much of Maine woke up Thursday morning to fresh snow on the ground, including more than a foot in some locations. Timothy Duda, a forecaster at the National Weather Service’s Caribou office, said the Houlton area already has about 13 inches of snow, with a total of …
From the community

Christmas at the Lodge Madawaska

By colin jandreau on Dec. 18, 2014, at 8:12 a.m.
Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Four Seasons Trail Association – Christmas at the Lodge, 425 Spring Street, Madawaska, Maine For more information: fourseasonstrail.org The Four Seasons Trail Association will once again host its annual Christmas at the Lodge from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, …

UMFK Foundation supporting its executive director in wake of allegations

By Julia Bayly on Dec. 18, 2014, at 5:26 a.m.
FORT KENT | Board members of a nonprofit foundation designed to support the University of Maine at Fort Kent are rallying behind its executive director and university president, Wilson Hess, after the College of the Marshall Islands stripped him of the honorary title of president emeritus. The 10-member board …

Tractor-trailer overturns as northwestern Maine hit by another storm

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 17, 2014, at 8:14 p.m.
CARIBOU | Parts of northwestern Maine could see up to a foot of fresh snow by late Thursday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. The weather service’s Caribou office issued a winter storm warning Wednesday night for southeast Aroostook County effective through Thursday afternoon. During that period, forecasters …

Truck rollover closes Route 11 north of Patten

By Julia Bayly on Dec. 17, 2014, at 3:47 p.m.
Maine State Police are reporting both lanes of Route 11 north of Patten are closed to traffic after a tractor-trailer overturned in heavy snow about 3 p.m. The truck was hauling lumber, which spilled onto the roadway, according to Maine Department of Public Safety Spokesman Stephen McCausland, …
Clouds fill the low altitude areas around Saddleback Mountain Tuesday evening during sunset. This weather event is known as an inversion. According to AccuWeather.com, the extended forecast shows rain and snow showers on Thursday, clear skies Friday and Saturday with clouds rolling in on Sunday. Temperatures will remain hovering in low 30s and high 20s throughout the weekend.

County expected to get snow Wednesday night into Thursday

By Ryan McLaughlin on Dec. 17, 2014, at 8:53 a.m.
CARIBOU | Aroostook County is expected to get hit with fresh snow Wednesday night into Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. According to the weather service’s Caribou office, freezing rain and rain were expected to fall throughout the day and change over to snow by nightfall. Up to …
Wilson Hess, president of the University of Maine at Fort Kent.

UMFK president stripped of honorific title by Pacific island school

By Mario Moretto on Dec. 17, 2014, at 5:32 a.m.
AUGUSTA | The College of the Marshall Islands has stripped Wilson Hess, president of the University of Maine at Fort Kent, of the honorific title president emeritus amid allegations he mismanaged college endowment funds while leading an independent nonprofit group dedicated to the college’s support. The 10-member board of …
Firefighters were able to save the garage and its contents during a fire that destroyed a New Sweden home early Tuesday morning. A working smoke detector and the family dog are credited with alerting the home's single occupant so he could escape unharmed.

Working smoke detector, family dog credited with alerting New Sweden homeowner to fire

By Julia Bayly on Dec. 16, 2014, at 10:28 a.m.
The combination of a working smoke detector and the family dog meant a New Sweden homeowner was able to escape his burning home early Tuesday morning with no injuries. The state fire marshal was on his way to the scene of the fire that destroyed the …

Up to 10 inches of snow possible in northern Maine

By Ryan McLaughlin on Dec. 16, 2014, at 8:26 a.m.
CARIBOU | Fresh snow is expected to fall in northern portions of the state Wednesday into Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. The weather service’s Caribou office has posted a winter storm watch for Aroostook, northern Somerset and northern Piscataquis counties. Those areas could see 6 to 10 …

Ice jams on Aroostook River prompt flood advisory

By Nick McCrea on Dec. 13, 2014, at 4:07 p.m.
CARIBOU | The National Weather Service has issued a flood advisory for part of Aroostook County through Saturday night because of a pair of ice jams on the Aroostook River. The weather service issued the advisory around 2 p.m. Saturday after the ice jams were discovered. One is near …
Ethan Wardwell walks his retired racing greyhound Lone in Bangor during a short lull in the rain Wednesday afternoon.

Up to 6 inches of snow forecast for northern, western Maine

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 12, 2014, at 5:24 p.m.
CARIBOU | Parts of northern and western Maine could get up to half a foot of snow by midday Saturday, according to the National Weather Service’s Caribou office. The weather service has issued a winter weather advisory for northwest Aroostook County and northern Piscataquis County, effective through noon. Affected …
Michael O. Fox, 36, of Sanford.

Maine high court affirms judgment against methamphetamine manufacturer

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 11, 2014, at 3:51 p.m.
PRESQUE ISLE | The state’s highest court has refused to overturn the conviction of a 34-year-old Sanford man who was sentenced last year to serve nine years in prison for trafficking in methamphetamine. Attorney Hunter Tzovarras of Bangor argued his client Michael O. Fox’s appeal last October when the …
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Aroostook Outdoor News: 12.11.14 edition

on Dec. 11, 2014, at 3:34 p.m.
If you ski, here are the deets on where to be. If you don’t ski, our data on other events will fill you with glee. Click here to see! In this edition: 1) Dress like Santa for a very merry 5k in Mars Hill. 2) FOUR local ski areas open …
Sen. Susan Collins

Collins touts success in securing white potatoes for federal food assistance program

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 10, 2014, at 4:42 p.m.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Susan Collins announced Wednesday she has successfully secured a provision in the current appropriations bill that will require fresh white potatoes be included in the federal Women, Infants and Children supplemental food assistance program. It was a victory for Collins, a senior member of the …
This beagle was found injured in Frenchville on Dec. 5

Owner sought for beagle found injured in County coyote trap

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 10, 2014, at 2:34 p.m.
FRENCHVILLE | The town’s animal control officer is seeking the public’s help to locate the owner of a beagle that seriously injured its paw last week when it got caught in a coyote trap. Dean Lavoie, who also serves as the animal control officer in St. Agatha, said the …
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Nurse Kaci Hickox speaks with the media next to her boyfriend Ted Wilbur (not pictured) outside their home in Fort Kent on Oct. 31.

Kaci Hickox among Ebola fighters, survivors named ‘Person of the Year’ by Time

By Julia Bayly on Dec. 10, 2014, at 10:04 a.m.
FORT KENT | Kaci Hickox, the nurse who made national headlines recently when she defied Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s efforts to quarantine her after she returned from treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, is among those honored as Time Magazine’s 2014 “Person of the Year.” The magazine named those …
 
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