Down East

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.
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.
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.
Hard hats line the wall at Point Lepreau. Lepreau executives say the facility has a laser focus on safety.

How ‘worst-case scenario’ at Canadian nuclear plant could affect Maine

By Jennifer Mitchell, Maine Public on May 14, 2017, at 12:22 p.m.
Rural Maine’s emergency teams are well versed in snowstorms, spring floods and the occasional wildfire. But nuclear events are more of a mystery.

Comfort food supper at Cherryfield church

on May 09, 2017, at 4:43 p.m.
Flood waters in the harbor of Blue Hill lap over the top of the town pier off Water Street in a 2016 photo.

Deluge targets eastern coastal Maine, 2 to 5 inches of rain expected

By Nick McCrea on May 05, 2017, at 1:19 p.m.
“This could lead to to small stream and urban flooding with significant rises on area rivers.”

Public Bean Supper

By brenda norris on April 26, 2017, at 12:31 p.m.
Rebecca Grant walks to the office where she currently works at St. Joseph Healthcare on March 20, 2017. She said it was a struggle to get by after she was laid off from FairPoint Communications in July 2015.

Politicans say they want people to work, but they ignore this fast route to a job

on April 17, 2017, at 6:28 a.m.
There’s a way to get more people out of poverty, but it’s a “bewildering maze.”

Closer All the Time …Book Review

on April 11, 2017, at 11:16 a.m.
An adult mosquito harvesting a blood meal. Improper application of insect repellent could increase your chances for bites.

You’re putting your insect repellent on wrong

By Aislinn Sarnacki on April 07, 2017, at 1 a.m.
“There’s actually a right and a wrong way to put on insect repellent,” said Michael Bentley, staff entomologist for the National Pest Management Association.