Maine news

EAST MACHIAS, Maine - A conservation group in rural Maine is welcoming fish lovers to dine on smoked herring by a river while celebrating the spring migration.
Downeast Salmon Federation is setting up smokehouses near the East Machias River while thousands of river herring head upstream. The group says the herring provide important cover to young, rare migrating Atlantic salmon.

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The John T. Gorman Foundation says Maine should do a better job of helping at-risk teens complete the transition from adolescence to adulthood.

In a report released Tuesday, the foundation recommends creating a “comprehensive, coordinated, flexible and youth-centered continuing of care,” for teens at risk due to poverty, homelessness, or who have already done something to place them in the juvenile justice system.

An anonymous donor has paid off more than half of Westbrook’s student lunch debt.

Westbrook Superintendent Peter Lancia says that since the lunch debt got some attention in the press and on Facebook, he has received several donations from community members. But he says he was shocked to get a check Monday from an anonymous donor for $10,000.

BDN file photo of Gerald Winters
Bangor Daily News

The Great American Read, a limited eight-part series about 100 of the country’s best-loved novels, will premiere Tuesday night on PBS with a two-hour-long launch episode. The premiere, set for 8 pm, will feature a Bangor locale Stephen King fans and downtown denizens alike will definitely recognize.

In this March 8, 2016 photo released by the U.S. Navy, Joan Gardener, with the Naval Research Laboratory, scans the Arctic ice for a location to conduct research and collect data during Ice Exercise (ICEX) 2016.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Tyler N. Thompson / U.S. Navy

The University of New England has launched a new institute dedicated to study of the North Atlantic and the Arctic.

Officials announced Monday that the Institute for North Atlantic Studies of the University of New England will be based in Portland. The Portland Press Herald reports the first students for UNE North will be accepted this summer and classes will begin in summer 2019.

University of Maine experts discuss the relationship between humans and forests, including environmental attitudes and behaviors. We will also discuss how the forests have changed in the past few decades.

University of Maine Orono campus

Students enrolled in programs at the University of Maine System’s seven campuses will face an average financial increase of 2.3 percent next fall to cover the costs of tuition, fees and room and board.

The increases are tied to the annual rate of inflation, and nearly half of the fees will fund a 9.5 percent increase in student aid during the 2018-2019 academic year.

UMS board member and Republican gubernatorial candidate Shawn Moody voted against the increase, saying it was overly burdensome on students and their families.

What happens when you find yourself unable to work due to an injury, illness or other cause? We’ll learn about the various disability insurance options, as well as how to plan for emergencies and periods where you can’t earn a paycheck.

In this file photo made Dec 20, 2006, stars trails streak across the sky in a 75-minute time-exposure at Acadia National Park, Maine.
Robert F. Bukaty / AP Photo

Advocates in Maine are looking to make it known that the state contains the largest area free of light pollution in the eastern half of the United States in order to draw more tourism.

Former President George H.W. Bush waves to the crowd in Kennebunkport as he returns to Maine for the summer.
Evan Sisley / Office of George H.W. Bush

Former President George H.W. Bush is in Maine for the summer, and for the first time in 73 years, he’s without his wife by his side. The 93-year-old Bush arrived at his summer home in Kennebunkport on Sunday, a month after the funeral for his wife, former first lady Barbara Bush. A Bush spokesman says the nation’s 41st president was eager to get to Maine after enduring his wife’s death and then falling ill with a blood infection that landed him in the hospital.

Gubernatorial candidate Mary Mayhew speaks at the Republican Convention, Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Augusta, Maine
Robert F. Bukaty / AP Photo

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine politics might have a very different look today if a tight 1990 congressional race had ended differently. But then-U.S. Rep. Olympia Snowe kept her seat, and the manager of the near-miss Democratic campaign is now a prominent Republican.

Fewer than 5,000 votes separated Snowe, a moderate Republican, and Pat McGowan, an insurgent Democrat, in that 2nd Congressional District race nearly 28 years ago. His 25-year-old campaign manager, Mary Mayhew, has come a long way since then.

The Maine State Police bomb squad is working to clear a Skowhegan home after a man called for help while trying to disable a black-powder cannon by drilling holes in it.

Police were called Saturday night to the Summer Street home after the occupant told police he didn't feel safe and he was concerned about terrorists.

Maine's governor says he was hit by a car while bicycling in November in Florida and will need surgery.

Republican Gov. Paul LePage revealed the news about the accident Friday at Maine International Trade Day. He said he and his wife, Ann, were riding bicycles near their second home in Ormond Beach and a car knocked him off his bike. She wasn't hurt.

LePage said he kept the accident quiet. He brushed off questions afterward, including saying it was "none of your business."

Republican Gov. Paul LePage said some Maine taxpayers may have to amend their 2017 tax returns if state lawmakers fail to return to make changes to ensure the state's income tax code conforms with the federal tax overhaul.

LePage on Thursday blamed Democrats for not supporting a tax conformity bill that was left in limbo when the Legislature adjourned last month.

Improv in Maine: The Art of Spontaneous Performance

May 18, 2018

For decades, improv groups all over Maine have been pushing boundaries with their audiences and, of course, making people laugh. What’s the secret to a successful improv act? We go inside the world of improvisation, from how it’s used in corporate and educational settings to the history of improv in Maine and how improv can be an art form.