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Media, wood yard workers, and federal and state officials gather to discuss how $1 million in federal grants will help the state's $8.5 billion forest products industry determine its future during a press conference on Wednesday at the American Forest Management wood yard in Passadumkeag.

Researchers, $1M in grants to help Maine recover from ‘natural disaster’ of mill closures

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Jan. 18, 2017, at 3:59 p.m.
The Oak Ridge National Laboratory will help researchers at the University of Maine tackle the future of bio-based materials, including nanocellular technology, biofuels and additive manufacturing.
Runners make their way on Golden Road during the second Millinocket Marathon and Half in this December 2016 file photo.

Millinocket Marathon and Half has 1,500 registrants 11 months before race

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Jan. 17, 2017, at 4:45 p.m.
Organizer Gary Allen said he expected the number would continue to rise.
A Rhode Island man was killed Saturday in Maine’s third snowmobile related fatality this season, Game Warden Corporal John MacDonald said in a Tuesday press release.

Man dies in snowmobile crash near Millinocket Lake

on Jan. 17, 2017, at 10:32 a.m.
A Rhode Island man was killed Saturday in Maine’s third snowmobile related fatality this season.
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Mount Katahdin is seen behind pipes running through the former Great Northern Paper mill in Millinocket Friday.

‘It’s our heritage’: Our Katahdin volunteers get to work promoting Millinocket

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Jan. 13, 2017, at 7:26 p.m.
The group’s most immediate challenges are to start collating the ideas pouring in, continue meeting with potential investors, and help local officials shape an economic development plan for the industrial park and the region while starting federal and local grant applications.
The Great Northern Paper site can be seen in Millinocket in this June 2014 file photo.

Katahdin group buys former Great Northern Paper mill site in Millinocket

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Jan. 12, 2017, at 7:02 p.m.
“This is the largest economic development interest the town has taken on since Great Northern first entered the town more than a century ago.”

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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 former Great Northern Paper Co. paper mill in East Millinocket as it appeared on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014.

Firm has applied to demolish former East Millinocket mill, state confirms

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Jan. 09, 2017, at 6:48 p.m.
A Florida-based demolition company has applied to raze buildings at the former Great Northern Paper Co. mill site despite a developer’s interest in the facility, town officials said Monday.
Seto's Laundry; The photo that started the journey.

Chinese American Genealogy- Secrets hidden for 103 years

By Lainie Hill on Jan. 09, 2017, at 10:31 a.m.

Celtic Concert and Jam Session

By Deborah Sutton on Jan. 09, 2017, at 10:26 a.m.
The former Great Northern Paper Co. paper mill in East Millinocket is seen Sept. 25, 2014.

East Millinocket officials worried about demolition at former mill site

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Jan. 08, 2017, at 3:46 p.m.
Town leaders are concerned that the owner of the former Great Northern Paper Co. LLC site is demolishing assets that could help lure a potential investor.

Long commute taking toll, but this millworker’s ‘new normal’ continues

By Ashley Conti on Jan. 08, 2017, at 7:25 a.m.
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Tom Picard sits in his home in Millinocket Saturday. Picard says he lives "the new normal." As a millworker, Tom has been laid off 10 times since 1980. For the last few years he has been making the weekly commute to his new job 130 miles away, at the Huhtamaki plant in Waterville. This past summer, he divorced his wife, Tammy Shorey Picard, as the commuting was putting a strain on their relationship.

Long commute taking toll, but this millworker’s ‘new normal’ continues

By John Holyoke on Jan. 08, 2017, at 7:24 a.m.
A year ago, Tom Picard said that a series of layoffs — 10 in all since he began work in 1980 — had made life as a millworker tough.
Items belonging to three ice fisherman lay on top of thin ice on Long Lake in northern Maine in January 2011. The men went through the ice on an ATV and tote sled. All got out safely.

‘The ice is very treacherous,’ Maine Game Warden warns

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 06, 2017, at 3:50 p.m.
With reports of a pair of all-terrain vehicles and a snowmobile trail groomer going through lake ice in northern and western Maine this past week, snowmobilers and ice fishermen are being warned to be cautious.
The Penobscot Indian Nation Enterprises hopes to open a distillery on this property seen on Wednesday on Indian Island.

Maine tribe’s plan to sell vodka to casinos fuels conflict on Indian Island

By Darren Fishell and Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 06, 2017, at 6:35 a.m.
The corporate arm of the Penobscot Indian Nation plans to launch its own line of vodka to sell primarily to tribal casinos in other states, an idea the nation’s former chief said contradicts tribal values and the aims of its affiliated corporation.
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A hunter stands out among brown fall trees in Oxbow on Nov. 8, 2016.

Where Maine is losing its workers the fastest

By Adanya Lustig on Jan. 06, 2017, at 6:29 a.m.
Over the last 45 years, Maine had the greatest portion of people in their prime working years in 1999.
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Daylight hits the Aroostook River in Oxbow Plantation, on Election Day, Nov. 8.

The Maine towns with the greatest percentage of empty homes

By Adanya Lustig on Jan. 05, 2017, at 6:25 a.m.
Maine lost population unevenly over the last 15 years. Some counties hollowed out, while others grew in population.

Alton Methodist Church to hold breakfast buffet Jan. 14

on Jan. 04, 2017, at 4:26 p.m.
A plow works to remove snow from a bridge in Bangor in this December 2016 file photo.

Ice storm in Maine cancels school for many, delays for others

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 04, 2017, at 2:23 p.m.
“Bangor reported 0.15 inches of ice. That glaze of ice can make traveling dangerous.”
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Writing over the door in a hallway of Piscataquis Community Secondary School, which serves the seventh through 12th-grade students of School Administrative District 4. The district's 2016-17 budget was narrowly approved by voters during the Nov. 8 election.

The poorest Maine school districts that pay the most

By Adanya Lustig on Jan. 04, 2017, at 7:16 a.m.
The cost that each local community pays each year varies in Maine from $2,000 per student to $25,000 per student.