Jennifer Mitchell

News Producer

Jennifer Mitchell studied Music, English and Anthropology at Oberlin College and Conservatory in Ohio. She has worked as News Director for Peninsula Public Radio in Homer, Alaska, and served as news producer in Bangor for Maine Public Radio in 2004. Most recently, she spent four years working in South Africa as a producer, as well as classical music presenter in Cape Town.

Jennifer is a fan of open source computing, and music of all types, including old Victrola tunes, jazz, folk, world, goth and metal. When not on the air, she can be found researching 19th century social history. Her idea of a good time is several hours in a dank basement looking at old patent applications, newspaper archives, and original recipes for intriguing Victorian delights such as sheep's head soup and shadow potatoes.

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With each winter storm, municipalities must respond with plow-hours, salt and sand, and try not to run out of those resources before spring. So far, towns are reporting that they’re “mostly” on budget.

“We’re probably 25-30 percent expended on salt. And about 20 percent expended on overtime,” says Eric Dudley, director of engineering & public service for Westbrook.

Tom Porter / Maine Public/file

Homeless shelters around Maine are preparing for an influx of people needing a bed for the night as temperatures plummet to dangerous levels.

A Maine warden managed to escape his plane as it starting crashing through the ice on Eagle Lake Wednesday.

"He had been landing on the lake several times the last few days, but did have to deviate a little bit from wher he had been," says Maine Warden Service Cpl. John MacDonald.

MacDonald says Game Warden Pilot Jeff Spencer was monitoring bears when he encountered stronger than anticipated winds. Spencer was then obliged to set the 1979 Cessna 185 down.

A Winslow couple was arrested Wednesday morning on charges connected to the disappearance of pair of pitbulls in October.

The dogs in question were slated for court-ordered euthanasia after they had killed a smaller dog in injured its owner. When the time came to surrender the dogs, 28-year-old Danielle Jones allegedly told police she’d lost them while on a walk.

Police say they used a search warrant to obtain a pair of mobile phones which they say were related to the case.

Jennifer Mitchell / Maine Public

Picture the classic Victorian Christmas: a stately evergreen in the grandest room of the family home, with thick boughs reaching up to almost touch the ceiling. It’s a pretty vision, but these days the trend sees more consumers downsizing, even opting for tiny, potted trees that can be replanted.

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Speaking Sunday on the CBS's Face The Nation, Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins discussed the GOP tax bill, saying Republican leaders have assured her that changes she is seeking will be included in the bill as a committee hammers out a final version. 

She said she has no reason not to believe those promises. One of them is that Medicare won't be slashed to pay for the $1.4 trillion tax cut.

MILLINOCKET, Maine - The second official Millinocket Marathon & Half saw Robert Ashby, 49, of Brunswick finishing the full 26.2 miles first,  in 2:47.44. Not far behind him was the top female finisher, Sarah Mulcahy, 32, of Princeton, in 2:56.06.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine Attorney General Janet Mills is joining a multi-state friend of the court action to challenge President Trump's choice for head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The CFPB was created by Congress in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, as a watchdog agency to protect consumers from predatory financial and lending practices.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - The Maine Department of Education says it's received nearly two dozen proposals from 102 schools that want to launch new regional centers.

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About a dozen members of the faith community say they won’t be moved when Sen. Susan Collins’ Portland office closes Thursday evening.

Rev. Jim Gertmenian has been part of the sit-in action since 11 a.m.

“We’ve been told that we cannot stay, and some of us have said we cannot leave, and so at 5 o’clock there will be something of an impasse, and we’re not exactly sure how that will play out, but that’s where we are right now,” he says.

The New England Fishery Management Council is ready to send an amended herring management rule to the public for input.

In September, the council advanced the first major part of Draft Amendment 8, which would change the way the fish is managed. Part one has ten different options for setting and managing long-term catch limits.

Herring analyst Deirdre Boelke says part two, approved for advancement on Tuesday, attempts to address a debated concept known as “localized depletion.”

WASHINGTON, D.C - Maine Independent Sen. Angus King says he's "angry" and "disappointed" over the passage of the $1.4 trillion GOP tax overhaul bill.

As the Senate sat poised to vote on a GOP tax overhaul plan in Washington, religious leaders in Maine's traditionally conservative 2nd District convened an emergency press conference Thursday to deliver a message to Sen. Susan Collins:

"The proposed Republican tax plan is an oppressive statute, which turns aside the needy from justice and robs the poor of our people," said Church of Christ minister Sue Davies, paraphrasing a biblical verse.

Courtesy of Maine Green Independents

HOULTON, Maine - The Maliseet tribal representative to the Maine Legislature is running for U.S. Congress in Maine's large, rural, 2nd District. Henry John Bear has also left the Democratic party and become a member of the Green Independent Party.

Industry experts say more New Englanders will probably travel this holiday weekend than last.

"Weather is good, the economy remains solid, gas prices are relatively affordable," says Maine Turnpike Authority spokesperson Erin Courtney.

Courtney says while Wednesday is bringing some clouds and rain to the turnpike, there are no major impacts to travel expected.