Nicholas Sambides Jr.

Katahdin Bureau

Steam locomotive 470 chugged into Union Station marking the last visit to Bangor of a Maine Central steam train in this 1954 file photo.

Passenger trains in Bangor: A vision of the future or a pipe dream?

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Feb. 18, 2017, at 1 a.m.
The state’s sole passenger rail service has been a slow-blooming flower. The Amtrak Downeaster train began in December 2001 as a tourist attraction, running between Boston and Portland, but it has grown steadily.

DHHS seeking bids for larger facility to house 268 staffers in Bangor area

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Feb. 16, 2017, at 5:47 p.m.
Keeping DHHS in Bangor is good for the area, said Tanya Emery, director of Bangor’s Department of Community and Economic Development.
A city bus can be near Pickering Square in downtown Bangor in this November 2016 file photo.

Bangor council agrees to further review of proposed bus terminal locations

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Feb. 15, 2017, at 8:06 p.m.
“There are not going to be any immediate changes to the bus service,” council Chairman Joe Baldacci said. “This will be a thoughtful, deliberative ongoing process” and all components of the community “are going to be a part of that.”
The city bus station might be relocated away from Pickering Square in 2017 to make the square's traffic flow better and to better integrate it into downtown.

Bangor council to review proposed bus terminal locations

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Feb. 15, 2017, at 1:17 p.m.
The City Council will meet Wednesday to discuss whether to move the city bus depot to Abbott Square or Washington Street or keep it near a soon-to-be-redesigned Pickering Square.

The 911 call: The chainsaw accident victim’s wife, dispatcher speak

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Feb. 14, 2017, at 7:57 p.m.

Man accepts $350 fine for racing father to Lincoln hospital after chainsaw accident

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Feb. 14, 2017, at 2:23 p.m.
A man has pleaded guilty to driving more than 100 mph and refusing to stop while taking a chainsaw accident victim through downtown Lincoln.

Millinocket bowling alley roof collapses during blizzard

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Feb. 13, 2017, at 8:48 a.m.
No injuries were reported immediately after the collapse of the roof of Millinocket's Katahdin Pins 'n Cues on Sunday night. The bowling alley had been closed for more than a year. The collapse propelled building fragments into adjoining buildings and left debris in the middle of Penobscot Avenue, witnesses said.

Millinocket bowling alley roof collapses during blizzard

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Feb. 13, 2017, at 6:44 a.m.
“Someone called 911 and said they heard an explosion but in my opinion it was more like an implosion.”
Pickering Square in Bangor.

Bangor leaders to discuss new options for relocating city bus depot

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Feb. 10, 2017, at 3:55 p.m.
“Our overall goal is to create a better public space at Pickering. It’s a little bleak.”
Snowplows clear the aprons at Bangor International Airport in December 2009. A computer system controlling the airfield lights at the airport is undergoing an emergency upgrade after officials determined the system was unstable.

BIA makes emergency purchase to replace ‘unstable’ airfield lighting computer system

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Feb. 09, 2017, at 1:55 p.m.
“The previous system, and the backup system … are a security risk for viruses and malware attacks.”
Downtown Bangor at sunset

Bangor leaders want to tap savings to buy buses, fix building

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Feb. 09, 2017, at 6:35 a.m.
The City Council Finance Committee wants the council to allocate $1.6 million from the city’s undesignated fund balance to save taxpayers money next year.
East Millinocket leaders hope that the razing of one of four buildings at the former Main Street paper mill site would not scare off a developer interested in purchasing the property.

Demolition begins at East Millinocket mill site, despite town concerns

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Feb. 07, 2017, at 1:06 p.m.
“They are a wrecking ball company, and I don’t want that place wrecked.”
Superintendent of Schools Michael Wright, seen here at a SAD 31 school board meeting at Penobscot Valley High School in March 2016, opted to cancel school on Monday due to what he described as “comments made on social media.”

Social media comments cause school cancellation in Howland

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Feb. 06, 2017, at 5:42 p.m.
“School was closed today in SAD 31 due to comments made on social media that came to our attention over the weekend.”
A sign for winter visitors at Baxter State Park.

Skier dies in Baxter State Park after getting separated from group

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Feb. 06, 2017, at 12:33 p.m.
He was 56, officials said.
A few chairs can be seen Friday at Peipino's Mexican Restaurant, which will raise its prices as a result of the minimum wage referendum passed in November 2016, in Bangor. The minimum wage for tipped workers increased from $3.75 per hour to $5 and will continue to rise by $1 each year until it reaches $12 by 2024.

Restaurant owners, workers organizing in Bangor, Portland against wage increase

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Feb. 03, 2017, at 6:18 p.m.
“The tips people are giving are going down,” said S. Bosse, who supports changing the law. “The new law just encourages people to tip less.”
Maine Troop Greeters shake hands with Marines as they arrive at the Bangor International Airport in this March 2014 file photo. The airport will host service in Charlotte, North Carolina, from June to August.

Bangor airport to serve American Airlines flights to Charlotte, North Carolina

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Feb. 02, 2017, at 3:12 p.m.
The flights between Bangor International Airport and Charlotte-Douglas International Airport are scheduled on Saturdays from June 3 to Aug. 19.
Bangor City Councilor Cary Weston

Bangor councilors at odds over letter opposing Obamacare repeal

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Feb. 01, 2017, at 4:36 p.m.
“Every issue hits home but not every issue deserves a letter from the council. We have limited time and resources. Let’s use them wisely,” Councilor Cary Weston said.
Anabelle Osborne, 19, of Hermon marches across the new rainbow crosswalk in Bangor during her first Bangor Pride parade in this June 2016 file photo.

Health Equity Alliance to host Bangor Pride celebration

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Jan. 31, 2017, at 5:03 p.m.
Bangor Pride has swelled so much that volunteers who managed the annual LGBTQ+ community celebration are handing hosting duties to a full-time advocacy group, organizers said Tuesday.
Traffic flows heavily on Broadway in Bangor and over the Interstate 95 overpass on Monday. City officials plan to mill and repave a section of the road from Center Street to Husson Avenue this year. Part of the road also was reworked in 2016.

Part of Bangor’s Broadway to get torn up again this year, city says

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Jan. 31, 2017, at 11:08 a.m.
A New York-based philanthropic organization hopes to build an outdoor education facility in Soldiertown Township in the area highlighted on this map.

Philanthropist seeks to build $5M outdoor recreation facility near Baxter, national monument

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Jan. 30, 2017, at 12:43 p.m.
If permitted by the DEP, Maine Waterside Trails will be built on the East Branch of the Penobscot River off Route 11.