Maine Focus is a journalism and community engagement initiative of the Bangor Daily News.
By Rosie Hughes on Feb. 18, 2017, at 7:39 a.m.
More than 75 people said they would help the first refugee family to be resettled in small-town Maine, offering everything from land to farm, to rowing lessons, to help with babysitting.
By Chris Michaud on Feb. 13, 2017, at 12:30 p.m.
Out of the 23.5 million Americans suffering from drug addiction, 2 million are adolescents, ranging from ages 12 to 17.
By Matthew Stone on Feb. 07, 2017, at 6:12 a.m.
Internal emails and other communications show that state finance staff questioned the Department of Health and Human Services’ plans to spend more than $13 million in ways that ran afoul of a federal law.
By Corlyn Voorhees on Feb. 02, 2017, at 11:56 a.m.
“We don’t come in with our own agenda. It’s about helping communities become collective teams for action.”
By Matthew Stone on Feb. 01, 2017, at 6:07 a.m.
Lawmakers aim to give the panel more authority, especially after a rise in the state’s infant mortality rate that no one can fully explain.
By Erin Rhoda on Jan. 29, 2017, at 7:57 a.m.
We looked at the choices communities are making — or not making — about their future as part of a series called Rural Edges.
By Jim Chasse on Jan. 28, 2017, at 7:45 a.m.
We want students from around the world who seek an education bridging liberal arts and environmental science.
By Rosie Hughes on Jan. 26, 2017, at 6:08 a.m.
The Maine office meant to help minorities and prevent discrimination will be stripped of its main duty March 4.
By Dana Doran on Jan. 25, 2017, at 6:15 a.m.
“At some point there’s going to be this huge drop-off of experienced and trained loggers that are very cost-effective for the industry.”
By Brad Bohon on Jan. 21, 2017, at 7:52 a.m.
Maine is the only state to see a higher infant mortality rate in this decade than the previous decade.
By Linda Silka on Jan. 20, 2017, at 6:12 a.m.
Years of hard times have led Iowans to discover new industries and new approaches.
By Kelley Strout on Jan. 19, 2017, at 6:34 a.m.
I was overcome with emotion when I opened the class by asking this question: “Please stand if someone you love has died from a heroin overdose.” Half of my students stood up.
on Jan. 12, 2017, at 6:30 a.m.
We chronicled one child’s yearning to be understood.
By Matthew Stone on Jan. 11, 2017, at 8:10 a.m.
The demand by Maine’s top health official has stalled an upgrade required by federal law to a program that helps new moms buy healthy food.
By Adanya Lustig on Jan. 06, 2017, at 6:29 a.m.
Over the last 45 years, Maine had the greatest portion of people in their prime working years in 1999.
By Adanya Lustig on Jan. 05, 2017, at 6:25 a.m.
Maine lost population unevenly over the last 15 years. Some counties hollowed out, while others grew in population.
By Adanya Lustig on Jan. 04, 2017, at 7:16 a.m.
The cost that each local community pays each year varies in Maine from $2,000 per student to $25,000 per student.
on Dec. 20, 2016, at 10:41 a.m.
We wanted to learn how to grow Maine’s economy. Here’s what we found.
By Shane St. Cyr on Dec. 16, 2016, at 7:10 a.m.
It is my dream to come home to Maine.