Hampden man, 21, dies in New Portland crash

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 12, 2016, at 2:49 p.m.
The crash occurred shortly before 2 a.m. and was discovered by a passing motorist, who called 911, the chief deputy said.
Bruce E. Dunbar of Jefferson, Maine, was arrested Thursday night after allegedly crashing his tractor trailer into the gazebo in a Jersey City, N.J., park. Dunbar said he crashed intentionally, The Jersey Journal reported.

Police: Maine truck driver intentionally plowed into NJ gazebo decorated for holidays

By Beth Brogan on Dec. 12, 2016, at 10:15 a.m.
“Cops said he seemed disoriented and ‘non-cognitive’ but passed a field sobriety test.”
A 76-year-old Harmony man was flown to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor after suffering potentially life-threatening injuries in a rollover crash Friday morning on Guilford Road. Police cite slick road conditions and speed as factors.

Slick road, speed cited as factors in serious Cambridge crash

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 09, 2016, at 6:35 p.m.
A Harmony man suffered life-threatening injuries Friday when the SUV he was driving left the roadway, hit a curb and rolled over several times.
Clinton "Bill" Townsend

Bill Townsend, noted Maine lawyer and environmental advocate, dies at 89

By Bill Trotter on Dec. 09, 2016, at 2:50 p.m.
Clinton “Bill” Townsend was best known for his work with many of Maine’s most influential environmental advocacy organizations and regulatory authorities.

A Porcupine’s Promenade — Book signing in Norway

on Dec. 08, 2016, at 3:45 p.m.
Michael T. Young

Death of inmate at state prison under investigation

By Bill Trotter on Dec. 07, 2016, at 10:29 a.m.
State officials are investigating the death of an inmate at Maine State Prison on Wednesday.
Protea Integrated Health and Wellness, which provided services including Suboxone treatment to about 350 clients, closed abruptly on Sept. 30, leaving at least one client with a dwindling supply of the opioid replacement and others in a sense of chaos.

Fraud claims loomed over Maine addiction clinic that closed abruptly

By Beth Brogan on Dec. 07, 2016, at 9:49 a.m.
A former Suboxone clinic and addiction counseling service that closed abruptly in September is under investigation by the Maine attorney general’s office for fraud and has been ordered to repay more than $300,000 to the state.
A man walks out of Lily Bay State Park in Greenville on Nov. 22, 2016. The park closes to cars but is still open to visitors in the off season.

This remote Maine region has a chance to grow

on Dec. 07, 2016, at 6:10 a.m.
“If you don’t change, you die.”
Waldoboro Town Manager Linda-Jean Briggs speaks during a meeting of the Waldoboro Board of Selectmen on April 26. Briggs will resign effective Jan. 20, 2017.

Waldoboro town manager to resign

By Alexander Violo, Lincoln County News on Dec. 05, 2016, at 5:23 p.m.

Woman smoking on oxygen escapes Skowhegan fire

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 05, 2016, at 10:46 a.m.
“The woman was able to escape the mobile home and was found outside near her car.”
Omar, 4, Anas, 7, and Eyad Raslan, 6, resettled with their parents to Perth-Andover, New Brunswick, this summer. They came through a program of the Canadian government that allows private citizens to sponsor refugees.

Immigrants built rural Maine. Canada shows how they could do so again

on Dec. 05, 2016, at 6:10 a.m.
“It’s a lot harder to hate people once you meet them.”
A mother and her son are in serious condition after a police officer pulled them from their burning mobile home Friday night, according to state fire marshals.

Mother, son in serious condition after rescue from Skowhegan fire

Bangor Daily News on Dec. 03, 2016, at 9:46 a.m.
A mother and her son are in serious condition after fire swept through their mobile home in Skowhegan on Friday night.

FYI! “VA Benefits 101”

on Dec. 01, 2016, at 4:40 p.m.
Steve Sherman demonstrates how his skidder, nicknamed Matilda, works in Oxbow, Maine.

The forces pulling apart the lives of Maine’s loggers

on Dec. 01, 2016, at 6:28 a.m.
Three loggers fight to survive as the world shifts around them.
Barry Dana of Solon trims away ash saplings as he works on the internal frame of a wigwam he is helping to build at the Hudson Museum at the University of Maine in Orono in a 2010 file photo.

Skowhegan man charged with harassing former Penobscot Indian Nation chief

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 29, 2016, at 3:45 p.m.
Dana said he thinks that Aubrey confused him with someone else.
Steve Sherman, the first assessor in Oxbow Plantation, led his community through the process of deorganizing, culminating in a final town vote Nov. 8. He’s pictured on his Christmas tree farm in Oxbow on Nov. 7.

How the decline of Maine’s rural places changes the people left behind

on Nov. 29, 2016, at 6:01 a.m.
Three people grapple with the decline of the communities that made them.

Police identify man found shot to death in Naples home

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 28, 2016, at 5 p.m.
Maine State Police have identified the man found shot dead Sunday inside a mobile home as Richard Diekema, 55, of Naples.
Kerry Hebert

Landowner settles lawsuit with hunter who shot him on Halloween

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 28, 2016, at 3:36 p.m.
A lawsuit over a hunting incident on Halloween four years ago in Somerset County was settled Nov. 21 for an undisclosed amount.

Film Screening: Death with Dignity

By Valerie Lovelace on Nov. 28, 2016, at 11:48 a.m.
The first major snow of the season hit northern Maine over Thanksgiving weekend. By early Sunday, the National Weather Service reported that 10 inches of snow had fallen in some parts of Aroostook County.

Rain to fall across most of the state Tuesday, with snow in The County

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 27, 2016, at 1:27 p.m.
A fast moving wave of low pressure is expected to sweep across Maine, bringing 2 to 3 more inches of snow to northern Aroostook County and rain to the rest of the state.