Matthew Davis of Houlton speaks with family members while he waits Dec. 8 for his murder trial to resume at the Washington County Judicial Center.

Defense tries to show accused killer’s feet too big to have been at crime scenes

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 19, 2016, at 2:55 p.m.
A private investigator hired by the defense on Monday measured the feet of Matthew Davis, who is accused of slaying an Oakfield couple more than three years ago as part of a crime spree, to show jurors that his size 10½ feet were two sizes larger than the footprints found at two of the scenes.
Presque Isle police Officer Lucas Hafford

Presque Isle officer shot, killed man in self-defense, AG says

By Anthony Brino on Dec. 19, 2016, at 2:25 p.m.
A Presque Isle police officer acted in self-defense and “reasonably believed” there was a threat to himself or others when he shot and killed an intoxicated man who was armed with a knife last May, the state attorney general has concluded.
A photo from the Sunday crash that injured Barbara Landry, 63.

Car crashes into tree that had fallen on road in Mount Chase

By Joseph Cyr, Houlton Pioneer Times on Dec. 19, 2016, at 10:27 a.m.
The tree had fallen due to the ice and high winds from Sunday’s storm.
A Katahdin Cedar Log Home owned by Jeff and Sue Vreeland in Presque Isle. Seen from Route 1 in the southern part of Presque Isle, the Vreeland's 10,000-square foot log home was used as a model for larger log homes the company now sells.

Oakfield cedar company mulls possible expansion of Ashland sawmill

By Anthony Brino on Dec. 19, 2016, at 6:59 a.m.
Katahdin Forest Products, the Oakfield-based maker of cedar log homes, is considering expanding its sawmill in Ashland at the same time that a lumber dispute between the U.S. and Canada leaves a cloud of uncertainty over the market.
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.

Houlton utility gets OK to build line to connect to New Brunswick Power

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 16, 2016, at 3:47 p.m.
John Clark, general manager of the utility, said the move will save “millions of dollars” for its customers.

Aroostook Outdoor News: 12.15.16 edition

on Dec. 16, 2016, at 12:04 p.m.
Paige Lento

Christmas tree honors 11-year-old Maine girl who died after long health struggle

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 16, 2016, at 1 a.m.
“I decided we should have a special tree with bells decorated just for Paige. She was an angel, and those bells ringing should ring just for her.”
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.
Cecilia Rhoda (left) of Houlton and her sister Claudette Green of Portland were both selected to participate in decorating the White House.

Houlton woman chosen to help decorate White House

By Joseph Cyr, Houlton Pioneer Times on Dec. 15, 2016, at 1 a.m.
Cecilia Rhoda, along with 124 other decorators and designers from around the country, was chosen to go to the White House in November to transform 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue into a winter wonderland.

Attorney general clears Madawaska police of wrongdoing in gun sale

on Dec. 14, 2016, at 2:23 p.m.
The state attorney general’s office has cleared the Madawaska Police Department of any wrongdoing for unknowingly selling confiscated guns to a person who was legally prohibited from possessing firearms, according to Madawaska Town Manager Ryan D. Pelletier.
Thirsty Dawg owner Kent Good, whose business was robbed at gunpoint on Friday, reads some of the many positive posts on his social media page Monday afternoon in Houlton. Kent has decided to arm himself after the incident.

Houlton business owner arms himself in wake of robbery

By Joseph Cyr, Houlton Pioneer Times on Dec. 13, 2016, at 3:05 p.m.
“Armed robbery is a scary thing. I take it very personally. My crew is like my second family. It was a brazen act.”
Covanta Energy's West Enfield facility.

Biomass bailout to restart former Covanta plants, boost Aroostook generators

By Darren Fishell on Dec. 13, 2016, at 1:03 p.m.
Maine regulators on Tuesday approved splitting $13.4 million in subsidies across four biomass facilities.
Timothy DeLuca, Houlton's new police chief.

Houlton finalizes hiring of chief, $20,000 settlement for former officer

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 13, 2016, at 10:37 a.m.
Houlton chose not to pursue the issue in court because “it is expensive to litigate.”
Maine state geologist Robert Marvinney (from left) visits Peaked Mountain in the northern Maine woods in September 2016 with University of Maine Presque Isle geologist Chunzeng Wang, retired University of Southern Maine geologist Steve Pollock and UMPI archaeologist Dave Putnam. The Maine Geological Survey contracted with Wang and Pollack to do bedrock mapping studies in parts of northern Maine.

More to be discovered in Maine’s rocks, including valuable metals

By Anthony Brino on Dec. 13, 2016, at 6:25 a.m.
As controversial proposed mining regulations await a possible vote by the Legislature next year, the work of the Maine Geological Survey suggests there is more to learn and find in the state’s rocks.
Brig. Gen. Douglas Farnham, adjutant general of the Maine National Guard, speaks about the Maine Military Authority's contract with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority during a press conference at the Loring Commerce Centre in Limestone in this September 2016 file photo.

While Maine Military Authority layoff continues, end may be in sight

By Christopher Bouchard, Aroostook Republican & News on Dec. 12, 2016, at 3:18 p.m.
Officials remain hopeful that negotiations over a contract to renovate Massachusetts transit buses will soon be resolved.
Traffic moves in and out of Market Square in Houlton in this January 2016 file photo.

‘More like a community’: Houlton promotes living in the downtown

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 12, 2016, at 3:03 p.m.
“Its beautiful. At this point, everyone is decorating for Christmas, so it makes it extra nice to live here.”
Doug Morin (left), his niece Lillian (center) and his father, Doug Sr., can be seen in this undated family photograph.

Two men indicted on murder charges to return to Maine

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 09, 2016, at 5:51 p.m.

Houlton police seeking info on armed robbery in Houlton

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 09, 2016, at 5:37 p.m.
Anyone who may have information is asked to call Houlton police at 532-2287.