Articles by Darren Fishell

 
Defense attorney F. Lee Bailey in Saco in 2013.

O.J. defense attorney F. Lee Bailey again files for bankruptcy in Maine

By Darren Fishell on June 27, 2017, at 11:46 a.m.
Bailey on Monday filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy, which allows a person who has a steady wage to create a payment plan with creditors.
Bob Montgomery-Rice, new president of Bangor Savings Bank.

Bangor Savings credits southern expansion, improving economy for record profits

By Darren Fishell on June 26, 2017, at 6 p.m.
The bank took in about $25 million in net income for the year, an 8.4 increase over the previous year.
University of Maine students move into campus to start the 2014 school year.

In a better job market, Maine can’t fill openings in college help program

By Darren Fishell on June 25, 2017, at 8:07 a.m.
Low unemployment statewide appears to put a damper on the number of people looking for higher education help.
Pittsfield-based Cianbro has won a $215 million federal contract in New York as part of a joint venture with Northland Associates. The rendering above shows the view from the north of the future land port of entry at Alexandria Bay, New York. Courtesy U.S. General Services Administration.

Cianbro lands $215 million contract in New York

By Darren Fishell on June 23, 2017, at 11:42 a.m.
Cianbro Corp. and New York contractor Northland Associates have won a federal contract worth up to $215 million to replace a port in Alexandria, New York.
WIDGETS AND DIGITS

Rent in Portland is higher than average. But so is income

on June 22, 2017, at 2:04 p.m.
Renters around Portland have been paying about 10 percent more than the national average as Bangor and Lewiston renters saw prices drop through 2015. But that doesn’t make up for generally lower income around Bangor and Lewiston.
Lincoln Paper and Tissue LLC, as seen on Sept. 28, 2015.

Lincoln lays out vision for redeveloping former mill site

By Darren Fishell on June 21, 2017, at 6:55 p.m.
Town officials say a deal between the bankrupt Lincoln Paper and Tissue and federal environmental regulators would tie up all of the property with cleanup efforts for at least 20 years.
WIDGETS AND DIGITS

Heroin, opioids hit Maine emergency rooms harder than all but one state

on June 21, 2017, at 11:41 a.m.
Maine emergency rooms have seen the impact of the state’s opioid crisis more acutely than anywhere but Massachusetts.

Sale of Bangor Gas parent to Cayman Island fund gets Maine OK

By Darren Fishell on June 20, 2017, at 1:25 p.m.
Maine regulators Tuesday approved the sale of Bangor Gas parent company Gas Natural Inc. to a Cayman Island investment fund recently purchased by the New York investment firm Blackrock Inc.

Maine regulators won’t fine FairPoint for bad landline service

By Darren Fishell on June 20, 2017, at 12:29 p.m.
Regulators decided against slapping FairPoint Communications with hefty fines for repeatedly missing service quality benchmarks for its landline service, instead requiring the company to pay for specific network improvements.
WIDGETS AND DIGITS

The documents behind an ambitious plan for Maine’s forests

on June 19, 2017, at 12:51 p.m.
The company proposing an ambitious plan to turn Maine’s forests into energy haven’t volunteered much about their past experience with such projects, but a regulatory filing made public this week helps shed light on their history.
The former Great Northern Paper Co. site in East Millinocket, as seen on Feb. 7, 2017.

Cate Street link is part of what’s known about latest redeveloper of shuttered Maine mill

By Darren Fishell on June 19, 2017, at 12:33 p.m.
Its first U.S. investment was through Cate Street Capital, the firm whose revival effort fizzled after two years despite $16 million in state aid.
Tim Schneider

Former public advocate who irked LePage lands job with national IT firm

By Darren Fishell on June 16, 2017, at 2:23 p.m.
Tim Schneider, Maine’s recently departed advocate for utility customers, has taken a job as general counsel for the national information technology firm Tilson.
The former Great Northern Paper Co. site in East Millinocket, as seen on Feb. 7, 2017.

Settlement in hand, shuttered Maine mill buyers face funding hurdle

By Darren Fishell on June 15, 2017, at 11:57 a.m.
After reaching a settlement with owners of the former Great Northern Paper mill, the hopeful developers of a $240 million biorefinery and energy park at the site face a challenge getting the funding they need.
Outgoing Maine Labor Commissioner Jeanne Paquette

Seeing low jobless rate, Maine labor department lays off 10

By Darren Fishell on June 13, 2017, at 6:01 p.m.
The move comes as unemployment insurance claims are at a 32-year low and Maine’s unemployment rate is at the lowest rate recorded.

Freeport retailer Sashay’s files for bankruptcy

By Darren Fishell on June 13, 2017, at 1:56 p.m.
The downtown Freeport women’s clothing boutique Sashay’s has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, seeking to liquidate all of its assets.
The former Great Northern Paper Co. paper mill in East Millinocket as it appeared on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014.

Lawsuit settlement clears path for sale of shuttered Great Northern Paper mill property

By Darren Fishell on June 13, 2017, at 10:36 a.m.
The company seeking to build a $240 million biorefinery in East Millinocket has dismissed its lawsuit against the current owner of the shuttered mill.
ANALYSIS
A row of wind turbines located in Oakfield is visible from the playground at Southern Aroostook Community School in neighboring Dyer Brook. The structures, which each rise 456 feet from the base to the highest point of an extended blade, can clearly be seen in Houlton, about 20 miles away.

Maine wind power’s next phase will be strange for firms used to competing

By Darren Fishell on June 12, 2017, at 10:47 a.m.
Maine wind power is a rural business. That fact provides a conflict point for advocates who say it’s a boost to those rural economies and detractors who argue wind farms mar the landscape.
WIDGETS AND DIGITS

Where offshore wind researchers see the most opportunity

on June 12, 2017, at 10:28 a.m.
The Northeast is already trouncing the rest of the country in offshore wind. The first and only offshore wind turbine began operating in December off the coast of Rhode Island.
Backyard Farms is a Maine tomato company that produces tomatoes year-round in greenhouses.

Canadian greenhouse giant buys Maine tomato grower Backyard Farms

By Darren Fishell on June 09, 2017, at 9:16 a.m.
Canadian greenhouse vegetable grower Mastronardi Produce has purchased Backyard Farms in Madison, New England’s largest year-round tomato grower, for an undisclosed price.
A landline telephone.

FairPoint to settle landline complaints with upgrades in three Maine towns

By Darren Fishell on June 08, 2017, at 12:51 p.m.
FairPoint faced service quality penalties dating back to 2014, when it said a 131-day strike exacerbated those problems.