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VIDEO & POLL QUESTION
By Beth Brogan on Jan. 29, 2014, at 2:04 p.m.
DURHAM, Maine — On a January day when the temperature barely reached double digits, 63-year-old Bob Crowley pulled the earflaps of his hat tightly to his head before steering his four-wheel Polaris Ranger through the woods of rural Durham to Fisher Ridge Yurt. It was cold, but the 2008 winner …
Paper or plastic? Both would cost a dime under Portland plan that opponents say will spawn ‘bag police’
By William Hall on Jan. 28, 2014, at 1:11 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — In what may be a case of history repeating itself, a Portland City Council task force on Monday narrowly recommended a proposed fee that many city merchants would charge customers to package goods in disposable bags. The council’s Green Packaging Working Group, which last year proposed a …
East Millinocket man wants to rename Schenck High School to avoid negative connotation, honor Powerball donor
By Nick Sambides Jr. on Jan. 27, 2014, at 1:42 p.m.
EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine — Paul Baker wants to change Schenck High School’s name to honor a town family whose $1.8 million donation to the school will buy a new roof and extend the life of the building, he said Monday. The 86-year-old retired millworker and East Millinocket resident wrote sealed …
POLL QUESTION AND VIDEO
Throngs of Red Sox fans — including some 6,000 miles away — gawk at trio of World Series trophies on display in Bangor
By Nick McCrea on Jan. 26, 2014, at 12:44 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Droves of beaming Red Sox fans descended on the Cross Insurance Center on Sunday morning to pose for pictures with a triplet set of sterling silver and gold World Series trophies that visited Maine for the weekend. Some had to get their glimpse from far away. Robin …
Industry experts call East Millinocket mill’s production shutdown a ‘tragedy’ while town officials remain hopeful
By Nick Sambides Jr. on Jan. 24, 2014, at 3:50 p.m.
EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine — Tragic. That was how two forest products industry experts described Great Northern Paper Co.’s announcement Thursday that it would be stopping production at its Main Street paper mill for as many as 16 weeks. They said the company and its parent, Cate Street Capital, face significant …
By Matthew Stone on Jan. 23, 2014, at 12:32 p.m.
The agreement among the six New England governors to invest as a region in new natural gas pipeline capacity and electric transmission is rooted in part in cold days like many that Maine and the rest of New England have experienced so far this winter. It’s also part of a …
Policy questioned after Fort Kent police drop man at town line — who then allegedly attempts to break into home
By Julia Bayly on Jan. 22, 2014, at 9:49 a.m.
FORT KENT, Maine — Members of a New Canada family are asking some serious questions about local law enforcement procedures in the wake of an attempted burglary at their Caribou Road home earlier this month. Sylvie Nadeau said she was sound asleep when she was awoken just after 2 a.m. …
By Jackie Farwell on Jan. 21, 2014, at 3:39 p.m.
As Terri Earley watches her son and daughter relaxing in the living room of her Topsham home, she sees two diverging examples of how the state cares for young adults with disabilities. A promising future lies in store for one, while the other falls into what she sees as a …
By Jackie Farwell on Jan. 20, 2014, at 1:30 p.m.
When Bangor became one of the first cities in the country to ban smoking in cars carrying children, supporters touted the benefits to public health, while opponents argued the ordinance “moralized” against smokers. The 2007 ordinance set the stage for a statewide smoke-free vehicle law, which new research indicates then …
By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 19, 2014, at 12:57 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Maine State Police are searching for a blue Jeep Liberty with front end damage involved in a noontime hit-and-run crash with a 15-passenger van on Interstate 95 near the Kenduskeag Stream, said Trooper Brian Bean. The driver of the van, a 32-year-old Bangor man, said the Jeep …
$8.8 million Union Street bridge replacement set to start this summer bound to cause driver headaches
By Nick McCrea on Jan. 16, 2014, at 3:06 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — If you’re among the 18,000 drivers who use the Union Street bridge in Bangor on a daily basis, you might want to start rethinking your route. This summer, the Maine Department of Transportation will start the long process of replacing the bridge, which carries four lanes of …
By Kathleen Pierce on Jan. 15, 2014, at 2:09 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — When temperatures drop, online dating apparently heats up. Last week’s polar vortex was hard on everyone, but singles in Maine looking for love and warmth had it especially tough. Instead of taking to the taverns when the temperatures plunged, they took to their tablets. Online dating app …
By Emily Burnham on Jan. 14, 2014, at 9:36 a.m.
Matt Haskell is very aware of the attention that’s been focused on his efforts to open a restaurant in downtown Bangor’s West Market Square. After all, he’s occupying one of the most visible spaces in the city’s center: 16 Broad St., the former home of the Whig & Courier Pub, …
By Christopher Cousins on Jan. 13, 2014, at 5:04 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — The spread of “dead mud” among Maine’s shellfish flats could have disastrous implications for clammers, lobstermen, oyster farmers and others whose livelihoods depend on healthy coastal ecosystems. What’s the source of this new threat to one of the state’s most important natural resource industries? Several indicators point …
By Tony Reaves on Jan. 13, 2014, at 1:46 p.m.
Reader Meghan Pojasek of Bangor sent us this video, shot Saturday morning, of a car trying to climb Kenduskeag Avenue when the state was covered in a sheet of ice. Pojasek said the incident, which luckily ended without a collision, took place at around 10 a.m. Saturday. She said several cars …
on Jan. 12, 2014, at 2:35 p.m.
Numerous accidents occurred Saturday as streets and roads were so slippery, the Maine Department of Public Safety warned drivers that conditions across the state were “extremely” dangerous.
By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 10, 2014, at 2:25 p.m.
ORONO, Maine — Tracey Haskell never saw a mark on her niece or nephew, but in the months since the children’s parents died in a domestic violence homicide and police shooting, the emotional scars from having lived in an abusive environment have become apparent. “I have a unique perspective,” she …
By Jackie Farwell on Jan. 09, 2014, at 1:13 p.m.
Stephanie McGary is ready for spring. At her home in the northern Maine town of Amity, the water pipes have frozen at least six times. McGary returned from work earlier this week to find 5 inches of water in her basement, drenching most of the wood for her wood stove. …
By Mario Moretto on Jan. 08, 2014, at 1:38 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — On Wednesday, Attorney General Janet Mills demanded in a letter that Gov. Paul LePage release a publically funded report crafted by the controversial Alexander Group to anyone who requested it. When asked in an interview how he responded, LePage said simply: “Tell her to sue me.” The …
By Stephen Betts on Jan. 07, 2014, at 2:27 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — SteelPro Inc., a longtime Rockland manufacturer, has been purchased by its 35 employees. The company was sold for an undisclosed price at the end of December through an employee stock option plan, according to former owner Christopher Beebe. Beebe will stay on as chairman of the board. …