Maine news

Jay York / via Salt Institute For Documentary Studies at MECA

Pamela Wood, the founder of the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, has died, according to family and friends.

In a post Sunday, June 3, on the Save the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies Facebook page, Shannon Gilchrist says her grandmother died last Monday or Tuesday at age 88.  Gilchrist did not specify a cause of death.

Secretary of State Matt Dunlap explains how ranked-choice voting will work in the upcoming elections and also discusses election integrity.

Report: Rate Of Chronically Absent Maine Students 'Higher Than We Anticipated'

Jun 5, 2018
Darren Fishell / Bangor Daily News/file

More than 29,000 Maine students are missing enough class time to cause worry among school administrators and state education officials responsible for helping them succeed.

Evan Sisley / via Associated Press

BIDDEFORD, Maine — Former President George H.W. Bush has left a Maine hospital after more than a week of treatment for low blood pressure and fatigue.

A Bush spokesman tweeted Monday that the president "deeply" appreciates the care and good wishes he has received. Spokesman Jim McGrath also told The Associated Press that Bush is "back to his old self" and looking forward to a summer with family and friends.

The 93-year-old Bush was admitted to the hospital on May 27 and was released Monday.

ALFRED,  Maine - A woman accused of driving onto a Maine baseball field during a game and striking and killing a man before trying to leave the scene is scheduled to appear in court.
Police say 51-year-old Carol Sharrow, of Sanford, Maine, drove through an open gate onto a ball field Friday night. Screaming bystanders and ballplayers fled to get out of the way.
Officials say she hit 68-year-old Douglas Parkhurst before attempting to speed away. Parkhurst died on the way to the hospital.

In advance of the June 7 public hearing regarding whether the public will be allowed access to electronic court records, we will look at overall transparency in Maine state government, from access to information through FOIA requests to financial disclosure measures, accountability laws and ethics agencies. A 2015 report by the Center for Public Integrity ranked Maine near the bottom: at 43rd.

Raad Adayleh / Associated Press

AMMAN, Jordan -  Jordan's royal palace says King Abdullah II has accepted the resignation of embattled Prime Minister Hani Mulki.
Mulki submitted his resignation to Abdullah earlier on Monday, in the wake of the largest anti-government protests since 2011. Thousands have taken to the streets in recent days to protest against a planned tax increase and a series of price hikes for basics such as fuel and electricity.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention is reminding residents of the state to get tested for hepatitis and ask about available vaccines.
The agency says Maine has seen an increase in cases of hepatitis B and hepatitis C in recent years. The viral form of the disease is one of the top causes of liver cancer in the country.
One of the challenges of the disease is that most infected people won't have any symptoms. Then, the only way to know they have it is to get tested.

SKOWHEGAN, Maine - Maine fire officials say a bolt of lightning ignited a fire at a shoe factory in Skowhegan over the weekend.
The lightning strike started a fire Friday night at the New Balance factory, but firefighters were able to quickly respond and extinguish the flames. Skowhegan Fire Chief Shawn Howard says flames were visible from the roof around 6:30 p.m. Friday when firefighters arrived.

Technical school is a fun place for kids who want to learn a trade and work in their field. It's perfect for students who are hard workers, and who aren't afraid to get their hands dirty. 

Auto technology, outdoor power, and building trades are just some of the programs that a school like Region 10 Technical High School in Brunswick offers, but I think they - and other schools around the state - should expand their offerings to add programs for plumbing and heating, and electrical technology. Those are two fields that are growing in Maine, and it is hard to find people to work in those fields. 

At Region 10 in Brunswick, and at other career and technical education centers across Maine, we need electrical and plumbing classes so students like me can get the training and experience we need to be successful in these fields. 

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public

More high school students in Maine are graduating today as compared to 5 or 10 years ago, but many are still being left behind — some are teen parents, others have been bullied, have experienced trauma or struggle with anxiety. One central Maine charter school is trying to reach those students by bringing school into their homes.

Rockin' T Equine Sanctuary and Rescue Facebook page

A 19-year-old emu known as “The Bird” who bolted from his animal sanctuary home in Lisbon two days ago is back where he belongs.

Janet Tuttle of the Rockin’ T Equine Sanctuary and Rescue says he was discovered behind her neighbor’s house Friday afternoon, but not before he’d led friends and neighbors on a chase that went back and forth across a river and through the woods.

Dysart's Co-founder, Who Started Driving Trucks At Age 12, Dies at 84

Jun 1, 2018
Bangor Daily News/file

Milton Bruce Dysart, a co-founder of Dysart’s Truck Stop in Hermon, died Tuesday at the age of 84.

Milton, his cousin Edward Dysart, and Edward’s son, David Dysart, started Dysart’s Truck Stop in the late 1960s, according to Milton Dysart’s obituary.

Summer Reads 2018: Book Recommendations for the Season

Jun 1, 2018

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.

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine - The U.S. Coast Guard says someone has been stealing brass sound-signaling devices from buoys off the Maine coast, threatening the safety of mariners.
Coast Guard officials in South Portland said Thursday that the thefts pose a risk to public safety, as the brass gongs and bells produce sounds that help mariners navigate through poor visibility conditions. The Portland Press Herald reports tampering with aids to navigation is a federal offense punishable by fines of up to $25,000 per day or up to one year in prison.