Maine news

PITTSFIELD, Maine - Maine police say they've been keeping an eye on a moose that's been roaming around a Pittsfield park.
Pittsfield Police Chief Peter Bickmore said Wednesday "we've got a Bullwinkle on the loose,'' and that police were dealing with the large animal for most of the morning.
The Bangor Daily News reports the moose was first spotted around 8 a.m. - taking the mound at Manson Park's baseball field.
A police officer shooed the moose away, but it later returned to wandering back and forth throughout the park for most of the morning.

Suicide rates in Maine increased by more than 27 percent over the period from 1999 to 2016. That's according to a report realeased by the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Across New England, the steepest increases in suicides were seen in New Hampshire and Vermont, with an increase of 48 percent. Massachusetts saw a 35 percent increase, Rhode Island 34 percent and Connecticut 19 percent.

Across the nation, all states saw an increase in suicides, with the exception of Nevada which showed a slight decline.

It's Time to Talk About Race in Maine Public Schools

Jun 7, 2018

Part One: Issues of Racism in Maine Public Schools

First in a series. 

As a white person living in a predominantly white community and state, I often feel uncomfortable discussing race. I feel ashamed and guilty. Like many white people living in this country, I’m ashamed of behaviors of those who share my skin color from the past and, in some contexts, the present.

I have a sense that I am one of millions of people who feel this way, but by avoiding the topic of race in order to keep myself comfortable, I’m allowing others to continue living in a state of discomfort, disrespect, exclusion, fear, and the list goes on. 

I had the recent privilege of attending the 2018 Maine Civil Rights Team Project’s State Conference, which was held in Augusta in May. It was here where I heard Shay Stewart-Bouley address hundreds of Maine students from grades 5-12 about racism, past and present. 

EMILY’s List, a national organization dedicated to electing pro-choice women to office, has given $300,000 to support Janet Mills' campaign for governor.

The money went to the South Portland-based PAC Maine Women Together, which incorporated at the beginning of this month. In filings with the state, Maine Women Together disclosed that it has spent $192,500 of the donation on online ads and social media campaigns opposing Mills' democratic primary opponent Adam Cote; and $7,500 on supporting Mills.

Arts Education: Why Does it Matter?

Jun 7, 2018

When education funds are scarce, often the first thing to go is arts education. We’ll discuss how well the arts are, or aren’t, represented in Maine schools and innovative ways to introduce art, music, theater and other art forms to students.

ELLSWORTH, Maine - Maine fishing regulators are holding the last of three hearings about the rules for the upcoming sea urchin harvesting season.

ORONO, Maine - The University of Maine will receive significant federal funding to further research into advancing transportation research and technology.
The U.S. Department of Transportation announced Wednesday it will award the university $14 million over the next five years to create the University Transportation Center. WABI-TV reports UMaine will lead a coalition of six universities in New England to conduct research on the challenges facing the future of the national transportation system.

Caroline Losneck / Maine Public

A coalition of Maine organizations has come together to form 'unifymaine.'

Founding member Amy Sneirson of the Maine Human Rights Commission says that the purpose of unifymaine is to spread awareness and speak out against bias-related incidents and hate crimes.

“The hope is to decrease the walls that separate us,” says Sneirson. “Decrease what seems to be hate or violence that's based on fear, rather than knowledge.”

An advisory committee says traffic on a busy highway in the Portland area could routinely grind to a standstill in coming years if the road is not expanded.

The Portland Press Herald reports that the committee examined 15 different options to reduce congestion on the 11-mile stretch of the Maine Turnpike between South Portland and Falmouth.

Implicit bias has been in the news a lot lately. It can be defined as attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions and decisions in an unconscious manner. We'll learn how implicit bias manifests itself, and what we can do to better understand our own beliefs.

Implicit bias has been in the news a lot lately. It can be defined as attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner. We'll learn how implicit bias manifests itself--and what we can do to better understand our own beliefs.

Guests: Laura Ligouri, Executive Director & Founder of Mindbridge. Laura is also a lecturer in neuroscience at Bates CollegeSusan K. Gardner, Ph.D., Director of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies & The Rising Tide Center, University of MaineRegina Phillips, University of New England Social Work faculty member. She is also the Westbrook School Department's Grants and Community Engagement Coordinator. Prior to that she managed the City of Portland's Refugee Services program. 

Clarke Canfield / Associated Press/file

PORTLAND, Maine - If we eat them, will they go away?  That's the focus of a seafood summit in Portland on Wednesday that is tackling the subject of invasive green crabs.

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.