Presque Isle community center bids higher than anticipated

By Jen Lynds on April 17, 2015, at 7 p.m.
City councilors will meet Monday to discuss the proposed Presque Isle Community Center campaign after bids for the project came in this week as much as $1.5 million higher than anticipated. Deputy City Manager Martin Puckett said Friday that the city put 12 options out to …
Open water flows under the St. John River bridge in Allagash after the ice jam there broke up Friday afternoon. The jam moved downriver and had re-formed in St. Francis late Friday.

Ice jam on St. John River in Allagash lets go, re-forms in St. Francis

By Julia Bayly on April 17, 2015, at 5:33 p.m.
The National Weather Service lifted the flood warning on the upper St. John River after the ice jam in Allagash let go early Friday afternoon and the water level dropped nearly 11 feet. At 8 a.m. Friday, the water level of the river at the Dickey gage …

Aroostook Outdoor News: 4.17.15 edition

on April 17, 2015, at 3:25 p.m.
#IceIceBaby! Another #spring milestone is upon us: it’s river #iceout time. #GoAwayWinter #HelloSpring! In this edition: 1) Run/Walks this weekend in Presque Isle and Island Falls. 2) Run/Walks, a waterfowl walk, and a history walk next weekend Grafton, NB, Caribou, Fort Fairfield, and Presque Isle. 3) Start making summer outdoor …
Rising waters behind an ice jam on the St. John River in Allagash have covered a portion of the Ferry Road off Rt. 161 on Friday.

Ice jam holding fast on the St. John River, residents on high alert

By Julia Bayly on April 17, 2015, at 10:51 a.m.
ALLAGASH | A flood warning remains in effect in northern Maine, where an ice jam on the St. John River in Allagash was creating minor flooding Friday morning, according to the National Weather Service. As of 8 a.m. Friday, the water level of the river at the Dickey gage …
Ice jams up next to the bridge over the St. John River in Allagash Thursday morning.

Ice jams, possible rain raises flooding concerns for parts of Maine

By Julia Bayly on April 16, 2015, at 2:36 p.m.
FORT KENT | State and local officials are keeping a close eye on a massive ice jam on the St. John River in Allagash that could affect towns downriver if it lets go over the next 24 hours. The St. John River rose about 15 feet in 90 minutes …
The Conservation Fund will use money from tech giant Apple to buy 32,400 acres of forestland in Aroostook County, just south of Wytopitlock Lake and on the border with Penobscot and Washington counties.

Apple funds conservation of 32,400 acres in The County

By Darren Fishell and Jen Lynds on April 16, 2015, at 2:03 p.m.
REED PLANTATION | A large chunk of at-risk forestland in southern Aroostook County will be protected thanks to a partnership between one of the world’s largest tech companies and a top-ranked conservation organization. Apple has given an undisclosed amount of money to The Conservation Fund to buy and manage …

Council delays scheduling secession hearing, approves grant

By Joshua Archer, Aroostook Republican & News on April 16, 2015, at 12:55 p.m.
CARIBOU | The Caribou City Council agreed this week to move forward on a community development block grant request by a local business but delayed setting a date for a public hearing on a secession effort that would divide the city into two communities. Representatives of the Caribou Secession …
A massive ice jam along the St. John River in Allagash forced water up over the road for a time Thursday morning near the old Dickey Trading Post.

Massive ice jam in St. John River has Allagash residents on alert

By Julia Bayly on April 16, 2015, at 10:13 a.m.
Residents in this tiny community 35 miles west of Fort Kent are reporting a 3- to 4-mile long ice jam on the St. John River stretching from the bridge up the head of the so-called “big rapids.” “The ice was jammed, and water from the [St. John …
Ice was flowing on the Aroostook River Wednesday evening.

Flooding along Aroostook River forces road closure

By Julia Bayly on April 15, 2015, at 7:02 p.m.
CARIBOU | Spring flooding on the Aroostook River prompted the Maine Department of Transportation to close Grimes Road where it becomes North Caribou Road at the Fort Fairfield-Caribou town line. According to a Caribou Police Department dispatcher, the road was closed around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and drivers should seek …
Robert Van Houten

Presque Isle man arrested after allegedly failing to report to jail

By Jen Lynds on April 15, 2015, at 6:19 p.m.
WASHBURN | A Presque Isle man who skipped town after being sentenced in January to serve three years in prison on cocaine and marijuana charges has been located and arrested, according to police. A tip to the Aroostook County Crimestoppers helped officers find Robert Van Houten, 34, on Wednesday …

The County work ethic, speed track attracts motorcycle parts company

By Paula Brewer, Aroostook Republican & News on April 15, 2015, at 5:15 p.m.
LIMESTONE | A classic motorcycle parts company based in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, is on its way to taking up residence at the Loring Commerce Centre, pending successful completion of the building sale. The Loring Development Authority recently approved the sale for $83,000 of Building No. 8716, part of the …
Alain Bois, director of nursing services at Northern Maine Medical Center in Fort Kent, shows off some of the new monitoring equipment in the hospital's newly renovated emergency room. The $2 million renovation and construction project wraps up in May.

NMMC’s $2 million ER renovations winding down

By Julia Bayly on April 15, 2015, at 3:11 p.m.
FORT KENT | Construction is winding down on a $2 million renovation project at the Northern Maine Medical Center’s emergency room, where medical staff are expected to completely move in by the end of next month. “Our emergency room has not had any facelifts since it was built in …

Oakfield man indicted in February high-speed chase

By Jen Lynds on April 14, 2015, at 6:49 p.m.
SMYRNA | An Oakfield man who was arrested in February after leading state police on a chase through three southern Aroostook towns before being forcibly stopped has been indicted by the Aroostook County grand jury. Christian M. McDonald, 26, of Oakfield, was indicted for operating after revocation, eluding, criminal …

Palermo man arrested in theft of guns from Eagle Lake

By Jen Lynds on April 14, 2015, at 6:37 p.m.
HOULTON | State police Tuesday arrested a Palermo man in connection with the theft of five firearms from a home in Eagle Lake. An Eagle Lake homeowner contacted the Maine State Police at about noon Tuesday after discovering that a building he owned had been broken into, according to …
Bottles of Mr. Boston and Gold Crown coffee brandy and are shown at a Maine supermarket.

Houlton grocers told they can sell hard liquor, but not beer, on Sundays

By Joseph Cyr, Houlton Pioneer Times on April 14, 2015, at 6:04 p.m.
Local shoppers looking to grab a bottle of wine or six-pack of beer on Sunday were shocked and confused to learn they could not do so. All three grocery stores in Houlton had signs posted on their doors and coolers stating they were not allowed to sell …

A little goes a long way

on April 14, 2015, at 9:54 a.m.
I think spring is finally here.  The climbing temperatures this week gives us a preview of what Aroostook holds for us this summer.  I don’t know about you, but the sun was welcomed yesterday, a warm bright beautiful round object that gives the world life. In education, spring means a …

Houlton police files jammed by virus until ransom paid

By Joseph Cyr, Houlton Pioneer Times on April 13, 2015, at 5:47 p.m.
Computers in the town’s Police Department were infected with a virus last week that essentially shut down access to all documents and programs. Houlton Police Chief Joe McKenna confirmed Monday afternoon that his department was one of a handful in the state to be affected by a …

Police break up large underage drinking party in St. Agatha

By Nick Sambides Jr. on April 11, 2015, at 2:06 p.m.
State police issued a summons to a 19-year-old man with providing a place for minors to drink after breaking up a large party at his home on Brook Road on Friday and seizing large quantities of alcohol, police said Saturday. Brandon Couture, 19, of St. Agatha …
Maine State Police are seeking information about the person or people who vandalized this utility pole at the intersection of Cleveland and Guerrette roads in St. Agatha.

Maine State Police seeking person who damaged utility pole in St. Agatha

By Dawn Gagnon on April 10, 2015, at 7:52 p.m.
The Maine State Police is seeking information about the person responsible for damaging an Emera Maine utility pole, Sgt. Brian Harris said Friday evening. The damage to the pole, located at the intersection of Cleveland and Guerrette roads, was reported by Emera Maine on Thursday. “Sometime …

Sex offender accused of failing to update address after moving to Presque Isle

By Jen Lynds on April 10, 2015, at 3:23 p.m.
A 36-year-old man who is a lifetime registrant on the state’s sex offender registry was arrested for the second time in less than two years on Thursday after allegedly changing residences and failing to let police know in a timely manner. State law requires people who …
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