Jennifer Mitchell

News Producer

Jennifer Mitchell studied Music, English and Anthropology at Oberlin College and Conservatory in Ohio. She has worked as News Director for Peninsula Public Radio in Homer, Alaska, and served as news producer in Bangor for Maine Public Radio in 2004. Most recently, she spent four years working in South Africa as a producer, as well as classical music presenter in Cape Town.

Jennifer is a fan of open source computing, and music of all types, including old Victrola tunes, jazz, folk, world, goth and metal. When not on the air, she can be found researching 19th century social history. Her idea of a good time is several hours in a dank basement looking at old patent applications, newspaper archives, and original recipes for intriguing Victorian delights such as sheep's head soup and shadow potatoes.

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SKOWHEGAN, Maine - On Saturday, 2,500 permits to hunt moose will be awarded. The number of permits has been increased from last year's 2,080 permits. 90 percent of the 2500 permits up for grabs are reserved for Maine residents, with the remainder awarded to out of state applicants. In all, 54,000 people applied. 

In recent years, moose health has been affected by parasites such as winter ticks, which can keep calves from thriving, and ultimately increase mortality across the population.

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.

Catalyst Paper Corp. is selling its U.S. operations, including its paper mill in Rumford, Maine.

A spokesperson for Nine Dragons Paper says it is not planning any layoffs in Rumford, which has a workforce of more than 600 employees.

Friday Nine Dragons announced that it would purchase the Rumford operation, along with facilities in Wisconsin and Ohio, from the Canada-based Catalyst Paper for $175 million.

Sales of single family homes in Maine ticked up by 8.59 percent in April, compared to April of 2017.

According to the Maine Association of Realtors, more than 1200 such homes were sold in April, with a median sales price of $200,000, about 8 percent more than the year before.

Maine Association of Realtors President, Kim Gleason, says the increasing price is one indicator that few houses are available compared to the number of buyers.

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The ACLU of Maine says the outcome of a federal free speech case against President Trump bodes well for a similar lawsuit the organization filed against Governor Paul LePage.

ACLU of Maine Legal Director, Zachary Heiden says in both cases, the defendants were stifling comments and participation on a public social media site.

Residents of Islesboro are suing the Maine State Ferry Service over its recent ticket price hike.

The Bangor Daily News reports that the lawsuit was filed Wednesday in Kennebec County Superior Court.

The conflict arose last month after the ferry service announced a simplified fee structure, which changed all ferry fees to one flat rate, system-wide: $11 for a round-trip passenger ticket, and $30 for a vehicle.

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Flooding in Northern Maine has been worse than usual this spring, thanks to late snows, a fast melt, and ice-choked rivers. And just over the national border, the flooding along the St. John River is being described as historic.

It has been days since 49-year-old Markus Harvey has been able to drive a car.

"I've been driving the last two weeks by tractor on the road between my place and up river,” he says. “From my place downriver, there is no vehicles.”

Voters in Waterville will decide June 12 whether or not to recall Republican Mayor Nick Isgro. Isgro has come under fire for a history of inflammatory social media posts- but it was an insulting tweet to a Parkland school shooting survivor that triggered critics into launching a recall petition.

The Cumberland County Jail was shut down for a couple of hours Friday, and officers taken to the hospital after a packet of fentanyl went airborne.

Chief Deputy Naldo Gagnon says officers were booking 29-year-old Brent Gross of Westbrook on suspicion of trafficking fentanyl, as well as prison contraband, when a scuffle ensued, causing a parcel of drugs, allegedly belonging to Gross, to open and release a powder. Gagnon says the powder tested positive for fentanyl.

PORTLAND, Maine - The Cumberland County Jail was locked down for a couple of hours Friday, and officers taken to the hospital after a packet of fentanyl went airborne.

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After a period of uncertainty over who would provide roundtrip air service for Bar Harbor's busy summer season, the Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport in Trenton says the contract has gone to Silver Airways.

The Florida based carrier was one of two airlines to bid on the contract to replace PenAir.

"I think it's going to be great for the community,” says airport manager Brad Madeira. “I think the fares are going to be good, I think the connecting options in Boston are going to be good. So yeah we're real excited about it.”

Flooding persists in Northern Maine, where a cold, snowy spring followed by a rapid melt and rain means higher-than-normal water levels.

In Fort Kent, the Fish River in Aroostook County was at active flood stage-12 feet Thursday and Friday, with waters expected to recede a little by Friday evening.

However, Rich Norton with the National Weather Service in Caribou says the river is expected to rise again by Saturday evening.

"We're having another round of precipitation, we're looking for around an inch. And expecting flood stage to go back up,” Norton says.

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As parts of Maine woke up to a second day of air quality warnings Thursday, the Natural Resources Council of Maine plan to send a letter to President Trump asking that he remove Environmental Protection Agency administrator, Scott Pruitt.

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The Legislature has finally agreed on a bill that will allow for the retail sale and cultivation of recreational marijuana. The House and Senate both voted Wednesday to override a veto of the bill by Gov. Paul LePage, which means the bill is now law.

Sale of commercial marijuana was approved by voters back in 2016, but implementation has been slow.

The bill eliminates marijuana social clubs, reduces the number of plants that people can have and prohibits sale near schools.

Under the bill, Maine could allow retail pot sales to adults as early as next year.

BRIDGTON, Maine - A man who had been on the run for five days was captured Saturday night by the Cumberland County Sheriff's office.  Randall Lee Marsh of Bridgton was wanted for domestic violence assault in Sebago, as well as evasion of arrest, and multiple charges of home invasion.

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