January 28, 2015 RSS feed / Maine

Hiring of Lincoln parks and rec. director shines light on nepotism in small towns

LINCOLN   Jeremy Weatherbee is the town’s new cemeteries, parks and recreation department director. Citizens with questions or concerns about that would need to talk with his father, Town Manager Ron Weatherbee.  More...

USM announces 3 finalists for president

PORTLAND (AP) — University of Southern Maine officials have narrowed it down to three finalists in their search for a new president.  The finalists announced Tuesday are Glenn Cummings, Harvey Kesselman and Jose Sartarelli.  Cummings More...

Job bank registration required for benefits

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine labor officials are giving more than 2,200 people until next week to join the Maine Job Bank in order to continue getting unemployment benefits.  More...

Two dead in apparent murder-suicide

FRYEBURG ( AP) — Police are investigating an apparent murder-suicide in the western Maine town of Fryeburg.  Police say 52- year- old Mark Buzzell shot and killed his 52-year-old wife Jody Buzzell in their Fryeburg home on Monday afternoon More...

Crews from several towns respond to fire

WHITEFIELD ( AP) — Firefighters from five towns attacked a fire at a Whitefield home.  An emergency dispatcher for the Lincoln County Sheriff ’s Office says the blaze was reported at about 4:30 p.m. More...

UM system chancellor lays out plan to create ‘mission-differentiated’ campuses

BANGOR   The University of Maine System won’t do anything as dramatic as shutting down a campus to make itself fiscally sound, but it will change the focus of those institutions and force cooperation.  More...

Surprise inspections show some County businesses selling alcohol to minors

FORT KENT   Seven of 32 central Aroostook businesses checked over the weekend by the Aroostook County Sheriff ’s Office failed a compliance inspection on the law preventing the sale of liquor to minors.  More...

Company seeks to convert Portland street into one massive summer waterslide

PORTLAND   A Utah company is hoping to cordon off a Portland street to set up a 1,000-footlong water slide this coming summer.  It’s something to look forward to as Maine gets hit with blizzard conditions.  More...

Maine looking to license elver exporters

PORTLAND (AP) — Maine fisheries regulators say the state should license elver exporters as part of the state’s effort to tighten oversight of the fishery.  More...

Gas prices fall more than 4 cents

PORTLAND (AP) — The average price of gasoline in Maine has fallen 4.3 cents a gallon in the last week.  Website GasBuddy.com reports the average price was $2.11 per gallon, according to a daily survey of 1,228 Maine outlets. More...

Smelt catch slightly better than 2014

PITTSTON (AP) — Maine’s smelt fishery appears to be bouncing back somewhat from a poor 2014, but experts say the future looks grim.  The Kennebec Journal reports that after 600 measured hours of fishing on the Kennebec River this yea More...

Election scheduled after lawmaker resigns

AUGUSTA (AP) — A special election will take place in March to fill a House seat left vacant after a Democrat resigned.  Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap said Friday that the special election for the District 93 seat will take place on Mar More...

Plan would reduce GI dependent tuition

BANGOR (AP) — The University of Maine System is considering a proposal to reduce tuition for military veterans’ dependents living outside the state.  The system would offer instate tuition to all veterans’ dependents who qualif More...

Portland mayor wants cafeterias to serve more local fish, boost demand for commercial fishing

PORTLAND   Portland Mayor Michael Brennan wants students, hospital patients and jail inmates to eat more fish — particularly, locally caught fish.  More...

Program prepares adults for college

AUGUSTA (AP) — A program that aims to prepare Maine adults for college is growing.  More...

Dems name new executive director

AUGUSTA (AP) — The Maine Democratic State Committee has named Jeremy Kennedy the new executive director of the Maine Democratic Party and elected former Maine Senate Majority Leader Troy Jackson to the Democratic National Committee.  State More...

City asks residents for plans for 1920s school

PORTLAND (AP) — Maine's largest city wants residents to come up with a plan for what to do with a shuttered 1920s school building it owns.  More...

Feds to host active shooter training

FORT FAIRFIELD (AP) — The U.S. More...

Maine getting its first 24/7 pharmacy

PORTLAND (AP) — Maine is getting its first 24- hour pharmacy.  Maine Medical Center in Portland is scheduled to open the state's first roundthe clock pharmacy today.  It will allow patients to fill their prescriptions before being dis More...

Augusta convenience store robbed

AUGUSTA (AP) — Augusta police are looking for the man who appeared to have a gun when he robbed a city convenience store.  Police say the suspect entered the Quick Mart on Western Avenue at about 8:30 p.m. More...