Let’s Talk About It: The Living is Easy

By Gillian French on Jan. 05, 2017, at 12:59 p.m.

Concert: New Shades of Blue

By Gillian French on Jan. 05, 2017, at 12:52 p.m.

Immigration in Maine

By Gillian French on Jan. 05, 2017, at 12:45 p.m.
Jeffrey Barnard

Ellsworth man shot in face by police during 2014 standoff sentenced for gun possession

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 05, 2017, at 12:04 p.m.
“During the stand-off, Barnard fired the weapon [a 22-caliber rifle] and proclaimed that ‘this is war.’”

Canadian officials trying to determine what killed thousands of fish in Nova Scotia

on Jan. 05, 2017, at 7 a.m.
A plow works to remove snow from a bridge in Bangor in this December 2016 file photo.

Ice storm in Maine cancels school for many, delays for others

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 04, 2017, at 2:23 p.m.
“Bangor reported 0.15 inches of ice. That glaze of ice can make traveling dangerous.”
A car driven by Mandi Parker of Jonesboro was submerged in Fox Pond in eastern Hancock County after the vehicle went off Route 182 in this April 2016 photo.

Woman whose car, with children inside, plunged into pond indicted

By Bill Trotter on Jan. 03, 2017, at 1:09 p.m.
A Jonesboro woman who was saved along with her two young children after she drove off a state highway and into a pond has been indicted on multiple charges in Hancock County.
Marina Moscone (right) and her daughter Sasha, 4, take a walk through Chapin Park in Bangor on Friday.

Maine power companies still grappling with effects of season’s first nor’easter

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 31, 2016, at 12:14 p.m.
As of noon on Saturday, more than 16,000 CMP customers were without electricity. Meanwhile, nearly 700 Emera Maine accounts were waiting for service to be restored.
Max Mattson looks through binders full of cards and notes that people sent to him after his accident when he was younger at his home in Blue Hill recently. Mattson severely damaged his left hand, causing him to lose most of his fingers, in an accident when he was younger. That hasn't stopped him from continuing to play basketball, though.

When he was 9, he lost four fingers to a wood splitter. Today, he’s leading one of Maine’s best basketball teams

By Ernie Clark on Dec. 31, 2016, at 1 a.m.
Max Mattson’s overall contributions helped George Stevens win the Class C state championship last winter. The 17-year-old forward routinely grabs more than 10 rebounds a game. Amazingly, he does so with only six fingers.
Air-supported indoor practice facility Mahaney Dome, which collapsed under the pressure of heavy snow that fell Thursday night into Friday, can be seen on Friday at the University of Maine in Orono.

Nor’easter blankets Maine, collapses UMaine’s Mahaney Dome

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 30, 2016, at 6:34 p.m.
The snow knocked out power to more than 100,000 residents, brought down utility lines and even caused the University of Maine’s Mahaney Dome to collapse.
Harold "Pete" Bickmore satnds by a podium at his April 2016 swearing-in ceremony as Ellsworth's police chief while Ellsworth City Councilor Bob Crosthwaite (left) and City Manager David Cole stand in the background. Bickmore, a 26-year veteran of the FBI, abruptly resigned as the city's police chief on Thursday.

Ellsworth police chief abruptly resigns

By Bill Trotter on Dec. 30, 2016, at 11:15 a.m.
His resignation was effective immediately.

Bangor man survives Christmas Day fall in Acadia

on Dec. 28, 2016, at 7 a.m.
Donna Pickard of Far Point Farm in Steuben may have to stretch her own meals, but she will give away her food to someone who needs it.

A simple change could give Maine’s hungry, rural people more food

on Dec. 23, 2016, at 6:38 a.m.
The first in-depth look of its kind shows that 59 percent of people are using food pantries more this year than last.
Brooklin resident Libby Chamberlain was thrust into the national spotlight as the founder of Pantsuit Nation.

Pantsuit Nation founder defends controversial book deal

By Bill Trotter on Dec. 22, 2016, at 12:41 p.m.
The Brooklin, Maine, resident who founded the invite-only Facebook group Pantsuit Nation just weeks before the presidential election has upset many of her group’s members by announcing plans to publish a book based on members’ Facebook posts.
The site of The Jackson Laboratory's new mouse reproduction facility, which is expected to begin operations by Jan. 1, 2018, can be seen recently in Ellsworth. Jackson Lab plans to erect a fence around the facility because of security concerns.

The Jackson Lab is fencing in its new $140M facility for security

By Bill Trotter on Dec. 19, 2016, at 6:59 a.m.
The Jackson Laboratory’s new facility in Ellsworth, a mouse breeding center called a vivarium, is proposed to have a new perimeter fence, a move the lab says is a necessity given modern security concerns.
Robert Smith picks out food items from the Save-A-Lot grocery store in Dover-Foxcroft one day in late November.

What a close look at 1 school district shows about decisions in struggling Maine towns

on Dec. 19, 2016, at 6:15 a.m.
“If the children are in poverty, so are their parents.”
The sun peaks out as a snow squall swept over Presque Isle Thursday afternoon, as seen from the slopes of the Quoggy Joe Ski Club.

Messy storm brings wild weather swings over the weekend

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 18, 2016, at 3:23 p.m.
More ice and low temperatures expected Monday.
A plow works to clear an area of snow on Tuesday in Broadway Park in Bangor. According to Reuters, the cold blast that hit Maine on Thursday was brought by a polar vortex.

Mainers urged to prepare for deep freeze

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 15, 2016, at 8:10 p.m.
The weather service issued a warning of potential wind chill temperatures down to minus 38 degrees through Friday evening for the northern half of the state.
Members of the community enjoy hot cocoa and cookies as part of the United Way Day of Thanks on Thursday in West Market Square in Bangor. Throughout the day, teams of volunteers and partnering agencies throughout the five counties in Eastern Maine delivered random acts of kindness to individuals, organizations and companies.

United Way volunteers perform random acts of kindness in Bangor

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 15, 2016, at 5:08 p.m.
For example, Bangor Y staffers spent hours making cookies that they delivered to businesses.

Ellsworth man arrested after he accidentally shoots woman at his home

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 11, 2016, at 1:14 p.m.
Lawrence Romer, 47, was charged with aggravated assault and aggravated reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon.