Beaver: Ecosystems Engineers

By Donne Sinderson on Dec. 20, 2016, at 1:56 p.m.
Robert Smith picks out food items from the Save-A-Lot grocery store in Dover-Foxcroft one day in late November.

What a close look at 1 school district shows about decisions in struggling Maine towns

on Dec. 19, 2016, at 6:15 a.m.
“If the children are in poverty, so are their parents.”
The sun peaks out as a snow squall swept over Presque Isle Thursday afternoon, as seen from the slopes of the Quoggy Joe Ski Club.

Messy storm brings wild weather swings over the weekend

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 18, 2016, at 3:23 p.m.
More ice and low temperatures expected Monday.
Phelan MoonSong, a horn-sporting Pagan, made headlines across Maine after he received an identification card after being rejected by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles office in Bangor.

Pagan priest wins right to wear goat horns in Maine ID photo

By Peter Holley, Washington Post on Dec. 18, 2016, at 7:42 a.m.
Though he didn’t realize it at the time, Moonsong had joined a religious freedom battle that is being fought in DMV offices around the country.
Joyce Clark Sarnacki, Bangor Savings Bank's Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Experience Officer, and George Kinghorn, UMMA Director and Curator, open the new Alliance Gallery at the December 15 ribbon-cutting ceremony.

New Alliance Gallery opens on Harlow St. in Bangor

on Dec. 16, 2016, at 1:17 p.m.
A plow works to clear an area of snow on Tuesday in Broadway Park in Bangor. According to Reuters, the cold blast that hit Maine on Thursday was brought by a polar vortex.

Mainers urged to prepare for deep freeze

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 15, 2016, at 8:10 p.m.
The weather service issued a warning of potential wind chill temperatures down to minus 38 degrees through Friday evening for the northern half of the state.
Members of the community enjoy hot cocoa and cookies as part of the United Way Day of Thanks on Thursday in West Market Square in Bangor. Throughout the day, teams of volunteers and partnering agencies throughout the five counties in Eastern Maine delivered random acts of kindness to individuals, organizations and companies.

United Way volunteers perform random acts of kindness in Bangor

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 15, 2016, at 5:08 p.m.
For example, Bangor Y staffers spent hours making cookies that they delivered to businesses.
Marcy Ouellette, who has been a victim/witness coordinator for the Penobscot County district attorney's office for 20 years, talks about her job on Tuesday in Bangor. Before her most recent position, she also had jobs as a police officer and dispatcher in Old Town.

For 20 years, when victims needed a voice, it was Marcy who spoke

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 14, 2016, at 6:42 a.m.
“She wasn’t afraid to fight with prosecutors, including the district attorney, to make sure the victim’s voice was heard.”
Covanta Energy's West Enfield facility.

Biomass bailout to restart former Covanta plants, boost Aroostook generators

By Darren Fishell on Dec. 13, 2016, at 1:03 p.m.
Maine regulators on Tuesday approved splitting $13.4 million in subsidies across four biomass facilities.
Travis Anderson shovels snow Monday afternoon in the driveway of his Brewer home. "I lived here all my life, and I hate this," he said about the snow.

Storm blankets Maine, causing fatal crashes, multiple closings

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 12, 2016, at 5:49 p.m.
Two people died in crashes on slick roads Monday as a storm that began in southern Maine late Sunday dropped between 6 and 10 inches of snow across the state as it traveled northward.
Kirk Francis, chief of the Penobscot Indian Nation, praises the new water quality standards issued by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that will protect the tribe’s sustenance fishing rights during a press conference on Friday on Indian Island.

Penobscot chief welcomes stricter water quality rules for river imposed by EPA

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 10, 2016, at 1 a.m.
“This brings us one step closer to restoring the fish habitat of the Penobscot River for the betterment of all who use this extraordinary river.”

Winterport student accused of assault with a plastic knife

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 09, 2016, at 3:13 p.m.
It was not immediately clear what the student was charged with.

Invasive Plant Species

By Donne Sinderson on Dec. 09, 2016, at 9:36 a.m.

The Velveteen Rabbit – a fun for all holiday production

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

Iconic sawmill gets a new profile.

By Sherry Davis on Dec. 08, 2016, at 2:21 p.m.
Ben Barr, who will be among about 950 participants in the Millinocket Marathon & Half on Saturday, goes on a 5-mile training run Tuesday in Millinocket. Instead of paying an entry fee, runners are encouraged to spend at area shops, restaurants and hotels.

This marathon may help Millinocket get its ‘mojo back’

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Dec. 08, 2016, at 7:06 a.m.
“What I am seeing is that this has literally activated the community. There are so many different dances, dinners and things going on that weekend. I am getting a lot of feedback from local folks who are literally energized by this.”
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.”
Steven Gadsden

5 people charged in connection with burglaries in Penobscot County

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 06, 2016, at 6:35 p.m.
Five suspects, including a father and two sons, are facing charges in connection with separate burglaries on Monday here and in nearby Eddington and Clifton.

Lubec town administrator accepts Lincoln job offer

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Dec. 05, 2016, at 6:14 p.m.

Craft and Vendor Fair in Brewer

By Kenneth Jarvis on Dec. 05, 2016, at 10:15 a.m.