Maine news

Nearing the end of a three-year tenure marked by disputes with Portland’s mayor, City Manager Jon Jennings is ready to sign on for another three years.

Jennings came to City Hall after stints in government and sports, from the Clinton White House to the Boston Celtics’ front office. He has made headlines in Maine’s largest city with a move to close a local health clinic and opposition to bonding for some school repair efforts.

Learning to Advocate Starts in the Classroom

6 hours ago

Sitting down with my dad, I put on a pleading face and told him my dire situation. “It’s nearly the end of the school year and my grades are slipping! I just took my last test and I’m afraid it won’t help my average. What do I do?” 

My dad set down his soda with a sigh and looked me straight in the face. “Listen, the end of the year is a stressful time for teachers. Just approach them respectfully, and be the first one to offer help. It’ll pay off.” What he said resonated with me as a key way to advocate for myself, and anything I was passionate about. 

Too often when advocates who seek something from a person holding a position of power, like with me talking to my teacher, we lay out their case and hope for the best instead of getting involved in the process. Many times these will be people the advocates don’t even know. Asking for something without forming a relationship with that person is one of the most ineffective ways to advocate. Personalizing, and presenting yourself as a relatable, emotion-feeling, average person, will go leaps and bounds in your favor. 

I had a moment to do an interview with state Senator Amy Volk, and ask her what the most common way people try to sway her opinion is. 

Motorists looking to travel across the new Sarah Mildred Long Bridge - which will carry the U.S. Route 1 bypass between Kittery, Maine, and Portsmouth, New Hampshire, will have to wait a little longer. 

State Transportation officials says the span is scheduled to be opened to traffic by year's end.  And Maine Department of Transportation spokesman Ted Talbot says the opening ceremony, which had been scheduled for Dec. 1,  has been pushed back until spring.  

Tom Porter / Maine Public/file

ELLSWORTH, Maine - Interstate fishing regulators are holding a series of hearings on the East Coast about a plan to improve data collection in the lobster fishery.
The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission is holding the hearings in January. The commission says it wants to improve harvest reporting and biological data collection to better inform fishing regulations.
The hearings and potential rule changes also apply to the Jonah crab fishery. Changes could include use of new reporting technology.

PORTLAND, Maine - Central Maine Power President and CEO Sara Burns is stepping down at the end of the year.
The utility's parent company, Avangrid Inc., announced Thursday that Burns is retiring after leading the company for nearly 20 years, starting as president in 1998 and CEO in 2005.
She will join the Avangrid Networks Board of Directors in January.
Bob Kump, CEO of Avangrid Networks Inc., praised Burns as "a civic leader in Maine and a respected professional throughout the energy industry.''

6th Annual "Made in Maine" Maine Calling Gift Guide

14 hours ago

The return of one of our most popular programs.  Learn about the awesome gifts made right here in Maine that you might want to consider giving – or receiving – this holiday season.

Guests:  Alex Steed, partner, producer and wrangler with Knack Factory, a creative and commercial content company

Mary Alice Scott, Executive Director, Portland Buy Local

Mary Bokor, jewelry maker, artist, coach and entrepreneur

Bangor’s John Bapst Memorial High School has launched a $7.5 million capital campaign to construct a new gym, fitness center, dining hall and innovation center. School officials also plan to add $1 million from the campaign to the school’s $1.3 million endowment fund.

Dr. Adrienne Carmack, a board member at the 90-year-old former Catholic high school, said the investment will yield benefits that extend far beyond the school itself.

A Lincoln man has been charged with arson in connection with fires Wednesday that destroyed a scale shed and a vacant storage warehouse at the former Lincoln paper mill.

State safety department officials say David Parson, 59, a former mill employee, has been charged with three counts of arson. The third fire at the mill's wastewater facility, went out by itself, officials say.
Parson was arrested around noon on Thursday at the Lincoln police station, where he was being questioned by fire investigators.

Fire At Lincoln Mill Fuels Concerns About Asbestos, Other Toxins

Nov 16, 2017
Nick Sambides Jr. / Bangor Daily News/file

Firefighters who fought a massive blaze Wednesday at the former Lincoln paper mill await a specialist’s review to determine the hazards posed by the site’s heavy asbestos contamination.

The protective gear worn by firefighters from as many as 11 agencies might need replacement after the fire destroyed a scale shed and a 300-foot-long warehouse on Wednesday, according to Dan Summers, Lincoln’s public safety director.

Steve Mistler / Maine Public/file

The aftermath of last month's windstorm, which cut power to half a million Mainers, continues as teams from the Maine Emergency Management Agency - or MEMA - begin to investigate the extent of damage to public areas.

Seven teams from MEMA, along with federal and county investigators, are assessing storm damage in 14 counties. MEMA spokesperson Susan Faloon was on the road with one of the teams Thursday. She says some residential areas now look like "lumber yards."

GRAY, Maine - The National Weather Service says a mix of rain and snow is in store for parts of Maine and New Hampshire.
A band of mainly light snow or a rain and snow mix is expected to move across central and northern New Hampshire, and southwestern Maine on Thursday morning. That could make for some slippery roads.
Beyond that, moderate to heavy rain is possible for southeast New Hampshire and coastal Maine through Thursday night, with some snow for a brief time in central Maine.

PORTLAND, Maine - Portland is ready to continue its annual tradition of using a tree donated by a local resident for its downtown Christmas display.
The city scoured the Portland area for the best tree, and found it outside the home of Janice Laflamme, of Westbrook. Laflamme has donated a 40-foot-tall fir tree that will serve as the centerpiece of the Monument Square display.
City officials say the tree will be installed around 10:30 a.m. Thursday. It's scheduled to be cut down a couple hours earlier in Westbrook. The tree will be lit on Nov. 24 at 5 p.m.

LEWISTON, Maine - Police in Maine say a community recreation center has been vandalized, resulting in thousands of dollars in damage.
Authorities say vandals broke into the Lewiston Armory and Recreation Center Tuesday night. Police believe the suspects entered the building through a bathroom window. Investigators say they broke a vending machine, spray painted the walls of the center and sprayed fire extinguishers on the floor.
Sgt. Jim Theis says the damage could total over $2,000.

PORTLAND, Maine - A body found this week in the Maine city of Portland has been identified as a man reported missing.
Portland police said Wednesday that a medical examiner had confirmed the remains found were those of 57-year-old Edward Blumenthal of Portland. The body was found Tuesday near the Fore River by a utility worker.
Blumenthal had been reported missing in September.
Police continue to investigate the circumstances of his death.


Nov 16, 2017

Nationally, one in seven children between the ages of 10 and 18 will run away from home. We’ll learn about programs in Maine to help runaway children.

Guests: Chris Bicknell, Executive Director, New Beginnings

Kera Pingree, Youth and Community Engagement/Muskie School/USM

Gayle Erdheim, Truancy, Dropouts, Homeless, and Alternative Education Coordinator, Maine Department of Education