Hiker who fell 60 feet from Acadia cliff writes ‘thank you’ to rescuers

on Jan. 30, 2017, at 7 a.m.
Sliding footsteps in the build up of slush on downtown Bangor sidewalks Tuesday morning. A storm that is expected to last all day and into early Wednesday, laying ice, sleet or snow depending on region, has closed judicial centers, city halls, schools and businesses all around the state.

Storm encases Maine in ice, sleet and snow

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 24, 2017, at 10:11 a.m.
Nearly an inch of ice will create hazardous travelling conditions, especially for those out on foot.
Snow blankets Pine Street in Bangor in this December 2016 file photo.

Cancellations coming in as icy storm approaches Maine

By Dawn Gagnon on Jan. 23, 2017, at 6:56 p.m.
National Weather Service forecasters said Monday that the storm will arrive in southern reaches of the state late Monday night, mostly in the form of snow.
The 40 grams of heroin valued at $12,000 that was allegedly found during a traffic stop on Monday in Southwest Harbor.

MDI traffic stop nets heroin trafficking arrests

By Nick McCrea on Jan. 23, 2017, at 3:28 p.m.

Cancer claims life of renowned Passamaquoddy birch bark canoe maker

on Jan. 23, 2017, at 7 a.m.

Cancer claims life of renowned Passamaquoddy birch bark canoe maker

on Jan. 23, 2017, at 7 a.m.

Body recovered from Penobscot River in Bucksport

By Dawn Gagnon on Jan. 21, 2017, at 3:34 p.m.
The state medical examiner is working to identify a male body recovered from the river on Saturday.
Sarah Frankie Sigman of New York partially hides her face while watching President Donald Trump give a speech during a screening of his inauguration on Friday at Bates College in Lewiston.

What Mainers think of President Donald Trump

By BDN Staff Reports on Jan. 20, 2017, at 4:54 p.m.
Maine is as politically divided as it has been any time in recent political history, particularly between the liberal southern areas and the more conservative north.
Burnt Coat Harbor can be seen on Swan’s Island in this September 2016 file photo.

Regulators deny Maine islands’ attempt to lower electric bills

By Fred Bever, Maine Public on Jan. 18, 2017, at 6:17 p.m.
The residents of two remote Down East islands, Frenchboro and Swan’s Island, pay some of the highest electric bills in the nation, and they’ve proposed to abandon their local electric cooperative to join with the mainland customers of a large utility who enjoy cheaper distribution rates.
Visitors to Acadia National Park in Maine gather along the shore next to Thunder Hole on Sept. 6, 2016, to watch heavy surf kicked up by the remnants of Hurricane Hermine as the storm blew to the northeast off the coast. Acadia National Park had its busiest year last year in 27 years -- and perhaps ever -- with a record estimate of 3.3 million visits. Bill Trotter|BDN

Acadia smashes park visitation record in 2016

By Bill Trotter on Jan. 18, 2017, at 3:31 p.m.
Maine’s only national park got more than 3 million visits in 2016.
Anthony Yurchick

Blue Hill man accused of armed robbery in Brewer

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 18, 2017, at 1:30 p.m.
Basically every officer on duty had a hand in apprehending an armed robbery suspect who used a firearm to demand cash at the Brewer Motor Inn early Tuesday, according to Brewer police.
Halfway Rock Light Station, off the tip of Bailey Island in Harpswell.

Coast Guard to install more radio activation switches at Maine lighthouses

By Beth Brogan on Jan. 18, 2017, at 12:30 p.m.
The move is designed to reduce negative effects of continuous foghorns on area wildlife and residents.
A nonprofit group calling itself Acadia Arena at Whitney Landing is hoping to raise $11 million to build a new indoor ice arena next to Ellsworth High School in the next few years.

New indoor ice rink proposal floated in Ellsworth

By Bill Trotter on Jan. 18, 2017, at 11:54 a.m.
A new nonprofit group is hoping that if it can raise $11 million, a new indoor ice rink will be built near the local high school in the next couple of years.
Jay Turnure, a contract field biologist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, prepares to measure and examine a cod that will be sold at the Portland Fish Exchange.

Maine fishermen say there’s plenty of cod. Scientists might give them the chance to prove it.

By Jake Bleiberg on Jan. 16, 2017, at 6:16 a.m.
Seeking to end a long-running disagreement about exactly how many cod are left in the Gulf of Maine, federal scientists plan to outfit commercial fishermen with equipment used to establish ground fish quotas.
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.
The Bangkok Restaurant can be seen on Tuesday in Ellsworth. The owners have started an online campaign to raise $25,000 from the public in an attempt to resolve its delinquent property tax bill with the city.

Ellsworth restaurant seeks to raise $25K online to pay overdue taxes

By Bill Trotter on Jan. 10, 2017, at 4:02 p.m.
“In order to satisfy mounting property tax obligations, we need to raise at least $25,000 by the end of January to keep the doors open.”
The final structural beam is lifted into place during a topping-off ceremony at the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor Monday afternoon. The new Center for Biometric Analysis research facility at is expected to be complete in January 2018.

Jackson Lab tops off steel on new $21M research building in Bar Harbor

By Bill Trotter on Jan. 09, 2017, at 5:51 p.m.
The Jackson Laboratory reached a construction milestone Monday as iron workers perched high on the skeletal frame of an unfinished building and bolted the final piece of structural steel into place.
One of the waste rock piles at the former Callahan Mine Corp. site in Brooksville in a 2008 file photo. The company operated at the site from 1968-1972.

New agreement over Callahan Mine cleanup to curb trucks on local roads

By Judy Harrison on Jan. 09, 2017, at 2:07 p.m.
A new agreement concerning the former Callahan Mine will allow the cleanup of the Superfund site to continue but cut down on the number of trucks on the roads on the Cape Rosier peninsula.
Officer Lori Marks of the York County Sheriff's Office demonstrates a video visit at the York County Jail.

In effort to reduce contraband, more Maine jails turn to video visitation

By Susan Sharon, Maine Public on Jan. 08, 2017, at 10:46 a.m.
“I mean we’ve had people pass pills with a quick kiss. We’ve had people come in with drugs or needles in a baby’s diaper. People will have stuff taped on their forearms. So, when they’re holding hands they just slide into their sleeve,” Officer Lori Marks of the York County Sheriff’s Office said.
Snow blankets Pine Street in Bangor in this December 2016 file photo. Up to 5 inches of snow is expected to hit western and coastal Maine on Saturday.

Up to 5 inches of snow expected in coastal, western Maine

By Dawn Gagnon on Jan. 07, 2017, at 12:27 p.m.