Nicholas McCrea


Nick McCrea covers statewide K-12 and higher education from the downtown Bangor office.
The University of Maine system's seven campuses and branch facilities have reduced carbon output by 34 percent since 2006.

How Maine universities made big carbon emission cuts over the past decade

By Nick McCrea on April 22, 2017, at 1 a.m.
The University of Maine System has cut its carbon emissions by a third in the past decade, a big step toward its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2040.
Alton resident Darlene Young was one employee who took advantage of federal retraining funds, which recently have been allocated to millworkers in Lincoln. Her training to become a certified medical assistant has paid off, she says she loves helping people at her new job at the Helen Hunt Health Center in Old Town.

Maine’s unemployment rate hits a new low

By Nick McCrea on April 21, 2017, at 3:44 p.m.
Maine posted a 3 percent unemployment rate for March, the lowest since the current method of measuring unemployment was adopted in 1976.

Hancock County couple dies in South Carolina crash

By Nick McCrea on April 21, 2017, at 8:18 a.m.
A crash in South Carolina claimed the lives of a Hancock County couple tied to a popular Route 1 restaurant.
Sommer Huntress (left) and Jillian Crago, both 15 and of Kittery, touch and examine a cow brain at the University of New England "Brain Station" on Friday at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor during the Maine Science Festival.

In the wake of Trump’s proposed cuts, Mainers rally to support science

By Nick McCrea on April 19, 2017, at 4:50 p.m.
UMaine will host a March for Science, one of hundreds scheduled internationally this weekend, from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Other Maine marches are planned in Portland, Machias and Sanford.
A moose crossing the Veteran's Memorial Bridge in Belfast on Wednesday morning made for an unusual commute. After crossing the span, the moose continued down Route 1 and sightings have since been reported on Lincolnville beach and in the seaside community of Bayside.

Moose on a mission ties up traffic on busy Maine bridge

By Nick McCrea on April 19, 2017, at 12:05 p.m.
An unusual jaywalker briefly tied up traffic on a busy Belfast bridge Wednesday morning.
Habib Dagher, director of UMaine advanced structures and composites sector, speaks to the crowd during a trip to celebrate the first year of the University of Maine's floating wind turbine, VolturnUS.

Wind power advocates alarmed by bill to move Monhegan test site

By Nick McCrea on April 18, 2017, at 1 a.m.
“If we had to move this site now, everything is gone — the investments disappear,” said Habib Dagher, director of the University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center.
Lydia Tracy, a seventh-grader at Wagner Middle School, affixes a portrait she drew of a classmate to the wall of the school with the help of street artist Orson Horchler, better known as Pigeon. Pigeon has been visiting schools across the state as part of a program aimed at spreading acceptance and inclusiveness in schools.

Maine street artist uses student drawings to foster community at schools

By Nick McCrea on April 17, 2017, at 10 a.m.
The project aims to challenge the perception that people “from away” can’t be Mainers or aren’t a true part of their communities.
University of Maine at Augusta president James Conneely, who recently announced he is stepping down.

Officials ponder future of UM-Augusta after school loses 4th leader in less than 3 years

By Nick McCrea on April 14, 2017, at 9:46 a.m.
After cycling through four presidents since September 2014, University of Maine at Augusta faculty and staff are pleading for stability.
Stockton Springs Elementary School.

Voters back shuttering of Stockton Springs school

By Nick McCrea on April 12, 2017, at 4:22 p.m.
The votes are in, bringing an end to another small-town Maine school.
University of Maine at Augusta president James Conneely speaks to members of the community at Eastport Hall in Bangor, Dec. 1, 2015.

University of Maine at Augusta president resigns unexpectedly

By Nick McCrea on April 12, 2017, at 7:27 a.m.
The University of Maine at Augusta president announced he is leaving his post after two years and four months on the job.
Jon Fishman, drummer for Phish, performs on stage at the Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion on July 3, 2013.

Inspired by Bernie Sanders, Phish drummer runs for local office in Lincolnville

By Nick McCrea on April 12, 2017, at 6 a.m.
Jonathan Fishman, the drummer for Phish and side project Touchpants, has decided to have a go at public office.

Possible replacements for longtime district attorney named

By Nick McCrea on April 12, 2017, at 6 a.m.
Republicans representing several counties have picked two attorneys they’d like to fill the role of their longtime district attorney.
This house at 180 Abrams Mountain Road, called "The Froggery," sold at auction over the weekend for an undisclosed sum. Earlier this year, it was listed for $10.9 million, making it the most expensive house on the market in Maine.

Former midcoast mansion owner sues auctioneer who sold it for mere $1.4 million

By Nick McCrea on April 11, 2017, at 6:16 a.m.
The former owner of a $10 million island mansion is suing a high-end, Florida-based auctioneer after his home sold for a meager $1.375 million last June.
Chelsea Larrabee

Teen gets 3 years in prison for car accident that killed passenger

By Nick McCrea on April 06, 2017, at 1:36 p.m.
A 19-year-old woman will spend three years in prison after a high-speed car crash that killed her friend.
The University of Maine at Machias has entered into a partnership with the University of Maine in an effort to turn around the declining enrollment at the state's smallest university.  The partnership will bring more opportunities to the students at both campuses.

University of Maine at Machias VP tapped to take top post on campus

By Nick McCrea on April 06, 2017, at 8:13 a.m.
Kay Kimball will serve as executive dean and chief of academic operations at UMM when the campus’ new leadership structure becomes official on July 1.
The City of Belfast has decided to scrap the idea of charging a fee for plastic bags used at large stores and instead is looking at enacting a city-wide prohibition on plastic bags for all retail businesses. The ban would be similar to similar restrictions adopted or being considered in other municipalities in midcoast and southern Maine.

Belfast Council scraps plastic bag fee idea, eyes stronger ban

By Nick McCrea on April 05, 2017, at 1:55 p.m.
The Belfast City Council has mothballed a proposed fee on single-use plastic bags and instead wants to consider an outright ban.

Climate change skeptic group’s mailing campaign targets Maine teachers

By Nick McCrea on April 03, 2017, at 5:47 p.m.
A letter from the Heartland Institute said that the “science isn’t settled” and that there was an ongoing, “vibrant debate” among scientists.
Maine State Police are looking for a man suspected of trying to break into a store in Sidney and later trying to rob a person at gunpoint in Oakland early Sunday morning. Investigators believe the man was driving a dark blue sedan and wearing a dark trench coat, jeans and a skull face mask.

State police seek suspect in failed break-in, armed robbery

By Nick McCrea on April 03, 2017, at 11:25 a.m.
State police are looking for a man suspected of trying to rob a person in Oakland and break into a store in Sidney early Sunday morning.
A snow pile covers half the kiosk at the trailhead for Big Moose Mountain on Feb. 12, near Greenville.

Another spring storm to dump up to 8 inches of snow

By Nick McCrea on April 03, 2017, at 9:22 a.m.
Western and southern Maine could see between 5 and 8 inches of snow, with possible higher totals in the and around mountains.
University of Maine students and officials participate in a 2014 domestic violence prevention walk on campus. A group of students want to reinstate the Women's Resource Center on campus, which closed in 2015 after 23 years of providing information on issues such as women's health and support for victims of domestic violence.

Two years after it closed, women’s service center being reconsidered by UMaine

By Nick McCrea on March 31, 2017, at 5:42 p.m.
The Women’s Resource Center shut down prior to the start of the 2015 school year after 23 years on campus.