The former Bangor YMCA building at 127 Hammond St. in a 2013 file photo.

Penobscot County may be able to buy old YMCA rather than take it by eminent domain

By Judy Harrison on March 20, 2017, at 12:12 p.m.
3rd Annual Bangor Mall Motorcycle Show

Patriot Riders of America Maine Chapter-3rd Annual Bangor Mall Motorcycle Show

By James Turcotte on March 20, 2017, at 10:23 a.m.
Todd Fullerton, chef at Hero's Sports Grill & Entertainment Center in Bangor, and his son, Nicholas, served up some of Fullerton's award-winning seafood chowder Saturday night during the Bangor Professional Firefighters IAFF Local 772's fifth annual Chili and Chowder Cook-off, which raised $6,300 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Fullterton's chowder, one of about 40 entries submitted by professional and amateur cooks, won in both the People's Choice and Firefighters' Choice categories during the annual event, held Saturday night at Hollywood Casino, Hotel & Raceway.

Bangor firefighters’ chili, chowder cook-off raises $6,300 for MDA

By Dawn Gagnon on March 19, 2017, at 4:32 p.m.
About 40 entries were submitted by restaurants, local institutions and home cooks.
Nathan Hinrichs, 4 looks at a a giant paper mache human skull at the University of Maine Museum of Art in Bangor Saturday. The sculpture will be on display at the library later in March and will be unveiled at a reception on March 28.

Kids explore the world of science at Maine Science Festival

By Dawn Gagnon on March 19, 2017, at 9:28 a.m.
From robotics to Minecraft children from across the state explored the world of science at the annual Maine Science Festival.

Gang leader pleads guilty to multiple charges, admits role in four murders

By Dawn Gagnon on March 18, 2017, at 2:22 p.m.
A leader of a gang that brought crack cocaine from Connecticut to the Bangor area to be sold and transported guns purchased illegally pleaded guilty to federal racketeering, drug trafficking and money laundering charges.
Eastern Maine Medical Center staff walk down a hallway in the hospital in Bangor Friday. Slower visa approval of skilled workers could add to the shortage of doctors in the state.

Slower visa approval could worsen Maine’s doctor shortage

By Jen Lynds on March 18, 2017, at 1:48 a.m.
Dr. James Raczek estimated that 100 physicians “are currently at [Eastern Maine Medical Center] working in the U.S. on the broad spectrum of J-1, H-1B visas and green cards.”
Charlie Winegardner watches his shot during the final round of the Greater Bangor Open Saturday at Bangor Municipal Golf Course.

Bangor Municipal Golf Course re-certified as ‘Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary’

Bangor Daily News on March 18, 2017, at 1 a.m.
Bangor Muni is one of three courses in Maine and 892 courses in the world to be so recognized.
Bob Fickett, who is in recovery after a 12-year addiction to opiates and alcohol, was the keynote speaker Thursday at the Changing the Legacy of Addiction conference at the Specular Events Center.

Addiction comes with a stigma, and it’s not easy to overcome

By Nok-Noi Ricker on March 17, 2017, at 7:26 p.m.
“There was a while [when] I needed help, but the shame and the stigma kept me from seeking help,” said Bob Fickett, a volunteer at the Bangor Area Recovery Network.

Bangor councilors to talk marijuana regulations, zoning

By Danielle McLean on March 17, 2017, at 6:58 p.m.
Maine voters approved a referendum Nov. 8, legalizing the recreational use and growing of marijuana for adults 21 and over.

Kidabaloo set for April 15 at Cross Insurance center in Bangor

By Kathy Hardy on March 17, 2017, at 3:04 p.m.
Concert promoter Alex Gray, seen here in 2013, has been charged with domestic violence.

Waterfront Concerts founder charged with domestic violence

By Jake Bleiberg on March 17, 2017, at 2:46 p.m.
Gray allegedly attacked his girlfriend of five years following an argument in which she tried to leave Gray’s Portland condominium where she lived for years.
Michaela Sargent

Wal-Mart robbery suspect owed $100 for drug debt, affidavit states

By Nok-Noi Ricker on March 16, 2017, at 7:05 p.m.
A second woman in the car said that Michaela Sargent “owed her $100 for a drug debt,” but that she didn’t know Sargent was planning a robbery.

BrainyArt… Trivia Night at UMaine Museum of Art

on March 16, 2017, at 12:08 p.m.

5 Things To Do This Weekend, March 17-19: The wearing of the green

on March 16, 2017, at 11:43 a.m.
Municipal Review Committee Executive Director Greg Lounder (third from left), and Fiberight CEO Craig Stuart-Paul (center) stand among members of various companies involved in the development of the Fiberight municipal solid waste and recycling facility during the facility's groundbreaking ceremony in October 2016.

Judge upholds state permits for Hampden waste-to-energy plant

By Nok-Noi Ricker on March 15, 2017, at 6:05 p.m.
A Superior Court judge has denied a competing group’s arguments and upheld state permits for a new plant by Fiberight LLC in Hampden.

Orono Land Trust Annual Meeting– March 31, all welcome

on March 15, 2017, at 12:42 p.m.

Nor’easter doesn’t prevent Orono residents from voting on council, school board posts

By Nok-Noi Ricker on March 15, 2017, at 10:44 a.m.
“Despite the storm, 337 ballots were cast.”
Torrey Rudge, sign tech and plow truck driver for Bangor Public Works, uses a long scraper to remove ice and snow buildup from the front of his truck in Bangor on Tuesday.

What snowplow drivers really think of people who drive in a storm

By Dawn Gagnon on March 15, 2017, at 7 a.m.
“It’s the weather. It’s going to be the weather whether we want it or not.”

New music including Fleet Foxes, Soulwax, Jay Som and The Shins on this week’s West Of The Fields podcast

on March 14, 2017, at 5:32 p.m.
New tracks from Real Estate, Goldfrapp and Depeche Mode debuted on the show this week, while the retro alternative set looked back 10 years to some of the great music released in 2007.
If retail marijuana is to be sold in Bangor, City Council Chairman Joe Baldacci wants the city to be its sole vendor. Arguing that the city would do the best job keeping it out of underage hands, and could certainly use the profits, Baldacci asked during a council workshop on Monday night whether the city could restrict the sales to itself and was told "probably not."

Baldacci: Make city government Bangor’s sole retail marijuana seller

By Nick Sambides Jr. on March 14, 2017, at 4:56 p.m.
“I would prefer that the money stay in local government pockets to fund things like schools and roads and police and fire,” Baldacci said.