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POLL QUESTION
Governor Paul LePage attends a maple tree tapping ceremony on a cold day in mid-March. LePage now backs the American Health Care Act and is urging Maine's senators to support it.

LePage now backs GOP health plan, urges support from King, Collins

By Christopher Cousins and Michael Shepherd on March 23, 2017, at 2:22 p.m.
Earlier this month, LePage sent a letter to U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan which said of the bill, “early signs do not look encouraging.”
An attorney for the Maine Public Utilities Commission on Wednesday asked representatives of Stored Solar, which operates a biomass energy generator in West Enfield, to respond to allegations that it has not been paying loggers for wood products used to generate energy.

Biomass firm asked to explain financial status after loggers say they were not paid

By Darren Fishell on March 22, 2017, at 7:35 p.m.
Regulators have asked a company receiving state subsidies to explain why loggers supplying the plants report not being paid in more than a month.
LIFE DOWNEAST

The Eastern; The Early Years …Book Review

on March 22, 2017, at 9:15 a.m.
Snow is predicted to fall in Bangor on Wednesday.

Cold front brings cooler air, up to 2 inches of snow

By Nok-Noi Ricker on March 22, 2017, at 7:38 a.m.
Don’t forget your coat Wednesday. “[The air] will feel like mid-winter, not spring.”
A seaweed harvester maneuvers a barge in July 2016 while harvesting rockweed near the Muscle Ridge Islands off Spruce Head, Maine. A judge has ruled in a lawsuit filed in Washington County that private landowners can prohibit harvesters from taking seaweed growing in the intertidal zones of their properties.

Judge: Landowners can prohibit seaweed harvesting on private property

By Bill Trotter on March 21, 2017, at 1:02 p.m.
In a case that has statewide implications for Maine’s growing seaweed industry and for shorefront property owners along the entire coast, a judge has ruled in favor of a group of Washington County property owners who sued to prevent seaweed harvesters from taking rockweed on their properties.
Two men died and a third was critically injured when the 2010 Toyota Tacoma they were riding in struck a utility pole and rolled several times in Prospect in Sept. 2016.

Man indicted on manslaughter for fatal Prospect crash

By Nick McCrea on March 18, 2017, at 6 a.m.
Adam Littlefield had at least three prior convictions in the past decade for driving with a revoked license, including one Aug. 23, 2016, just days before the fatal crash.
James Kuhn

Maine father who had used shock collar on kids pleads to explosives charge

By Nick McCrea on March 17, 2017, at 5:12 p.m.
A Department of Health and Human Services employee reported receiving a tip that Kuhn built improvised explosive devices and blew them up near his 7-year old son.
Joel Garland, IRS special agent in charge, speaks at a press conference announcing that eight Maine law enforcement agencies will share more than $1.1 million of the funds forfeited by Malcolm French and Haynes Timberland Inc. in the Township 37 pot plantation case.

Agencies share $1.1 million forfeited in Township 37 pot plantation case

By Judy Harrison on March 16, 2017, at 3:44 p.m.
Eight Maine law enforcement agencies will share more than $1.1 million of the funds forfeited in the Township 37 pot plantation case.
POLL QUESTION
Blaze maintenance man Robert McClure tries to keep on top of the falling snow so there's a clear path to the business in Bangor, Feb. 13, 2017.

Winter storm on track to dump a foot of snow across Maine this week

By Dawn Gagnon on March 12, 2017, at 3:18 p.m.
A snowstorm could drop nearly a foot of snow as it passes over Maine Tuesday and into Wednesday.
"One Morning in Maine" by Robert McCloskey.

‘One Morning in Maine’ island donated to Nature Conservancy

By Bill Trotter on March 10, 2017, at 7:48 p.m.
Outer Scott Island, located off the southwestern shore of Little Deer Isle, is the setting for Robert McCloskey’s 1953 classic “ One Morning in Maine.”
LIFE DOWNEAST

When mailboxes in a dooryard bloom, spring has returned Down East

on March 10, 2017, at 10:11 a.m.
Rockweed coats the shoreline on the Maine coast.

No one knows who ‘owns’ rockweed in Maine

By AJ Higgins, Maine Public on March 09, 2017, at 7:11 p.m.
Maine case law has produced mixed opinions on the question of who actually owns the olive-brown algae that is used in fertilizer and in some consumable products.
WICKED AWESOME MAINE!

Turning 50, adoption and superhero genes

on March 04, 2017, at 5 a.m.
WICKED AWESOME MAINE!

Turning 50, adoption and superhero genes

on March 04, 2017, at 5 a.m.

Judge follows through on promise to send Cutler gate crasher back to prison

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 28, 2017, at 7:05 p.m.
The judge revoked Hughes’ supervised release and sentenced him to a year and a day in federal prison for violating it.

Forecast calls for freezing rain to sweep across northern Maine

By Dawn Gagnon on Feb. 24, 2017, at 5:35 p.m.
Ice accumulations of up to around a tenth of an inch could lead to slick road conditions and scattered power outages across the northern part of the state.

Fisherman admits to fraudulently getting over $157,000 in disability benefits

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 22, 2017, at 4:34 p.m.
Daniel Fitzsimmons, 54, admitted that between 2002 and 2013 he and his dependants received more than $157,000 in Social Security Disability Insurance for which they did not qualify.
A red pickup truck pulls away from the Downeast Correctional Facility in Machiasport last week. The state prison is again being proposed for closure as cost-saving measure in the proposed state budget.

Down East prison back on state budget chopping block

By Bill Trotter on Feb. 21, 2017, at 11:54 a.m.
Downeast Correctional Facility, which overlooks the local fishing village of Bucks Harbor, once again is proposed for closure as a cost-saving measure in the latest proposed state budget.
The University of Maine at Machias has entered into a partnership with the University of Maine in an effort to turn around the declining enrollment at the state's smallest university. The partnership will bring more opportunities to the students at both campuses.

Merger with UMaine could save struggling Machias campus

By Nick McCrea on Feb. 17, 2017, at 10:47 a.m.
“We have to start prioritizing our young people in this county.”
The Woodland Pulp and St. Croix Tissue mill in Baileyville, Maine.

Baileyville mill workers exposed to toxic gas

By Bill Trotter on Feb. 16, 2017, at 12:54 p.m.
A leak of poisonous gas at the local pulp and tissue mill has resulted in several people being brought to the hospital, according to a report from WLBZ.