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Coast Guard: Kayaker found safe hours after search was called off

By Dawn Gagnon and Nick McCrea on June 22, 2017, at 10:28 a.m.
Cerezo was at Petit Manan when authorities called to confirm that he was the kayaker for whom crews had been searching.

Search suspended for kayaker who went missing off Milbridge coast

By Nick McCrea on June 22, 2017, at 8:44 a.m.
The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search for a possible missing kayaker off the coast of Milbridge “after exhausting all search possibilities,” according to a Thursday news release.
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Coast Guard searching for kayaker who reported falling in water

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 21, 2017, at 3:55 p.m.
Authorities are searching the coast for a man who issued three mayday calls Wednesday after he apparently fell off his kayak near Bois Bubert Island.
Passamaquoddy Tribal Court Judge Rebecca Irving

Pioneering Machias lawyer, tribal judge wins Glassman award

By Judy Harrison on June 19, 2017, at 2:28 p.m.
Since 1994, Irving has served as the tribal court judge for the Passamaquoddy Tribal Court at Pleasant Point and Indian Township.
A man rides a bike through the pouring rain on Marginal Way in Portland, Sept. 30, 2015.

Inland Maine under flash flood watch ahead of Monday’s thunderstorms

By Dawn Gagnon on June 18, 2017, at 1:16 p.m.
Numerous showers and thunderstorms capable of producing as much as 1 to 2 inches of rain an hour could cause flash floods.
Hazen McDugald

Eastport man found not criminally responsible for vicious assaults

By Bill Trotter on June 16, 2017, at 3:12 p.m.
As a result of the plea deal, Hazen McDugald is expected to be committed indefinitely to Riverview Psychiatric Center in Augusta.

Wind, air quality advisories in effect for Sunday

By Dawn Gagnon on June 11, 2017, at 12:54 p.m.
People in the northern half of Maine are being warned about high winds today, while those along the coast are advised that air quality will be poor.
The National Weather Service issued a beach hazards warning, effective through Saturday evening, for coastal Hancock and Washington counties as well as the midcoast and southwest regions of the state.

Be careful if you’re out on the water today, weather service warns

By Dawn Gagnon on June 10, 2017, at 12:07 p.m.
Warmer air temperatures in the 60s and low 70s on land may cause people to underestimate the dangers of cold water temperatures, which currently are in the 40s.
Arthur Russell, 21, of Brookton was traveling north on U.S. Route 1 in a 2005 GMC Sierra pickup truck around 3:35 a.m. Friday when he reportedly fell asleep while driving and struck a tree. Russell and his passenger, Donald Oliver, had to be extricated from the vehicle. The two were taken to Houlton Regional Hospital.

Crash in Cary sends two to hospital

on June 09, 2017, at 2:22 p.m.
Driver fell asleep at the wheel, drove off road and struck a tree.
Community members and city officials are roiling after it was announced earlier this month that the obstetrics department at the Calais Regional Hospital will close early next year.

Calais city council votes ‘no confidence’ in local hospital board over cutbacks

By Alex Acquisto on June 06, 2017, at 1:21 p.m.
Community members and city officials are roiling after it was announced earlier this month that the obstetrics department at the Calais Regional Hospital will close early next year.
A red pickup truck pulls away from the Downeast Correctional Facility in Machiasport in February. Fifteen inmates were moved Friday from the facility to other state prisons in anticipation of the prison being closed down later this year. File pic.

15 inmates moved from Down East prison as state prepares to close it

By Nick McCrea on June 01, 2017, at 3:37 p.m.
Despite recent political wrangling to save Downeast Correctional Facility, prisoners are being moved in preparation for the facility’s closure.

Clouds, rain to move across Maine on Memorial Day

By Judy Harrison on May 28, 2017, at 2:38 p.m.
Rain showers will slowly move from New Hampshire into Maine on Memorial Day before settling in for the rest of the week, according to the weather service.
Governor Paul LePage

LePage commutes 17 prisoner sentences

By Jake Bleiberg on May 26, 2017, at 5:11 p.m.
On Friday afternoon, LePage commuted the sentences of 17 prisoners who the Department of Corrections deemed to be “lower-risk offenders,” according to a statement from the governor’s office.
Downeast Correctional Facility in Machiasport

LePage expected to keep Down East prison open after recommending closure

By Michael Shepherd on May 25, 2017, at 12:57 p.m.
In a sharp reversal of a plan announced last week, Gov. Paul LePage reportedly plans to ask the Legislature to fund the Machiasport prison that his administration intended to close.
Sen. Joyce Maker, R-Machias

Maine Senate votes to fund Machiasport prison, setting up showdown with LePage

By Michael Shepherd on May 24, 2017, at 3:35 p.m.
Sen. Joyce Maker, R-Calais, said the prison’s closure would “destroy our county” and spike unemployment in the Machias areas.

Another small Maine hospital to stop delivering babies

By Jackie Farwell on May 24, 2017, at 8:29 a.m.
Calais Regional Hospital will close its obstetrics department, a move that will leave Washington County with just one hospital fully equipped to deliver newborns.
A car sits parked outside a security gate at the Downeast Correctional Facility in Machiasport last week. The state prison is again being proposed for closure as cost-saving measure in the proposed state budget.

As LePage eyes early release for inmates, lawmakers prep fight to save Down East prison

By Michael Shepherd on May 23, 2017, at 4:19 p.m.
Maine lawmakers said Tuesday that they’re considering a bid to fund a Machiasport prison slated for closure by Gov. Paul LePage as the governor partially confirmed rumors that he’d be commuting prisoners’ sentences.
A worker walks toward the main office at Downeast Correctional Facility in Machiasport in February. The state prison will be closed in June, the state announced last week.

Lawmakers want hearings on the closure of Down East prison

By Christopher Cousins on May 22, 2017, at 3:21 p.m.
“It would just give us some additional facts so we don’t just have to read about it in the newspaper,” Gattine said.
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Sheep graze on Little Nash Island Wednesday. Alfie Wakeman and his family take care of approximately 150 sheep spread between Little and Big Nash Islands.

These offshore Maine islands are populated only by sheep

By Nick McCrea on May 21, 2017, at 7:30 a.m.
The only visitors the sheep see regularly are those that come to check for lambs in the spring, and those that come every year for an Addison-area cultural rite of passage — shearing.
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A red pickup truck pulls away from the Downeast Correctional Facility in Machiasport in February. The Department of Corrections says it plans to lay off all guards, relocate prisoners, and close the facility by June 10.

State to close Machiasport prison next month

By Alex Acquisto on May 19, 2017, at 10:31 a.m.
Layoffs at the state’s juvenile detention facility in South Portland also were announced Friday.