Piscataquis

 
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.
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.
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.
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.
MAINE FOCUS
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.
MAINE FOCUS
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.
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.”
MAINE FOCUS
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.
Marina Moscone (right) and her daughter Sasha, 4, take a walk through Chapin Park in Bangor on Friday.

Maine power companies still grappling with effects of season’s first nor’easter

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 31, 2016, at 12:14 p.m.
As of noon on Saturday, more than 16,000 CMP customers were without electricity. Meanwhile, nearly 700 Emera Maine accounts were waiting for service to be restored.
Air-supported indoor practice facility Mahaney Dome, which collapsed under the pressure of heavy snow that fell Thursday night into Friday, can be seen on Friday at the University of Maine in Orono.

Nor’easter blankets Maine, collapses UMaine’s Mahaney Dome

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 30, 2016, at 6:34 p.m.
The snow knocked out power to more than 100,000 residents, brought down utility lines and even caused the University of Maine’s Mahaney Dome to collapse.
POLL QUESTION
Students walk across the University of Maine through a snowstorm in March.

Less snow, more rain for Bangor in this winter’s first nor’easter

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Dec. 28, 2016, at 8:31 a.m.
The heaviest accumulations, as much as 3 inches per hour, would likely come around midnight into early Friday.
Two Maine Warden Service aircraft are shown at Millinocket Municipal Airport on Monday. The aircraft were used in efforts to find three lost snowmobilers.

Three lost snowmobilers found after overnight search

By Abigail Curtis on Dec. 26, 2016, at 4:13 p.m.
More than a dozen game wardens and two warden service aircraft were involved in the search in Piscataquis and Penobscot counties.
Donna Pickard of Far Point Farm in Steuben may have to stretch her own meals, but she will give away her food to someone who needs it.

A simple change could give Maine’s hungry, rural people more food

on Dec. 23, 2016, at 6:38 a.m.
The first in-depth look of its kind shows that 59 percent of people are using food pantries more this year than last.
A PEEK INTO PISCATAQUIS

Executive Chef awakens Guilford palates

on Dec. 21, 2016, at 5:02 p.m.
According to Chris, the journey has been both rewarding and exciting, but over the past couple of years, he has been feeling the pull to come back to his roots, here in Piscataquis County, where he will continue his successful career at the Red Maple Inn. Aren’t we lucky?
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.
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.
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.
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.”