PORTLAND, Maine — Police say they’ve arrested a man dressed as a tree in Portland for blocking traffic.

The man did not respond to officers when they warned him against obstructing traffic in a busy intersection in the city’s downtown.

WCSH-TV posted video of the man being arrested after he blocked traffic again.

A friend of the man says he was attempting to study the city’s traffic patterns.

The man appeared to be dressed as a pine tree or other type of evergreen.

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine's Sunday River resort will be without one of its ski lifts this winter.

The Spruce Peak Triple failed - and ultimately fell down - this summer. The resort investigated and found that the lift needed to be replaced. But the resort's communications director, Darcy Lambert, says it didn't make sense to do it right now. She says construction would mean closing a lot of otherwise open terrain during the resort's busiest season.

BANGOR, Maine - Democratic 2nd Congressional District candidate Emily Cain said today that Republican Rep. Bruce Poliquin let firefighters down when he refused to co-sponsor a healthcare bill for 9/11 first responders.

Poliquin says that he voted for the legislation last December.  But during a Bangor press event, John Martell, president of the Professional Firefighters of Maine and a Cain supporter, said that doesn't matter.

LEWISTON, Maine - To reduce sleep-related infant deaths, babies should sleep in the same room as their parents, but on a separate surface, according to updated guidelines by the American Academy of Pediatrics. 

The AAP says sleeping in a parents' room is advised for the first 6 to 12 months, but babies should be placed on their backs in a crib or bassinet with no pillows, blankets, or soft toys.

About 3,500 babies across the U.S. die each year from sleep-related deaths. 

Interstate fishing regulators who want to get a firmer handle on how many horseshoe crabs die as part of their harvest for biomedical use are meeting this week to discuss the issue.

The crabs are harvested for their blue blood, which is used to make sure medical products aren't contaminated. Their blood contains a chemical that can be used to detect bacteria.

PORTLAND, Maine - Several municipalities across Maine have moved to enact moratoriums on marijuana social clubs and retailers in anticipation of the passage of referendum Question 1 on the November ballot.

The Portland Press Herald reports that the ballot measure would legalize the recreational use of marijuana for adults over the age of 21 if it's ultimately approved.

LEWISTON, Ma - Officials say Donald Trump Jr. will be in Maine to campaign for his father at events in Lewiston, Auburn and Gray in the near future.

Trump Jr., the executive vice president of The Trump Organization, is the oldest child of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

Attempts made by the Portland Press Herald to confirm details of the events and the exact timing of Trump Jr.'s visit to Maine were unsuccessful.

The candidate has visited the state four times during his campaign, the latest of which was a rally held in Bangor on Oct. 15.

PORTLAND, Maine - Several southern Maine water utilities now have plans for how they might share water resources in the future.

Norm Labbe, of the Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Wells Water district, says the plan isn't a direct response to the recent drought.

ELLSWORTH, Maine - Schools in Ellsworth are closed while police search for a suspect in a nearby shooting.

Police said officers responded to a report of a person shooting at a vehicle with several people inside. No one was hurt but the rear window was shattered.

Police were searching Monday for 41-year-old Aaron Wagner of Ellsworth, who's facing charges of reckless conduct with a firearm and aggravated criminal mischief.

By Wayne Parry, The Associated Press
FAIR HAVEN, N.J. - Some specially trained dogs are helping humans curb themselves.

A company that has trained dogs to recognize the smell of human fecal bacteria has been sniffing out sources of water pollution nationwide. The dogs have discovered broken sewer pipes, leaking septic tanks and illegal sewage discharges.

The dogs give an instant yes-or-no indication as to whether a particular location is contaminated with human fecal bacteria. That's much faster than lab testing.

NEWRY, Maine — Sunday River will be without one of its ski lifts this winter.

The ski resort has notified season pass holders that the Spruce Peak Triple that failed over the summer won’t be replaced in time for the upcoming season.

An investigation cited grout failure for allowing the foundation of the top terminal to separate from the mountaintop, causing the structure to topple over. No one was hurt because it happened during the summer when the lift was not in operation.

ORONO, Maine — A University of Maine professor has died while conducting research in Antarctica.

The university says 50-year-old Gordon Hamilton died Saturday when the snowmobile he was riding hit a crevasse and he fell 100 feet. He had been in Antarctica doing research for the National Science Foundation. His work focused on the role of ice and glaciers in the climate system.

BOSTON — Yankee magazine and Boston’s public television station are teaming up to launch a new travel and lifestyles show exploring New England.

"Weekends With Yankee" is set to premiere nationwide on public television stations in April 2017.

The magazine and WGBH say filming will get underway later this month on 13 weekly half-hour episodes.

ORONO, Maine-  Enrollment is now open for farmers to sign up for a federally subsidized, pilot drought insurance program designed to protect hay and other forage crops.

Irwin Gratz / Maine Public

BRUNSWICK, Maine-  A number of visitors,  and one Downeaster passenger train, were able to escape Saturday's downpour by ducking into a new rail facility set to go online next month.