Nicholas McCrea

Reporter

Nick McCrea covers statewide K-12 and higher education from the downtown Bangor office.
 

Students wanted to hear another voice in that debate

By Nick McCrea on Sept. 26, 2016, at 11:14 p.m.
In an election year where most Americans don’t like either candidate from the major parties, UMaine students are now expressing frustration that they didn’t get to hear from a third-party candidate. Several students in the room have said they’re seriously considering a third-party vote this year. “People should have a …

Lights out, discussion on:

By Nick McCrea on Sept. 26, 2016, at 11:01 p.m.
We’re breaking down perspectives on the debate in dark…breaker appears to have kicked here in Memorial Union Lights just went out at @umaine…but we're still sharing perspectives on the debate…not sure why lights went out…might be breaker pic.twitter.com/ERDShPLErx — Nick McCrea (@nmccrea213) September 27, 2016 Story continues below advertisement. Students …

By Nick McCrea on Sept. 26, 2016, at 10:44 p.m.
@umaine College Reps and Dems chat at their respective booths post debate. Group about to discuss. @bangordailynews pic.twitter.com/iEmtNiuLQc — Nick McCrea (@nmccrea213) September 27, 2016 Story continues below advertisement.

UMaine students engaged as debate devolves into banter

By Nick McCrea on Sept. 26, 2016, at 9:29 p.m.
Clinton — “You can pick up a book on it” “At least I have a plan to fight ISIS” Clinton “I have a feeling that by the end of the night i’m going to be blamed for everything that ever happened” Trump “Why not?” Students (both times) — “OOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHH” boisterous …

“Most Americans don’t support either”

By Nick McCrea on Sept. 26, 2016, at 9:04 p.m.
“Polls show most Americans don’t support either candidate,” analyst says prior to debate. Quite a few claps and cheers in response from UMaine crowd. Applause again as we get started, Lester Hold presiding. Story continues below advertisement.

Now, now, let’s be civil

By Nick McCrea on Sept. 26, 2016, at 9:01 p.m.
UMaine political science professors Rich Powell and Rob Glover urging students to be civil and respectful of each other, regardless of what candidate they support. “Be respectful, it improves our Democracy,” Glover said, adding that the professors hope to moderate an “intelligent” discussion with students after the debate. That will …

What students have to say in advance of the debate

By Nick McCrea on Sept. 26, 2016, at 8:54 p.m.
Chatting with Rye Powell, a UMaine junior wearing an “Underwood 2016″ t-shirt (shout out to one of my personal favorite shows “House of Cards). He says he’s a Republican and has been an active member of the College Republicans here at UMaine. This year, he’s defecting and plans on voting …

UMaine’s Memorial Union packed as students prepare to watch Clinton, Trump face off

By Nick McCrea on Sept. 26, 2016, at 8:24 p.m.
It’s standing room only now at the University of Maine’s Memorial Union. I’m estimating close to 200 students now, with more trying to get in. They’re waiting to hear Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump face off in the presidential debate. Some are here as part of various class assignments. Pizza on …
Kindergarten teacher Terri Lowe with student Tristan Kobayashi at Foulks Ranch Elementary School in Elk Grove, California, on Aug. 28, 2012.

Maine among worst places in country to make living as a teacher, financial website says

By Nick McCrea on Sept. 26, 2016, at 4:56 p.m.
If you want to become a teacher, Maine is among the toughest places in the country to make a living once you step into the classroom, according to a report released Monday by a finance website.
POLL QUESTION
The developer of Stillwater Crossing, a development in Bangor near the mall, said the owner of Portland's Kon Asian Bistro has signed a lease for the last remaining space in the complex, next to Elevation Burger.

Hibachi restaurant plans to open in Bangor

By Nick McCrea on Sept. 26, 2016, at 3:33 p.m.
Another restaurant has signed on to fill the last vacant space in Bangor’s Stillwater Crossing development.
POLL QUESTION
Shawn Laatsch, director of the University of Maine's Emera Astronomy Center, shines a light at the 111-year-old telescope at the Historic Clark Telescope Observatory. The telescope, which was built in the early 1900s, will be moved to a new building and set up for use by next spring.

UMaine to tear down historic observatory, save 111-year-old telescope

By Nick McCrea on Sept. 24, 2016, at 7:34 a.m.
The University of Maine’s historic observatory is slated for destruction, but its 111-year-old telescope will continue to help stargazers explore space.
An aerial photo, taken March 18, 2012 of First Wind's 60 megawatt, 200 wind turbine Rollins Wind project, 8 miles east of Lincoln.

Turbine critics weigh in on proposed rules for future wind power development

By Nick McCrea on Sept. 21, 2016, at 5:49 p.m.
“The new rules will provide us more guidance when we review an application” for a proposed wind development, said Mark Bergeron.
Penobscot County Metro Treatment Center (right of Quiznos) is located in the Maine Square Mall in Bangor.

Bangor denies rejection of methadone clinic’s expansion was discriminatory

By Nick McCrea on Sept. 20, 2016, at 11:37 a.m.
Attorneys for Bangor deny the city council discriminated against people struggling with addiction.
FIDDLEHEAD FOCUS

UMS rolls out plan for unified budget for 7-campus system

on Sept. 20, 2016, at 10:20 a.m.
(From the BDN) The University of Maine System Board of Trustees met at UMFK and approved a plan that would give system leadership more oversight and control of spending at its seven campuses.
University of Maine System Chancellor James Page.

UMS rolls out plan for unified budget for 7-campus system

By Nick McCrea on Sept. 19, 2016, at 4:39 p.m.
The University of Maine System Board of Trustees approved Monday a plan that would ultimately give system leadership more oversight and control of spending at its seven campuses.

Maine reopens applications for schools wanting state to fund construction project

By Nick McCrea on Sept. 16, 2016, at 6:12 p.m.
“The application, review and approval process will remain consistent with the past process.”

Bangor man dies of injuries from Mass. speedboat crash

By Nick McCrea on Sept. 16, 2016, at 11:14 a.m.
Joy was driving one of three speedboats that collided during a race in Taunton, Mass.
Dana Connors, president of the Maine State Chamber of Commerce, speaks in opposition to Question 2 on the November ballot, which seeks to raise $157 million in funding for Maine schools by taxing Mainers who earn more than $200,000 per year, during a news conference in Brewer on Thursday.

Coalition of business, education leaders calls Question 2 ‘deeply flawed’

By Nick McCrea on Sept. 15, 2016, at 6:59 p.m.
Question 2 on the November ballot seeks to raise more than $157 million toward education by adding a 3 percent tax on taxable income above $200,000.
Drought conditions have left the water level unusually low at Swan Lake, pictured here in late August, and other Maine waterways.

Drought leaves Maine waterways low but unusually clean

By Nick McCrea on Sept. 14, 2016, at 6:31 a.m.
Marty Stout, president of the Swan Lake Association, said Tuesday that some boats and docks are resting on dry land.
C&L Aviation CEO Chris Kilgour at the company's hub in Bangor on Monday.

Bangor aircraft repair company prepares for $2.5 million expansion

By Nick McCrea on Sept. 13, 2016, at 12:43 p.m.
“We’ve got a nice little complex here now,” C&L CEO Chris Kilgour said. “Every service is available in one place, and that’s what our customers want.”