Down East


Forecast calls for freezing rain to sweep across northern Maine

By Dawn Gagnon on Feb. 24, 2017, at 5:35 p.m.
Ice accumulations of up to around a tenth of an inch could lead to slick road conditions and scattered power outages across the northern part of the state.

Fisherman admits to fraudulently getting over $157,000 in disability benefits

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 22, 2017, at 4:34 p.m.
Daniel Fitzsimmons, 54, admitted that between 2002 and 2013 he and his dependants received more than $157,000 in Social Security Disability Insurance for which they did not qualify.
A red pickup truck pulls away from the Downeast Correctional Facility in Machiasport last week. The state prison is again being proposed for closure as cost-saving measure in the proposed state budget.

Down East prison back on state budget chopping block

By Bill Trotter on Feb. 21, 2017, at 11:54 a.m.
Downeast Correctional Facility, which overlooks the local fishing village of Bucks Harbor, once again is proposed for closure as a cost-saving measure in the latest proposed state budget.
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.

Merger with UMaine could save struggling Machias campus

By Nick McCrea on Feb. 17, 2017, at 10:47 a.m.
“We have to start prioritizing our young people in this county.”
The Woodland Pulp and St. Croix Tissue mill in Baileyville, Maine.

Baileyville mill workers exposed to toxic gas

By Bill Trotter on Feb. 16, 2017, at 12:54 p.m.
A leak of poisonous gas at the local pulp and tissue mill has resulted in several people being brought to the hospital, according to a report from WLBZ.

Two men from out of state arrested in drug sting in Washington County

on Feb. 15, 2017, at 1:43 p.m.
Two men from southern New England accused of selling heroin and crack cocaine in Washington County were arrested in a sting operation.
An Eastern Maine Railway plow train approaches the Route 171 crossing in Wytopitlock Wednesday morning as it works to clear rail lines following the blizzard earlier this week.

Third storm in a week to drop up to a foot of snow overnight

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Feb. 15, 2017, at 9:25 a.m.
A winter storm warning is in place for much of the state from 1 p.m. Wednesday until 1 p.m. Thursday.
The Down East Community Hospital as seen from Court Street in Machias in this January 2008 file photo.

Court rejects reinstatement of suspension of nurse who discharged patient later found dead in snow

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 14, 2017, at 3:21 p.m.
John S. Zablotny of Steuben was the nursing supervisor on duty at Down East Community Hospital in Machias on Jan. 1, 2008, when patient Reid Emery, 61, of Eastport asked to be discharged against his doctor’s advice.
John Parker, who runs Skywalkers Bar & Grille in Machias with his wife Danielle, is stepping into the craft beer business in a region where that industry has not yet taken off. Parker’s nano brewery, Machias River Brewing Co., is scheduled to open in March.

Down East restaurant reinvents itself as tiny brew house

By Nick McCrea on Feb. 14, 2017, at 10:48 a.m.
A bar in Machias is stepping into the craft beer business in a region where the industry hasn’t taken off as it has in other parts of the state.
Superintendent of Bangor Public Schools Betsy Webb

Maine educators look beyond testing to measure student success

By Robbie Feinberg, Maine Public on Feb. 13, 2017, at 4:32 p.m.
While school funding is at the center of public debate right now, educators are wrestling with another problem, too: how to measure student success.
Blaze maintenance man Robert McClure tries to keep on top of the falling snow so there's a clear path to the business on Monday afternoon in Bangor.

Paralyzing blizzard strikes Maine

By Dawn Gagnon on Feb. 13, 2017, at 3:19 p.m.
A blizzard that dumped more than 2 feet of snow by 1 p.m. Monday brought parts of Maine to a virtual standstill.

When the white fluff flies, childhood memories are there to warm us

on Feb. 13, 2017, at 11:11 a.m.
Pedestrians walk down Garland Street in Bangor Thursday afternoon.

See where the storm dumped the most snow in Maine

By Darren Fishell on Feb. 13, 2017, at 10:24 a.m.
More snow is on the way Monday afternoon.
A snow plow works to clear Union Street in Bangor on Feb. 5, 2016. Much of the state could see as much as two feet of snow as a strong winter storm moves in Sunday afternoon into Tuesday morning.

A blizzard blast from Maine’s past

By Christopher Burns on Feb. 12, 2017, at 4:54 p.m.
Snowstorms are a fact of life in Maine. So here’s a look at back a few of nastiest storms in recent memory.
A man looks up Congress Street while crossing in the snow on Thursday. Much of the state could see as much as two feet of snow as a strong winter storm moves in Sunday afternoon into Tuesday morning.

Brace yourselves — blizzard expected to hit Maine Sunday through late Monday night

By Dawn Gagnon on Feb. 12, 2017, at 3:24 p.m.
What forecasters say will be the biggest snowstorm so far this winter is on target to hit Maine Sunday night and could stick around until Monday night or early Tuesday morning.

A passionate Downeast rallying cry for a local prison, Why not?

on Feb. 10, 2017, at 10:05 a.m.
People cross the pedestrian bridge in Bangor Thursday.

Maine hit with second snowstorm in 3 days

By Dawn Gagnon on Feb. 09, 2017, at 6:52 p.m.
Some places expected to be hit hardest were York County — where as much as 16 inches of snow was forecast — and the Down East region, which will see its first major snow event so far this season.
Ayelet Waldman

‘LSD saved more than my marriage, it saved my life,’ Maine author says

By Kathleen Pierce on Feb. 08, 2017, at 7:19 a.m.
“LSD saved more than my marriage, it saved my life.”

COA President Declares Support for International Students

By College of the Atlantic on Feb. 06, 2017, at 9:52 a.m.
University of Maine System Chancellor James Page (right) and University of Maine President Susan Hunter (center) listen as former University of Maine at Machias interim president Stuart Swain speaks in Bangor in this April 2016 file photo.

UMaine could take over responsibility for struggling Machias campus this summer

By Nick McCrea on Jan. 30, 2017, at 5:56 p.m.
The change would take effect on July 1, pending approval from system trustees during their next meeting in March.