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Pro-Solar Coalition Sues, Claiming New Metering Rules Violate Maine Law

Sep 21, 2018
Gabor Degre / Bangor Daily News/file

A coalition fighting new state rules that reduce solar power incentives has filed a new lawsuit against Maine’s Public Utilities Commission, arguing that regulators violated state law by approving rules that will raise their costs of connecting to the grid.

Why Maine Farmers And Gardeners Are Saving Seed From This Year’s Crops

Sep 19, 2018
Courtesy Roberta Bailey / via Bangor Daily News

Fall is a busy time of year for farmers who need to harvest the last of the season’s crops and work on preparing the soil for next year. But Roberta Bailey of Seven Tree Farm in Vassalboro is occupied with something else, too: saving seeds from this year’s crop.

National Park Maintenance Backlog To Draw Members Of Congress To Acadia

Sep 18, 2018
Bill Trotter / Bangor Daily News

ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, Maine — Members of Maine’s congressional delegation are coming to visit the only national park in the state this week to learn more about Acadia’s $59.8 million maintenance backlog.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Canadians are snapping up live Maine lobsters, buying $43.72 million worth in July, more than double in that same month last year.

Donald Trump Jr. Coming To Maine To Support Brakey

Sep 14, 2018
Sue Ogrocki / Associated Press/file

The president’s eldest son is coming to Maine in October to raise funds for the state Republican Party and its challenger to U.S. Sen. Angus King.

DHHS To Review Failures Of Maine’s Mental Health Treatment For Kids

Sep 13, 2018
Troy R. Bennett / Bangor Daily News

The LePage administration has hired a private consulting firm to lead a wholesale review of how the state provides mental health services to children and where the state’s services are falling short.

Sen. King: 'Too Much At Stake' To Confirm Kavanaugh

Sep 13, 2018
Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press/file

U.S. Sen. Angus King of Maine said in a Wednesday statement that he will oppose Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, citing “an overly rigid judicial philosophy” and a lack of transparency on his record.

The High Cost Of Recycling Is Hitting These Greater Bangor Communities Hard

Sep 12, 2018
Troy R. Bennett / Bangor Daily News

Soaring recycling costs that show no sign of reprieve have forced at least six Greater Bangor towns to stop offering the service, and more are likely to follow.

Maine’s Midcoast, Hit Hard By Opioid Crisis, Wants Its Own Drug Court

Sep 10, 2018
Lauren Abbate / Bangor Daily News

Maine’s judicial branch is eyeing the midcoast as the future location of an expanded drug court that would offer an array of services to criminal defendants struggling with addiction.

Residents Frustrated By Algae Blooms On Hancock County Pond

Sep 7, 2018
Courtesy of Lisa Branch / via Bangor Daily News

FRANKLIN, Maine — Earlier this summer, Georges Pond looked more like a vast, 350-acre bowl of pea soup than a freshwater lake. But it wasn’t anything you would want to eat.

Stormy Daniels, Hailed As ‘Hero,’ Cashes In On Trump Scandal In Portland

Sep 6, 2018
Troy R. Bennett / Bangor Daily News

Stormy Daniels took the stage at 10 p.m. sharp, unceremoniously whipped off her red, white and blue-sequined bustier and then spent an hour signing autographs and taking photos for $20 a pop.

2 New Seafood Processing Businesses Are Moving To Bucksport

Sep 5, 2018
Nick Sambides Jr. / Bangor Daily News

BUCKSPORT, Maine — Richard Rotella wouldn’t mind if seafood became the town’s marquee industry. Two seafood processing facilities are opening at the town’s industrial park that promise to create about 60 jobs.

Maine Issues Emergency Bear-Trapping Rule To Protect Canada Lynx

Aug 31, 2018
Bridget Brown / Bangor Daily News

On Wednesday, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife issued an emergency rule that further delineated legal practices by the state’s bear hunters. The impetus for that decision: Wildlife officials had become aware of a device they are concerned could harm federally protected Canada lynx.

Bangor Students Head Back To School Amid Beefed-Up Security

Aug 30, 2018
Linda Coan O'Kresik / Bangor Daily News

Bangor students will return to class Tuesday to find new security measures and staff aimed at keeping them safe and healthy, changes that a school official said weren’t necessarily prompted by a wave of mass shootings at American schools.

Maine Farmers Losing Crops In The Field As Farmhand Jobs Go Unfilled

Aug 30, 2018
Gabor Degre / Bangor Daily News

Late August is harvest crunch time for many Maine farmers, including Jim Buckle of Buckle Farm in Unity. Right now, the lush fields at the farm he and his fiancee Hannah Rose Hamilton run are awash in ripening organic produce, including tomatoes, onions, cantaloupe, lettuce mixes, baby turnips, carrots, beets, mixed herbs and potatoes.