Articles by Darren Fishell


How to prevent your new drone from landing you in court

By Darren Fishell on Jan. 22, 2017, at 7:22 a.m.
Maine’s insurance bureau wants this year’s newest batch of drone pilots to prepare for the worst.
Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew

Digital clues point toward Mary Mayhew running for governor in 2018

By Darren Fishell and Michael Shepherd on Jan. 19, 2017, at 7:05 p.m.
A recently reserved website domain name hints that Maine Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew could be moving closer to a run for governor in 2018.
Downtown Bangor

Bangor has plenty of big buildings to fill, but the demand is all small

By Darren Fishell on Jan. 18, 2017, at 1:32 p.m.
As Bangor’s downtown develops to accommodate people gravitating toward urban centers and a growing entertainment corridor, the city enters 2017 with another batch of large properties to fill and a need for affordable rentals.
Displays at Shango Cannabis shop on the first day of legal recreational marijuana sales beginning at midnight in Portland, Oregon, Oct. 1, 2015.

Pot industry groups rush to make their names known in Maine

By Darren Fishell on Jan. 17, 2017, at 5:08 p.m.
The survey of obviously marijuana-related Maine business names registered with the secretary of state’s office only captures a sliver of the business activity after the narrow Nov. 8 legalization vote, but it shows early signs of a rush to enter the market that’s still being formed.
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.
Customers can be seen on Thursday outside L.L. Bean's Hunting and Fishing Store in Freeport. Many said a boycott effort targeting the outdoor retailer would not stop them from shopping there.

As Trump, LePage blast boycott, ‘absurd’ is word of day at LL Bean

By Beth Brogan and Darren Fishell on Jan. 12, 2017, at 5:33 p.m.
“Listen, we’re Democrats,” said Dan Gagne of Poland, Maine, who had just picked up a pair of ice cleats. “We’ve got the best democracy in the world. We believe in free speech. It’s her right.”
Greg Hamilton, a delivery driver with Dead River Co., struggles through a waist-high snowbank after filling the oil tank at a Brewer home in this December 2013 file photo.

Mainers will pay more to stay warm and on the road in 2017

By Darren Fishell on Jan. 10, 2017, at 7 p.m.
Gasoline and No. 2 heating fuel oil are 30 cents more expensive per gallon than one year ago in a shift that will hit household budgets this year.

Maine fines Anthem for delayed response to complaints

By Darren Fishell on Jan. 09, 2017, at 4:16 p.m.
Anthem fired one employee and a manager it said were responsible for the delays.

Emera wants regulators to reconsider rate hike they cut in half

By Darren Fishell on Jan. 06, 2017, at 6:09 p.m.
A storage tank looms over a freeway at the Enbridge Edmonton terminal in Edmonton in this, Aug. 4, 2012.

Study: Maine electricity customers unlikely to benefit from new natural gas storage

By Darren Fishell on Jan. 06, 2017, at 2 p.m.
The California consulting firm Navigant has concluded almost all proposals for using stored natural gas to protect Maine electricity customers from wintertime price spikes won’t be worth it, especially if a major regional pipeline is expanded.
FairPoint employees conduct an informational picket in Bangor in this August 2014 file photo.

FairPoint unions say they need more information about merger

By Darren Fishell on Jan. 06, 2017, at 6:36 a.m.
The unions on Thursday asked regulators for special access to their review of FairPoint’s request to allow the $1.5 billion sale.
The Penobscot Indian Nation Enterprises hopes to open a distillery on this property seen on Wednesday on Indian Island.

Maine tribe’s plan to sell vodka to casinos fuels conflict on Indian Island

By Darren Fishell and Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 06, 2017, at 6:35 a.m.
The corporate arm of the Penobscot Indian Nation plans to launch its own line of vodka to sell primarily to tribal casinos in other states, an idea the nation’s former chief said contradicts tribal values and the aims of its affiliated corporation.
Madison Paper Industries

Firms that sell off manufacturing gear buy shuttered Maine mill

By Darren Fishell on Dec. 30, 2016, at 10:43 a.m.
Three industrial asset liquidators have purchased UPM-Kymmene Inc.’s shuttered Madison Paper mill for an undisclosed price.

See the areas of Maine that got the most snow

on Dec. 30, 2016, at 9:37 a.m.
Wood chips are dumped from a truck at Covanta Energy's West Enfield facility on Jan. 7. The facility burns biomass to generate electricity.

Study: Make big changes to energy rules to aid Maine’s struggling loggers

By Darren Fishell on Dec. 29, 2016, at 3:02 p.m.
The group suggested that the state both extend and expand its renewable energy purchasing requirements, adding a new class of renewable credits for heating systems.

Even in Maine more people are going without cars

on Dec. 29, 2016, at 1:21 p.m.

New stock index from Husson tracks companies with impact in Maine

By Darren Fishell on Dec. 29, 2016, at 10:16 a.m.
By the end of the year, the index was up to an all-time high.

Fine print can keep customers from taking companies to court

on Dec. 28, 2016, at 3:52 p.m.

Lawyers: Electricity Maine seeking to bar customers from joining class action suit

By Darren Fishell on Dec. 28, 2016, at 3:49 p.m.
The plaintiffs said the company is adding the arbitration clauses to terms for customers it automatically re-enrolls.

Maine drank a lot in 2008. Adults are drinking even more now

on Dec. 27, 2016, at 2:09 p.m.