On Nov. 8, voters in the 2nd Congressional District could be motivated to turnout at a higher rate because of a controversial ballot question that would expand background checks to include all private gun sales and transfers. That could be a deciding factor in whether the 2nd District goes red.

In fight over 2nd District, opposition to Question 3 could boost Republicans

By Christopher Cousins on Oct. 16, 2016, at 7:36 a.m.
Numerous voters in the district say defeating Question 3 will motivate how they approach other contests on the November ballot.
James Dumond

Presque Isle man arrested after crashing truck in Easton

By Dawn Gagnon on Oct. 15, 2016, at 1:06 p.m.
A man from Presque Isle was arrested and charged with operating under the influence late Friday afternoon after a rollover crash in Easton.
Tyana McLaughlin, 16 of Fort Fairfield, had not been seen since Thursday, Oct. 13 at 4:30 p.m. However, she has been located and is safe.

Fort Fairfield teen no longer missing, is safe

By Dawn Gagnon on Oct. 15, 2016, at 12:19 p.m.
The girl reportedly turned herself in to police Friday night.
Mother and son Cheryl Morris and Adam MacDonald in their Presque Isle home. MacDonald, who turns 31 on Oct. 20, is thought to be the oldest Mainer alive with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Mainer living with rare muscular disease celebrates 31st birthday

By Anthony Brino on Oct. 15, 2016, at 8:01 a.m.
Adam MacDonald is probably the oldest Mainer living with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and he’s part of a younger generation finding new ways to keep living, according to his mom, Cheryl Morris.
Joel Parker of Fairfield, who works in Skowhegan, said he usually votes Republican but is unsure whether he can vote for Donald Trump for president because he is concerned about what message Trump's election would send to the rest of the world. Skowhegan is among 2nd Congressional District towns that find themselves in the national spotlight this year because they are battlegrounds in the presidential race.

These voters will decide if Trump or Clinton wins Maine’s 2nd District

By Christopher Cousins on Oct. 14, 2016, at 4:15 p.m.
2016 has created a new reality for the people scratching out livelihoods in the 2nd Congressional District: Life in a national political battleground.
Tyana McLaughlin

Police seek help finding Fort Fairfield teen

By Anthony Brino on Oct. 14, 2016, at 1:18 p.m.
Tyana McLaughlin, 16, has not been seen since 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

Aroostook Outdoor News: 10.13.16 edition

on Oct. 13, 2016, at 4:10 p.m.
The cabled off portion of a town-owned walking trail that runs through Riverfront Park can be seen Wednesday in Houlton. A Houlton couple would like the route opened to motor vehicle traffic once again to use as an additional access point to their home.

Houlton couple wants trail reopened to vehicles to allow additional home access

By Jen Lynds on Oct. 12, 2016, at 5:42 p.m.
Images captured by Raptor Maps' drones are combined with computer data taken in the field to provide farmers with real-time crop analysis.

Drone technology, computers ushering in a brave new world for northern Maine potatoes

By Julia Bayly on Oct. 12, 2016, at 10:19 a.m.
Agents with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency sort through evidence seized Tuesday at a suspected methamphetamine lab on Route 1A in Fort Fairfield.

MDEA uncovers alleged meth labs in Fort Fairfield, Troy

By Judy Harrison on Oct. 11, 2016, at 6:11 p.m.
Carl Flora, president of the Loring Development Authority, talks about the installation of hundreds of solar panels on the old air force base in September 2014. On Tuesday, the LDA announced a lease agreement with Yarmouth-based Ranger Solar for a project that would use more than 100,000 solar panels and could power between 20,000 and 30,000 homes.

Largest solar power project in New England planned for former Loring air base

By Anthony Brino on Oct. 11, 2016, at 1:58 p.m.
The Loring Development Authority and Yarmouth-based Ranger Solar are moving ahead with a lease agreement that paves the way for New England’s largest solar power project.

New PI recreation center means demolition for old facility

By Anthony Brino on Oct. 10, 2016, at 1:24 p.m.
As Presque Isle’s new community center gets ready to open this month, the longtime rec center and the home of much history is set to be demolished.
A woman helps a little boy light a candle to honor those lost to domestic violence during the the 19th annual Maliseet Domestic and Sexual Violence and Advocacy Center Candlelight Vigil on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016 in Houlton.

Maliseets honor victims of domestic violence during vigil

By Jen Lynds on Oct. 09, 2016, at 12:34 p.m.
“We must ensure that no victim ever suffers alone.”
Sydney Garrison, left, a Central Aroostook High School freshman, and Michaela Pelletier, a junior at the Mars Hill school, work on the upper conveyor sorting rocks and potatoes for Double G Farms in Blaine.

Aroostook County teens find potato harvest work rewarding

By Jen Lynds on Oct. 08, 2016, at 1 a.m.
“The teenagers I employ do everything from racking potatoes to picking out the rocks as part of the sorting process to unloading the trucks.”

Creepy clown complaints keeping Houlton police busy

By Joseph Cyr, Houlton Pioneer Times on Oct. 07, 2016, at 2:54 p.m.

Aroostook Outdoor News: 10.06.16 edition

on Oct. 07, 2016, at 2:05 p.m.
The main entrance to the Maine Military Authority's facility at the Loring Commerce Centre in Limestone.

Maine Military Authority workers receive layoff notices ahead of bus contract meeting

By Anthony Brino on Oct. 06, 2016, at 6:23 p.m.
Workers and management at the Maine Military Authority in Limestone received layoff notices Thursday amid a pause in the organization’s major transit bus contract, according to the Maine State Employees Association.

Autumn sale for New Sweden Lutheran Church

on Oct. 06, 2016, at 12:08 p.m.
The walls of Patty LeBlanc's home office in Presque Isle are covered with memorabilia recognizing the success of one of the first businesses in Aroostook County to operate online.

Online lobster stew business based out of Presque Isle was ahead of its time

By Kathryn Olmstead on Oct. 06, 2016, at 12:06 p.m.
“When they say it can’t be done, you look for a way to do it.”
Eyes to the sky. Over the years, John and Robin Barker have scanned the horizon around their Bridgwater home for the most accurate reading of what’s happening in the atmosphere. The couple has volunteered their reporting skills to the National Weather Service for nearly 40 years as part of the Cooperative Observer Program.

Maine weather spotter has had his eyes on the skies for nearly 40 years

By Jen Lynds on Oct. 05, 2016, at 11:34 a.m.
John Barker has witnessed and reported many storms in the last nearly four decades since he took over serving in the Cooperative Observer Program from his father, Elliot Barker, who also volunteered in the program for a number of years.

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