Nicholas Sambides Jr.

Katahdin Bureau

 
Bangor and Brewer firefighters grab a man who jumped from the Veterans Remembrance Bridge into the freezing cold waters of the Penobscot River on Wednesday.

Rescuers save man from icy Penobscot under I-395 bridge

By Nick Sambides Jr. on March 22, 2017, at 2:51 p.m.
A diver and several rescue workers helped pluck a partially submerged man from the icy Penobscot River Wednesday.
The Hammond Street intersection will be torn up to install underground utilities until September starting Sunday, weather permitting. Traffic will be routed while the work continues.

Bangor to replace more water, sewer mains downtown this summer

By Nick Sambides Jr. on March 21, 2017, at 4:21 p.m.
The $1.6 million project will start Sunday night, weather permitting, and last until early September.
POLL QUESTION
Lincoln Paper and Tissue LLC

Lincoln wants feds to help pay for $20 million cleanup at former mill

By Nick Sambides Jr. on March 17, 2017, at 7:33 a.m.
Asbestos cleanup from the LPT buildings alone will cost an estimated $16 million.
Three excavators continue to organize debris at the former Great Northern Paper Co. LLC mill site in East Millinocket on Tuesday.

Fire crews ‘dodged a bullet’ battling GNP site fire, official says

By Nick McCrea and Nick Sambides Jr. on March 14, 2017, at 7:02 p.m.
“I don’t know what avenues we can pursue but these people are not doing the job correctly, not for this to happen,” Mark Scally, chairman of the board of selectmen, said Tuesday.
If retail marijuana is to be sold in Bangor, City Council Chairman Joe Baldacci wants the city to be its sole vendor. Arguing that the city would do the best job keeping it out of underage hands, and could certainly use the profits, Baldacci asked during a council workshop on Monday night whether the city could restrict the sales to itself and was told "probably not."

Baldacci: Make city government Bangor’s sole retail marijuana seller

By Nick Sambides Jr. on March 14, 2017, at 4:56 p.m.
“I would prefer that the money stay in local government pockets to fund things like schools and roads and police and fire,” Baldacci said.
An excavator tears down one of four buildings to be demolished at the former paper mill site on Main Street, Feb. 7, 2017.

Firefighters douse ‘toxic’ blaze at former GNP mill site

By McCrea and Sambides on March 14, 2017, at 9:28 a.m.
The blaze had to be controlled because of the toxicity of the debris. If the fire got out of control, locals may have been forced to evacuate.
An excavator razes one of four buildings to be demolished at the former paper mill site on Main Street. A fire broke out at the site Monday evening.

Firefighters quell overnight blaze at former GNP mill site sought by developer

By Nick Sambides Jr. on March 13, 2017, at 9:56 p.m.
Several fire departments were battling a fire at the former Great Northern Paper Co. mill site on Monday near ongoing and controversial demolition work.

Police suspect I-95 wrong-way driver was ‘intoxicated and disoriented’

By Nick Sambides Jr. on March 13, 2017, at 6:47 a.m.
Hugh Brawn, 70, struck a vehicle driven by Tristan Kaldenberg, 19, of Littleton, Massachusetts, who remained in critical condition at EMMC on Monday.
Three people suffered serious injuries when the red Chevy Blazer crossed the centerline of Route 2 in Winn while heading southbound and struck the northbound Toyota SUV in Aug. 2014, state police said.

Passadumkeag man fined $3,600 for role in fatal 2014 Winn accident

By Nick Sambides Jr. on March 10, 2017, at 9:09 a.m.
Brad Curtis, 31, of Passadumkeag, also had his driver’s license suspended for a total of six years under the deal approved this week.
Gov. Paul LePage

‘Gross negligence’: Patagonia founder, Maine native calls out LePage for anti-monument stance

By Nick Sambides Jr. on March 09, 2017, at 10:04 a.m.
“It’s a theft of valuable property owned by all of us.”
The view from Comb Ridge is pictured in Utah’s Bears Ears area of the Four Corners Region.

Maine’s monument fight is nothing compared to Utah’s

By Nick Sambides Jr. on March 09, 2017, at 1 a.m.
Patagonia teamed up with Google to release 10 short films highlighting the importance of Utah’s Bears Ears National Monument, which was advertised on the New York Times website.
The old engineer's house on State Street in Bangor is seen Tuesday.

Salvaging history: Renovators see much promise in landmark Bangor home

By Nick Sambides Jr. on March 08, 2017, at 1 a.m.
Besides its historic value, Kelly says, the building will be an excellent demonstration of the companies’ abilities when it’s finished.
Seen here in November, City Councilor Cary Weston clashed with Chairman Joe Baldacci during a recent council goals-setting session.

Bangor council vows to take up immigration center, marijuana ban, dispatch center consolidation this year

By Nick Sambides Jr. on March 07, 2017, at 6:41 p.m.
“Every time you add layers of cost or regulation to businesses, you better be sure to have done your homework.”
The old engineer's house in Bangor. The building was at risk of being destroyed, but will be restored by two Bangor firms.

It only took $1 to save Bangor’s historic engineer’s house

By Nick Sambides Jr. on March 06, 2017, at 4:50 p.m.
Architects at Ames Associates, LLC and contractors at House Revivers have until March 31 under their purchase and sale agreement to pay $1 to buy the 125-year-old building on State Street.
The snowmobile driven by Thomas Henderson, 28, from Dixfield, shows damage sustained when he apparently lost control of the sled and went into some trees. Henderson was pronounced dead at the scene, the state's eighth snowmobiling fatality this winter.

Dixfield man dies in snowmobile crash on Carthage club trail

By Nick Sambides Jr. on March 03, 2017, at 6:21 p.m.
The Chamberland Snowmobile Club of St. Agatha -- formed in the early 2000s by five brothers from the Jean Paul Chamberland family and since that time extended to relatives and friends -- gets together for a week each February to ride the trails of northern Maine. This photo was taken in early February along the ITS 81 trail between Van Buren and Grand Isle.

This winter one of best for snowmobiling and one of deadliest

By Nick Sambides Jr. on March 03, 2017, at 2:40 p.m.
“If you run ahead of your headlights, if you don’t know where you are, if you are on ice and going too fast, you are out of control.”

A snowmobile ride in The County

By Nick Sambides Jr. on March 03, 2017, at 2:30 p.m.
An excavator continues to raze one of four buildings to be demolished at the former paper mill site on Main Street last month.

Order protects at least 7 mill-site buildings for biofuel plan

By Nick Sambides Jr. on March 01, 2017, at 6:50 p.m.
The town’s copy of the Letter of Intent to purchase the site for $1.75 million lists seven sites within the property at which its operations would occur.
A view of Mt. Katahdin from Rt 11 outside of Patten.

Katahdin national monument now has its own support group

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Feb. 28, 2017, at 7:37 p.m.
Friends of Katahdin Woods and Waters will work to preserve the beauty, ecological vitality and distinctive cultural resources of Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.
The former Great Northern Paper Co. site in East Millinocket, as seen on Feb. 7, 2017.

Lawsuit limits demolition at former Great Northern mill site

By Darren Fishell and Nick Sambides Jr. on Feb. 28, 2017, at 6:01 p.m.
The lawsuit alleges that North American repeatedly delayed closing on the purchase and sale agreement of the site and committed breach of contract.