Maine news

BANGOR, Maine - The former Loring Air Force Base and Brunswick Naval Air Station have grabbed all of the headlines in recent years when it comes to base closings in Maine.
But long before then, the Dow Air Force Base closed and became part of the city of Bangor.
The city is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the closing on Friday.
The base started as Dow Field in 1940 and had 4,500 airmen before it closed in 1968. Historian Tom McCord tells WABI-TV that the city was worried about an economic "disaster.''

LM Otero / Associated Press File

Police officers have shorter life spans than the rest of us, are more prone to suicide, but for years, a stoic police culture has made it difficult for many to admit they may struggle with mental health issues.

The Month in Review

Mar 30, 2018

Our panel of editorial page editors discusses what made the headlines in Maine in March and why.

The University of Michigan will strip the name of a former University of Maine president from a campus building.

Michigan’s Board of Regents voted to remove Clarence Little’s name Thursday night. Little became Michigan’s president after leaving UMaine.

Critics say Little supported selective reproduction, also known as eugenics, and that those teachings have been embraced by white supremacists.

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. - A bridge being built between New Hampshire and Maine is about to open.
The new Sarah Mildred Long Bridge is replacing an old one connecting Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and Kittery, Maine, along the Route 1 Bypass over the Piscataqua River. It was expected to open to traffic Friday afternoon.

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens / via Bangor Daily News

Boothbay's Board of Selectmen voted 4-1 on Wednesday to accept a proposed settlement with Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens that overturns a decision by the town’s Board of Appeals and allows the gardens to proceed unhindered with a $30 million expansion.

The settlement resolves a federal lawsuit filed in December by the botanical gardens against the town alleging the town had violated the gardens’ 14th Amendment right to due process.

Nick Woodward / Maine Public

BANGOR, Maine - The Maine State Medical Examiner's Office has ruled the deaths of two people found inside a burning delivery truck Wednesday night to be homicide.

BANGOR, Maine - Law enforcement officials say they've launched a homicide investigation into the deaths of two people found in a burning delivery truck in Maine.
Bangor police say the bodies of 43-year-old Michael Bridges and 36-year-old Desiree York were found in the box truck after the fire was doused late Wednesday.
Both were residents of Bangor.
Fire Chief Tom Higgins said firefighters quickly knocked down the blaze, and discovered the bodies after sawing open the side of the truck.

Have you ever found a skunk in the kitchen? Bats in your attic? As spring approaches and the weather turns warmer, we hear from two experts on creatures big and small about how best to deal with wildlife that may come a little too close for comfort.

Maine Public

Gov. Paul LePage’s proposal to significantly increase the salary of future Maine governors was before a legislative committee Wednesday. Advocates of the increase say a boost is long overdue.

MINOT, Maine - A former Maine school bus driver who was fired for making racist and sexist comments has been elected to the school board.
The Sun-Journal reports Mike Downing was elected earlier this month to represent Minot on the RSU 16 school board.
Downing was fired from his job as a bus driver in January for his insensitive comments. He used racial slurs when describing Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and referred to both Superintendent Tina Meserve and School Board Chairwoman Mary Martin with a sexist slur.

Maine's Food Heritage

Mar 28, 2018

In conjunction with a new exhibit at the Maine Historical Society, we examine Maine’s food heritage, including what ingredients and dishes have come from the different cultures that have shaped our state.

Feds Give $1.3 Million To Maine Islands For ‘Same Quality Internet As NYC’

Mar 27, 2018
Courtesy Island Institute / via Bangor Daily News

About 120 year-round residents of a cluster of isolated Maine islands recently decided to spend a lot of money upgrading their internet, and now the U.S. Department of Agriculture says it will cover the bill.

Maine's Department of Education wants to end its current system for educating young children with disabilities, and shift much of the responsibility on to local school districts. But at a legislative hearing on the new proposal on Monday, advocates, parents and legislators were asking a lot of questions about how the new system would impact children across the state.

Mariam Jalabi, the representative of the Syrian Opposition Coalition to the United Nations, and University of Maine at Farmington professor Scott Erb join us to discuss the dire situation in Syria and the outlook for the 11 million refugees displaced by the war.