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People gather a few minutes before 7 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011, at the summit of Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park to see the sunrise.

Maine lawmakers take another stab at changing state’s time zone

By Steve Collins, Sun Journal on Jan. 19, 2017, at 8:51 a.m.
Sponsors say the move, which would land Maine into a time zone shared by Nova Scotia and Puerto Rico, would provide increased economic opportunities and less energy consumption in addition to offering more daylight in the afternoon and evening.
Michelle Sherbak relaxes as a mask dries on her face during an "Anthony's Classic" facial at Anthony John's Day Spa in Bangor on Tuesday.

Go ahead, enjoy that facial. Taking care of your skin at midlife has some major health benefits

By Meg Haskell on Jan. 19, 2017, at 6:37 a.m.
Despite the many critical roles it plays, many people don’t take care of their skin.
Sen. Susan Collins (right) sits with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office in Washington, D.C., in this file photo.

Susan Collins wants to repeal Obamacare. Replacing it is a work in progress

By Jackie Farwell on Jan. 18, 2017, at 4:35 p.m.
The national spotlight is shining on Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins as part of her party’s effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
U.S. Sen. Susan Collins

Sen. Collins bucks GOP efforts to end Planned Parenthood funding

By Kelsey Snell, Washington Post on Jan. 18, 2017, at 9:13 a.m.
A fierce battle over the future of reproductive rights is underway in Washington as congressional Republicans made the first move last week to slash funding for Planned Parenthood.
Reed Hastings, co-founder and CEO of Netflix, delivers a keynote address at the 2016 CES trade show in Las Vegas, Nevada, Jan. 6, 2016.

LePage budget would impose ‘Netflix tax’ in Maine

By Darren Fishell on Jan. 17, 2017, at 10:58 a.m.
Gov. Paul LePage’s latest budget proposal seeks to expand Maine’s sales tax to a range of in-person services from haircuts to movie tickets. It’s also extending the state’s ongoing tax fight into the digital realm.
Michelle and Duke Popovich of Charlotte, North Carolina, enjoy their chimichangas at Vazquez Mexican Takeout in Milbridge in this 2015 file photo.

Who knew? Six unexpected food finds in eastern Maine

By Emily Burnham on Jan. 16, 2017, at 11:52 a.m.
There’s something magical in finding a delicious dish in a most unexpected place.
High school senior Franci Bliss, 17, of Portland is a certified doula who has assisted in around 15 births since August.

17-year-old finds passion for birthwork while becoming a doula

By Lauren Abbate on Jan. 14, 2017, at 7:29 a.m.
Regardless where the future takes her, helping others will be at the center of her plans.
Mount Katahdin is seen behind pipes running through the former Great Northern Paper mill in Millinocket Friday.

‘It’s our heritage’: Our Katahdin volunteers get to work promoting Millinocket

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Jan. 13, 2017, at 7:26 p.m.
The group’s most immediate challenges are to start collating the ideas pouring in, continue meeting with potential investors, and help local officials shape an economic development plan for the industrial park and the region while starting federal and local grant applications.
Dick Chasse, a senior guide for Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School, hikes the last leg to the summit of Katahdin on Jan. 7, during a skiing and camping trip in Baxter State Park.

Challenging, thrilling, peaceful: Backcountry skiing growing in Maine

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Jan. 12, 2017, at 2:30 p.m.
It’s a challenge, trekking through woods and struggling up snowy mountains.
David Boyer, head of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana, Like Alcohol, speaks at a forum hosted by the Maine Law Federalist Society in Portland in this April 2015 file photo.

Legislative leaders’ plan to slow pot legalization draws advocates’ ire

By Michael Shepherd on Jan. 11, 2017, at 2:24 p.m.
The Maine Legislature’s roadmap for implementing marijuana legalization took shape on Wednesday, with legislative leaders striking deals to delay most of the law until 2018 and form a committee to consider bills on the subject.
Linda Bean

Group says it’ll take L.L. Bean off boycott list if company takes Linda Bean off board

By Steve Mistler, Maine Public on Jan. 10, 2017, at 12:06 p.m.
Bean became the target of the group Grab Your Wallet following reports that she bankrolled a PAC supporting Donald Trump.
Ashley Sorrentino (right) and her husband, Adam, work to gut their house after a devastating mid-December fire. They were not able to get homeowner's insurance because their sole source of heat was a woodstove.

Destructive house fire points out struggles in getting insurance with a wood stove

By Abigail Curtis on Jan. 09, 2017, at 6:18 a.m.
Mainers love their woodstoves, but that doesn’t mean that insurance companies love them, too.
Tom Picard sits in his home in Millinocket Saturday. Picard says he lives "the new normal." As a millworker, Tom has been laid off 10 times since 1980. For the last few years he has been making the weekly commute to his new job 130 miles away, at the Huhtamaki plant in Waterville. This past summer, he divorced his wife, Tammy Shorey Picard, as the commuting was putting a strain on their relationship.

Long commute taking toll, but this millworker’s ‘new normal’ continues

By John Holyoke on Jan. 08, 2017, at 7:24 a.m.
A year ago, Tom Picard said that a series of layoffs — 10 in all since he began work in 1980 — had made life as a millworker tough.
A hunter stands out among brown fall trees in Oxbow on Nov. 8, 2016.

Where Maine is losing its workers the fastest

By Adanya Lustig on Jan. 06, 2017, at 6:29 a.m.
Over the last 45 years, Maine had the greatest portion of people in their prime working years in 1999.
Ward Brook Road resident Holly Giles speaks in favor of a disorderly housing ordinance as Wiscasset Police Chief Jeff Lange looks on during a meeting of the Wiscasset Board of Selectmen on Tuesday, Jan. 3.

Pit bull attack spurs police chief to ask for more power to crack down on problem homes

By Abigail Adams on Jan. 05, 2017, at 9:23 a.m.
The ordinance would not only be an extra tool for law enforcement, but would also enable landlords to work with their tenants to “keep them contained.”
Daylight hits the Aroostook River in Oxbow Plantation, on Election Day, Nov. 8.

The Maine towns with the greatest percentage of empty homes

By Adanya Lustig on Jan. 05, 2017, at 6:25 a.m.
Maine lost population unevenly over the last 15 years. Some counties hollowed out, while others grew in population.
Columbia's Luke Petrasek (center) leaps for a rebound against the University of Maine's Marko Pirovic (left) and Austin Howard during their basketball game at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor on Monday.

Little sympathy for ailing UMaine men as AE schedule begins

By Ernie Clark on Jan. 04, 2017, at 1:07 p.m.
“Our guys are facing some tough challenges right now, but as I keep telling them, nobody cares.”
Vice President-elect Mike Pence speaks during a meeting with House Speaker Paul Ryan on Capitol Hill in Washington, Nov. 30, 2016.

Republicans make repealing Obamacare ‘first order of business’

By Susan Cornwell and Richard Cowan, Reuters on Jan. 04, 2017, at 11:03 a.m.
Vice President-elect Mike Pence on Wednesday met with Republican congressional leaders to plot strategy on repealing President Barack Obama’s signature health care law, a move that could leave tens of millions of Americans without medical insurance.
The eye-catching former Dos Amigos restaurant, which has been sold to Anna Wagner, who hopes to give the space a drastically new look and open a coffee shop and lounge, can be seen Tuesday off Route 1 in Northport.

Former midcoast Mexican restaurant getting major makeover

By Nick McCrea on Jan. 04, 2017, at 7:17 a.m.
The gaudy, lime green former home of Dos Amigos Mexican restaurant, at 144 Bayside Road, is getting a makeover and a new life, likely as a cafe and lounge.
Chef and entrepreneur Louis Del Conte, known to many as Luigi, has used his nickname as the name for his line of all-natural, gourmet pasta sauces, Luigi Del Conte Sauces. Louis and his wife Colleene started making the sauces in 2013 and after just three years, their products are being sold in over 100 stores.

The secret is in the sauce: Luigi Del Conte business is simmering with potential

By Emily Burnham on Jan. 03, 2017, at 12:51 p.m.
“We have big plans,” Luigi Del Conte said. “We’re just getting started.”