Maine news

After responding to two heat-related emergencies this week, the Maine Warden Service is urging hikers to be prepared before setting out on Maine's rigorous Appalachian Trail.

Maine Warden Corporal John MacDonald says the service received a call Thursday from a 21-year-old woman hiking southbound and complaining of nausea. She received medical treatment at the scene and was then transported to a hospital in Greenville.

Tuesday a 67-year-old man was assisted off the trail with heat exhaustion and brought to a hospital for evaluation.

City officials, including the mayor of Portland, faced a hostile crowd of residents who oppose a plan to build a new emergency homeless shelter.

The city meeting Thursday was meant to address concerns about a city plan to build a $10 million, 200-bed emergency shelter at a city-run nursing home. The Portland Press Herald reports residents attending the meeting were concerned about issues at the Oxford Street Shelter, which is in a converted apartment building and is over capacity, coming to their neighborhood.

Summer Reads: Book Recommendations For The Season

Jul 6, 2018

This is a rebroadcast of an earlier show (original air date June 1st); no calls will be taken.  

One of our most popular programs — what to read this summer! Our all-star cast will share the books they’ve read recently and are looking forward to reading. This summer also sees PBS' "Great American Read," an eight-part series that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels, as chosen in a national survey.

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Over the course of the past school year, we've followed the implementation of Maine’s proficiency-based diploma law through the lens of students and staffers at Oak Hill High School, near Lewiston. 

The Maine Girls' Academy has announced that it will shut its doors later in July.

The Portland-based school, which is the only all-girls private school in the state, announced the decision Thursday on its website.

The academy's board chair, Heidi Osborn, says the decision ultimately came down to declining enrollment and revenue. She says only 91 girls were enrolled at the school last year.

"We just ran out of runway to turn it into a successful and sustainable school."

Maine Republicans are decrying an effort by some Democratic lawmakers urging Kittery Trading Post to stop selling assault-style rifles.

In an open letter supporting the Maine store, Republican Rep. Heidi Sampson says Democratic lawmakers are harassing the business.

Three York County Democrats sent their own letter earlier this week asking the Kittery Trading Post to stop selling assault-style rifles like larger national stores. Reps. Dean Rykerson, Patricia Hymanson and Lydia Blume also asked the trading post to raise its gun purchasing age to 21.

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The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol's Maine office says its agents have interviewed occupants of 21 Canadian-registered boats since last fall. The statement comes after a flurry of attention to border patrol activity in the area of Machias Seal Island, an area to which both the U.S. and Canada lay claim.

Portland Fireworks Dazzle Tens Of Thousands, But Orchestra's Absence Disappoints Fans

Jul 5, 2018
Troy R. Bennett / Bangor Daily News

The state’s largest Fourth of July fireworks show drew about 60,000 people to the city’s East End on Wednesday night. But this year’s annual display of colorful explosions marking the country’s birthday almost didn’t happen because of funding issues — and it’s unclear just who paid for it this time around.


What does it take to raise backyard chickens? We’ll learn about the steps and equipment involved, health and safety issues, and what benefits and challenges arise from having chickens. Fresh eggs anyone? 


This is a rebroadcast of an earlier show (May 29th original air date); no calls will be taken.

The Travis Mills Foundation and Retreat is a nonprofit organization, formed to benefit and assist wounded and injured veterans and their families. We’ll speak with Mills and program director Kelly McGaughey about the work the foundation and retreat does to inspire wounded servicemen, women and their families. They’ll discuss how they help wounded veterans realize they can overcome their physical obstacles and emotional challenges and find purpose by staying the course through their recovery and beyond. We’ll also hear about the 6th annual Miles for Mills 5K.

Three southern Maine lawmakers are asking the Kittery Trading Post, to "take meaningful action" to restrict or end sales of assault-style weapons.

In a letter to the company, Democratic state Reps. Deane Rykerson, Lydia Blume and Patty Hymanson say that after the February school shooting in Parkland, Fla. in which 17 people died, large retailers like Dick's Sporting Goods and Walmart either limited sales of those guns, or stopped them.

But Rykerson there's been no action from Kittery Trading Post.

There's been a steady flow of traffic into Maine ahead of the July 4th Holiday, but nothing that's caused traffic jams or overwhelming problems on Maine's turnpike, according to Maine Turnpike Authorities.

Executive Director Peter Mills says traffic was "huge" last Friday and Saturday, but it didn't beat last year's measurement for the same day of the week. He says it's likely people traveling to the state started early.

Maine offers a wide variety of biking opportunities: From wilderness trails to island rides to easy family paths. We'll learn about where to go, rules of the road, safety considerations, equipment and more.

OTISFIELD, Maine - The Seeds of Peace camp that brings together teens from the Middle East is underway in Maine.
Campers from seven different countries are participating in the first session that officially started with a flag-raising ceremony on Sunday. American campers will attend the second session.
Tim Wilson, senior adviser at the Otisfield camp, said security was tighter at the flag-raising ceremony than in past years. He tells the Sun Journal that that the state police presence and heightened vigilance was "just a product of the times.''

Maine Animal Shelters say this time of year they take in a larger than normal number of stray cats and dogs.

Bangor Humane Society Executive Director Suzan Prendergast says some of the animals may have gotten loose as their owners are engaged in outdoor activities. Other have run off after being scared by fireworks. The society says folks should leave their pets home during the fireworks.

Prendergast says, in general, pets don't react well to loud, booming noises.