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.
In places like northern Maine, public schools are often the only real choice for most families.

In places like East Millinocket, school choice could mean no choice — or school

By Jose A. DelReal and Emma Brown, Washington Post on Feb. 11, 2017, at 2:13 p.m.
In places like northern Maine, public schools are often the only real choice for most families.
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.
East Millinocket leaders hope that the razing of one of four buildings at the former Main Street paper mill site would not scare off a developer interested in purchasing the property.

Demolition begins at East Millinocket mill site, despite town concerns

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Feb. 07, 2017, at 1:06 p.m.
“They are a wrecking ball company, and I don’t want that place wrecked.”
Superintendent of Schools Michael Wright, seen here at a SAD 31 school board meeting at Penobscot Valley High School in March 2016, opted to cancel school on Monday due to what he described as “comments made on social media.”

Social media comments cause school cancellation in Howland

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Feb. 06, 2017, at 5:42 p.m.
“School was closed today in SAD 31 due to comments made on social media that came to our attention over the weekend.”
The former Bangor YMCA building at 127 Hammond St. as seen in May 2013 when it was purchased by William Buxton.

Commissioners to consider taking old Bangor YMCA through eminent domain

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 06, 2017, at 3:25 p.m.
The Penobscot County Commissioners on Tuesday will discuss acquiring by eminent domain the former YMCA, according to Chairman Peter Baldacci of Bangor.
A sign for winter visitors at Baxter State Park.

Skier dies in Baxter State Park after getting separated from group

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Feb. 06, 2017, at 12:33 p.m.
He was 56, officials said.
The Bangor High School Debate Team repeated as State Champions on Saturday, January 28 at Brunswick High School.

BHS wins State Championship in Debate

on Feb. 02, 2017, at 12:50 p.m.

Health Equity Alliance to host Bangor Pride 2017

on Feb. 02, 2017, at 12:34 p.m.
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Steve Sherman, first assessor of Oxbow Plantation, hangs the American flag outside the community center, where residents came Nov. 8, 2016, to vote in favor of dissolving their local government.

Maine’s efforts to help rural towns didn’t work. Here’s what it can learn from Vermont

By Corlyn Voorhees on Feb. 02, 2017, at 11:56 a.m.
“We don’t come in with our own agenda. It’s about helping communities become collective teams for action.”

PCCA 6th Annual Children’s Family Ice Fishing Day

By Shannon Richard on Feb. 02, 2017, at 8:48 a.m.
A New York-based philanthropic organization hopes to build an outdoor education facility in Soldiertown Township in the area highlighted on this map.

Philanthropist seeks to build $5M outdoor recreation facility near Baxter, national monument

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Jan. 30, 2017, at 12:43 p.m.
If permitted by the DEP, Maine Waterside Trails will be built on the East Branch of the Penobscot River off Route 11.
A Narcan nasal spray can be seen in Bangor in this May 2016 file photo.

500 lifesaving Narcan kits being offered free in Bangor area

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Jan. 26, 2017, at 4:27 p.m.
Four local medical centers will distribute free prescription Narcan for people at risk of overdosing on opioids next month in 500 life-saving kits that were funded by private donations, officials said Thursday.
Sliding footsteps in the build up of slush on downtown Bangor sidewalks Tuesday morning. A storm that is expected to last all day and into early Wednesday, laying ice, sleet or snow depending on region, has closed judicial centers, city halls, schools and businesses all around the state.

Storm encases Maine in ice, sleet and snow

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 24, 2017, at 10:11 a.m.
Nearly an inch of ice will create hazardous travelling conditions, especially for those out on foot.
Snow blankets Pine Street in Bangor in this December 2016 file photo.

Cancellations coming in as icy storm approaches Maine

By Dawn Gagnon on Jan. 23, 2017, at 6:56 p.m.
National Weather Service forecasters said Monday that the storm will arrive in southern reaches of the state late Monday night, mostly in the form of snow.

Body recovered from Penobscot River in Bucksport

By Dawn Gagnon on Jan. 21, 2017, at 3:34 p.m.
The state medical examiner is working to identify a male body recovered from the river on Saturday.
Sarah Frankie Sigman of New York partially hides her face while watching President Donald Trump give a speech during a screening of his inauguration on Friday at Bates College in Lewiston.

What Mainers think of President Donald Trump

By BDN Staff Reports on Jan. 20, 2017, at 4:54 p.m.
Maine is as politically divided as it has been any time in recent political history, particularly between the liberal southern areas and the more conservative north.
Keith Coleman (center), 29, makes a statement alongside defense attorney's Logan Perkin (left) and Martha Harris during his sentencing hearing on Thursday at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor. Coleman was convicted of murdering his girlfriend and her two children.

Man who killed girlfriend, 2 children to spend life in prison

By Judy Harrison on Jan. 19, 2017, at 4:02 p.m.
The man convicted of murdering his girlfriend and her young son and daughter was sentenced Thursday to life in prison.
Media, wood yard workers, and federal and state officials gather to discuss how $1 million in federal grants will help the state's $8.5 billion forest products industry determine its future during a press conference on Wednesday at the American Forest Management wood yard in Passadumkeag.

Researchers, $1M in grants to help Maine recover from ‘natural disaster’ of mill closures

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Jan. 18, 2017, at 3:59 p.m.
The Oak Ridge National Laboratory will help researchers at the University of Maine tackle the future of bio-based materials, including nanocellular technology, biofuels and additive manufacturing.