Power out in parts of Aroostook, northern Penobscot counties

By Dawn Gagnon on April 20, 2015, at 8:32 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine —- Emera Maine repair crews were working to determine the cause of a power outage affecting nearly 2,900 customers in Ludlow, Oakfield, Sherman, Island Falls and Patten, a spokesman reported about 8 p.m. Repair crews planned to work to restore power until all customers were back online, Bob …

Brothers, state trooper rescue family trapped in floodwaters

By Julia Bayly on April 20, 2015, at 7:11 p.m.
ST. FRANCIS | Anyone who lives along the St. John River knows how fast the water can rise during the spring ice jam season. It’s a lesson a young Canadian family learned the hard way when their truck became stuck and they were trapped early Saturday evening as the …

Houlton recreation center in need of major repairs or replacement

By Joseph Cyr, Houlton Pioneer Times on April 20, 2015, at 1:22 p.m.
Should the town of Houlton invest money in its aging recreation building or explore building an entirely new one? That was the question on the minds of Houlton Town Councilors last week after hearing a presentation from the town’s recreation director, Marie Carmichael, on her concerns about …

Is Aroostook’s workforce ready for the class of 2015? In a word, yes!

on April 20, 2015, at 8:25 a.m.
Change is a scary thing.  It causes chaos, unplanned snags, and then something amazing happens.  Many times we realize that the “change” we grumbled about made things better.  In 45 days time, students all over Aroostook will experience a massive change in their lives, and so will we.  A new …
Lonna McBreairty stands on the St. John River bridge in Allagash a day after a 4-mile-long ice jam let go. Twenty-four years ago, an ice jam destroyed the old bridge and left McBreairty and scores of residents stranded behind flood waters.

Allagash residents recall struggle against spring flood 24 years ago

By Julia Bayly on April 20, 2015, at 5:31 a.m.
When a four-mile-long ice jam formed in the St. John River last week, lifelong Allagash resident Lonna McBreairty took to high ground as the waters rose to flood level. She spent the night with her friends Lietha and Tylor Kelly a mile or so down the road …

Memories of the 1991 Allagash flood

By Julia Bayly on April 20, 2015, at 5:31 a.m.
Allagash residents recall the year the when an ice jam caused the St. John River to flood, which destroyed homes and left scores stranded.
A member of the Aroostook County Emergency Management team took this photo of ice in a waterway around Fort Kent on Saturday afternoon.

Aroostook emergency agency warns people to avoid ice floes, flood areas

By Nok-Noi Ricker on April 19, 2015, at 10:39 a.m.
CARIBOU | Do not let children play in the ice floes and don’t drive around barricades set up for safety, Jesse Belanger, deputy director of Aroostook Emergency Management Agency, stressed Sunday. “In a couple of our small communities we have some individuals thinking it was a good idea to …
An ice jam starting at the St. John River bridge in Allagash stretches nearly 4 miles up the river to the head of the "big rapids" in this picture taken Thursday, April 16, 2015.

Flooding reported in parts of Aroostook County

By Nok-Noi Ricker on April 18, 2015, at 11:56 a.m.
CARIBOU | Recent above-freezing temperatures have started to melt and move the thick ice built up in the St. John and Aroostook rivers, which is causing flooding, the head forecaster for the local National Weather Service said Saturday morning. “The ice has been crunching, moving and jamming,” Victor Nouhan, …

Presque Isle community center bids higher than anticipated

By Jen Lynds on April 17, 2015, at 7 p.m.
City councilors will meet Monday to discuss the proposed Presque Isle Community Center campaign after bids for the project came in this week as much as $1.5 million higher than anticipated. Deputy City Manager Martin Puckett said Friday that the city put 12 options out to …
Open water flows under the St. John River bridge in Allagash after the ice jam there broke up Friday afternoon. The jam moved downriver and had re-formed in St. Francis late Friday.

Ice jam on St. John River in Allagash lets go, re-forms in St. Francis

By Julia Bayly on April 17, 2015, at 5:33 p.m.
The National Weather Service lifted the flood warning on the upper St. John River after the ice jam in Allagash let go early Friday afternoon and the water level dropped nearly 11 feet. At 8 a.m. Friday, the water level of the river at the Dickey gage …

Aroostook Outdoor News: 4.17.15 edition

on April 17, 2015, at 3:25 p.m.
#IceIceBaby! Another #spring milestone is upon us: it’s river #iceout time. #GoAwayWinter #HelloSpring! In this edition: 1) Run/Walks this weekend in Presque Isle and Island Falls. 2) Run/Walks, a waterfowl walk, and a history walk next weekend Grafton, NB, Caribou, Fort Fairfield, and Presque Isle. 3) Start making summer outdoor …
Rising waters behind an ice jam on the St. John River in Allagash have covered a portion of the Ferry Road off Rt. 161 on Friday.

Ice jam holding fast on the St. John River, residents on high alert

By Julia Bayly on April 17, 2015, at 10:51 a.m.
ALLAGASH | A flood warning remains in effect in northern Maine, where an ice jam on the St. John River in Allagash was creating minor flooding Friday morning, according to the National Weather Service. As of 8 a.m. Friday, the water level of the river at the Dickey gage …
Ice jams up next to the bridge over the St. John River in Allagash Thursday morning.

Ice jams, possible rain raises flooding concerns for parts of Maine

By Julia Bayly on April 16, 2015, at 2:36 p.m.
FORT KENT | State and local officials are keeping a close eye on a massive ice jam on the St. John River in Allagash that could affect towns downriver if it lets go over the next 24 hours. The St. John River rose about 15 feet in 90 minutes …
The Conservation Fund will use money from tech giant Apple to buy 32,400 acres of forestland in Aroostook County, just south of Wytopitlock Lake and on the border with Penobscot and Washington counties.

Apple funds conservation of 32,400 acres in The County

By Darren Fishell and Jen Lynds on April 16, 2015, at 2:03 p.m.
REED PLANTATION | A large chunk of at-risk forestland in southern Aroostook County will be protected thanks to a partnership between one of the world’s largest tech companies and a top-ranked conservation organization. Apple has given an undisclosed amount of money to The Conservation Fund to buy and manage …

Council delays scheduling secession hearing, approves grant

By Joshua Archer, Aroostook Republican & News on April 16, 2015, at 12:55 p.m.
CARIBOU | The Caribou City Council agreed this week to move forward on a community development block grant request by a local business but delayed setting a date for a public hearing on a secession effort that would divide the city into two communities. Representatives of the Caribou Secession …
A massive ice jam along the St. John River in Allagash forced water up over the road for a time Thursday morning near the old Dickey Trading Post.

Massive ice jam in St. John River has Allagash residents on alert

By Julia Bayly on April 16, 2015, at 10:13 a.m.
Residents in this tiny community 35 miles west of Fort Kent are reporting a 3- to 4-mile long ice jam on the St. John River stretching from the bridge up the head of the so-called “big rapids.” “The ice was jammed, and water from the [St. John …
Ice was flowing on the Aroostook River Wednesday evening.

Flooding along Aroostook River forces road closure

By Julia Bayly on April 15, 2015, at 7:02 p.m.
CARIBOU | Spring flooding on the Aroostook River prompted the Maine Department of Transportation to close Grimes Road where it becomes North Caribou Road at the Fort Fairfield-Caribou town line. According to a Caribou Police Department dispatcher, the road was closed around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and drivers should seek …
Robert Van Houten

Presque Isle man arrested after allegedly failing to report to jail

By Jen Lynds on April 15, 2015, at 6:19 p.m.
WASHBURN | A Presque Isle man who skipped town after being sentenced in January to serve three years in prison on cocaine and marijuana charges has been located and arrested, according to police. A tip to the Aroostook County Crimestoppers helped officers find Robert Van Houten, 34, on Wednesday …

The County work ethic, speed track attracts motorcycle parts company

By Paula Brewer, Aroostook Republican & News on April 15, 2015, at 5:15 p.m.
LIMESTONE | A classic motorcycle parts company based in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, is on its way to taking up residence at the Loring Commerce Centre, pending successful completion of the building sale. The Loring Development Authority recently approved the sale for $83,000 of Building No. 8716, part of the …
Alain Bois, director of nursing services at Northern Maine Medical Center in Fort Kent, shows off some of the new monitoring equipment in the hospital's newly renovated emergency room. The $2 million renovation and construction project wraps up in May.

NMMC’s $2 million ER renovations winding down

By Julia Bayly on April 15, 2015, at 3:11 p.m.
FORT KENT | Construction is winding down on a $2 million renovation project at the Northern Maine Medical Center’s emergency room, where medical staff are expected to completely move in by the end of next month. “Our emergency room has not had any facelifts since it was built in …
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