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Edward Wetherell

County man facing several charges after allegedly fleeing from crash

By Dawn Gagnon on April 09, 2017, at 1 p.m.
Edward Wetherell, 44, is charged with operating after revocation, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, unauthorized use of property and violation of bail.
Trevor Tompkins

Ashland man indicted in connection with drug death

By Dawn Gagnon on April 09, 2017, at 11:06 a.m.
Trevor Tompkins is charged with aggravated unlawful trafficking of scheduled drugs resulting in death.
OFFUGO...

Aroostook Outdoor News: 4.7.17 edition

on April 07, 2017, at 3:10 p.m.
An adult mosquito harvesting a blood meal. Improper application of insect repellent could increase your chances for bites.

You’re putting your insect repellent on wrong

By Aislinn Sarnacki on April 07, 2017, at 1 a.m.
“There’s actually a right and a wrong way to put on insect repellent,” said Michael Bentley, staff entomologist for the National Pest Management Association.
Former Old Town High School basketball star Don Sturgeon (left) blocks a shot during a game against John Bapst. Sturgeon was a member of the BDN's first All-Maine Schoolboy Basketball Team in 1956.

Basketball memories still resonate with first BDN All-Maine boys team

By Ryan McLaughlin on April 07, 2017, at 1 a.m.
More than 60 years after being named to the BDN’s first All-Maine boys team, Terry Spurling is watching his grandchildren, Kyle Bouchard and Kolleen Bouchard, build storied careers of their own.
KATHRYN OLMSTEAD
Cast members for "We Are Monsters" take time from practice at Wintergreen Arts Center in Presque Isle to pose with music director Aaron Swanson (back row, from left), choreographer Emily Sjoberg, director Darci Faye, assistant director Alexandra Kruczek and assistant music directors Tom Watson and Sawyer O'Donnell.

Caribou native gives up NYC to inspire Maine youngsters on stage

By Kathryn Olmstead on April 06, 2017, at 4:43 p.m.
Darci Faye, whose play “Infinitely Yours” recently was nominated for five awards at New York’s Planet Connections Theatre Festival, is directing the youth theatre production of “We Are Monsters.”
An adult female deer tick. The National Pest Management Association predicts 2017 will be a bad season for mosquitoes and ticks.

Pest experts predict bad tick, mosquito season for Northeast

By Aislinn Sarnacki on April 06, 2017, at 2:02 p.m.
For the Northeast, the bi-annual Bug Barometer states that “higher tick populations may result from the unseasonably warm winter.
Peter Mourmouras, left, and his son Thomas, spoke to the Houlton Town Council March 27 about their plans for Houlton to become a test site for industrial hemp. The two said they have spoken with a local potato farmer about using hemp as a rotational crop as part of a clinical trial to see how well the product replenishes nutrients in the soil.

Group wants to grow industrial hemp in Houlton

on April 06, 2017, at 12:45 p.m.
Payless ShoeSource is closing 400 stores across the country, including four in Maine.

Payless shoe store files for bankruptcy, will close 4 stores in Maine

By Danielle McLean on April 05, 2017, at 6:24 p.m.
The Broadway Shopping Center store in Bangor as well as those in Presque Isle, Biddeford and Ellsworth are among 400 stores closing across the country.
POLL QUESTION
A glass of water is seen during the taste testing at the Maine Rural Water Association's 34th Annual Water and Wastewater Technical Conference at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Dec. 11, 2014.

Maine’s wells could be polluted with arsenic, lead

By Abigail Curtis on April 05, 2017, at 6:01 a.m.
“The major problem is that Maine has a high reliance on wells, but very few people test their wells.”
HEATHER DENKMIRE
Heather Denkmire is a writer and artist who lives in Portland with her two young daughters.

Autistic people don’t need a ‘cure’

By Heather Denkmire on April 05, 2017, at 5:55 a.m.
The largest autism organizations treat autism as if it were a disease that needs to be eradicated, rather than a set of developmental conditions.
Caribou Police Chief Michael Gahagan says his department will be prepared to face challenges of the new year as long as community collaboration remains strong.

Labor board will hear police union grievance against Caribou in May

on April 04, 2017, at 2:33 p.m.
MAINE FOCUS
The Maine State House is pictured in January 2016.

LePage administration paid $315K for a consultant to rethink child care, then did nothing

By Matthew Stone on April 04, 2017, at 6:26 a.m.
The state told federal regulators it planned to carry out the consultant’s recommendations and re-upped with the consultant after its first proposal. But it appears there are no plans to follow through.
Sen. Eric Brakey, R-Auburn, intends to run against Sen. Angus King in the 2018 senate race.

GOP state senator Eric Brakey kicks off underdog 2018 bid to unseat Angus King

By Michael Shepherd on April 03, 2017, at 8 p.m.
Brakey called King a champion of “big government and big corporations” and hit Republicans for challenging him weakly.
Caribou Secession Committee Spokesperson Paul Camping (center) and major petition circulator Milo Haney watch carefully as Caribou City Clerk Jayne Farrin reviews submitted petitions seeking secession submitted in March 2015.

Legislative panel’s vote ends Caribou secession effort

By Christopher Bouchard, Aroostook Republican & News on April 03, 2017, at 7:16 p.m.
In March 2015, the secession committee submitted a petition with more than 1,300 signatures to the town seeking to leave Caribou.
MAINE FOCUS
Sen. Angus King listens as Bucksport officials discuss the potential redevelopment of the former Verso Paper mill in Bucksport. King is proposing an initiative to get rural Maine communities to think about their futures.

King wants rural towns to compete for money to turn around their future

By Matthew Stone on April 03, 2017, at 7:06 p.m.
If current trends hold, Maine’s rural regions are destined for a future in which communities will continue to shrink, and some might cease to exist as municipalities.

Climate change skeptic group’s mailing campaign targets Maine teachers

By Nick McCrea on April 03, 2017, at 5:47 p.m.
A letter from the Heartland Institute said that the “science isn’t settled” and that there was an ongoing, “vibrant debate” among scientists.


This Suzuki, driven by Wilson Beaulieu of Madawaska, collided with an SUV driven by Douglas Hise of Caribou, Feb. 11, in St. David. March 30, Madawaska  formally charged Hise with OUI stemming from the accident.

Police charge Caribou man with OUI related to February wrong-way driving accidents

on April 03, 2017, at 5:45 p.m.

Maine wardens investigating fatal shooting of dog by coyote hunter

By Jen Lynds on April 03, 2017, at 2:13 p.m.
A yellow lab was shot during the last week of March by a coyote hunter.
A snow pile covers half the kiosk at the trailhead for Big Moose Mountain on Feb. 12, near Greenville.

Another spring storm to dump up to 8 inches of snow

By Nick McCrea on April 03, 2017, at 9:22 a.m.
Western and southern Maine could see between 5 and 8 inches of snow, with possible higher totals in the and around mountains.