Julia Bayly

Julia Bayly

Fort Kent

Robert and Kim Lausier

Madawaska man arrested for break-in at accident victims’ home

By Julia Bayly on March 19, 2015, at 2:41 p.m.
Police made an arrest late Wednesday in connection with last week’s break-in at the home of Robert Lausier following the accident on March 9 that killed his pregnant wife and sent him to the hospital. Kevin Dufour, 26, of Madawaska has been charged with burglary and theft …
The Caribou Russet is Maine's newest potato variety developed by the University of Maine. UMaine released the new spud in conjunction with the Maine Potato Board.

New potato named after Caribou ready for market

By Julia Bayly on March 13, 2015, at 6:01 p.m.
PRESQUE ISLE | Move over Idaho’s Russet Burbank, there’s a new spud in town. On Friday the Maine Potato Board and the University of Maine jointly announced the newest potato variety, the Caribou Russet. Destined for kitchens and backyard cookouts around the country, the cross between a Silverton Russet …
Bobbi-Jo Johnston and Alana A. Nelson

Funerals, fundraisers set for victims of deadly County crash

By Julia Bayly on March 12, 2015, at 2:04 p.m.
FORT KENT | As family and friends continue to come to terms with the four deaths in Monday’s northern Maine head-on collision, funerals and memorial services have been scheduled with additional fundraising efforts begun online. Kimberly Lausier, 38, of Madawaska; Bobbi-Jo Johnston, 33, of Fort Fairfield; Johnston’s 2-year-old daughter, …
Robert and Kim Lausier

Police investigating break-in at home of County head-on crash victims

By Julia Bayly on March 11, 2015, at 9:47 a.m.
MADAWASKA | Just hours after the accident that killed his pregnant wife and sent him to the hospital Monday morning, someone broke into the home of Robert Lausier and stole an unknown amount of medical marijuana, according to police. “I am sad to say the home was broken into …
Bobbi-Jo Johnston and Alana A. Nelson

Friends, family mourn victims of fatal accident in northern Maine

By Julia Bayly on March 10, 2015, at 2:21 p.m.
MADAWASKA | On Monday morning, Kim Lausier of Madawaska, who was 8 months pregnant, was heading south on Route 161 to a prenatal doctor’s appointment in Central Aroostook. In the SUV with her was her husband, Robert Lausier, 53, a man one friend described as Kim Lausier’s “Prince Charming.” …

Bill in works to convert wing of St. Francis school into housing for elderly

By Julia Bayly on March 10, 2015, at 1:19 p.m.
FORT KENT | Emergency legislation is in the works to let a small St. John Valley town take over its elementary school and convert half of the building into a for-profit facility. The bill, which has yet to be assigned a number, title or text, was proposed by Eagle …
Police and rescue personnel work at the scene of a crash near Stockholm on Monday morning.

State police identify 4 killed in northern Maine crash

By Julia Bayly on March 09, 2015, at 6:46 p.m.
STOCKHOLM | Maine State Police have released the names of four people who were killed Monday morning in a head-on collision involving an SUV and a sedan on Route 161, north of Caribou. Pronounced dead at the accident scene were Kimberly Lausier, 38, of Madawaska, who was driving a …
Police and rescue personnel respond Monday morning to a crash in northern Maine near Stockholm in which four people were killed. A fifth person was taken to Cary Medical Center in Caribou.

Four killed in Monday morning collision in northern Maine

By Julia Bayly on March 09, 2015, at 11:32 a.m.
STOCKHOLM | Four people were killed in a head-on collision Monday morning on Route 161 north of Caribou, according to Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine State Police. A car and sport utility vehicle hit head-on just before 10:30 a.m. on Route 161 near Rainbow Cove in Township 16 …

Nordic ski facilities in Fort Kent, Presque Isle launch fundraising campaigns

By Julia Bayly on March 08, 2015, at 2:07 p.m.
Officials with the world-class nordic ski facilities in Fort Kent and Presque Isle are concerned many people still believe they are financially linked to the Maine Winter Sports Center or its fundraising campaign. That belief is creating headaches for the two Aroostook County venues, which are …

St. Agatha fundraiser event to benefit Angel Flights, cancer support group

By Julia Bayly on March 05, 2015, at 4:09 p.m.
Dick and Carol Derosier were well-known around the St. John Valley for being among the first to step in and help out anyone in need. The husband and wife team and owners of the Lakeview restaurant passed away just months apart after each battled cancer in …
School is in session for the Rusty Metal Farm chickens. Only time will tell if the lessons compute to valuable, statistically rare round eggs.

Fighting winter boredom and teaching my chickens to lay rare round eggs

By Julia Bayly on March 05, 2015, at 2:48 p.m.
FORT KENT | It wasn’t the goose that laid the golden egg, but a buff orpington hen in England recently laid a perfectly round egg that sold on eBay for $741. I find this disturbing on two levels. One, that anyone would actually shell out $741 for, well, a …
Peggy Leonard's vehicle was wedged between two tractor-trailer trucks in the 75-vehicle pileup on Interstate 95 on Feb. 25.

After bruises fade, emotional trauma from accident can linger

By Julia Bayly on March 05, 2015, at 12:45 p.m.
Immediately after her involvement in the massive Feb. 25 pileup on the interstate in Etna, Peggy Leonard of Hampden snapped a photo of her car sandwiched between two tractor-trailer trucks that quickly became one of the iconic images for the accident. Like so many involved in what is thought to …

St. Francis woman injured in rollover accident

By Julia Bayly on March 05, 2015, at 10:59 a.m.
SINCLAIR | Icy road conditions are blamed for an early morning single-vehicle accident that sent one woman to the hospital. Donna Dubois, 56, of St. Francis and her mother, Betty Brann, no age given, were traveling south on Route 161 in Sinclair just after 7:30 a.m. Thursday, when Dubois …
Ashley Patterson of Shirley approaches the finish line of the 250-mile Can-Am Crown International sled dog race in Fort Kent on Monday. Patterson placed fourth in the race and was the first woman to cross the finish.

Musher Ashley Patterson lives for training and being on the trails with her dogs

By Julia Bayly on March 02, 2015, at 10:34 p.m.
FORT KENT | When Ashley Patterson ran her first Can-Am Crown 250-mile sled dog race in 2003, her mushing mentor John Osmond told her to hold the dogs back for the first 150 miles and then “start to race.” That advice took the then 18-year-old rookie musher to her …
Martin Massicotte of Ste-Tite, Quebec, takes a moment with his lead dogs after he and the team claimed their sixth Can-Am Crown 250-mile sled dog race win early Monday morning in Fort Kent.

Massicotte claims 6th Can-Am Crown win

By Julia Bayly on March 02, 2015, at 7:44 a.m.
FORT KENT | Martin Massicotte took the early lead in the Can-Am Crown sled dog race soon after leaving the start in Fort Kent on Saturday morning and held it for the next 250 miles. Just after 2 a.m. Monday, Massicotte, of Ste-Tite, Quebec, and his team of Alaskan …
Seven healthy husky puppies were born during this year's Can-Am Crown 250-mile sled dog race in Fort Kent. While the mother dog Wicked was on canine maternity leave back in Fort Kent and not racing, musher Becki Tucker, who owns the dog, was on the trail running the 250-mile race.

After race, Can-Am musher greeted by litter of 7 new sled puppies

By Julia Bayly on March 02, 2015, at 7:04 a.m.
FORT KENT | Mushers finishing the Can-Am Crown 250-mile sled dog race with fewer dogs than they started with is nothing new. A musher finishing with a surplus of dogs, however, is a bit out of the ordinary. Becki Tucker, who was on the trail from Allagash to Fort …

Skijoring comes to Can-Am Crown weekend

By Julia Bayly on March 01, 2015, at 6:39 p.m.
Skiers and their dogs teamed up for skijor races, a first for the annual Can-Am events, in Fort Kent.
Steve Renner of Alton, New Hampshire, rounds a corner with his dogs during the Fort Kent Outdoor Center skijor races Sunday. Renner took first place in the 15-kilometer event.

Skijoring adds another day of dog-powered sports to Can-Am weekend

By Julia Bayly on March 01, 2015, at 6:09 p.m.
FORT KENT | On Saturday, Vermont musher Heather D’Arcy and her team of six Siberian huskies placed seventh in the Can-Am Crown 30-mile sled dog race. On Sunday, D’Arcy gave five dogs a day off and traded her sled for cross-country skis to take part in the first Fort …
Andre Longchamps stops to check his team on the Allagash River during the 2015 250-mile Can-Am Crown International dog sled race while heading toward the fourth check point at Allagash on Sunday.

Mushers rest for final leg of Can-Am Crown 250

By Julia Bayly on March 01, 2015, at 9:24 a.m.
FORT KENT | The three frontrunners in the Can-Am Crown 250-mile sled dog race had reached the final checkpoint in Allagash early Sunday evening and were taking a mandatory four-hour rest before the final 48-mile push to the finish line in Fort Kent. First in was five-time Can-Am Crown …
A musher heads down Main Street and out of Fort Kent at the start of the Can-Am Crown Sled Dog Races on Saturday morning.

Can-Am Crown Sled Dog Races under way in Fort Kent

By Julia Bayly on Feb. 28, 2015, at 1:04 p.m.
New Hampshire musher Peter Franke was the first Can-Am Crown Sled Dog Race finisher this weekend, crossing the finish line late Saturday morning. Close behind him was 12-year-old Lara Renner, this year’s youngest race competitor. Franke’s unofficial run time posted on the Can-Am’s website at can-am-crown.net …
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