Author of book on America’s First Ladies to speak in Augusta

on Oct. 21, 2016, at 4:36 p.m.
Derek Blake, 30, of Sidney

Early morning raid nets four arrests for drug trafficking

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Oct. 21, 2016, at 3:53 p.m.
One ounce of crack cocaine, 8 grams of heroin, a half pound of marijuana and $1,000 cash were seized.
Fail Better Farm owner Clayton Carter said recently that the yield of several vegetables was significantly lower due to the drought in Maine.

Weather Service: Current rain won’t cure Maine drought conditions

By Jen Lynds on Oct. 21, 2016, at 2:45 p.m.
The State House shines through the the fog on June 16, 2015.

LePage promised transparency, but multimillion-dollar contract awards remain in the shadows

By Danielle McLean on Oct. 18, 2016, at 6:04 a.m.
It is nearly impossible for Maine residents to know how much state money is being spent on contracted services, which private businesses and nonprofit organizations receive large state contracts, and why those vendors won the work — even though a new state law requires information about competitive contracts to be made public online.
Dan Leclair, project associate at UMA, demonstrates how to pilot a drone at the University of Maine at Augusta Thursday. UMA is offering a course, starting Oct. 27, for students and nonstudents to learn how to pilot Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, or drones. UMA will be the first institution of higher learning in Maine to offer such a course.

UMA unveils Maine’s first drone piloting course

By Nick McCrea on Oct. 13, 2016, at 6 a.m.
Visitors to campus may notice small unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, commonly referred to as drones, whizzing about overhead in coming semesters as the university works to build a training center and specialize in training new pilots.
After Protea in Hallowell abruptly closed its doors recently, many of its patients were left scrambling to find ways to get their medications. Gavin Gabrion, who has a mental illness and heroin addiction and was receiving Suboxone from Protea, was lucky enough to have his doctors continue to fill his medications.

Patient, caregivers: Suboxone clinic’s closure means clients will get ‘really sick, really fast’

By Beth Brogan on Oct. 12, 2016, at 6:14 a.m.
“I fear there are going to be many people who are in danger of relapse [if they can’t] find new physicians before their prescriptions run out.”
Lenore Wilson

Mother of missing girl in Amber Alert case charged

Bangor Daily News on Oct. 11, 2016, at 2:34 p.m.
Karen Lea has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child.
Lenore Wilson

Police: Rarely used Amber Alert played key role in return of Augusta child

By Dawn Gagnon on Oct. 05, 2016, at 8:53 p.m.
“The system worked like it was supposed to,” Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said of Tuesday’s incident, noting that the child was located within four hours.
Lenore Wilson

Police: Amber Alert over, missing Augusta girl returned

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Oct. 04, 2016, at 6:10 p.m.
A 3-year-old girl who went missing from her home on Sewall Street early Tuesday, triggering an Amber Alert, has been turned over to the police department, officials say.
Lenore Wilson

Police send out Amber Alert for missing 3-year-old

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Oct. 04, 2016, at 10 a.m.
It is possible that the male and female who may be with the toddler do not know that police are looking for her.
The end of the state’s 27 Healthy Maine Partnerships comes as the Maine Department of Health and Human Services changes the way it handles substance use, tobacco and chronic disease prevention, but with little public explanation of the changes it’s making.

Maine dissolves 27 local public health groups with little explanation

By Adanya Lustig, Matthew Stone and Rosie Hughes on Sept. 30, 2016, at 4 p.m.
The LePage administration is undoing a structure created after years of statewide discussion and planning.
One Life Project - Youth Voice.

These are some of the best ways to prevent drug use

on Sept. 30, 2016, at 6:19 a.m.
Does your local school know about them?
Matthew Braun leads the Biddeford chapter of Young People in Recovery.

As a teen this man felt so alone. How his school could have helped.

on Sept. 29, 2016, at 6:12 a.m.
Principals want to better support students’ mental health, but they need the tools — and guidance themselves.
Ally Beeman, 13, reacts to her "big" through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, Tabitha Fillion, while waiting for sunset at the harbor in Rockland on a brisk evening in mid-September.

‘An urge to help': How a caring adult changes the course of a child’s life

on Sept. 28, 2016, at 6:21 a.m.
Maine, however, is neither funding its mentoring programs nor advising them.

Augusta father charged in connection with near drowning of toddler

By Dawn Gagnon on Sept. 27, 2016, at 8:27 p.m.
Mills said the 2-year-old has recovered and is doing well.
Civic leaders from Augusta, Bangor, Brewer and Holden held a press conference Monday, expressing their support for ranked-choice voting in Maine. The event was held at the Bangor Public Library.

Backers of ranked-choice voting say it would add civility to campaigns

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 27, 2016, at 3:12 p.m.
“We used to be a country where we talked about ideas. Now we’re more concerned in what not to do or who is going to get credit for something,” said Augusta Mayor David Rollins.

Ranked choice voting

By Gabor Degre on Sept. 27, 2016, at 3:05 p.m.
Daren the lion asks for a high-five at a D.A.R.E. graduation ceremony.

The research isn’t with D.A.R.E — but police love it, and Maine schools still use it

on Sept. 27, 2016, at 6:12 a.m.
Around 60 schools in Maine still use D.A.R.E., more than any other packaged program.
"I was there," U.S. Army veteran Rob Jones, 23, of Brewer said when Iraq was mentioned in the presidential debate between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016.

Scrooge McDuck versus mac and cheese? Mainers react to presidential debate.

Bangor Daily News on Sept. 26, 2016, at 11:08 p.m.
Mainers’ reactions to Monday’s showdown between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump drew reactions ranging from the serious to the surreal to the incredulous.

Director, policy and planning, Maine Turnpike Authority, named to board of directors of International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association

on Sept. 26, 2016, at 9:12 a.m.