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An adult female deer tick. The National Pest Management Association predicts 2017 will be a bad season for mosquitoes and ticks.

Pest experts predict bad tick, mosquito season for Northeast

By Aislinn Sarnacki on April 06, 2017, at 2:02 p.m.
For the Northeast, the bi-annual Bug Barometer states that “higher tick populations may result from the unseasonably warm winter.
Peter Mourmouras, left, and his son Thomas, spoke to the Houlton Town Council March 27 about their plans for Houlton to become a test site for industrial hemp. The two said they have spoken with a local potato farmer about using hemp as a rotational crop as part of a clinical trial to see how well the product replenishes nutrients in the soil.

Group wants to grow industrial hemp in Houlton

on April 06, 2017, at 12:45 p.m.
Payless ShoeSource is closing 400 stores across the country, including four in Maine.

Payless shoe store files for bankruptcy, will close 4 stores in Maine

By Danielle McLean on April 05, 2017, at 6:24 p.m.
The Broadway Shopping Center store in Bangor as well as those in Presque Isle, Biddeford and Ellsworth are among 400 stores closing across the country.
POLL QUESTION
A glass of water is seen during the taste testing at the Maine Rural Water Association's 34th Annual Water and Wastewater Technical Conference at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Dec. 11, 2014.

Maine’s wells could be polluted with arsenic, lead

By Abigail Curtis on April 05, 2017, at 6:01 a.m.
“The major problem is that Maine has a high reliance on wells, but very few people test their wells.”
HEATHER DENKMIRE
Heather Denkmire is a writer and artist who lives in Portland with her two young daughters.

Autistic people don’t need a ‘cure’

By Heather Denkmire on April 05, 2017, at 5:55 a.m.
The largest autism organizations treat autism as if it were a disease that needs to be eradicated, rather than a set of developmental conditions.
Caribou Police Chief Michael Gahagan says his department will be prepared to face challenges of the new year as long as community collaboration remains strong.

Labor board will hear police union grievance against Caribou in May

on April 04, 2017, at 2:33 p.m.
MAINE FOCUS
The Maine State House is pictured in January 2016.

LePage administration paid $315K for a consultant to rethink child care, then did nothing

By Matthew Stone on April 04, 2017, at 6:26 a.m.
The state told federal regulators it planned to carry out the consultant’s recommendations and re-upped with the consultant after its first proposal. But it appears there are no plans to follow through.
Sen. Eric Brakey, R-Auburn, intends to run against Sen. Angus King in the 2018 senate race.

GOP state senator Eric Brakey kicks off underdog 2018 bid to unseat Angus King

By Michael Shepherd on April 03, 2017, at 8 p.m.
Brakey called King a champion of “big government and big corporations” and hit Republicans for challenging him weakly.
Caribou Secession Committee Spokesperson Paul Camping (center) and major petition circulator Milo Haney watch carefully as Caribou City Clerk Jayne Farrin reviews submitted petitions seeking secession submitted in March 2015.

Legislative panel’s vote ends Caribou secession effort

By Christopher Bouchard, Aroostook Republican & News on April 03, 2017, at 7:16 p.m.
In March 2015, the secession committee submitted a petition with more than 1,300 signatures to the town seeking to leave Caribou.
MAINE FOCUS
Sen. Angus King listens as Bucksport officials discuss the potential redevelopment of the former Verso Paper mill in Bucksport. King is proposing an initiative to get rural Maine communities to think about their futures.

King wants rural towns to compete for money to turn around their future

By Matthew Stone on April 03, 2017, at 7:06 p.m.
If current trends hold, Maine’s rural regions are destined for a future in which communities will continue to shrink, and some might cease to exist as municipalities.

Climate change skeptic group’s mailing campaign targets Maine teachers

By Nick McCrea on April 03, 2017, at 5:47 p.m.
A letter from the Heartland Institute said that the “science isn’t settled” and that there was an ongoing, “vibrant debate” among scientists.


This Suzuki, driven by Wilson Beaulieu of Madawaska, collided with an SUV driven by Douglas Hise of Caribou, Feb. 11, in St. David. March 30, Madawaska  formally charged Hise with OUI stemming from the accident.

Police charge Caribou man with OUI related to February wrong-way driving accidents

on April 03, 2017, at 5:45 p.m.

Maine wardens investigating fatal shooting of dog by coyote hunter

By Jen Lynds on April 03, 2017, at 2:13 p.m.
A yellow lab was shot during the last week of March by a coyote hunter.
A snow pile covers half the kiosk at the trailhead for Big Moose Mountain on Feb. 12, near Greenville.

Another spring storm to dump up to 8 inches of snow

By Nick McCrea on April 03, 2017, at 9:22 a.m.
Western and southern Maine could see between 5 and 8 inches of snow, with possible higher totals in the and around mountains.
Ben Dionne stacks seeds on the shelves at Paris Farmers Union in Lewiston, where he works part-time. He was hired due to the help of vocational rehabilitation.

Workers with disabilities could be the secret to saving Maine’s future

on April 03, 2017, at 6:26 a.m.
When comparing the rates of employment among people with and without disabilities, Maine sees the greatest disparity in employment in the nation.

41 years of stars: BDN All-Maine Schoolgirl Basketball teams, 1977 to 2017

on April 01, 2017, at 1 a.m.
41 years of stars: BDN All-Maine Schoolgirl Basketball teams, 1977 to 2017

BDN All-Maine Schoolgirl Basketball Team stats; honorable mention list

on April 01, 2017, at 1 a.m.
BDN All-Maine Schoolgirl Basketball Team stats; honorable mention list
Emily Wheaton (right) of Presque Isle, pictured during a game in 2017, is among 15 honorees on the BDN All-Maine Schoolgirl Basketball Team.

Esposito, Bouchard headline 41st BDN All-Maine Schoolgirl Basketball Team

By Larry Mahoney on April 01, 2017, at 1 a.m.
Emily Esposito has been chosen to the first team of the Bangor Daily News All-Maine Schoolgirl Basketball Team for the third consecutive season.
Caribou Police reported that a total of ten tree-length logs fell off a Northern Timber truck early Friday, March 31 morning. Maine State Police assisted in removing lost logs from the roadway, and Northern Timber Trucking of Fort Kent sent a crane to pick up fallen logs and adjust the load so their driver Samuel Warren, 19, of Phillips, could proceed on his route.

Truck loses 10 tree-length logs on way south on Route 161 into Caribou|

on March 31, 2017, at 3:15 p.m.
OFFUGO...

Aroostook Outdoor News: 3.31.17 edition

on March 31, 2017, at 1:18 p.m.