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The Curiosity Mars rover took this 'selfie'on the surface of Mars on May 11, 2016, before it began traversing part of the Red Planet that research scientists have named "Bar Harbor" and which has several features named after places in the Pine Tree State.

Scientists are naming locations on Mars after iconic Maine towns, landmarks

By Alex Acquisto on March 29, 2017, at 1 a.m.
Ogunquit Beach, Cape Elizabeth, Rockport, Isleboro, Isle au Haut and Mt. Katahdin are all locations in Maine — and now on Mars.
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.

University of Maine at Machias to be absorbed into UMaine flagship

By Nick McCrea on March 28, 2017, at 4:36 p.m.
The partnership is in response to a prolonged decline in enrollment and financial security at the Machias university.
Stored Solar, which operates biomass generators in West Enfield and Jonesboro, said it has settled a problem with loggers who claim they had not been paid since early February for products delivered to the generators.

Biomass company says it paid aggrieved loggers, wants to rework subsidy

By Darren Fishell on March 28, 2017, at 3:26 p.m.
Biomass generator Stored Solar said it’s settled an “invoicing dispute” with loggers who claimed they were not being paid.

Small Maine communities reclaim their say over wind projects

By Darren Fishell on March 27, 2017, at 7:06 p.m.
A total of 39 Unorganized Territory communities have taken back the ability to nix wind power projects they don’t like.
A mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain will make for a messy morning commute across Maine Monday.

Snow, freezing rain to make for slick commute across Maine

By Nok-Noi Ricker on March 27, 2017, at 6:55 a.m.
The wet snow falling Monday morning will be followed by a light coating of sleet or ice, according to the National Weather Service.
Salena Sawtelle, a certified nursing assistant at the Stillwater Health Care nursing home in Bangor, talks to Connie Drake before getting her ready for breakfast on Feb. 28

A Maine woman who protects the dying can barely afford to live

on March 27, 2017, at 6:22 a.m.
She is one of 24,000 workers whose wages have declined even as demand has grown, and have no clear way of getting ahead.

Why does everyone suddenly have a service dog?

on March 26, 2017, at 5:26 a.m.

Why does everyone, all-of-a-sudden, have a service dog?

on March 26, 2017, at 5:26 a.m.

Where is the best place to list my vacation rental now?

on March 25, 2017, at 4:56 a.m.

Where is the best place to list my vacation rental now?

on March 25, 2017, at 4:56 a.m.
In January, Sanford Police and the York County Sheriff’s Office assisted state and federal drug agents in the arrest of two people in the largest heroin drug bust in Maine. The combined street value of the fentanyl laced heroin seized in both Maine and Massachusetts was over $1.8 million.

Maine needs more money to investigate fentanyl deaths

By Nok-Noi Ricker on March 24, 2017, at 2:51 p.m.
Of the 378 overdose deaths in 2016, 195 were attributed to fentanyl, up from only nine in 2013.
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.

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.
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.