Piscataquis

 
A man rides a bike through the pouring rain on Marginal Way in Portland, Sept. 30, 2015.

Inland Maine under flash flood watch ahead of Monday’s thunderstorms

By Dawn Gagnon on June 18, 2017, at 1:16 p.m.
Numerous showers and thunderstorms capable of producing as much as 1 to 2 inches of rain an hour could cause flash floods.

Thunderstorms cause power outages for 4,900 in northern Penobscot, Piscataquis counties

By Dawn Gagnon on June 12, 2017, at 7:18 p.m.
Emera Maine estimated that service for most would be restored by late Monday night or early Tuesday morning.

High winds knock power out for more than 1,200 Emera customers

By Dawn Gagnon on June 11, 2017, at 2:53 p.m.
The outages affected Emera Maine customers primarily from St. Agatha to Greenbush and Glenburn to Sebec.

Wind, air quality advisories in effect for Sunday

By Dawn Gagnon on June 11, 2017, at 12:54 p.m.
People in the northern half of Maine are being warned about high winds today, while those along the coast are advised that air quality will be poor.
The state fire marshal’s office is investigating an early Tuesday morning fatal fire on Little Boyd Lake Road in Orneville Township.

Man dies after Orneville house fire

By Nick McCrea on May 30, 2017, at 7:51 a.m.
One man has died following an overnight house fire in Orneville.

Clouds, rain to move across Maine on Memorial Day

By Judy Harrison on May 28, 2017, at 2:38 p.m.
Rain showers will slowly move from New Hampshire into Maine on Memorial Day before settling in for the rest of the week, according to the weather service.
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The Libra Foundation has purchased a farm and close to 12 buildings in Monson for $500K. They want to grow hay at the farm for their Pineland Farms dairy products and turn the buildings into artists residences, thus combining arts/tourism and agriculture to revitalize the town.

A wealthy group bought the heart of a poor Maine town to build an artist colony

By Nick Sambides Jr. on May 25, 2017, at 8:47 a.m.
The Libra Foundation is planning to spend up to $10 million to save Monson with a dramatic infusion of cash into the arts, agriculture and eventually recreation.
A PEEK INTO PISCATAQUIS

New campground gives Milo more to boast about

on May 25, 2017, at 8:45 a.m.
I am thrilled when others from “away” recognize the privilege of living here, as well. It makes my heart happy to see families and business owners relocating to be here, in Piscataquis County. When this happens, it creates a stir in the atmosphere – new life, new excitement, new possibilities.

Conner-Trafton Post 119/Stott-Flanders post 165 to participate in parades in Sangerville, Guilford and Abbot

on May 09, 2017, at 12:26 p.m.
Rebecca Grant walks to the office where she currently works at St. Joseph Healthcare on March 20, 2017. She said it was a struggle to get by after she was laid off from FairPoint Communications in July 2015.

Politicans say they want people to work, but they ignore this fast route to a job

on April 17, 2017, at 6:28 a.m.
There’s a way to get more people out of poverty, but it’s a “bewildering maze.”

FA Student Council to hold benefit spaghetti dinner on April 27

on April 14, 2017, at 10:49 a.m.
An adult mosquito harvesting a blood meal. Improper application of insect repellent could increase your chances for bites.

You’re putting your insect repellent on wrong

By Aislinn Sarnacki on April 07, 2017, at 1 a.m.
“There’s actually a right and a wrong way to put on insect repellent,” said Michael Bentley, staff entomologist for the National Pest Management Association.
An adult female deer tick. The National Pest Management Association predicts 2017 will be a bad season for mosquitoes and ticks.

Pest experts predict bad tick, mosquito season for Northeast

By Aislinn Sarnacki on April 06, 2017, at 2:02 p.m.
For the Northeast, the bi-annual Bug Barometer states that “higher tick populations may result from the unseasonably warm winter.
POLL QUESTION
A glass of water is seen during the taste testing at the Maine Rural Water Association's 34th Annual Water and Wastewater Technical Conference at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Dec. 11, 2014.

Maine’s wells could be polluted with arsenic, lead

By Abigail Curtis on April 05, 2017, at 6:01 a.m.
“The major problem is that Maine has a high reliance on wells, but very few people test their wells.”
HEATHER DENKMIRE
Heather Denkmire is a writer and artist who lives in Portland with her two young daughters.

Autistic people don’t need a ‘cure’

By Heather Denkmire on April 05, 2017, at 5:55 a.m.
The largest autism organizations treat autism as if it were a disease that needs to be eradicated, rather than a set of developmental conditions.

Moosehead Lake Brand Leadership Team Update

By Matthew St.Laurent on April 04, 2017, at 10:23 a.m.
MAINE FOCUS
The Maine State House is pictured in January 2016.

LePage administration paid $315K for a consultant to rethink child care, then did nothing

By Matthew Stone on April 04, 2017, at 6:26 a.m.
The state told federal regulators it planned to carry out the consultant’s recommendations and re-upped with the consultant after its first proposal. But it appears there are no plans to follow through.
Sen. Eric Brakey, R-Auburn, intends to run against Sen. Angus King in the 2018 senate race.

GOP state senator Eric Brakey kicks off underdog 2018 bid to unseat Angus King

By Michael Shepherd on April 03, 2017, at 8 p.m.
Brakey called King a champion of “big government and big corporations” and hit Republicans for challenging him weakly.
MAINE FOCUS
Sen. Angus King listens as Bucksport officials discuss the potential redevelopment of the former Verso Paper mill in Bucksport. King is proposing an initiative to get rural Maine communities to think about their futures.

King wants rural towns to compete for money to turn around their future

By Matthew Stone on April 03, 2017, at 7:06 p.m.
If current trends hold, Maine’s rural regions are destined for a future in which communities will continue to shrink, and some might cease to exist as municipalities.

Climate change skeptic group’s mailing campaign targets Maine teachers

By Nick McCrea on April 03, 2017, at 5:47 p.m.
A letter from the Heartland Institute said that the “science isn’t settled” and that there was an ongoing, “vibrant debate” among scientists.