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If farmers don't irrigate this season, corn fields, like this patch at Harris Farm, are drying up in the drought.

USDA declares five Maine counties a ‘disaster area’

By CBS 13 on Sept. 30, 2016, at 9:39 a.m.
Farmers in York, Cumberland, Sagadahoc, Androscoggin and Oxford counties are now eligible for emergency loans.
A picnic table sits undisturbed earlier this summer at an oceanside camp site at the defunct Ocean Wood Campground, which closed in 2009. Philanthropist Roxanne Quimby bought the campground last week at auction and plans to reopen it.

Quimby buys oceanside campground to reopen it

By Bill Trotter on Sept. 28, 2016, at 5:16 p.m.
A month after she donated 87,000 acres in northern Penobscot County to the National Park Service to create Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, philanthropist Roxanne Quimby has bought an oceanside campground near here that she plans to reopen.
The city of Bangor is exploring either a ban or fee on plastic shopping bags and polystyrene containers.

Belfast locals float effort to ban plastic bags

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 28, 2016, at 6:33 a.m.
“Anything plastic that gets degraded to this tiny amount is still plastic. It’s still petrochemicals. These chemicals don’t biodegrade.”
Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks as Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton listens during their first presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, Sept. 26, 2016.

Attacks fly in first presidential debate as Clinton’s jabs put Trump on defensive

By Philip Rucker and Anne Gearan, Washington Post on Sept. 27, 2016, at 7:40 a.m.
After circling each other for months, Clinton and Trump finally took the stage together for the first time, and each tried in a series of combative, acrimonious exchanges to discredit the other.
"I was there," U.S. Army veteran Rob Jones, 23, of Brewer said when Iraq was mentioned in the presidential debate between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016.

Scrooge McDuck versus mac and cheese? Mainers react to presidential debate.

Bangor Daily News on Sept. 26, 2016, at 11:08 p.m.
Mainers’ reactions to Monday’s showdown between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump drew reactions ranging from the serious to the surreal to the incredulous.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks as Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton listens during their first debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016.

Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump spar in first presidential debate

By David A. Fahrenthold, Jose A. DelReal and Abby Phillip, Washington Post on Sept. 26, 2016, at 10:57 p.m.
The first presidential debate of the general election campaign turned unusually contentious in its first half-hour, with Trump repeatedly interrupting Clinton, and Clinton telling Trump, “Donald, I know you live in your own reality.”
The developer of Stillwater Crossing, a development in Bangor near the mall, said the owner of Portland's Kon Asian Bistro has signed a lease for the last remaining space in the complex, next to Elevation Burger.

Hibachi restaurant plans to open in Bangor

By Nick McCrea on Sept. 26, 2016, at 3:33 p.m.
Another restaurant has signed on to fill the last vacant space in Bangor’s Stillwater Crossing development.
Shawn Laatsch, director of the University of Maine's Emera Astronomy Center, shines a light at the 111-year-old telescope at the Historic Clark Telescope Observatory. The telescope, which was built in the early 1900s, will be moved to a new building and set up for use by next spring.

UMaine to tear down historic observatory, save 111-year-old telescope

By Nick McCrea on Sept. 24, 2016, at 7:34 a.m.
The University of Maine’s historic observatory is slated for destruction, but its 111-year-old telescope will continue to help stargazers explore space.
A woman walks toward the main entrance of The Jackson Laboratory on Wednesday, July 13, 2016.

Jackson Lab receives $15 million award to fight Alzheimer’s disease

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 23, 2016, at 4:16 p.m.
The Jackson Laboratory will receive $15 million over the next five years as part of an effort to find an effective treatment for Alzheimer’s disease.
Craig Dickstein, a trail maintainer for the Maine Appalachian Trail Club, tears down the old outhouse along the AT at the base of Pleasant Pond Mountain as part of a privy replacement project. The plan to replace all 42 privies that the MATC maintains along the AT in Maine, began in 2013. The old pit-style privies are being replaced with new, more sustainable and environmentally friendly privies.

A privy problem: Maine group races to replace outhouses on Appalachian Trail

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Sept. 22, 2016, at 1:53 p.m.
Outhouses on Appalachian Trail are filling up and falling apart.
Spectators watch as moose are brought to the Ashland tagging station on the first day of the 2015 Maine moose hunting season.

Moose on the loose: Hunters to kick off season in Maine

By John Holyoke on Sept. 21, 2016, at 4:01 p.m.
Bright and early Monday morning, this year’s first group of moose hunters will head into the woods hoping for the best.
Amy Alward is opening Baristas and Bites on Fore Street and will pay full-time staff members $15 per hour in this no-tip zone.

Why this Maine restaurant is betting its business on banning tips

By Kathleen Pierce on Sept. 20, 2016, at 10:51 a.m.
“This is risky and different,” said Amy Alward, owner of Love Kupcakes Inc., who will open her new establishment serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, with the goal of paying full-time employees $15 per hour.
A person gets a shot in this file photo.

Flu vaccine or mask: Maine hospitals draw line on patient safety, workers’ rights

By Jackie Farwell on Sept. 19, 2016, at 4 p.m.
Critics of the policies say they amount to little choice at all and infringe on employees’ personal freedom.

Maine will benefit from increased trade under the TPP, but those gains are very modest

By Christopher Burns on Sept. 17, 2016, at 9:56 a.m.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership, a proposed trade pact between the U.S. and 11 Pacific Rim nations that would create the world’s largest free-trade zone, would have a small but mostly beneficial impact on Maine.
A humpback whale breaches on the way back from a day trip on Anacapa Island, off the coast near Ventura, California, in May 2008. The U.S. government on Sept. 6 removed most of the world's humpback populations from the federal list of endangered species

Maine’s humpback whales enjoying better times, no longer ‘endangered’

By Bill Trotter on Sept. 17, 2016, at 7:25 a.m.
The humpback whales that summer off the coast of Maine are no longer at grave risk of extinction.
Traveling westbound on the Down East Sunrise Trail between Mile Markers 15 and 16, three ATVs and their riders cross the Schoodic Bog in Sullivan, Sept. 8, 2013.

ATVs temporarily banned from new national monument land

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 16, 2016, at 12:26 p.m.
“We feel that ATV access is a traditional use of that land, and we need to find a way to [re-establish] that access,” Patten Town Manager Raymond Foss said.
Meteors fall through the night sky over Cadillac Mountain during the annual Perseid meteor shower, as seen from Schoodic Point in Winter Harbor in the early pre-dawn hours, Aug. 12, 2016.

Saving Maine’s dark skies: Acadia festival to celebrate the stars

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Sept. 15, 2016, at 12:57 p.m.
“[We found] one of the darkest locations on the eastern seaboard,” Chad Moore said of Acadia National Park. On a clear night in Acadia, visitors can see the band of the Milky Way with the naked eye, and on occasion they’ll catch a colorful show of the Northern Lights.
ames Butler (left) grimaces as Marie Arnberg places acupuncture needs in his ear during the Bangor Veterans Acupuncture Clinic at Grace United Methodist Church in Bangor last week.

Acupuncturists help veterans cope with pain, stress

By Dawn Gagnon on Sept. 15, 2016, at 1 a.m.
Marking four years of service this month, the Bangor clinic is one of four in Maine.
The Caribou Mine and Mill in the Bathurst mining district of New Brunswick, Canada. A former zinc mine that closed in 2008, the complex began new production in 2016 to mine and process copper, gold, lead, silver and zinc.

Controversy over metal mining in Maine rekindled

By Anthony Brino on Sept. 13, 2016, at 7:33 a.m.
A decades-long debate over the prospect of a metal mine in the mountains of Aroostook County will be rekindled Thursday as another proposed overhaul of state mining regulations receives a public hearing.
Gunnar Russell stacks bags of wood pellets at the Haymart manufacturing facility in Patten on Sept. 6. The company produces premium wood pellets as a heating fuel and has been experimenting with pelletizing grains for animal feed. Despite what the bags say, the pellets are all made of softwood. The brothers said they had ordered 14,000 bags marked hardwood/softwood blend before they determined that softwood would work best with their manufacturing system.

Brothers ramping up feed, wood-pellet mill in Patten

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 12, 2016, at 6:23 a.m.
The very versatile brothers, who are former lobstermen, are general managers of Haymart, a farming and milling operation that town officials hope will be a great boost to the upper Katahdin region economy.