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Toxic algae considered possible cause in whale deaths

on June 28, 2017, at 7 a.m.
This crisis hotline phone and three others located on the Penobscot Narrows Bridge will be repaired this week after intermittent problems over the last few months.

State to replace handsets on bridge crisis hotline phones after months of problems

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 26, 2017, at 6:16 p.m.
The state has had trouble with the phones for months, MDOT spokesman Ted Talbot said.

Maine man gets three days in jail for shooting seal

By Bill Trotter on June 26, 2017, at 3:55 p.m.
“The defendant retrieved his rifle and began to shoot at the seals in the ocean.”
A crisis phone is seen on the Penobscot Narrows Bridge from Verona Island. The bridge connects Verona Island to Prospect.

Most crisis phones on Penobscot Narrows Bridge out of order as crews search river for body

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 23, 2017, at 4:54 p.m.
“[The phone] offers a connection,” said Greg Marley, clinical director for National Association on Mental Illness of Maine. “A suicidal crisis usually lasts a short time. And helping someone through those darkest hours can save a life.”
The Penobscot Narrows Bridge bridge, linking Verona Island and Prospect over the Penobscot River.

Search underway after vehicle was found abandoned on Penobscot Narrows Bridge

By Nick McCrea on June 23, 2017, at 10:22 a.m.
The Maine Marine Patrol is searching the Penobscot River after a vehicle was found parked on the Penobscot Narrows Bridge.

Tree falls over, knocks out power to 2,500 in downtown Bar Harbor

By Nick McCrea on June 21, 2017, at 10 a.m.
The outages mostly affected businesses and homes on Main, Eden and Cottage streets and surrounding areas.

SOUL BENDERS SUPPORT EARTH’S HEALING June 24 in Brooksville

By nancy boothby on June 19, 2017, at 10:51 a.m.
A man rides a bike through the pouring rain on Marginal Way in Portland, Sept. 30, 2015.

Inland Maine under flash flood watch ahead of Monday’s thunderstorms

By Dawn Gagnon on June 18, 2017, at 1:16 p.m.
Numerous showers and thunderstorms capable of producing as much as 1 to 2 inches of rain an hour could cause flash floods.
The Downeast Salmon Federation says hundreds of dead fish have been seen floating downstream in the Union River. The fish were killed passing through the Leonard Lake Dam.

Hundreds of dead fish prompt call for changes at Ellsworth dam

By Nick McCrea on June 16, 2017, at 5:40 p.m.
Some of those fish appeared to have parts chopped off, while others suffered slashes across their sides or were missing eyes, indicating they struck turbines in the dam.
A sea gull stands on a large rock on the sand bar in Bar Harbor, April 29, 2016. Bar Harbor voters approved taking over a defunct ferry terminal and turning it into a cruise ship terminal.

Bar Harbor to turn defunct ferry terminal into new cruise ship terminal

By Alex Acquisto on June 14, 2017, at 8:14 a.m.
In Bar Harbor, voters approved a proposal from the town to acquire a defunct ferry terminal for development into a new cruise ship terminal.
Patrick Mocarsky (from left), Hallie Sumner and Amber Walls graduated from 8th Grade at Longfellow School on Great Cranberry Island on Saturday. They're the first students to graduate from that school, which had 11 students this school year, in 17 years.

Maine island school holds first graduation ceremony in 17 years

By Nick McCrea on June 12, 2017, at 3:38 p.m.
On Saturday, three students celebrated completing 8th grade in the first graduation ceremony on Great Cranberry Island in 17 years.

Wind, air quality advisories in effect for Sunday

By Dawn Gagnon on June 11, 2017, at 12:54 p.m.
People in the northern half of Maine are being warned about high winds today, while those along the coast are advised that air quality will be poor.
The National Weather Service issued a beach hazards warning, effective through Saturday evening, for coastal Hancock and Washington counties as well as the midcoast and southwest regions of the state.

Be careful if you’re out on the water today, weather service warns

By Dawn Gagnon on June 10, 2017, at 12:07 p.m.
Warmer air temperatures in the 60s and low 70s on land may cause people to underestimate the dangers of cold water temperatures, which currently are in the 40s.

Teen suffers serious injuries in Swanville crash

By Dawn Gagnon on June 09, 2017, at 7:29 p.m.
Garrett Smith, 18, was traveling south on Oak Hill Road shortly before 11 a.m. when he lost control on a curve.

Trenton man accused of trafficking, importing heroin

By Alex Acquisto on June 07, 2017, at 5:42 p.m.
A Trenton man suspected of trafficking heroin has been arrested and charged after police say his vehicle was pulled over Monday afternoon and officers discovered drugs inside.

Police investigating unattended roadside death in Bucksport

By Alex Acquisto on June 07, 2017, at 8:21 a.m.
The Bucksport Police Department is investigating the death of a local man, after his body was found on the side of the road.
A tender ferries passengers back to the cruise ship Crystal Serenity as it sits anchored off Bar Harbor in Frenchman Bay in September 2016

Bar Harbor voters to consider competing cruise ship ballot proposals

By Alex Acquisto on June 06, 2017, at 1 a.m.
The future of the cruise ship business in the state’s busiest cruise ship port will come to a crossroads next week.
A Mount Desert Island scallop diver cuts out the innards of a scallop.

NOAA launches survey on health of Maine’s scallops, corals

By Fred Bever, Maine Public on June 02, 2017, at 6:24 p.m.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is launching two new surveys in the Gulf of Maine to gather data on two species whose management has become controversial — scallops and corals.

Route 3 in Trenton reopens after morning crash

By Nick McCrea on June 01, 2017, at 7:57 a.m.
A box truck crashed into a utility pole, which left wires in the road.

Clouds, rain to move across Maine on Memorial Day

By Judy Harrison on May 28, 2017, at 2:38 p.m.
Rain showers will slowly move from New Hampshire into Maine on Memorial Day before settling in for the rest of the week, according to the weather service.