December 12, 2014 RSS feed / Maine

Michaud bows out after 3 decades in office confident he ‘made Maine a better place’

AUGUSTA   U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud capped a 32-year political career Thursday confident that he has “made Maine a better place” and content with the prospect of returning to a quiet life in the Katahdin region.  More...

Email discouraging decorations at UMaine causes uproar

ORONO   An email from a University of Maine supervisor, directing employees to refrain from displaying Christmas or other religious-themed decorations on campus, has sparked outrage on the campus and in the community.  More...

Out-of-staters shoulder turnpike tolls

PORTLAND (AP) — Maine Turnpike officials say nearly two-thirds of all the toll revenue collected on the highway this year is coming from motorists who don’t live the state.  More...

Dunlap cooking vintage recipe

BANGOR (AP) — Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap is heading to the kitchen to prepare a dish from a vintage Maine cookbook.  More...

‘Midtown’ project faces new resistance

PORTLAND ( AP) — A scaled back version of a 3.25- acre residential and commercial development in Portland is encountering new resistance from the city’s planning board.  More...

Maine among $3.8M Sirius XM settlement

PORTLAND ( AP) — Maine is among 44 states to announce that satellite radio company Sirius XM Radio Inc. of New York is agreeing to pay $3.8 million and provide restitution to customers.  More...

Student display on racial injustice OK’d

LEWISTON ( AP) — A Maine school superintendent is allowing students to display a poster protesting grand jury decisions not to indict two police officers who killed unarmed black men.  Lewiston Superintendent Bill Webster said Thursday he& More...

Ferry lists dangerously off of Rockland

NORTH HAVEN (AP) — A commercial ferry carrying two large trucks listed dangerously to one side after getting hit by a large wave off Rockland.  More...

LePage seeks to prevent dismantling of mill

AUGUSTA   Gov. Paul LePage’s administration said Wednesday that he’s concerned about the proposed sale of a Maine paper mill to a Canadian scrap metal recycler and is weighing state actions to ensure the mill remains intact.  More...

Lynx deaths reignite debate on trapping

PORTLAND   Animal welfare advocates are renewing their call for tighter trapping restrictions in Maine after two Canada lynx got caught in traps and died.  Lynx are considered a threatened species under the federal Endangered Species Act, a More...

Black sea bass fishery up for discussion

PORTLAND (AP) — A federal regulatory board is discussing parameters for next year’s recreational black sea bass fisheries in Maine and New Hampshire.  More...

Woman charged in double-fatal crash

BRIDGTON (AP) — A Gorham woman who was driving when her car crashed, killing her 16-year-old son and her boyfriend, has been ordered held on $20,000 bail on charges of manslaughter and operating under the influence of intoxicants.  Thirty- More...

Fire hits Sebago Lake Park headquarters

CASCO (AP) — A fire has destroyed the rangers’ headquarters at Sebago Lake Park.  WCSH-TV reports that the fire swept through the building Wednesday morning and there was little that could be done to save the structure. More...

National Grid joins proposal for 300-mile cable

PORTLAND   Utility giant National Grid is partnering with a company that specializes in underwater cable projects in an alliance seeking to build a 300-mile cable to bring Canadian hydropower and Maine wind power to Greater Boston to help meet t More...

Democrat wins Senate seat after panel findings

A Republican state senator said Tuesday she will resign after a special legislative panel found that some ballots cast for her had been double counted and that the Democrat had really won the tight Cumberland County race.  More...

Goose Rocks Beach access fight continues

PORTLAND (AP) — Maine’s highest court is giving the town of Kennebunkport a second chance to try to keep Goose Rocks Beach open to the public.  The Supreme Judicial Court in February ruled in favor of beachfront landowners before mak More...

Verso paper mill to be sold for scrap

BUCKSPORT (AP) — The 80-year-old Verso Paper Corp. More...

Heating oil prices drop another 6 cents

PORTLAND (AP) — The price of heating fuel continues to drop in Maine.  The governor’s energy office said Tuesday that the current statewide average cash price for heating oil is $2.93 per gallon, dropping another 6 cents this week. More...

DHHS seeks action on welfare drug testing

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine Department of Health and Human Services’ chief is urging the state’s top attorney to allow the state to move forward with drug testing for some welfare recipients.  More...

New trapping regs set after lynx deaths

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine wildlife officials have ordered new emergency trapping regulations after two Canadian lynx were killed in traps in recent weeks.  Lynx are considered a threatened species under the federal Endangered Species Act.  More...