Crews from contractor Ed Pelletier & Sons at work on Feb. 14 in the early stages of demolition of Presque Isle's former Haskell Recreation Center.

Demolition starts on old Presque Isle recreation center

By Anthony Brino on Feb. 15, 2017, at 12:51 p.m.
The property is destined to become part of a local car dealership.
An Eastern Maine Railway plow train approaches the Route 171 crossing in Wytopitlock Wednesday morning as it works to clear rail lines following the blizzard earlier this week.

Third storm in a week to drop up to a foot of snow overnight

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Feb. 15, 2017, at 9:25 a.m.
A winter storm warning is in place for much of the state from 1 p.m. Wednesday until 1 p.m. Thursday.
Superintendent of Bangor Public Schools Betsy Webb

Maine educators look beyond testing to measure student success

By Robbie Feinberg, Maine Public on Feb. 13, 2017, at 4:32 p.m.
While school funding is at the center of public debate right now, educators are wrestling with another problem, too: how to measure student success.
Blaze maintenance man Robert McClure tries to keep on top of the falling snow so there's a clear path to the business on Monday afternoon in Bangor.

Paralyzing blizzard strikes Maine

By Dawn Gagnon on Feb. 13, 2017, at 3:19 p.m.
A blizzard that dumped more than 2 feet of snow by 1 p.m. Monday brought parts of Maine to a virtual standstill.
Members of the Aroostook County business community gathered Feb. 9 at the University of Maine-Presque Isle to talk about immigration and global trade issues at a forum with the Maine International Trade Center and others.

Forum brings northern Maine into loop on global trade opportunities

By Anthony Brino on Feb. 13, 2017, at 2:33 p.m.
More than 2,200 Maine companies are selling goods and services in the international marketplace and the state is attracting interest abroad, according to Wade Merritt, vice president of the Maine International Trade Center.

Driver in wrong lanes for several miles causes multiple accidents

on Feb. 13, 2017, at 12:03 p.m.
Pedestrians walk down Garland Street in Bangor Thursday afternoon.

See where the storm dumped the most snow in Maine

By Darren Fishell on Feb. 13, 2017, at 10:24 a.m.
More snow is on the way Monday afternoon.
A snow plow works to clear Union Street in Bangor on Feb. 5, 2016. Much of the state could see as much as two feet of snow as a strong winter storm moves in Sunday afternoon into Tuesday morning.

A blizzard blast from Maine’s past

By Christopher Burns on Feb. 12, 2017, at 4:54 p.m.
Snowstorms are a fact of life in Maine. So here’s a look at back a few of nastiest storms in recent memory.
A man looks up Congress Street while crossing in the snow on Thursday. Much of the state could see as much as two feet of snow as a strong winter storm moves in Sunday afternoon into Tuesday morning.

Brace yourselves — blizzard expected to hit Maine Sunday through late Monday night

By Dawn Gagnon on Feb. 12, 2017, at 3:24 p.m.
What forecasters say will be the biggest snowstorm so far this winter is on target to hit Maine Sunday night and could stick around until Monday night or early Tuesday morning.
According to police, Douglas Hise, was driving this Cadillac Escalade in the wrong lane on U.S. Route 1, late Saturday morning in St. David, when he struck two vehicles within a few miles of one another.

Driver in wrong lane for several miles causes multiple accidents in County

By Don Eno, SJVT/FhF Staff Writer on Feb. 12, 2017, at 10:24 a.m.
Matthew Davis, who was convicted of murdering an Oakfield couple in 2013, reads from a prepared statement during his sentencing on Friday in Houlton Superior Court in Houlton.

Man sentenced to life for Oakfield slayings, crime spree in 2013

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 10, 2017, at 5:43 p.m.
Matthew Davis was convicted of shooting to death Michael Kitchen, 51, and Heidi Pratt, 49, in the early morning hours of Sept. 23, 2013, in the Oakfield home they shared, setting their house ablaze and fleeing in a stolen pickup truck.
The entrance to The Aroostook Medical Center's emergency department and day surgery center.

New Presque Isle EMS service starts with compromise but not a contract

By Anthony Brino on Feb. 10, 2017, at 1:41 p.m.
Presque Isle’s new city-run E911 emergency ambulance service is set to start in April.
The scene of a single-vehicle crash on Route 11 in Portage Thursday afternoon, Feb. 9.

Crash in Portage sends one to the hospital

By Anthony Brino on Feb. 10, 2017, at 10:19 a.m.
A driver escaped major injuries after being ejected from her car during a single vehicle crash in Portage.

Aroostook Outdoor News: 2.10.17 edition

on Feb. 10, 2017, at 12:44 a.m.
People cross the pedestrian bridge in Bangor Thursday.

Maine hit with second snowstorm in 3 days

By Dawn Gagnon on Feb. 09, 2017, at 6:52 p.m.
Some places expected to be hit hardest were York County — where as much as 16 inches of snow was forecast — and the Down East region, which will see its first major snow event so far this season.
The print job that appeared in a printer at Northeast Publishing Company on Friday, Feb. 3, as part of an international hacking that affected some 150,000 printers.

Northeast Publishing caught up in ‘awareness’ hack of printers

By Anthony Brino on Feb. 09, 2017, at 3:08 p.m.
“YOUR PRINTER HAS BEEN OWNED,” the print said, among other things.
This 2014 Polaris Ranger side-by-side utility vehicle owned by Emera Maine was allegedly stolen from a job site in Littleton and located Thursday with its its tracks removed.

Maine State Police investigating theft of tracks from Emera vehicle

By Joseph Cyr, Houlton Pioneer Times on Feb. 09, 2017, at 2:41 p.m.
The theft occurred sometime between 3 p.m. Wednesday and 9:30 a.m. Thursday, police said.
Presque Isle police chief Matt Irwin.

PI police chief suggests a regional police force could make sense

By Anthony Brino on Feb. 09, 2017, at 2:27 p.m.
If administration and overhead costs can be reduced, the thinking goes, expenses can be spread more equitably across a larger area.
Voters on Jan. 7, 2017, approved construction of a new school to be built where Teague Park Elementary School, which can be seen in this undated photo, currently stands in Caribou. The Teague Park school as well as Caribou Middle School and the Learning Center will be demolished and replaced by the new school.

Caribou voters OK building new $45 million school

By Christopher Bouchard, Aroostook Republican & News on Feb. 08, 2017, at 3:16 p.m.
The people have spoken, and Caribou will be getting a new $45 million pre-kindergarten through eighth grade school, primarily funded by the state.
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 on Sept. 28, 2016, at the Loring Commerce Centre in Limestone.

Maine Military Authority future may hinge on supplemental budget request

By Anthony Brino on Feb. 08, 2017, at 1:35 p.m.
“We need to at least break even going forward.”