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Rep. David McCrea, D-Fort Fairfield, (second from right) and Sen. Michael Carpenter, D-Houlton, welcome members of the Fort Fairfield/Easton Amish community to the State House on Thursday, March 16. The Amish attended a public hearing that day to testify in support of legislation to allow them to wear red instead of orange during hunting season. Their national church group opposes wearing hunter orange due to its bright color.

Bill could let Amish Mainers wear red instead of orange when hunting

By Anthony Brino on March 25, 2017, at 1 a.m.
Rep. Dave McCrea, D-Fort Fairfield, wants to let Amish community members hunt wearing red rather than blaze orange in accordance with religious customs.
In January, Sanford Police and the York County Sheriff’s Office assisted state and federal drug agents in the arrest of two people in the largest heroin drug bust in Maine. The combined street value of the fentanyl laced heroin seized in both Maine and Massachusetts was over $1.8 million.

Maine needs more money to investigate fentanyl deaths

By Nok-Noi Ricker on March 24, 2017, at 2:51 p.m.
Of the 378 overdose deaths in 2016, 195 were attributed to fentanyl, up from only nine in 2013.
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Aroostook Outdoor News: 3.24.17 edition

on March 24, 2017, at 12:54 p.m.

Visiting mushers honor young Can-Am volunteer

on March 24, 2017, at 12:43 p.m.
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John Deveau, president of Caribou-based United Veterans of Maine, in one of five greenhouses at the former Phil's Florist in Caribou where construction is underway to create a homeless shelter with job training for Aroostook County veterans.

Former garden center being converted to farm, housing for homeless veterans

By Kathryn Olmstead on March 23, 2017, at 7:56 p.m.
United Veterans of Maine raised more than $45,000 in one day toward conversion of a 12.5-acre garden center into a residence for homeless veterans.

Aroostook County power prices to dip slightly in June

By BDN Staff on March 23, 2017, at 7:36 p.m.
Costs for residential customers in Emera Maine’s Maine Public Service district will stay basically flat through the end of 2017.
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Governor Paul LePage attends a maple tree tapping ceremony on a cold day in mid-March. LePage now backs the American Health Care Act and is urging Maine's senators to support it.

LePage now backs GOP health plan, urges support from King, Collins

By Christopher Cousins and Michael Shepherd on March 23, 2017, at 2:22 p.m.
Earlier this month, LePage sent a letter to U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan which said of the bill, “early signs do not look encouraging.”

Frenchville residents approve ordinance banning recreational pot businesses

on March 23, 2017, at 12:18 p.m.

Frenchville voters approve ordinance to oust elected officials

on March 22, 2017, at 1:42 p.m.
Hope Chernesky of Houlton stole the Northern Star finale from the instant her bow unleashed a hair-raising demonstration of just how powerful a 13-year-old girl with determination can sound. Her rendition of Lindsey Stirling

Teen violinist wins Northern Star title

on March 22, 2017, at 11:24 a.m.
Snow is predicted to fall in Bangor on Wednesday.

Cold front brings cooler air, up to 2 inches of snow

By Nok-Noi Ricker on March 22, 2017, at 7:38 a.m.
Don’t forget your coat Wednesday. “[The air] will feel like mid-winter, not spring.”
An aerial view of Portage Lake, one of the gateways to the North Maine Woods and the home of a waterbody some feel could be threatened by open pit mining at Bald Mountain.

Dozens fight back over Maine’s proposed mining rules

By Anthony Brino on March 20, 2017, at 7:52 p.m.
More than 40 citizens, plus additional representatives from environmental groups, voiced their opposition to large scale metal mining.
Brentant Lahey grew up in E. Plantation and went to school in Mars Hill.

Police officer fatally shoots Presque Isle man who was wielding knife

By Anthony Brino on March 17, 2017, at 12:40 p.m.
A Presque Isle man with a knife was shot and killed by police Friday in an altercation.
An aerial view of Portage Lake, one of the gateways to the North Maine Woods and the home of a waterbody some feel could be threatened by open pit mining at Bald Mountain.

Maine may finally be updating its mining laws

By Anthony Brino on March 17, 2017, at 12:26 p.m.
As lawmakers again consider whether to approve regulations allowing open pit metal mining under a controversial 2012 law, the Natural Resources Council of Maine is supporting a new bill that the group says would offer better environmental protections.
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Aroostook Outdoor News: 3.17.17 edition

on March 17, 2017, at 12 p.m.

Caribou man accused of stealing snowsled, car among those indicted by Aroostook grand jury

By Jen Lynds on March 17, 2017, at 11:43 a.m.
A Caribou man was indicted by the Aroostook County grand jury after allegedly stealing a car and a snowmobile on Jan. 1, 2017.
This pick up truck was one of two vehicles that were set ablaze in Island Falls early Thursday morning.

Stolen truck, backhoe and ATM destroyed in Aroostook

By Dawn Gagnon on March 16, 2017, at 8:11 p.m.
The stolen vehicles were used in an attempt to break open the ATM machine at the Katahdin Credit Union.
A Plaster Rock, New Brunswick man was not seriously injured Thursday morning when his rig went off the road on U.S. Route 1 in Monticello. Winfred Murchison, 65, was traveling south on Route 1 in a 2001 Western Star tractor trailer hauling logs when he suffered a medical issue and went off the road at about 10:20 a.m. Thursday.

Tractor trailer spills logs on U.S. Route 1 in Monticello

By Joseph Cyr, Houlton Pioneer Times on March 16, 2017, at 2:08 p.m.
A medical issue caused the driver to veer off the right-hand side of the road into a ditch.

Caribou man charged with threatening business owner

By Jen Lynds on March 15, 2017, at 9:34 a.m.
A Caribou man was arrested and charged with several crimes Monday after allegedly pointing a gun at and robbing a business owner.

Injured Massachusetts man rides damaged snowmobile to help after crash

By Jessica Potila, Fiddlehead Focus on March 14, 2017, at 3:21 p.m.
Todd Malesky became separated from his party and crashed his 2006 Yamaha snowmobile sometime Monday night.