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Gov. Paul LePage

‘They never gave the state any warning’: LePage blasts Old Town mill owners on closure

By Christopher Cousins on Aug. 14, 2014, at 5:41 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage said Thursday that he is disappointed with the owners of the Old Town Fuel & Fiber mill in Old Town for closing the operation without first asking the state for help. “The thing that is so upsetting about this is they never gave the …
Gov. Paul LePage and his wife, Ann, acknowledge well-wishers before voting in Waterville in November 2010.

LePage buys $215,000 home in Boothbay, his first Maine property in four years

By Mario Moretto on Aug. 14, 2014, at 3:42 p.m.
BOOTHBAY, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage and his wife, Ann, have purchased a home in Boothbay, where they’ll move after they leave the Blaine House. Ann LePage told the Bangor Daily News on Thursday that the couple paid $215,000 for the home, which had been in foreclosure. The Boothbay house …
Seth Mazzaglia

Man sentenced to life for killing 19-year-old UNH student

By Ted Siefer, Reuters on Aug. 14, 2014, at 2:40 p.m.
DOVER, New Hampshire — A New Hampshire man found guilty of murdering a 19-year-old college student was sentenced to life in prison on Thursday following wrenching statements from the victim’s family, who called him a “monster.” Seth Mazzaglia, 32, received a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility …
Maliseets and other Native Americans dance in the sacred circle in traditional attire during the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians 29th annual Recognition Day Celebration. The Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians has been federally recognized as a government by the U.S. since October 1980.

New rules might recognize more tribes, create new casinos

By Rob Hotakainen, McClatchy Washington Bureau on Aug. 14, 2014, at 2:32 p.m.
WASHINGTON — As a proud Chinook Indian, Gary Johnson rejects the claim that his tribe in southwestern Washington state is extinct, even though that’s what the Bureau of Indian Affairs declared more than 12 years ago. “They couldn’t be more wrong,” said Johnson, a former chairman of the tribe that …

FairPoint employees conduct informational picket

By Brian Feulner on Aug. 14, 2014, at 2:03 p.m.
FairPoint workers conducted an informational picket Tuesday morning at several locations around Maine. Unions and the company will start bargaining on Wednesday in an attempt to come to terms over disagreements in the FairPoint contracts.
Employees at Old Town Fuel and Fiber learned Wednesday night that they would be indefinitely furloughed due to foreign trade and high fuel costs.

Old Town Fuel & Fiber closes, leaving 180 workers furloughed indefinitely

By Darren Fishell and Nok-Noi Ricker on Aug. 14, 2014, at 10:55 a.m.
OLD TOWN, Maine — When they finished work Wednesday night, most employees at Old Town Fuel & Fiber also learned they no longer had a job. “They came up at 4 o’clock and said, ‘We don’t need you to come in tomorrow. Go sign up for unemployment,’” one 26-year veteran …
Ben Grant (right), chairman of the Maine Democratic Party, speaks at the start of the 2014 Maine Democratic Convention at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor on Friday, May 30.

Maine Democrats attack GOP for ‘desperate’ tactics used to recruit legislative candidates

By Scott Thistle on Aug. 14, 2014, at 10:48 a.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — The Maine Democratic Party accused Maine Republicans on Wednesday of shady recruiting methods in the GOP’s quest to find candidates to challenge incumbent Democrats in the state Legislature, including one House District seat in Lewiston. Maine Democratic Party Chairman Ben Grant pointed to three House District races, …
Scarborough resident Adam Chick waits for help Wednesday night in his car, which was disabled by high water on State Street in Portland's Deering Oaks Park. The record-breaking storm dropped more than 6 inches of rain in parts of southern Maine in a few hours, according to the National Weather Service – more than twice the average total for the month of August. Chick said a police officer waved him through and cautioned him to proceed slowly, moments before his car stalled in the water. Chick's was the last vehicle to enter the water before police closed the street.

Record rainfall in Portland causes flooding, road washouts, evacuation of hundreds

By Beth Brogan and Seth Koenig on Aug. 14, 2014, at 6:26 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A record-breaking storm topping 6 inches of rainfall overnight Wednesday forced the evacuation of hundreds of people in Portland, caused widespread flooding and washed out busy downtown streets. Portland city spokeswoman Jessica Grondin on Thursday told reporters the flash flooding forced the evacuation of eight properties in …
Luke Cushman planes the edge, or rail, of a wooden surfboard at his shop in Old Town. By day Cushman is a carpenter usually working long hours on MDI. By night he builds cedar surfboards in a shop next to his home on Pushaw Lake.

Old Town carpenter channels love of surfing into his own custom boards

By Brian Feulner on Aug. 14, 2014, at 5:33 a.m.
Luke Cushman of Old Town knows his way around a wood shop. Cushman’s father was a carpenter and passed the trade to him, and he hopes to pass woodworking on to his 13-year-old son Jonah. Cushman, who is soft-spoken and has a shy demeanor, wears a necklace made with a …
Lawrence Barrett

Bucking a trend: EMCC enrollment up almost 1,000 students over three years

By Nell Gluckman on Aug. 13, 2014, at 7:08 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Eastern Maine Community College has increased its enrollment by nearly 30 percent over the past three years, from 3,316 students in 2011 to 4,228 in 2014, the college announced on Wednesday. College officials attribute the increase to eight new associate degree programs that have been added during …

Gorham company submits lowest bid for Portland marine terminal expansion

By Darren Fishell on Aug. 13, 2014, at 5:33 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Shaw Brothers of Gorham has submitted the lowest bid for a contract to expand the International Marine Terminal where Icelandic shipper Eimskip moved its U.S. headquarters last year. The project will create a key piece of infrastructure for the region, paving the way to link Pan-Am’s rail …
Betsy Smith

Director of pro-Cutler PAC resigns, will continue working to elect him

By Christopher Cousins on Aug. 13, 2014, at 5:28 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Betsy Smith, the director of a political action committee operating on behalf of independent candidate for governor Eliot Cutler, said she resigned from the PAC last month because of a difference of opinion on strategy, but she will continue to work on behalf of Cutler. Smith said …

Scammers push Maine consumers to buy bogus medical alert system

on Aug. 13, 2014, at 4:47 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Scammers claiming to be representatives of AARP are fraudulently calling Maine residents trying to sell a medical alert system, the seniors’ organization announced Wednesday. Callers told residents that a physician had referred them to the program and that they would receive $3,000 in grocery store certificates for …
From the community

Students intern at Maine Department of Labor

Bangor Daily News on Aug. 13, 2014, at 1:19 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine – Six students are wrapping up their summer internships with the Maine Department of Labor. Michael Bailey of Waterville, Caroline Bowne of Falmouth, Erin Fitzpatrick of Marshall, Michigan, Jordan Kim of Dover-Foxcroft, MacKenzie Riley of Waterville and Jon Whittemore of Brunswick spent several weeks working on special projects in …

1,200 Maine consumers could lose Obamacare coverage for failure to prove legal residency

By Jackie Farwell on Aug. 13, 2014, at 1:02 p.m.
About 1,200 Maine consumers who signed up for insurance through failed to submit proof that they legally reside in the U.S., putting their coverage at risk, the federal Department of Health and Human Services announced Wednesday. The Maine consumers were among 310,000 nationally identified with “inconsistencies” in their applications. …
Jon Dixon, deli manager for Market Basket in Nashua, N.H., protested outside of Diana Merriam's Shore Road home this past weekend.

Protesters gather around York home reportedly owned by Market Basket shareholder

By Susan Morse, The York Weekly on Aug. 13, 2014, at 12:55 p.m.
YORK, Maine — Jon Dixon, a deli manager for Market Basket in Nashua, New Hampshire, is among a handful of protesters who last weekend stood in front of a Shore Road home owned by a reported shareholder and family member of the grocery store chain. On Thursday, up to 10 …

Weather service issues flood alerts as heavy rain hits state

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 13, 2014, at 8:44 a.m.
GRAY, Maine — Heavy rain is expected to push throughout the state Wednesday and the National Weather Service says flooding could result. Oxford County is currently under a flash flood watch while a coastal flood advisory has been issued for coastal York and Cumberland counties. According to the weather service, …
Daniel Wathen

$20 million question: What’s really at stake if Riverview can’t meet standards?

By Christopher Cousins on Aug. 13, 2014, at 6:10 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Much of the talk about the recertification of Riverview Psychiatric Center by the federal Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services focuses on the $20 million in annual federal funding that hinges on it, but advocates for mentally ill Mainers and the Department of Health and Human Services …

Federal judge hears arguments over constitutionality of Maine election law

By Scott Thistle on Aug. 12, 2014, at 10:27 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A federal judge Tuesday heard arguments from the state and from an attorney representing supporters of independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler over a complaint that Maine’s campaign finance laws are unconstitutional in how they limit the amount of money supporters of independent candidates can donate to campaigns. …

How to prevent a tick bite

By Jackie Farwell on Aug. 12, 2014, at 9:58 p.m.
1. Choose light-colored clothing so it’s easier to spot ticks; wear long sleeves and and tuck your pants into your socks. 2. Use insect repellent with DEET on your skin and apply permethrin, a common insecticide, to your clothes. 3. Check your skin and clothing for ticks and remove them …
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