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Matthew Davis of Houlton waits for his double murder trial to resume at the Washington County Judicial Center. The trial was moved after a jury could not be seated in Houlton.

Witnesses testify about alleged crimes before, after Oakfield slayings

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 08, 2016, at 5:43 p.m.
Prosecution witnesses on the third day of the Matthew Davis double murder trial testified about events police have said took place before and after Michael Kitchen, 51, and Heidi Pratt, 49, were killed in the early morning hours of Sept. 23, 2013, in the Oakfield home they shared.

Police: Bodies of man, woman found in Hebron house

on Dec. 08, 2016, at 5:05 p.m.
The bodies were discovered by a neighbor.
Legislators, lobbyists and other interested parties gather Feb. 2 under the dome at the State House in Augusta. The Maine Ethics Commission on Thursday unanimously endorsed stricter disclosure rules for out-of-state donors to Maine campaigns. The proposal will go to the Legislature.

Maine ethics panel recommends new disclosure rules for out-of-state donors

By Christopher Cousins on Dec. 08, 2016, at 4:56 p.m.
The Maine Ethics Commission voted in favor of a proposal that would require groups that donate more than $100,000 to a campaign in Maine to disclose information about themselves.
PINE TREE WEATHER

The Polar Express Arrives Friday; Bitter Wind Chill This Weekend; Storm Monday

on Dec. 08, 2016, at 4:36 p.m.
A table containing a Nativity scene, which caught fire early Monday morning, can be seen Tuesday at the Salvation Army headquarters on 12 Court St. in Houlton.

Small fire ruins Christmas gifts at Salvation Army in Houlton

By Joseph Cyr, Houlton Pioneer Times on Dec. 08, 2016, at 4:34 p.m.
“For it not to have caught the curtains and the whole room on fire is simply amazing.”
The Lobster Pound Restaurant in Lincolnville is closed for good.

Lobster Pound shutters, ending long run for midcoast ‘icon’

By Nick McCrea on Dec. 08, 2016, at 4 p.m.
An iconic midcoast eatery in Lincolnville that served up seafood and ocean views to tourists and locals for nearly a century has called it quits.
Community

The Velveteen Rabbit – a fun for all holiday production

on Dec. 08, 2016, at 3:50 p.m.
Community

A Porcupine’s Promenade — Book signing in Norway

on Dec. 08, 2016, at 3:45 p.m.
#MAINE

Were brownies really invented in Bangor, Maine?

on Dec. 08, 2016, at 3:26 p.m.
Did you know brow

Two arrested in Gouldsboro on crack, heroin charges

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 08, 2016, at 3:14 p.m.
The MDEA arrested two Gouldsboro residents Wednesday on felony drug trafficking charges.
A LIFE ABOARD

How to stay safe on an icy dock

on Dec. 08, 2016, at 2:21 p.m.
Traveling to and from your boat can become a dangerous task, but there are ways to increase your safety. With the guidance of these five tips, I recommend that you develop a winter weather safety plan.
Community

Iconic sawmill gets a new profile.

By Sherry Davis on Dec. 08, 2016, at 2:21 p.m.
CULTURE SHOCK

5 Things To Do This Weekend, Dec. 9-11: When’s the big one coming?

on Dec. 08, 2016, at 1:53 p.m.
Carolann Ouellette has accepted the position of executive director of Maine Huts and Trails, a nonprofit organization that runs four backcountry eco-lodges connected by more than 80-miles of trails in western Maine. The current director of the Maine Office of Tourism, Ouellette will be starting the position at Maine Huts and Trails in mid-January.

Maine Huts and Trails selects new leader, plans for expansion

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Dec. 08, 2016, at 1:50 p.m.
“Maine Huts and Trails at its base is really about trying to bring economic development to western Maine, an area that has been and continues to be in need of economic stimulus.”

South African man admits to child sexual exploitation, sending child porn

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 08, 2016, at 1:10 p.m.
A man from South Africa, who was extradited to Maine in 2014, admitted in federal court on Thursday that he took sexually explicit photographs of a minor girl and sent them to undercover federal agents in Maine investigating the online exchange of child pornography.
Community

Belfast Community Radio to celebrate launch day

By GEORGE FRANGOULIS on Dec. 08, 2016, at 12:32 p.m.
A woman walks along the Western Prom in Portland.

Maine’s urban counties lag nation for attracting foreigners

By Darren Fishell on Dec. 08, 2016, at 12:29 p.m.
Maine’s urban centers are far behind in attracting immigrants to the state where the native population is dwindling.
The lifts are pictured running at Bigrock Mountain in Mars Hill on Friday, Dec. 2. Travis Kearney, general manager of Big Rock, said late Friday afternoon that the facility is preparing to open on Dec. 10, which is one week earlier than planned. “All of the trails are covered in natural snow this year, which is the first time that this has happened in years.”

Bigrock Mountain to feature natural snow on all ski trails for first time in years

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 08, 2016, at 11:35 a.m.
Mother nature dropped 22 inches of snow on northern Maine during the first week of December.
BDN PORTLAND

7 years after rising rents pushed it out of Portland, a photography collective is returning

on Dec. 08, 2016, at 11:09 a.m.
“I didn’t have a problem going out to Westbrook,” said longtime member and West End resident Tonee Harbert. “I know a lot of people did. It was just too far or too inconvenient.”
Spruce budworm larva

Low trap counts for spruce budworm doesn’t mean outbreak isn’t looming

By John Holyoke on Dec. 08, 2016, at 10:51 a.m.
Major spruce budworm outbreaks are cyclical and typically attack a forest every 30 to 40 years.