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Voters are seen at the polling place at the town office to decide a referendum on a proposed national park in the Katahdin region, along with the local school budget, on Monday in East Millinocket.

East Millinocket voters reject national park by wide margin

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 29, 2015, at 9:27 p.m.
EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine – Residents voted 320-191 against a proposed 150,000-acre North Woods national park in a nonbinding referendum on Monday. The 40 percent of registered voters who participated in Monday’s polling exceeds the 36 percent of r egistered balloters in Medway who rejected the park, 252-102, in a nonbinding …
Justin Blais

NH man accused of OUI, driving wrong way on I-95

By Judy Harrison on June 29, 2015, at 8:54 p.m.
EDINBURG | A New Hampshire man with a blood alcohol level more than three times the legal limit was arrested early Sunday after driving his Hummer north in the southbound lanes of Interstate 95, according to court documents. Justin Blais, 37, of Portsmouth made his first court appearance Monday …

Deadline looms in Emera union contract talks

By Darren Fishell on June 29, 2015, at 6:42 p.m.
The contract for about 175 union workers at utility Emera Maine is set to expire at midnight Tuesday as bargaining continued Monday between the parties. Susan Faloon, a spokeswoman for the company, wrote Monday that contract talks are on schedule to conclude this week but declined to disclose any of …
 The former Navy facility is seen in the village of Corea in Gouldsboro recently.

$9 million Down East solar project on hold as bill vetoed

By Darren Fishell on June 29, 2015, at 6:23 p.m.
PORTLAND | A bill to study a new way to compensate electricity customers for the power they generate and return into the grid was vetoed by Gov. Paul LePage on Monday. The legislation, LD 1263, comes as uncertainty looms over just how long the state-level scheme for reimbursing small-scale …
Gov. Paul LePage

LePage vetoes state budget

By Scott Thistle on June 29, 2015, at 5:47 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The Legislature is set to reconvene Tuesday to take up a veto of the state’s next two-year budget issued by Gov. Paul LePage on Monday afternoon. The veto follows LePage’s failed attempt to make about $60 million in cuts by using his executive authority to veto 64 …
The Rite Aid in Guilford was robbed on Saturday, March 10, 2012.

Career criminal sentenced for Guilford pharmacy robbery

By Judy Harrison on June 29, 2015, at 5:36 p.m.
BANGOR | A 27-year-old Levant man who robbed a Guilford pharmacy at knifepoint and then fled in a mail truck more than three years ago was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court to nearly seven years in federal prison. Michael Thompson, who has a criminal record in Maine dating …
Jeppie Phillips

Inmate dies while in custody at Maine Correctional Center

By Beth Brogan on June 29, 2015, at 4:36 p.m.
WINDHAM | A 51-year-old man serving nine months for operating after habitual offender revocation died early Monday while in custody at the Maine Correctional Center. Jeppie Phillips had served about seven weeks of a nine-month, one-day sentence for operating after habitual offender revocation with two priors, a Class C …
Ron Warner of Brewer, a Marine Corps veteran.

Maine veterans struggle using plan to cut long waits for care

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 29, 2015, at 3:19 p.m.
BREWER | Local Vietnam veteran Ron Warner, who has spent decades protesting long wait times for Mainers seeking health care through the Department of Veterans Affairs, was recently told he would have to wait three months to find out if he had cancer. Long wait times triggered the government’s …
Route 2 in Carmel was cordoned off Sunday morning as police investigated an officer-involved shooting.

Police identify woman shot by deputy in Carmel

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 29, 2015, at 1:40 p.m.
The woman shot by a deputy on Sunday morning after threatening people with a “homemade weapon” was carrying something that resembled a medieval flail — a metal rod with two ropes attached that had railroad spikes tied to their ends, witnesses said. The Maine attorney general’s office, …
 Rep. Benjamin Chipman

Lawmakers call for independent investigation into LePage-Eves scandal

By Mario Moretto on June 29, 2015, at 1:31 p.m.
AUGUSTA | A Republican state senator and three representatives in the House have filed separate requests for an investigation of Gov. Paul LePage’s interference in Good Will-Hinckley’s selection of Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves as its new president. Sen. Tom Saviello, R-Wilton, made his request in a letter delivered …
Gov. Paul LePage

Maine lawmakers prepare to take up likely LePage budget veto

By Scott Thistle on June 29, 2015, at 1:26 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The Legislature is set to reconvene Tuesday to take up an anticipated veto of the state’s next two-year budget by Gov. Paul LePage. LePage has until midnight Monday to veto the measure, which provides for $6.7 billion in spending and modifies the state’s tax code, reducing the …
Rebecca Wyke

UMaine System financial officials to fill interim president roles

By Nick McCrea on June 29, 2015, at 1:14 p.m.
BANGOR | Longtime University of Maine System financial officials will assume the top jobs at two of the state’s universities on an interim basis while leaders conduct searches for permanent presidents, the system announced Monday. Rebecca Wyke, the system’s treasurer and vice chancellor of finance and administration, will lead …

Here’s how those Northern Lights looked over Moosehead Lake (magical)

on June 29, 2015, at 10:17 a.m.
Last Monday, Mike Taylor of Taylor Photography had news that a Northern Lights display was to take place near Moosehead Lake that night, and boy was it ever. Taylor set up right on the edge of the lake, which is Maine’s biggest, and recorded a time-laspe video from about 10 pm …
Erin Greeley pumps gas into her vehicle in Waterboro in this January 2015 file photo.

Gas prices hold steady leading into July 4 weekend

By Darren Fishell on June 29, 2015, at 10:15 a.m.
PORTLAND | The average price of a gallon of regular gasoline in Maine stopped rising in the past week, after a steady decline of the national average price heading into the Independence Day weekend. The gas price tracking website reported the state’s average at $2.79 Sunday, and AAA …
Jill Strauss opened a Woodfired Cooking School at her home to share the wonders of this ancient form of cooking.

As people return to basics, wood-fired cooking is hot

By Kathleen Pierce on June 29, 2015, at 6:01 a.m.
KENNEBUNKPORT | It’s 800-plus degrees in Jill Strauss’ backyard. Yet the apron-clad owner of Jillyanna’s Woodfired Cooking School keeps her cool helping students magically turn balls of just-made pizza dough into canvases for crusty, fragile Neapolitan pies. Thrusting caramelized onion and chorizo-topped pizzas into a blazing wood-fired oven and …
Christine Royles of South Portland used crowdfunding to pay for her kidney transplant. Crowd funding for medical care has taken off, with GoFundME campaigns alone raising more than $2 million in Maine since 2010. But some experts say the trend illustrates problems in the health care system and favors the most sympathetic patients with social media skills.

Should the Internet pay for your health care? Maine kidney surgery raises ethical quandary

By Jackie Farwell on June 29, 2015, at 5:44 a.m.
Christine Royles wanted to spark a reaction when she painted a plea for a kidney donor on the rear window of her vehicle. “Looking for someone to donate me their kidney,” the 24-year-old South Portland mother wrote, adding her phone number. “Must have type O blood.” Her unorthodox approach attracted …
Dale Flewelling, right, founder of Friends of Aroostook, works with Aroostook County Jail inmate Abdul Mohamud weeding potatoes. Flewelling's program last year provided 230,000 pounds of fresh produce to people in need in several Maine counties.

Days pass faster for inmates helping feed the needy on Maine farm

By Julia Bayly on June 28, 2015, at 3:20 p.m.
HOULTON | When 30-year-old Abdul Mohamud is done with his 10-hour shift on a southern Aroostook organic farm, he and his fellow farm hands don’t hop into their cars and grab a bite to eat or cold drink on their way home. Instead, they are driven back to the …

Aroostook County Jail inmates help produce food for the needy

By Julia Bayly on June 28, 2015, at 3:19 p.m.
A program that matches Aroostook County Jail inmates with a local nonprofit last year produced 230,000 pounds of fresh produce for food pantries and other organizations in several Maine counties.
Freeport fire officials worked to clear a wreck of I-295 Sunday morning after a car hydroplaned. No one was injured.

Motorists urged to slow down as heavy rain fell over southern Maine Sunday

By Julia Bayly on June 28, 2015, at 1:13 p.m.
FREEPORT | The Maine Department of Transportation is warning motorists to use caution and watch for standing water along the Maine Turnpike Sunday. Late Sunday morning the department tweeted, “Due to the heavy rainfall, we are receiving reports of standing water at various points on the Maine Turnpike. Motorists …
A woman attends the Northeastern Permaculture Convergence hosted by the Holyoke, Massachusetts,-based Nuestras Raices.

How to plan a scalable permaculture garden in Maine

By Seth Koenig on June 28, 2015, at 7:46 a.m.
The Portland-based permaculture and sustainable living organization Resilience Hub holds more than 60 events every year, ranging from small workshops to expert lectures to full classes, and has twice played host to the popular Northeast Regional Permaculture Convergence events — most recently in 2014. More than 250 people have graduated …
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