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Despite major life changes, anglers renew friendships at a familiar river

ACADIA ON MY MIND

Acadia National Park committee suspension lifted by Interior Secretary

Dan Legere of the Maine Guide Fly shop snaps a photo as Brandon Prescott poses with the brook trout he caught on the East Outlet of the Kennebec River on June 18, 2017.
Outdoors

Drifting down the river, fly fishing in style

“Everybody wants to be on moving water. There’s not any call for [guiding] pond fishing.”
The top and bottom birds in the photo are the two chimney swifts.
GOOD BIRDING

Look up, listen and enjoy the amazing chimney swift

“Chimney swifts make me smile,” Bob Duchesne writes. “Even the chattering sound they make overhead gives me a grin. I always hear them before I see them, because they simply can’t help themselves. They must chatter.”
OLD TOWN -- Part of the old Great Works Dam site on the Penobscot River seen from an airplane on June 14, 2017, in Old Town. (Aislinn Sarnacki | BDN)

A look at Penobscot River Whitewater Nationals course by airplane

Coast Guard: Kayaker found safe hours after search was called off

Cerezo was at Petit Manan when authorities called to confirm that he was the kayaker for whom crews had been searching.
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke smiles during a tour of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.

Interior Secretary Zinke wants to shed 4,000 staffers in budget cuts

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke told lawmakers Wednesday that he plans to shrink his department’s sprawling workforce by 4,000 employees – about 8 percent of the full-time staff – as part of budget cuts to downsize the government’s largest public lands agency.
GEORGE'S OUTDOOR NEWS

Tear down a land posting sign and you’ll lose your hunting and fishing license

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke listens to questions as part of a question and answer with media during a tour of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. The visit was the start of a four-day visit to New England.
VIDEO

Zinke: Maine monument’s foes and fans will be ‘enthusiastic’ about recommendation

“I have talked to the governor, and I think we have a reasonable approach with the recommendation that all parties will be satisfied with,” Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke told Sen. Angus King on Tuesday.
ACT OUT WITH AISLINN

1-minute hike: Swan Island in the Kennebec River

Brunswick Marine Resources Officer Dan Devereaux (right) and his son, Jesse Devereaux, unload bags of dead pogies at the Simpson's Point boat launch.

Man who caused Brunswick stink by dumping dead fish broke no law, says Maine DMR

A fisherman identified by the Maine Marine Patrol caught too many pogies in his purse seine last week to load onto his boat, and left the overflow to rot in Maquoit and Middle bays.
Flood waters in the harbor of Blue Hill lap over the top of the town pier off Water Street on Nov. 16, 2016.
Outdoors

Early-week thunderstorms cause flooding, possibly house fire

“Small creeks and streams could leave their banks and cause flooding. This is especially true in hilly and mountainous areas.”
Katie Owen, 14, negotiates one of the rapids during a practice run Wednesday on the Penobscot river from Binette Park in Old Town to the Orono boat landing in preparation for the Penobscot River Whitewater Nationals Regatta.
Outdoors

Penobscot readies to host national whitewater races for third and final year

Next year, the national championships will move elsewhere in the country, giving racers an opportunity to learn a new waterway.
A female deer tick (left) and a nymph deer tick

As rodent populations grow, ticks — and Lyme disease — are coming indoors

White-footed mice are typically considered outdoor animals. But in suburban and rural areas near forested land, they often nest inside walls and in garages.
Scott Cyr of Fort Fairfield celebrates when he hears his name drawn at the 2017 moose permit lottery drawing on Saturday, June 17, at Caribou Parks and Recreation.
POLL QUESTION

Moose fever: 2,080 win hunt permits

As has become tradition on moose lottery day, Wildlife Department Commissioner Chandler Woodcock announced where the festivities will take place next year: Skowhegan.