Maine news

Should Maine Hold Power Companies More Accountable For Outages?

Nov 9, 2017
Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

State utility regulators said they may look for better ways to hold power companies accountable following the recent storm that left nearly 600,000 Mainers without electricity, hundreds of whom remained in the dark eight days later.

The Public Utilities Commission first needs to get formal estimates from Emera and Central Maine Power on their costs to restore power, commission spokesman Harry Lanphear said.

PLYMOUTH, Mass. - Two 9-year-old twin sisters reported missing from their Massachusetts home have been found in Maine.

Police say the girls' mother and her boyfriend have been taken in to custody.

Je t'aime and Dasia Valentine were last seen at 4 p.m. Wednesday when their school bus dropped them off in Plymouth. Police say that's when the mother's boyfriend took them and drove away.

Police found the girls safe in Lewiston, Maine around 9:30 p.m. the same day.

State officials are now working to get the girls back to their father, who has full custody.

CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine - The town of Cape Elizabeth has approved a fee on commercial bags along with a foam container ban.
The Portland Press Herald reports the Cape Elizabeth Town Council approved the ordinances this week. Under the new measure, stores will charge 5 cents for each single-use plastic bag. Polystyrene foam containers will be banned in restaurants and other stores that serve prepared foods.

Best of Maine Calling

Nov 9, 2017

For this Super Thursday, we listen back to portions of our favorite Maine Callings, including elderberries, Maine accents, David McCullough, and The Mallet Brothers Band.

This is a pre-recorded program; no calls will be taken.

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public

Students entering high school this year in Maine will be the first in the country to graduate with a new kind of diploma. Instead of amassing a set number of credits, they’ll need to show that they’re “proficient” and meet certain standards.

It’s a change that’s been nearly a decade in the making. But some educators are still worried about what it will mean for students and teachers.

AUGUSTA, Maine - A violent struggle inside a Maine Wal-Mart started with a comment over an untied shoelace and ended with gunfire, according to one of the men involved, but police say a death outside the store was unrelated.
Investigators say 31-year-old Robert Potter pulled a gun on another customer during an argument Monday night at the Wal-Mart in Augusta. They say the gun went off as the other man tried to disarm him. No one was hit.

Our panelists discuss how they are attempting to bring people from different political outlooks together for conversations about moving forward without the heated rhetoric that is often found in today's political climate.

Guests:  Craig Freshly, Head Helper with Good Decisions, Inc. He's a professional speaker, author, and meeting facilitator. He's the creator of Make Shift Coffee House, which is where people with differing political views can meet and learn from each other. 

Hunter Charged With Manslaughter In Hebron Woman’s Death

Nov 7, 2017
Courtesy CBS 13 / via Bangor Daily News

A Hebron man was charged with manslaughter in the Oct. 28 hunting-related death of Karen Wrentzel, according to the Maine attorney general’s office.

Robert Trundy, 38, told authorities he saw “what he thought was the ‘ass of a deer’ with a tail, skinny legs and a possible glimpse of what he thought could have been part of a head or antler of a deer,” Game Warden Anthony Gray said in a sworn affidavit, according to the Lewiston Sun Journal. Trundy never saw the outline of a deer, Gray said, according to the paper.

Authorities say New England turned in a record 48 tons of prescription drugs during the annual Drug Take-Back Day last month, with Maine leading the pack at over 41,500 pounds.

PORTLAND, Maine - Most of Maine has returned to normal after a powerful storm, but hundreds are still in the dark for a ninth day.
Central Maine Power, the state's largest utility, says it's still working to restore power to about 3,000 homes and businesses.
CMP said work slowed as workers dealt with smaller outages affecting fewer customers. Some of the remaining locations are unoccupied seasonal homes.
The storm early on Oct. 30 cut power to nearly 500,000 customers at in Maine, and 404,000 of those homes and businesses were in the CMP territory.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Police in Maine say a man has been taken into custody after a shot was fired inside the Walmart in Augusta.
Authorities say the suspect walked into the store with a firearm around 8 p.m. Monday. Police say the suspect got into a confrontation with another man who was trying to disarm him.
Officials say one shot was fired within the building. Police say no one was hurt.
Augusta Police Deputy Chief Jared Mills says the suspect was taken into custody after an officer who was nearby responded to the scene.

"The Long Haul" by Finn Murphy

Nov 7, 2017

More than 30 years ago, Finn Murphy dropped out of Colby College to become a long-haul trucker. Since then he’s covered more than a million miles packing, loading, and hauling people’s belongings all over America. Known by his trucker handle as "U-Turn," he spends his days (and many of his nights) in a 53-foot eighteen-wheeler he calls Cassidy. 

Guest:  Finn Murphy is the author of "Long Haul: A Trucker's Tales of Life on the Road”

Susan Sharon / Maine Public

For the past several weeks, “new” Mainers have been breaking bread with longtime residents of Lewiston and Auburn, swapping stories about their families and breaking down stereotypes about immigrants and refugees.

It’s part of a national initiative to address the uptick in hate crimes. One focus of the sessions is to teach bystanders how to safely intervene in a bias incident before it escalates.

WHITEFIELD, Maine - Members of a newly arrived Amish community in Maine say they're working with their new neighbors to improve roadway safety after two minor crashes involving horse-drawn buggies.
Mose Yoder tells the Kennebec Journal that he expected some issues when he moved to Whitefield from upstate New York with his wife and 10 children. But he says he has had "great'' conversations with local and state officials about possible safety improvements, including additional signage.

Some Mainers still waiting for power after last week's storm are frustrated with Central Maine Power. 

Harpswell resident Howard Marshall says wires are still lying in his street, but the area hasn't been listed as without power on CMP's website for days.

"I understand it's a lot of damage and everything," Marshall says. "My main frustration is they're claiming that they've reconnected all of us."

Central Maine Power spokeswoman Gail Rice says even though some streets might not be listed, CMP is confident with its outage numbers.