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Large chunks of ice left over from an ice jam on the St. John River about eight miles west of Fort Kent push against a guardrail along Route 161 which had been closed for a period of time last week due to the rising waters.

Flood warnings still in effect in Somerset, Penobscot counties

By Julia Bayly on April 20, 2014, at 1:33 p.m.
FORT KENT, Maine — River levels are going down around the state, but a few flood watches and warnings remained in effect Easter Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. The Sebasticook River at Pittsfield remained above flood stage Sunday and a flood warning was expected remain in effect through …
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St. Francis Elementary School has been targeted for closure by the SAD 27 Board of Directors as part of a plan to cut $1.8 million from next year's budget.

Should the Fort Kent-area district close a school to balance a budget?

By Julia Bayly on April 20, 2014, at 12:24 p.m.
ST. FRANCIS, Maine — District residents on the western edge of School Administrative District 27 in northern Maine acknowledge the need for substantial budget cuts in the wake of lost state revenues and rising costs of education. They just don’t want it put on the backs of their children. Last …
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Bob Powell squares off with a moose in Jackman, Maine, in this screen grab from a video shot and posted by Janis Powell.

‘Oh my God, we are dead meat’: NH snowmobilers face off with Maine moose

By Julia Bayly on April 19, 2014, at 2:56 p.m.
Warning: The above video contains strong language. JACKMAN, Maine — Janis and Bob Powell have been coming to their camp in Jackman from New Hampshire for 11 years to snowmobile in Maine’s backcountry. Averaging between 3,000 and 5,000 miles a year, Janis Powell said she and her husband are experienced …

Aroostook broadcaster lends voice to nationwide radio ads

By Joseph Cyr, Houlton Pioneer Times on April 19, 2014, at 1:24 p.m.
HOULTON, Maine — The voice of WHOU-FM’s morning program may soon be heard on radio stations across the country. Jason Hill, a broadcaster on the Houlton-based radio station, has agreed to lend his voice to commercials through a national advertising agency. Hill said Jim Maddox, who operates the station’s production …

Easton voters approve $1 million municipal budget

By Kathy McCarty, Presque Isle Star-Herald on April 19, 2014, at 11:36 a.m.
EASTON, Maine — During the annual town meeting earlier this month, Easton residents approved a $1,059,247 municipal budget for 2014. “That’s up less than $24,000 from our 2013 budget, which was $1,025,643,” said Town Manager Jim Gardner. Gardner said he anticipates the mill rate will stay fairly close to $16. …

Aroostook County man found guilty of workers’ comp fraud

By Dawn Gagnon on April 18, 2014, at 6:20 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — On Friday, an Aroostook County trial jury convicted Stephen Tucker Sr., 63, of the theft of more than $10,000 in workers’ compensation benefits. Tucker of Monticello received more than $45,000 in benefits from the Maine Employers Mutual Insurance Company from July 2009 through February 2012 by claiming …

Madawaska High School third quarter honor roll

on April 18, 2014, at 4:31 p.m.
Madawaska High School Third quarter honor roll Grade 12, high honors: Anna Faucher, Jacob M. Gendreau; honors: Dominique Bouchard, Ryan Boucher, Alexis Cyr, Allison M. Cyr, Samuel Cyr, John Dixon, Jr., Sabrina Gagnon, Elizabeth Gendreau, Hannah Gonneville, Leah Gonneville, Lory Guerrette, Emily Hebert, Mariah Hebert, Ian Lee, Jacob Levesque, Sara …
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Maine Army National Guard promotions in Aroostook County

Bangor Daily News on April 18, 2014, at 2:40 p.m.
 AUGUSTA, Maine – Brig. Gen. James D. Campbell, The Adjutant General for Maine, has announced the promotion to the rank specified below for the following Maine Army National Guard members from Aroostook County: Logan Craig, Mapleton, specialist, Detachment 1, 3rd Battalion 172nd Infantry Regiment, (Mountain). Douglas Schuurman, Wytopitlock, private first class, …
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A lonely bench on Hathaway Road in Mattawamkeag sits along the rising Mattawamkeag River on Friday.

Warning issued after Mattawamkeag River rises above flood level

By Ryan McLaughlin on April 18, 2014, at 8:59 a.m.
CARIBOU, Maine — Less than 24 hours after Orono residents experienced flooding because of the cresting Stillwater River, parts of the Mattawamkeag River in northern Penobscot County was cresting. The National Weather Service’s Caribou office issued a flood warning for the river. At noon Friday, the river’s stage was 16.1 …
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The speed limit sign along Riverside Avenue in Fort Fairfield lies on its side as curious motorists drive the street on Thursday looking at giant ice floes that have been cleared from the road after they overflowed the banks of the Aroostook River.

Flood watch remains in effect through Friday

By Dawn Gagnon and Julia Bayly on April 17, 2014, at 7:41 p.m.
ALLAGASH, Maine — Residents of Allagash and St. Francis were stranded by floodwaters Thursday, and the National Weather Service in Caribou extended its flood warning for northern Maine through late Friday morning. Meanwhile, Main Street businesses in Dexter that were shut down Wednesday due to safety concerns reopened Thursday and …
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An ice jam formed on the St. John River between St. Francis and St. John Plantation late Wednesday and remained in place Thursday morning.

Watching the ice run is the biggest show in town this time of year

By Julia Bayly on April 17, 2014, at 7:15 p.m.
FORT KENT, Maine — Hinckley has its buzzards and Capistrano its swallows, and while predictable, ice-outs on the Allagash and St. John rivers are every bit as reliable a sign of spring. And darn near as popular. “Yesterday there must have been 100 different cars — I’ve never seen the …

Ice floes take over Riverside Avenue in Fort Fairfield

By Kevin Bennett on April 17, 2014, at 7:15 p.m.
Ice gawkers came out to see giant ice floes that had overflowed the banks of the Aroostook River in Fort Fairfield and had to be plowed off of Riverside Avenue on Thursday.
 Jane Towle, who was the event director for 2014 IBU World Youth/Junior Biathlon Championships held at the Nordic Heritage Center in Presque Isle, spent a few days in Moscow this month as an invited guest of the Russian Biathlon Union. Towle attended an end-of-the-season celebration and exhibition that was held at the Moscow Forum, as well as met with IBU officials. Presque Isle will host a World Cup event in February 2016.

Aroostook biathlon event director only American guest of Russian Biathlon Union

By Scott Mitchell Johnson, Presque Isle Star-Herald on April 17, 2014, at 4:16 p.m.
PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Jane Towle, who was event director for the 2014 IBU World Youth/Junior Biathlon Championships held at the Nordic Heritage Center in Presque Isle, was the sole American guest of the Russian Biathlon Union in Moscow earlier this month. “I attended an end-of-the-season celebration and exhibition that …
The speed limit sign along Riverside Avenue in Fort Fairfield lies on its side as curious motorists drive the street on Thursday looking at giant ice floes that have been cleared from the road after they overflowed the banks of the Aroostook River.

Parts of Dexter evacuated, flood warnings remain up in northern Maine

By Julia Bayly on April 17, 2014, at 10:58 a.m.
DEXTER, Maine — People are being evacuated from homes and buildings in parts of Dexter Thursday after the east branch of the Sebasticook River spilled over its banks, according to the Maine Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service in Caribou. A flood warning has been issued in the …

Fort Kent-area administrators look to cut $1.8 million from school budget

By Julia Bayly on April 16, 2014, at 4:38 p.m.
FORT KENT, Maine — In order to meet $1.8 million in board-mandated cuts, SAD 27 administrators said everything is on the table, including closing a school and laying off staff. In addition, district residents are still looking at a best-case scenario of double-digit tax increases. On Tuesday, SAD 27 Superintendent …
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University of Maine at Fort Kent has plan to cut budget by $1.8 million

By Nell Gluckman on April 16, 2014, at 4 p.m.
FORT KENT, Maine — The University of Maine at Fort Kent will resolve its portion of the $36 million systemwide budget gap by a projected increase in enrollment and leaving six full-time equivalent faculty and staff positions open, according to President Wilson Hess. The university has been tasked with cutting …
Wednesday's Sebasticook River rage by a mobile home on Water Street, where residents of a mobile home park were temporarily evacuated.

Rising waters, ice jams create dangerous conditions around Maine, claim one life

By Julia Bayly on April 16, 2014, at 12:59 p.m.
FORT KENT, Maine — Runoff from melting snow, rain and ice jams created dangerous conditions around the state Wednesday as most of Maine remained under flood watches and warnings. A Caswell man died late Tuesday after being swept away in floodwaters when he stepped into an open culvert after moving …

Presque Isle man who used dead brother’s name on passport gets probation

By Judy Harrison on April 16, 2014, at 10:30 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A Presque Isle man who used his deceased brother’s name in order to “start with a clean slate” was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court to three years of probation in connection with his use of a passport. Christopher P. Phillips, 42, used his brother’s name to …
Wardens Gary Sibley, Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Alan Dudley search flood waters for Paul Oliver of Caswell Wednesday. Oliver's body was recovered at approximately 5:35 a.m.

Caswell man dies after falling into culvert on flooded road

By Julia Bayly on April 16, 2014, at 9:07 a.m.
CASWELL, Maine — Wardens have recovered the body of a Caswell man who apparently drowned late Tuesday evening after falling into a culvert near his residence, according to information released Wednesday morning by the Maine Warden Service. Paul Oliver, 74, was reported missing just after 9:30 p.m. Tuesday after moving …
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Conlogue resigns in Houlton, police chief appointed interim town manager

By Jen Lynds on April 15, 2014, at 1:54 p.m.
HOULTON, Maine — During a brief meeting on Monday evening, town councilors accepted the resignation of Gene Conlogue, who has served as town manager for a year and a half, and appointed the town’s police chief to serve as the interim town manager. Conlogue’s resignation is effective immediately. He did …
 
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