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Exterior views of Fiberight's demonstration plant in Lawrenceville, Virginia.

Less trash than projected may shrink $69M waste plant in Hampden

By Dawn Gagnon and Nok-Noi Ricker on July 04, 2016, at 7:13 a.m.
The MRC has said the size of the Fiberight plant could be reduced from its planned annual capacity of 180,000 tons to 110,000 tons and still be financed, built and profitable.
Plymouth-based Soil Preparation Inc. plant Manager John Barry (left) watches as company environmental consultant Ted Johnston demonstrates the n-butanol odor intensity scale the Maine Department of Environmental Protection will be using to determine if an odor is a nuisance. The plant takes septic waste and sludge for processing into organic non-food crop fertilizers.

Plymouth fertilizer plant halts septic waste intake to comply with odor rules

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 03, 2016, at 7:34 a.m.
A local fertilizer processing plant that uses septic waste and sludge to make its products has temporarily stopped accepting the waste due, in part, to stringent odor nuisance rules that last year resulted in the company paying thousands of dollars in fines.
Claritin-D, a decongestant medication that includes pseudoephedrine, at a Rite Aid in Presque Isle. Rite Aid and other stores are phasing out non-prescription sales of pseudoephedrine-containing products in select areas, in response to ongoing problems with diversions for meth manufacturing.

Pharmacies in northern Maine halt sales of certain decongestants to thwart meth labs

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 02, 2016, at 7:42 a.m.
“We feel that this is a huge step forward in our effort to decrease substance abuse misuse [of the products].”
Mount Katahdin reflects in a pond by the Abol Stream Trail in Baxter State Park on June 20, 2013.

Connecticut woman carried off Katahdin after falling on trail

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 30, 2016, at 1:02 p.m.
It took 10 hours and more than 40 people to carry a 20-year-old hiker from Connecticut off Mount Katahdin Wednesday after she fell and injured herself while descending the Hunt Trail.

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 29, 2016, at 3:47 p.m.
Greenbush resident Sandy Thibeault brought her children Grayson, 10, and Jaelyn, 5, as well as friend Wesley St. Louis, 5, to Bangor and parked at the airport hoping to catch a glimpse of Trump’s airplane. “It’s pretty cool,” Grayson said. “Is he running for president because George Washington is done?” asked …

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 29, 2016, at 3:44 p.m.
Trump’s plane, a white craft with “Trump” writed in white across the top, landed at Bangor International Airport about 2:45 p.m. As Trump departed the airplane, a man watching yelled, “Make America great again!” and got a raised hand from the presidential candidate.  

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 29, 2016, at 12:37 p.m.
Christopher Seiler, who was selling Donald Trump merchandise, works for David Dixon of Political Buttons, based in Sarasota, Florida. “I’ve been with him since Labor Day,” Dixon said. “That makes 47 states.” He said you will not find any sexual innuendos on his T-shirts, which some other vendors have provided at …

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 29, 2016, at 12:34 p.m.
Hampden residents and sisters Allexa and Taylor Iaderosa arrived at the rally at noon and purchased “Trump 2016″ pins from merchandise vendor Christopher Seiler. “We love Trump,” Taylor Iaderosa said. “There are a lot of reasons,” her sister said. “Everything he says I agree with.” “We’re all about building that …

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 29, 2016, at 11:07 a.m.
Bangor resident Barry Nowell, who walked in the side door of the Cross Center to get a photo of the podium a couple hours before the event started, said he was glad that Trump was coming to Maine. He said the next president needs to see how hard it is …

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 29, 2016, at 11:02 a.m.
Molly Ramirez, 19, of Bath, will be voting in her first presidential election in November. “I haven’t clearly endorsed Trump because, obviously, I’m Mexican,” she said, referring to when Trump said that U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who was born in Indiana, cannot treat him fairly because of his Mexican heritage. “I don’t …

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 29, 2016, at 9:31 a.m.
Molly Ramirez of Bath also is waiting in line at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor on Wednesday morning. She saw Trump when he visited Portland in March. “I waited outside for about seven hours,” she said of the Portland visit. Story continues below advertisement.

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 29, 2016, at 9:29 a.m.
“It’s about economics,” Roger Haines said about why he supports Trump. With prior Trump rallies being contentious — and at times violent — the Haines are expecting some excitement. “We expect it will be a fun day,” Diane Haines said. “We already know what he’s going to say,” Roger Haines …

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 29, 2016, at 9:27 a.m.
Roger Haines says he met Trump around 1989 when he was a boat captain in the Panama Canal, and he wore a hat that he said Trump gave him, with the words “Trump Princess” printed in gold with a mermaid and golden laurel leaves on the bill.  “I didn’t know he …

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 29, 2016, at 9:24 a.m.
  “ Diane and Roger Haines of Camden arrived at the Cross Insurance Center at 7:45 a.m. in order to be the first in line for presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s first visit to Bangor, scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.  Story continues below advertisement.
Diana Davis (left), 27, of Rochester, New York, who was charged after a Sunday shooting in the parking lot of the Augusta Wal-Mart, stands next to Jeff Towne, her attorney for the day, during her first appearance on Monday in Augusta District Court in Augusta.

Dispute over money led to Augusta shootout, affidavit states

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 27, 2016, at 4:06 p.m.
“They all agreed the dispute at hand was in regards to money being owed between parties,” Augusta police Detective Brian Wastella wrote.
Jennifer (left) and Michael Popper

Kayakers’ families recount fatal excursion off Corea

By Bill Trotter and Nok-Noi Ricker on June 24, 2016, at 8:58 p.m.
“They tried to get back in and couldn’t get the skirts connected,” Chris Popper said. “The water was way too high” and kept knocking them over.
The Maine Department of Transportation started working on a planned Interstate-395-Route 9 connector for the Brewer-Holden-Eddington area in 2000.

Maine DOT gets federal approval for I-395-Route 9 connector design

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 24, 2016, at 5:08 p.m.
After 16 years of planning, the proposed and controversial Interstate 395/Route 9 connector has gained its first federal approval.
Orono Superintendent Joanne Harriman (center) announced Wednesday that she is leaving her post. She is pictured at Tuesday's school board meeting with Orono Middle School principal Jeff Paul, left, and school board members Mark Brewer, Jacob Eckert, Chairman Brian McGill and Leo Kenney. Board member Michelle Michelle was at the meeting but is not pictured.

Orono superintendent leaving for Steuben principal job nearer to home

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 24, 2016, at 1:54 p.m.
Superintendent Joanne Harriman announced Wednesday that she is leaving her post of three years for one that is closer to her coastal home.
Steven (left) and Jesse Melgar, who moved to the Queen City from Colorado six months ago, clean off their car on Tuesday in Bangor. A homophobic slur was scratched on their car last Saturday at Wal-Mart in Bangor.

After a slur was scratched into their car, gay couple speaks out against hate

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 24, 2016, at 1 a.m.
“I am not ashamed of who I am, and no act of hate or ignorance or intolerance will change that.”
Lobsterman Mike Hunt had just finished dinner on Wednesday when he got a call asking for help searching for three past-due kayakers, who'd left from nearby Gouldsboro Bay Wednesday afternoon.

‘Very tragic outcome’: Kayakers who died near MDI identified

By Bill Trotter and Nok-Noi Ricker on June 23, 2016, at 4:54 p.m.
A New Jersey woman whose kayak capsized was rescued by a lobsterman, but her two paddling companions died after they encountered a brief squall off the local village of Corea.