January 3, 2018 RSS feed / Maine

Open-burn permits secured for free online may violate law

AUGUSTA The tens of thousands of Mainers relying on free online open burn permits are breaking the law, Maine Forest Service Director Doug Denico said Tuesday. More...

Snowstorm, high winds expected Thursday in Maine, NH

(AP) More than a week of extreme cold in northern New England is going to give way briefly, but the warming temperature is going to be accompanied by a howling snowstorm.  Justin Arnott of the National Weather Service says the snow will arrive T More...

Lewiston school closed after shooting threat made online

LEWISTON (AP) — A Maine high school will be closed for a day because a student threatened a shooting.  Lewiston High School will be closed Wednesday after school officials received a threat on social media Tuesday evening. More...

Fire chief: 45 percent of man’s body burned in fire

DIXFIELD (AP) — Officials say a western Maine man is in the hospital after a kitchen fire left him with burns over nearly half his body.  Firefighters say they were on the scene Tuesday night in Dixfield, and victim Richard Roberts had to More...

Landlord in fatal fire nears deadline to continue appeal

PORTLAND (AP) — A landlord convicted following a fatal Maine fire is appealing his case to the state’s highest court and has less than a week to file a brief.  More...

Maine holding an auction for the right to hunt moose

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine is auctioning off 10 of its coveted moose permits for next fall’s hunting season.  More...

State sees more severe flu cases, more hospitalizations

PORTLAND (AP) — While data show lower seasonal flu cases in Maine compared to other states, the strain that is circulating is more severe and leading to more hospitalizations.  The state Center for Disease Control and Prevention has report More...

Canadian company plans largest hemp operation in Maine

AMITY (AP) — A Canadian company has purchased 120 acres in Maine and plans to lease an additional 1,000 acres as part of an industrial hemp operation.  The Portland Press Herald reports Future Farm Technologies’ operation in Amity wi More...

Maine lawmakers face costs besides Medicaid expansion

AUGUSTA Maine lawmakers facing big budget items this year like voter-approved Medicaid expansion must also figure out the future of funding for a minimum security prison and care for individuals with intellectual disabilities. More...

Damariscotta store has uncertain future

Damariscotta (AP) — A Maine man says he hopes to keep his 96-year-old grocery store open with a possible sale to another local business, but its current status is in flux. More...

LePage issues declaration to continue heating oil deliveries

AUGUSTA ( AP) — Maine's governor has signed an emergency proclamation to allow heating oil delivery personnel to stay on the road longer during a spell of bitingly cold weather.  Republican Gov. More...

2017 was deadly for Maine motorists, pedestrians

PORTLAND   The year that’s drawn to a close was the deadliest on Maine roads in years — bad enough that the state will launch a public safety campaign in the new year.  More...

Police: 92-year-old woman dies in head-on collision in Oakland

OAKLAND ( AP) — Police say a 92- year-old woman was killed when a truck slid into the path of a vehicle in which she was riding in Oakland.  WABI-TV reports that Jeannette Vigue of Winslow died Saturday afternoon in the head-on collision.& More...

Maine’s minimum wage increases to $10 an hour

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine’s minimum wage increases to $10 an hour in the new year thanks to a law approved by voters in 2016.  The hourly wage will then increase again to $11 in 2019 and $12 in 2020. More...

Police: Maine man had 110 packets of drugs in intestines

CALAIS (AP) — Police say one of the five men charged after a drive-by shooting in eastern Maine had more than 100 doses of drugs in his intestines.  Police say 27-year-old Stephen Perkins of Baileyville was charged along with four men from More...

Those who want to run for Maine office can gather signatures

AUGUSTA (AP) — Mainers who want to run for office in 2018 can start gathering signatures.  Voters this year will elect one of Maine’s two U.S. More...

Maine lawmakers return to deal with big questions

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine lawmakers are returning to Augusta to tackle big questions on recreational marijuana sales and funding for voter-approved Medicaid expansion.  Wednesday marks the first day of the second session of the 128th Legislatur More...

New mayor to take office in Lewiston

LEWISTON (AP) — A new mayor is going to be taking the helm in Maine’s second largest city. On Tuesday, Lewiston Mayor-elect Shane Bouchard will be sworn in at City Hall along with a number of other local officials. More...

Maine to prohibit sale of invasive plants

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine will soon prohibit the sale of 33 invasive plants.  State officials say that the Maine landscape is being invaded by otherwise lovely plants like “Crimson King” Norway maple, burning bush and Japanese barbe More...

Mainers can again apply to grow industrial hemp

AUGUSTA (AP) — Mainers who want to grow industrial hemp can apply for the 2018 growing season.  The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry acknowledges that would-be hemp growers face barriers that make it tricky to gro More...