Nicholas Sambides Jr.

Katahdin Bureau

 
Bangor City Hall is seen Thursday.

Bangor and Portland can weather a state government shutdown, at least for a while

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 22, 2017, at 3:38 p.m.
Bangor has a rainy day fund of approximately $10 million — enough to maintain services for about two months.

Lincoln man, 67, dies making explosives to ‘blow up tree stumps’

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 22, 2017, at 10:01 a.m.
“There does not seem to be anything sinister in this.”
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U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke listens to questions as part of a question and answer with media during a tour of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. The visit was the start of a four-day visit to New England.

Zinke: Maine monument’s foes and fans will be ‘enthusiastic’ about recommendation

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 20, 2017, at 6:55 p.m.
“I have talked to the governor, and I think we have a reasonable approach with the recommendation that all parties will be satisfied with,” Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke told Sen. Angus King on Tuesday.
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke (left) chats with outdoor enthusiasts during a tour of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument Tuesday.

Zinke might recommend Katahdin monument be national park

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 15, 2017, at 11:35 a.m.
“The driver would have to be from Congress,” Zinke said at a breakfast with Katahdin area political and business leaders.
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U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke (right) looks at the sign for the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument with Lucas St. Clair (center) and superintendent of Katahdin Woods Tim Hudson during a tour of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument Wednesday.

Zinke says he’s unlikely to advocate scaling back Katahdin monument

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 14, 2017, at 1:07 p.m.
“Scaling back, I don’t think, makes a lot of sense from here,” said Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke.
ANALYSIS
The Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument offers a spectacular view of the mountains of Baxter State Park.

What to look for in Zinke’s visit to Maine’s national monument

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 14, 2017, at 1 a.m.
If his impression of Bears Ears is any indication, Zinke is unlikely to be swayed merely by the beauty of the north Maine woods.
U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke waits to take the stage with President Donald Trump for his announcement on infrastructure improvements, at the Department of Transportation in Washington, U.S. June 9, 2017.

The man who may control the future of Maine’s national monument

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 13, 2017, at 1 a.m.
At issue is what the avid hunter and fisherman will advise President Donald Trump to do with Katahdin Woods, one of 27 federally designated sites under scrutiny.

The Antiquities Act, which lets presidents create national monuments, explained in an infographic

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 12, 2017, at 4:22 p.m.
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U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke, R-Montana, arrives for a meeting with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York City, Dec. 12, 2016.

Interior secretary to visit Maine’s national monument next week as part of review

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 08, 2017, at 11:47 a.m.
“I can’t wait to see it. My understanding is that I am going to go canoeing,” Zinke said.
Penobscot County Sheriff gear up go to make their way to the home where a man reportedly barricaded himself inside his home near the intersection of Center Drive and Johnson Mill Road in Orrington Tuesday. Penobscot County Sheriff and Brewer police were also at the scene.

Police, ambulance on scene as Orrington man barricades himself in home

By Judy Harrison and Nick Sambides Jr. on June 06, 2017, at 5:27 p.m.
An armed Johnson Mill Road man was engaged in a standoff with police for at least 7½ hours on Tuesday, police said.
The monument opened on May 25.

Poliquin: The state should take control of national monument land

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 06, 2017, at 4:09 p.m.
Poliquin said Mainers would be the best managers of the 87,562 acres the family of Burt’s Bees entrepreneur Roxanne Quimby gave to the nation.
Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) departs after a vote at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., February 17, 2017.

Collins: Trump travel ban is ‘not the right way to go’

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 04, 2017, at 3:09 p.m.
“The president is right, however, that we need to do a better job of vetting individuals who are coming from war-torn countries into our nation. But I do believe that the very broad ban that he has proposed is not the right way to go.”
Antoinne "Prince" Bethea, 40, of New Haven, Connecticut, makes his first appearance at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor Thursday. Bethea is accused of slaying his girlfriend's husband on Easter in what may have been a custody dispute.

Bangor murder suspect’s getaway car was spotted at a gas station, but police let it go

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 01, 2017, at 7:18 p.m.
“Due to a miscommunication, the vehicle was allowed to leave,” a Bangor Police detective said.
Bangor Police Department officers investigate the scene of a crash Tuesday evening.

Motorcycle, sedan collide in Bangor

By Nick Sambides Jr. on May 30, 2017, at 8:52 p.m.
A motorcyclist was injured when he collided with a Mercedes sedan on Broadway.
Cara Blewitt

Police: Former bank manager drove getaway car in Bangor robberies

By Nick Sambides Jr. on May 30, 2017, at 6:14 p.m.
Seth Blewitt, 29, and Cara Blewitt, 30, both of Oakville, Connecticut, were ordered held on $50,000 bail.
The Lincoln Transfer Station in a file photo.

Lincoln town manager accused of trying to block employees from joining union

By Nick Sambides Jr. on May 30, 2017, at 1:38 p.m.
Two town employees filed a complaint alleging that Town Manager John Sutherland tried to stop them from joining a union.
POLL QUESTION
The monument opened on Thursday to a sparse crowd, but National Park Service officials hope for a better showing this weekend.

North Woods national monument opens fully to the public

By Nick Sambides Jr. on May 26, 2017, at 1 a.m.
Amid an ongoing federal review and contention over the signs advertising it, Maine’s national monument opened fully for its first full year on Thursday with a handful of visitors more interested in nature than politics.
Maine's biggest cheesemaker will revitalize the former Grants Dairy plant, at 1 Milk Street in Bangor, as part of a $4.5 million plan to bring as many as 50 jobs to Bangor. Pineland Farms Inc. will consolidate its cheese production operations in New Gloucester and Mars Hill at the former processing and bottling plant.

Portland foundation to reopen shuttered Bangor milk processing plant closed in 2013

By Nick Sambides Jr. on May 25, 2017, at 8:47 a.m.
Pineland Farms Inc. will take over the former Grants Dairy plant as part of a plan to bring as many as 50 jobs to Bangor.
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The Libra Foundation has purchased a farm and close to 12 buildings in Monson for $500K. They want to grow hay at the farm for their Pineland Farms dairy products and turn the buildings into artists residences, thus combining arts/tourism and agriculture to revitalize the town.

A wealthy group bought the heart of a poor Maine town to build an artist colony

By Nick Sambides Jr. on May 25, 2017, at 8:47 a.m.
The Libra Foundation is planning to spend up to $10 million to save Monson with a dramatic infusion of cash into the arts, agriculture and eventually recreation.
The banner hung by Herman and Lisa Ammerman of Benedicta points the way to one of the Interstate 95 exits to Maine's national monument.

State confiscates homemade national monument sign, warns against other postings

By Nick Sambides Jr. on May 24, 2017, at 11:46 a.m.
That didn’t last long.