Giacomo's, which abruptly closed on Dec. 23, 2016, can be seen on Dec. 26 in downtown Bangor.

Blaze owner buys Giacomo’s in downtown Bangor

By Emily Burnham on Jan. 17, 2017, at 6:40 p.m.
“We’re rebranding a little bit. We’re slightly revamping. It’s going to be a gourmet market alongside a coffee shop and cafe.”
The Maine Department of Transportation's work plan for the next three years includes $7.25 million to start construction the controversial Interstate 395-Route 9 connector.

Work on I-395/Route 9 connector scheduled to start this year

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 17, 2017, at 6:22 p.m.
City officials were surprised to learn that the Maine Department of Transportation’s work plan for the next three years includes $7.25 million to start construction of the controversial Interstate 395/Route 9 connector.

Man serving 18 years for rape sentenced for additional sex crime

By Judy Harrison on Jan. 17, 2017, at 6:05 p.m.
A former Indian Island man serving 18 years in prison on sexual assault charges was sentenced on additional counts Tuesday after another victim stepped forward.

Inflight problem leads to emergency BIA landing

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 17, 2017, at 5:21 p.m.
An instrument panel on a KC-135 Stratotanker flying over Bangor on Tuesday indicated there was a problem around noon, so the refueler requested an emergency landing.
David Alan Thiede

Man who robbed Bangor cleaners twice in a week to serve 9 years

By Judy Harrison on Jan. 17, 2017, at 3:34 p.m.
A man convicted of robbing a city laundromat twice in a week last year was sentenced Tuesday at the Penobscot Judicial Center to nine years in prison.

New music including Slowdive, Vitalic, Grace Mitchell and Japandroids on this week’s West Of The Fields podcast

on Jan. 17, 2017, at 1:04 p.m.
I premiered new tracks from The Flaming Lips, Priests and The xx on the show this week, while the retro alternative set focused on some mostly forgotten modern rock radio hits from the late ’80s and early ’90s.
The air-supported indoor practice facility Mahaney Dome, which collapsed under the pressure of heavy snow that fell Thursday night into Friday, can be seen on Friday at the University of Maine in Orono.

UMaine’s Mahaney Dome inflated, but repairs needed

By Larry Mahoney on Jan. 17, 2017, at 11:58 a.m.
“We have to make sure it’s safe before we can start using it again.”
Gabe Schmick (center), 12, and his mother, Jean Schmick-Hopkins of Bangor can be seen with Gabe's skilled companion dog, Fenwick, on Sunday at their home in Bangor.

Companion dog ‘best thing that ever happened’ to Bangor boy with disability

By Dawn Gagnon on Jan. 17, 2017, at 1 a.m.
Fenwick came to Gabe through Canine Companions for Independence, a national nonprofit organization that provides highly-trained assistance dogs for children, adults and veterans with disabilities.
Shana Boutot

Police arrest 2 in connection with Bangor robbery

By Dawn Gagnon on Jan. 16, 2017, at 4:20 p.m.
Shana Boutot, 26, and Shawn Boutot, 32, both of Bangor, were charged with receiving stolen property, a Class C felony, Sgt. Timothy Cotton said Monday in a news release.
Danielle Conway, dean of the University of Maine School of Law, delivers the keynote address Monday during the Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast Celebration at Wells Conference Center at the University of Maine in Orono.

Law school dean urges MLK Day breakfast crowd to stand on side of justice

By Judy Harrison on Jan. 16, 2017, at 12:57 p.m.
“The law has power, coercive and legitimizing,” Danielle Conway told the crowd at the Wells Conference Center at the University of Maine.

Bone Builders exercise class for seniors

By Gabor Degre on Jan. 16, 2017, at 9:51 a.m.
An eaglet perches in a tree in Bangor while an adult eagle keeps an eye out. The nest is occupied by "Bangor Mom," an eagle that fell ill in 2014.

‘Bangor Mom’ eagle found ill Thursday dies of lead poisoning

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 13, 2017, at 2:05 p.m.
The 8½-year-old eagle died overnight from lead poisoning.
The Rev. James Haddix, 70, who has been senior pastor at All Souls Congregational Church is retiring at the end of December. Haddix served at the for All Souls Congregational Church for 26 years and was ordained 45 years ago.

Bangor pastor with ‘voice of God’ retires after 26 years

By Judy Harrison on Jan. 13, 2017, at 11:51 a.m.
“I have no plans beyond retirement … I just know that there will be things for me to do.”

A Look Back at a Year of Change in a Season of Gratitude…..

on Jan. 13, 2017, at 11:13 a.m.
The sick bald eagle that was found by James Morang, his girlfriend, Aleesha Cooper, and Jeff Joseph sits inside a crate on Thursday in Bangor. The eagle was picked up by state game wardens and taken to Avian Haven in Freedom.

Bangor group helps rescue sick eagle found during search for missing friend

By Dawn Gagnon on Jan. 12, 2017, at 8:40 p.m.
The eagle was taken to Avian Haven, a rehabilitation center in Freedom that specializes in injured and orphaned wild birds.
Someone is making fake rabies certificates and state officials are warning city and town clerks to be on the lookout for the falsified documents, which could put lives in danger.

State warns of fake rabies certificates after Brewer clerk discovers fraud

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 12, 2017, at 7:34 p.m.
Steve Abreu

Bronx man arrested twice for selling drugs from Bangor motels

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 12, 2017, at 1:11 p.m.
A man from the Bronx, New York, who was out on bail for selling drugs from a Bangor motel in May, was arrested again Wednesday for drug dealing at another local motel.


on Jan. 12, 2017, at 1:10 p.m.

5 Things To Do This Weekend, Jan. 13-15: Old man winter takes a nap

on Jan. 12, 2017, at 11:51 a.m.
Josephine Jordan, 3, peers out from the doorway leading to her family's front hall after coming down from the upstairs to investigate the sound of visitors on Dec. 9, 2016.

Inside the isolation of the first refugee family to be resettled in small-town Maine

on Jan. 12, 2017, at 6:30 a.m.
We chronicled one child’s yearning to be understood.