Maine news

COLUMBIA FALLS, Maine - Down East Maine's annual celebration of fried smelts and migrating fish is scheduled for April 21 in Columbia Falls.
The 18th Annual Smelt Fry & World Fish Migration Day Celebration will take over the tiny community that day. The event began as a community potluck and has grown into a regional event that attracts hundreds of people.

Caitlin Troutman / Maine Public

At a candlelight vigil in Stockton Springs Sunday night, hundreds of people came to honor Marissa Kennedy.  The 10-year-old was found dead in her home last week from injuries she sustained from months of abuse.

Live from the Mt. Washington Weather Discovery Center in North Conway:

We travel to the Mt. Washington Weather Discovery Center to discuss the natural systems that create New England’s weather and climate.  We’ll learn about the research and innovative science education programs that take place each day at the Mount Washington observatory--and what it’s like to endure some of the most extreme weather on Earth. This show will tie in with a new short video shot, produced and edited by Brian Bechard.

Guests:  Sharon Schilling, President of the Mt. Washington Observatory

Tom Padham, Meteorologist, Education Specialist at the Mt. Washington Observatory and Night Observer

Eric Kelsey, Director of Research, Mt. Washington Observatory

The boyfriend of the owner of two dogs who disappeared after the state Supreme Judicial Court upheld an order to have them euthanized, was in court today. Brandon Ross pleaded not guilty to a charge of failing to comply with a court order.

Shortly after the court upheld the order, their owner, Danielle Jones, took them out of the shelter where they were being held, and didn't bring them back. She said they'd slipped their leashes and run into the woods.

Legislative Update

Mar 5, 2018


A top Republican and top Democratic lawmaker join us to share the latest news from Augusta.  

Guests:  Sen. Amy Volk, R-Scarborough, Assistant Senate Majority Leader

Sen. Nate Libby, D-Lewiston, Assistant Senate Minority Leader

Patty Wight / Maine Public

A recent report from the Maine Children's Ombudsman found that the Department of Health and Human Services failed to follow proper assessment policy in multiple child welfare cases, including children in their parents' care.

Body in Trunk of Car Identified

Mar 4, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Maine (AP) - Police say the body of a Maine woman was found in the trunk of her car after it was towed from a Walmart parking lot in Palmyra.

PITTSFIELD, Maine - The Maine State Police Major Crimes Unit was on scene Friday afternoon at a car dealership in Pittsfield, after employees there reported that they had found a body upon opening the trunk of a Chevy Malibu.

A 22-year-old Bangor man involved in an early morning altercation outside a Bangor nightclub remains missing after he fell into the Kenduskeag Stream while attempting to elude police.

Bangor Police Sgt. Wade Betters said Peter Manual took off running from a Harlow Street parking lot before officers could interview him and crossed the Kenduskeag Stream shortly after 1 a.m.

Betters said investigating officers were assisted by the Bangor Fire Department who attempted to convince Manual to grab a rescue rope as he sat on a cake of ice in the water.

Longtime peace activist Sally Breen has died.

Born in Texas, Breen moved to Windham in 1987. By then, she told Maine Public in 2005, that she had been a peace activist for 20 years.

As recently as last year, Breen was writing letters to the editor drawing attention to the dangers posed by climate change and nuclear weapons.

Breen died of cancer on Valentine's Day. She was 82 years old.

Sandra Gilley / Maine Public

As the strong nor'easter storm moves in and causes problems in southern Maine, Maine's power companies say they've prepared for the storm, which is expected to bring high winds to the state over the next day.

In an email, Central Maine Power (CMP) spokeswoman Gail Rice says it has brought in about 100 additional crews from contractors in New Brunswick and Maine. She says so far crews have been able to deal with the issues that have come up.

Don't Sacrifice Creativity, Learning, for Grades

Mar 2, 2018

High school; the golden years, the time of our lives, the glory days. These all describe high school as the best years of our lives. For 6 hours a day, 5 days a week, we inhabit school buildings and attempt to follow the curriculum of math, science, English and history all while attempting to learn things more important to our growing selves.

Endless nights are spent with noses buried in books just trying to reach Friday night, when a football or basketball game will be spent with friends as a stress reliever. However, is this cycle of stress and relief of memorizing and tests during the week minimizing creativity and life during the weekends? Is the want for perfection a self-given goal or is it the pressure of our parents and teachers that drives us? What does high school really teach our youth?

Thursday evening the RSU 13 school board in Rockland voted on whether to authorize the superintendent to negotiate a School Resource Officer position or SRO, a police officer who patrols and works inside schools. The school board decided it wasn't yet ready to vote on the issue, and instead has referred the question for further discussion at an upcoming work session.

Movies: Oscar Preview

Mar 2, 2018

Which film will win best picture? Which actress or actor will make the best acceptance speech? We’ll preview the Academy Awards and get listener feedback on movies worth watching.

Guests:  Mary Pols, features writer for the Portland Press Herald; former film critic for Time.

Sam Mercer, general manager for Nickelodeon Cinemas in Portland

Nor'easter Slams East Coast With Heavy Rain, Strong Winds

Mar 2, 2018

BOSTON - A major Nor'easter is starting to slam the East Coast with heavy rain, intermittent snow and strong winds.
Gusts exceeding 50 mph are expected as the storm moves up the Eastern seaboard on Friday.  

In Maine, a coastal flood warning is in effect from 9:00 a.m. Friday to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, along with a wind advisory from 9:00 a.m. to midnight.