Nicholas Sambides Jr.

Katahdin Bureau

 
SOUTHWEST HARBOR, Maine -- 081517 -- Morris Marshall [center rear] talks to residents while they waited for a vote count. Voters voted 119-0 on Tuesday to temporarily ban cruise-ship traffic from town shores. Nick Sambides Jr. | BDN

Southwest Harbor sets 180-day ban on cruise ships

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 16, 2017, at 4:29 p.m.
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Lydia Goetze, chairwoman of the Southwest Harbor Board of Selectmen, listens to fellow board members during a special town meeting on Tuesday.

Southwest Harbor becomes second MDI town to temporarily ban cruise ships

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 16, 2017, at 2:02 p.m.
Residents voted to ban cruise ships until the town can determine how best to deal with the traffic that they bring.
A tender ferries passengers back to the cruise ship Crystal Serenity as it sits anchored off Bar Harbor in Frenchman Bay in September 2016. Southwest Harbor and Tremont residents are considering six-month moratoriums on cruise ships in their harbors, fearing greater traffic jams and damage to their fishing industries.

2 more Mount Desert towns consider cruise ship bans

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 14, 2017, at 5:32 p.m.
Some residents fear traffic jams and damage to fishing gear like they see in neighboring Bar Harbor.
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Ken McGraw of WFT Rubbish Disposal of Levant checks a fully-loaded dumpster before hauling it away from the former engineer's house in Bangor on Monday. The house was demolished over the weekend.

Historic Bangor building torn down despite desire to save it

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 14, 2017, at 1:56 p.m.
The 125-year-old engineer’s house on State Street was razed after talks broke down between the building’s owner and a developer.
U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin

Poliquin ‘looking to downsize,’ selling Oakland home

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 11, 2017, at 6:34 p.m.
U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin is selling his Oakland home, but the two-term Republican congressman hopes to remain in the Belgrade Lakes region.
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Motorists at Acadia National Park, like those seen here in 2015, will be spared $130 fines for failing to purchase entrance passes under a new program park officials have begun.

Acadia finds way to crack down on people who enter without paying

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 11, 2017, at 1 a.m.
Acadia National Park can fine motorists who don’t have entrance passes, but officials think they have a better way to crack down on violations.

Millinocket hospital nurses threaten 1-day strike

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 09, 2017, at 6:20 p.m.
“If we do have to strike, we will have nurses in scrubs standing by so we can run in and help if they need us.”
The corner office is one of six buildings on Exchange Street in Bangor that is being slowly brought back from blight and disuse.

Historic and long-vacant Bangor block gets another tenant

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 09, 2017, at 1 a.m.
Thompson-Hamel, LLC, which has offices on State Street and in Presque Isle, has signed a multi-year lease for 187 Exchange St.
TRENTON, Maine -- 080717 -- Sentimental Journey, a B-17G bomber that served in the Pacific during World War II, will be on display at Trenton's airport until Aug. 20. Nick Sambides Jr. | BDN

Inside the WWII B-17 bomber touching down in Maine

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 08, 2017, at 8:34 p.m.

Prisoner, 74, dies at Maine State Prison

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 08, 2017, at 1:07 p.m.
He had served about 2½ years of a three-year sentence.
The historic waterworks engineer’s house on State Street in Bangor is likely to be demolished with the collapse of a deal.

Historic waterworks engineer’s house likely will be razed

By Dawn Gagnon and Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 08, 2017, at 12:14 p.m.
The deal’s death likely ends the decades-long struggle to save the State Street home, which has considerable historic value.

Maine teen killed in blueberry truck crash in Northfield

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 07, 2017, at 7:57 p.m.
A Marshfield teen died on Monday when his pickup truck crashed into a partly-filled blueberry truck in Northfield.
Seen here during a visit to Maine in 2014, Sentimental Journey, a fully restored B-17 Flying Fortress, will be available at Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport for rides and tours at Scenic Flights of Acadia from Aug. 7-20.

A legendary warplane, ‘Sentimental Journey’, returns to Trenton

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 04, 2017, at 6:46 p.m.
A gleaming Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress called “Sentimental Journey” will be at Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport until Aug. 20.
BANGOR, Maine -- 080117 -- Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Stephen Thompson discusses treatment with patient Heather Tupper, 24, of Ellsworth while wearing an Augmedix Google Glass smartglass-powered remote scribe tool. The tool allows an off-site transcriptionist to see Tupper as she goes through her appointment and log the facts of her treatment, speeding and further personalizing Thompson's interactions. Nick Sambides Jr. | BDN

Google device speeds doctor visits

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 02, 2017, at 6:35 a.m.
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Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Stephen Thompson discusses treatment with patient Heather Tupper, 24, of Ellsworth while wearing an Augmedix Google Glass smartglass-powered remote scribe tool. The tool allows an off-site transcriptionist to see Tupper as she goes through her appointment and log the facts of her treatment, speeding and further personalizing Thompson's interactions.

New Google tool gives Maine doctors a second set of eyes and hands

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 02, 2017, at 6:35 a.m.
EMMC is testing the new system at six of its locations as part of a pilot program.
Monument staff have added signs and volunteers try to be at the monument daily to help keep the place safe.

Injured in the national monument? Just call 911, if you can get a signal

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 31, 2017, at 1 a.m.
“Just because it is a monument doesn’t mean it is not wilderness, and wilderness can kill you. It’s not a Disney ride.”
A sign posted at the Abol Campground ranger station. BDN file photo

Man found dead in Baxter State Park

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 30, 2017, at 5:05 p.m.
The body was found on Chimney Pond Trail.
An explosion at a home off North Chester Road on Sunday was caused by an unintentional mixing of pool-cleaning chemicals, Lincoln firefighters said. No injuries were reported.

Bad mix of ‘everyday pool chemicals’ causes explosion in Chester

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 30, 2017, at 11:21 a.m.
“It was an honest mistake.”
Councilor Sean Faircloth, seen here in 2016 with his son Ryan Faircloth, scored a victory when the council voted 5-3 to fund a regional multicultural center.

Bangor council approves multicultural center, but not firefighter positions

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 27, 2017, at 10:40 p.m.
The Bangor City Council approved a $97.8 million budget on Thursday that funds a regional multicultural center but leaves four firefighter positions cut.
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke (left) prepares to go for a canoe trip during a tour of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. The visit was the start of a four-day visit to New England.

Monument supporters plan party for day after Zinke review

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 27, 2017, at 1 a.m.
Maine national monument backers are holding a $100-a-ticket fundraiser a day after federal officials are due to announce the fate of one of Maine’s most heavily scrutinized chunks of land.