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Governor Paul LePage attends a maple tree tapping ceremony on a cold day in mid-March. LePage now backs the American Health Care Act and is urging Maine's senators to support it.

LePage now backs GOP health plan, urges support from King, Collins

By Christopher Cousins and Michael Shepherd on March 23, 2017, at 2:22 p.m.
Earlier this month, LePage sent a letter to U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan which said of the bill, “early signs do not look encouraging.”

Frenchville residents approve ordinance banning recreational pot businesses

on March 23, 2017, at 12:18 p.m.

Frenchville voters approve ordinance to oust elected officials

on March 22, 2017, at 1:42 p.m.
Hope Chernesky of Houlton stole the Northern Star finale from the instant her bow unleashed a hair-raising demonstration of just how powerful a 13-year-old girl with determination can sound. Her rendition of Lindsey Stirling

Teen violinist wins Northern Star title

on March 22, 2017, at 11:24 a.m.
Snow is predicted to fall in Bangor on Wednesday.

Cold front brings cooler air, up to 2 inches of snow

By Nok-Noi Ricker on March 22, 2017, at 7:38 a.m.
Don’t forget your coat Wednesday. “[The air] will feel like mid-winter, not spring.”
An aerial view of Portage Lake, one of the gateways to the North Maine Woods and the home of a waterbody some feel could be threatened by open pit mining at Bald Mountain.

Dozens fight back over Maine’s proposed mining rules

By Anthony Brino on March 20, 2017, at 7:52 p.m.
More than 40 citizens, plus additional representatives from environmental groups, voiced their opposition to large scale metal mining.
Brentant Lahey grew up in E. Plantation and went to school in Mars Hill.

Police officer fatally shoots Presque Isle man who was wielding knife

By Anthony Brino on March 17, 2017, at 12:40 p.m.
A Presque Isle man with a knife was shot and killed by police Friday in an altercation.
An aerial view of Portage Lake, one of the gateways to the North Maine Woods and the home of a waterbody some feel could be threatened by open pit mining at Bald Mountain.

Maine may finally be updating its mining laws

By Anthony Brino on March 17, 2017, at 12:26 p.m.
As lawmakers again consider whether to approve regulations allowing open pit metal mining under a controversial 2012 law, the Natural Resources Council of Maine is supporting a new bill that the group says would offer better environmental protections.
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Aroostook Outdoor News: 3.17.17 edition

on March 17, 2017, at 12 p.m.

Caribou man accused of stealing snowsled, car among those indicted by Aroostook grand jury

By Jen Lynds on March 17, 2017, at 11:43 a.m.
A Caribou man was indicted by the Aroostook County grand jury after allegedly stealing a car and a snowmobile on Jan. 1, 2017.
This pick up truck was one of two vehicles that were set ablaze in Island Falls early Thursday morning.

Stolen truck, backhoe and ATM destroyed in Aroostook

By Dawn Gagnon on March 16, 2017, at 8:11 p.m.
The stolen vehicles were used in an attempt to break open the ATM machine at the Katahdin Credit Union.
A Plaster Rock, New Brunswick man was not seriously injured Thursday morning when his rig went off the road on U.S. Route 1 in Monticello. Winfred Murchison, 65, was traveling south on Route 1 in a 2001 Western Star tractor trailer hauling logs when he suffered a medical issue and went off the road at about 10:20 a.m. Thursday.

Tractor trailer spills logs on U.S. Route 1 in Monticello

By Joseph Cyr, Houlton Pioneer Times on March 16, 2017, at 2:08 p.m.
A medical issue caused the driver to veer off the right-hand side of the road into a ditch.

Caribou man charged with threatening business owner

By Jen Lynds on March 15, 2017, at 9:34 a.m.
A Caribou man was arrested and charged with several crimes Monday after allegedly pointing a gun at and robbing a business owner.

Injured Massachusetts man rides damaged snowmobile to help after crash

By Jessica Potila, Fiddlehead Focus on March 14, 2017, at 3:21 p.m.
Todd Malesky became separated from his party and crashed his 2006 Yamaha snowmobile sometime Monday night.

Maine State Police arrest Virginia man on fugitive warrant

By Joseph Cyr, Houlton Pioneer Times on March 13, 2017, at 2:37 p.m.
A Virginia fugitive wanted for failure to appear in court was arrested Friday morning outside the Irving Big Stop in Houlton.
Police and family members are still hoping that a $40,000 reward will yield information to help solve the murder of Darrel Smith, seen in this photo with wife, Barbara. The Woodland man was 56 when he was found shot to death in his sawmill on Feb. 6, 2008.

$40,000 reward still offered in Woodland man’s 2008 homicide

By Jen Lynds on March 13, 2017, at 2:02 p.m.
“You have to learn to live with it, as hard as it is, and still keep up hope that they are going to find the person or persons who did it.”
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Blaze maintenance man Robert McClure tries to keep on top of the falling snow so there's a clear path to the business in Bangor, Feb. 13, 2017.

Winter storm on track to dump a foot of snow across Maine this week

By Dawn Gagnon on March 12, 2017, at 3:18 p.m.
A snowstorm could drop nearly a foot of snow as it passes over Maine Tuesday and into Wednesday.

Teens arrested after burglary spree in Patten

By Dawn Gagnon on March 12, 2017, at 1:07 p.m.
Ryan Gardner, 18, of Hersey and a 16-year-old juvenile from Patten, who was not identified, were arrested after an investigation into a string of five burglaries between Feb. 26 and March 4.

County women sue, alleging they were fired after reporting billing fraud

By Jen Lynds on March 11, 2017, at 12:28 p.m.
“To fire someone who is doing their job and was a top employee and basically admit that you did it was particularly unjust.”
Local volunteers work in December on the administrative building at the Dahlgren-Skidgel Farm of Hope, a place where homeless veterans will soon be able to find shelter, work, and a renewed sense of purpose. Working on the facility are (from left) Steve Wentworth, Brian Redmond and Bill Flagg.

Telethon pulls in over $45,000 for homeless vet shelter

By Christopher Bouchard, Aroostook Republican & News on March 11, 2017, at 12:04 p.m.
“Homeless shelters do a great job, but they’re not prepared to deal with people who have drug, alcohol or mental health issues. There’s a high barrier for many homeless veterans.”