January 18, 2012 RSS feed / Maine

Vigil held in support of missing toddler

PORTLAND Community members and relatives of a toddler reported missing from her father’s Waterville home a month ago are trying to keep her disappearance from fading from public view. More...

Utility worker falls to his death in Saco

SACO (AP) — Police say a man working on a utility pole in Saco has fallen to his death. Sgt. Chris Handiman tells WCSH-TV that the man fell about 55 feet from a pole on Boom Road at about 4 p.m. on Monday. More...

Police investigate Vassalboro shooting

VASSALBORO ( AP) — Maine law enforcement authorities are investigating the shooting of a 22-year-old New York man inside a Vassalboro home. More...

L.L. Bean to donate to national park group

FREEPORT ( AP) — L. L. Bean is giving up to $1 million to the National Park Foundation with a goal of increasing family outdoor recreation and getting children to visit national parks. More...

Colby has biomass plant for heat, energy

WATERVILE (AP) — While temperatures dropped below zero in Maine, Colby College fired up a new biomass plant that will offset the need for oil by burning wood chips, bark and treetops. More...

Temperatures fall in northern New England

PORTLAND (AP) — Northern New Englanders awoke to bone-chilling temperatures Monday with the mercury falling to well below zero across much of the region. The National Weather Service said some of the cold spots in Maine at 6 a.m. More...

Chancellor finalists to visit campuses

BANGOR (AP) — The finalists for the top job over Maine’s seven universities are making campus visits this week. The University of Maine System last month announced the finalists to replace Chancellor Richard Pattenaude, who is retiring. More...

Baxter park begins taking reservations

MILLINOCKET ( AP) — Die-hard campers are showing up at Baxter State Park headquarters to get first dibs on reservations for the 2012 camping season. Today marks the first day campers can make reservations for the May 15 to Oct. More...

Board to approve table game program

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine’s Gambling Control Board is expected to give its approval to a new course at Eastern Maine Community College for table game dealers ahead of the arrival of black jack and poker games at two casinos. More...

Gray man faces sex crime against child

AUBURN (AP) — A worker at a Maine food pantry has been charged with having sexual contact with a child at his home. More...

Court date approaching for Occupy Maine

PORTLAND Occupy Maine demonstrators who say police got a chuckle over the theft of dozens of signs from their encampment hope to get some respect for their movement when they go before a judge next week. More...

Hospital starts review after skier’s death

FARMINGTON ( AP) — Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington has launched a review into an ambulance crew’s actions while transporting a man who died on the way to the hospital after a skiing accident at Sugarloaf resort. More...

Heating oil prices go up 2 cents a gallon

AUGUSTA (AP) — Heating oil prices are continuing to climb in Maine, going up an average of 2 cents a gallon in the past week. More...

Maine coalition touts renewable energy

AUGUSTA (AP) — A coalition that’s pushing for a referendum to mandate increased use of renewable energy in Maine says its initiative would reduce dependence on foreign oil, strengthen the economy and promote energy efficiency. More...

Plan for education improvements unveiled

AUGUSTA Public schools need more flexibility to try new methods and place more emphasis on real-life learning experiences, digital learning and independent study, a report released Tuesday by Maine Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen says. More...

Jewish Film Festival to celebrate 15th year

PORTLAND ( AP) — The Maine Jewish Film Festival has announced some of the highlighted films that will be showing this year. More...

Snowe to attend Facebook event

AUGUSTA ( AP) — Facebook is coming to Maine’s capital city to teach owners of small businesses how to increase their traffic and sales by using the social medium. More...

Vt., Maine, N.H. open snowmobile trails

CONCORD, N. H. ( AP) — Registered snowmobilers in New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine will be able to roam trails in all three states during the last weekend in January. More...

Toddler’s mother: I’ll take polygraph

PORTLAND ( AP) — The mother of a Maine toddler who went missing before Christmas says she’s arranging with investigators for her and others in her family to take polygraph tests regarding the disappearance. More...

Arrest made in Caribou burglaries

CARIBOU ( AP) — Police say they have solved a string of home burglaries that have plagued Caribou for several months. Police Chief Mike Gahagan says 22-year-old Cody Rogers was arrested last week by local and state police. More...