December 29, 2017 RSS feed / Maine

Largest power outage in Maine history is top story of 2017

PORTLAND   A storm packing hurricane force gusts roared into Maine, stunning residents and emergency officials by leaving more people in the dark than the infamous ice storm of 1998.  More...

Down East shooting leads to charges against 5 men

CALAIS (AP) — Police have charged five people with attempted murder after a shooting in Calais.  Calais Police Chief David Randall says a man reported that two people shot at him Wednesday night near the Calais Motor Inn. More...

Police believe they’ve found body of missing woman

PORTLAND (AP) — Police say the state medical examiner’s office is trying to determine the cause of death after finding a body believed to be that of a missing woman from Baldwin. More...

Medicare penalizes 4 Maine hospitals for poor patient safety

YORK (AP) — Four Maine hospitals are being penalized by Medicare for ranking among the bottom 25 percent of U.S. More...

Botanical garden sues town

BOOTHBAY   Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens garden has filed a lawsuit against Boothbay, alleging its rights to due process were violated when the town revoked a permit over a $30 million expansion.  More...

Meth production seems to drop after rising arrests

BANGOR (AP) — Maine drug enforcement officials say the state saw fewer than half as many reports of meth production this year as last year's record high.  More...

Saco police warn residents of donation scam

SACO (AP) — Police in Maine are warning residents about a fundraising phone scam.  The Portland Press Herald reports callers are posing as members of the Saco Police Department and the Maine Association of Police to collect donations to he More...

Letters describe Ted Williams’ service in Korean War

BIDDEFORD   Thirty-eight letters penned by Hall of Fame baseball player Ted Williams, including one in which he described crash-landing a fighter jet with “holes all over” it, are going up for auction.  More...

Sentencing set for man charged in Bangor shooting

BANGOR (AP) — One of two New York men charged in a shooting that left one person dead and another wounded in Bangor, Maine, is facing sentencing.  Police say 38-year-old Robert Kennedy was killed and another man wounded on Nov. 27, 2015. More...

Medicare repeatedly penalizes hospital

LEWISTON (AP) — A Maine hospital is being penalized for the second year in a row for high rates of infection and patient injuries.  The Sun Journal reports the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services again named Central Maine Medical More...

Fireball lights up social media, evening sky in New England

(AP) A fireball that lit up the evening sky is lighting up social media.  The bright streak Tuesday evening was seen in parts of New England, including southern Maine and New Hampshire.  The Mount Agamenticus Conservation Program webcam on More...

Revenue forecasters say there are signs of lower growth

AUGUSTA (AP) — Economic forecasters say there are early signs that rates of growth in Maine’s economy this year have proved somewhat lower than in 2016.  The revenue forecasting committee said despite this, gasoline and heating oil p More...

City sends resolve to Congress over park maintenance backlog

ELLSWORTH (AP) — Officials in a Maine city are asking the federal government to solve the National Park System’s $11.33 billion maintenance backlog.  The Bangor Daily News reports the Ellsworth City Council approved issuing a resolve More...

Nova Scotia ferry could return with terminal upgrades

PORTLAND (AP) — The ferry service between Maine and Nova Scotia may return if Portland finds $2 million to upgrade its ferry terminal.  Service from the Ocean Gateway terminal looked like it was ending last month after U.S. More...

Maine looking for public input on energy plan

AUGUSTA (AP) — The Governor’s Energy Office is asking Main residents for input in developing a roadmap for energy planning.  The office is working with the Environmental & Energy Technology Council of Maine to hold forums Dec. More...

Maine looking for public input on energy plan

AUGUSTA (AP) — The Governor’s Energy Office is asking Main residents for input in developing a roadmap for energy planning.  The office is working with the Environmental & Energy Technology Council of Maine to hold forums Dec. More...

Campaign against Portland rent control cost $21 per vote

PORTLAND (AP) — A campaign that successfully opposed a measure in Portland, Maine, to restrict rent increases cost about $21 for each vote.  The Portland Press Herald reports Say No To Rent Control spent over $285,000 on an initiative to r More...

Fishermen fear forests of power turbines

Winds of worry

NEW BEDFORD, Mass.   East Coast fishermen are turning a wary eye toward an emerging upstart: the offshore wind industry.  More...

Maine construction firm Cianbro to hire 300 in new year

PITTSFIELD (AP) — Maine-based construction company Cianbro Corp. More...

Police: Maine man shot Tuesday at home dies of his wounds

MILLINOCKET (AP) — Police say a Millinocket man shot in his home earlier this week has died from his wounds.  The death of 59-year-old Wayne Lapierre, is now being investigated as a homicide.  Maine State Police say Lapierre died at More...