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On Thursday, Ryan Hamilton of Interphase Energy in Portland shows off a high-tech wood pellet boiler his company imports from Denmark.

Wood pellet boiler industry pushes changes for new heating systems

By Darren Fishell on April 25, 2014, at 5:32 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — In a nondescript warehouse on Presumpscot Street, around a dozen high-tech wood pellet boilers arrived this week from Denmark aboard a ship from Iceland, bound for installation in Maine. The winding journey took years to align, but leaders of the Portland-based Interphase Energy say the commercial infrastructure …

More than 30 Maine doctors victimized in tax fraud case with national reach

By Darren Fishell on April 24, 2014, at 3:20 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — More than 30 Maine doctors have reported to the Maine Medical Association that fraudulent tax returns using their names and Social Security numbers were filed this year. The cases could be linked to a broader breach of doctors’ personal information that the U.S. Secret Service is investigating. …
State GOP Chairman Rick Bennett rallies the troops last yearat the Buker Community Center in Augusta, where Gov. Paul LePage announced his re-election campaign.

After tea party uprisings in 2010 and 2012, Maine Republicans expect unity at Bangor convention

By Mario Moretto on April 23, 2014, at 5:38 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Top party officials are promising unity at the Maine Republican State Convention this Friday and Saturday in Bangor. If the predictions are right, the event will be a much smoother gathering than the two prior conventions, which saw factionalism split the party along ideological lines. The push …
The former 99 restaurant at the Bangor Mall will undergo complete remodeling and reopen as Las Palapas, serving Mexican cuisine.

Mexican restaurant Las Palapas in the works near Bangor Mall

By Nick McCrea on April 22, 2014, at 6:51 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The inside of the former Ninety Nine restaurant was shrouded in wood dust Tuesday as crews listening to a Spanish-language radio station worked to convert it into Bangor’s newest Mexican restaurant. Eriberto “Eric” Guzman, 32, who will manage the new restaurant called Las Palapas, said he hopes …
Caribou native Spencer McElwain, shown competing in the Flat Top 5K in Lamoine on March 29, was the second-fastest Maine runner in the Boston Marathon, completing his debut in 2:37:58.

‘I felt like Tom Brady’: An emotional day for Mainers at Boston Marathon

By Ernie Clark on April 21, 2014, at 4:28 p.m.
Lori Bartlett was greeted at Mile 24 of the 2013 Boston Marathon not by throngs of spectators urging her to persevere, but by yellow police tape and the news that she would not be allowed to complete the historic endurance test. Two bombs detonated near the finish line not only …
The 133rd Engineer Battalion marched from the University of Southern Maine campus to the Exposition Building in this Aug. 10. 2013 photo.

Nine members of Maine’s 133rd run Boston Shadow Marathon in Afghanistan

By Nok-Noi Ricker on April 21, 2014, at 1:14 p.m.
BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan — It didn’t matter that they were half a globe away. Nine Mainers deployed in Afghanistan with the Maine Army Guard’s 133rd Engineer Battalion laced up their running shoes Friday and took off on a 26.2-mile run in honor of the Boston Marathon and last year’s …
Meb Keflezighi takes a drink from a bottle during the 2014 Boston Marathon.

American Meb Keflezighi wins Boston Marathon

By Philip Hersh, Chicago Tribune on April 21, 2014, at 12:42 p.m.
The symbolism was so perfect, so emotionally overwhelming, that it was impossible to watch the Boston Marathon without tears in your eyes and a lump in your throat. Especially when the man you were watching began crying, too. There was Meb Keflezighi, whose family fled war-ravaged Eritrea some three decades …
St. Francis Elementary School has been targeted for closure by the SAD 27 Board of Directors as part of a plan to cut $1.8 million from next year's budget.

Should the Fort Kent-area district close a school to balance a budget?

By Julia Bayly on April 20, 2014, at 12:24 p.m.
ST. FRANCIS, Maine — District residents on the western edge of School Administrative District 27 in northern Maine acknowledge the need for substantial budget cuts in the wake of lost state revenues and rising costs of education. They just don’t want it put on the backs of their children. Last …
In this August 2010 file photo, Dennis Marble, director of the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter, looks inside the facility's basement bedroom. Marble said Friday that the shelter is running out of food.

Bangor Area Homeless Shelter running out of food, says director

By Nick McCrea on April 18, 2014, at 1:34 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Bangor Area Homeless Shelter, which serves 36,000 meals per year to struggling individuals and opens its food pantry to 120 families per month, is running out of food, director Dennis Marble said Friday. Earlier this week, staff noticed the shelves in the basement of the Main Street …
Dockworkers haul a bowline around a bollard as the Nova Star arrives in Portland for the first time on Thursday. The ferry will make daily runs between the city and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, starting in May.

Portland celebrates arrival of Nova Star, restoration of ferry service to Nova Scotia

By Darren Fishell on April 17, 2014, at 2:38 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A small crowd met a big ship Thursday at Portland’s Ocean Gateway terminal, celebrating the restoration of ferry service between Maine’s largest city and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. The celebration heralded the arrival of the Nova Star on its first voyage from Nova Scotia to Portland, more than …
Sen. Doug Thomas

Senate upholds LePage veto of solar energy bill

By Scott Thistle on April 16, 2014, at 2:41 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — The Senate on Wednesday pulled the blinds on a bill that would have allowed homeowners to receive a rebate for installing solar panels by sustaining Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of the measure. LePage vetoed the bill, which also created a rebate program for low-income families that install, …
Eliot Cutler

Eliot Cutler rolls out $185 million proposal to lower property taxes — and plan to fund it

By Christopher Cousins on April 15, 2014, at 9:38 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Independent candidate for governor Eliot Cutler continued his roll-out of policy ideas Tuesday with a new proposal to lower property taxes while also increasing state aid to local communities, funding for education and the budget for marketing the state of Maine. Cutler also has outlined options to …
Husson softball player Chelsea Brennan stocks shelves at the Cressy Marketplace on the Husson University campus on Wednesday, April 9, 2014.

Husson softball players balancing athletics, academics, work schedules

By Larry Mahoney on April 14, 2014, at 7:43 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — When Mallory Conary isn’t running down fly balls in center field for the Husson University softball team, she’s chasing down change for a cashier who is low on quarters at Shaw’s Supermarket in Bangor, where she is a customer service representative/cashier. When Husson second baseman and soccer …
On April 4, South Portland doctor Michael Ciampi, who does not accept insurance or medicaid, explains how his subscription care service works out to about $50 per month for patients like Roxanne Pettigrow (left).

Maine doctors ditch insurance, offer monthly subscriptions for primary care

By Jackie Farwell on April 11, 2014, at 10:27 a.m.
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — Roxanne Pettigrow has no health insurance. But the Gorham woman visits her doctor in South Portland every few weeks, paying $50 up front, once per month for regular checkups, office visits and preventive health screenings — care those lacking health coverage often skip. With her $600 …
Gov. Paul LePage

Senate deals quick death to LePage bill to turn state agency into campaign lie detector

By Mario Moretto on April 10, 2014, at 3:29 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — “The truthiness bill.” “The lie-detector law.” “The truth-squad bill.” In hallway conversations, Democrats have come up with many names for Gov. Paul LePage’s bill that would make the state Ethics Commission investigate claims that candidates for state office had lied on the campaign trail. But it was …
Robert Pelletier's home on Long Lake.

Sen. Troy Jackson bill sought to help Aroostook County man avoid fines for lakefront clearing development

By Naomi Schalit and John Christie, Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting on April 09, 2014, at 12:14 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — A state senator and candidate for Congress last month tried to get special legislation passed to help a single constituent by undoing part of a legal agreement with the state designed to protect a lake in Aroostook County. State Sen. Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, said his bill would …
Kevin Concannon addresses reporters in this July 2012 file photo.

Feds seek more information about state plan to include photos on Maine EBT cards

By Scott Thistle on April 08, 2014, at 1:09 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — The federal government is asking Gov. Paul LePage’s administration to provide details on its efforts to pilot a new electronic benefits transfer card system that would include a recipient’s photo. The state uses EBT cards to dispense a variety of public assistance, including the largely federally funded …
Rickey Medlocke (left) and Gary Rossington, members of Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, perform on the Bangor Waterfront in 2011.

Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bad Company to play Bangor on July 10

By Aimee Thibodeau on April 07, 2014, at 3:47 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Legendary rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd will return to the Bangor Waterfront on July 10, according to the band’s website. On Monday, the band announced 19 summer concert dates throughout the U.S. with English classic rockers Bad Company for the 40th Anniversary Tour. Skynyrd previously drew an estimated …
 Paddlers in Canoe  No. 22 negotiate the rapids just downstream from the Ghent Road Bridge in Searsmont during the 35th St. George River Race on Sunday.

Sunshine and fast times buoy St. George River Race paddlers

By Ernie Clark on April 06, 2014, at 6:43 p.m.
APPLETON, Maine — Hundreds of people flocked to the rural riverfront between downtown Searsmont and the Route 105 bridge here Saturday, grateful for the chance to observe what they hoped would be the belated meteorological kickoff to a spring the calendar said should have started weeks ago. Some were busy …
A still frame from a patrol officer's camera shows Bangor Police carrying Phillip A. McCue to a patrol car on Sept. 12, 2012 after using a Taser to subdue him during an arrest. McCue later died at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.

Taser company says device saves lives after wrongful death lawsuit filed in Bangor

By Nok-Noi Ricker on April 04, 2014, at 2:21 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — While attempting to subdue a 28-year-old man under the influence of bath salts on a September night in 2012, a Bangor police officer zapped him with a Taser. The 50,000-volt shock from the device appeared to have little effect on Phillip McCue, who continued to struggle as …
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