Maine news

Maine's Marine Mammals: How Are They Faring?

Sep 10, 2018
Patty Wight / Maine Public

The recent news about hundreds of dead seals washing ashore in New England raises questions about the health of marine mammals in and around the Gulf of Maine.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine's bear hunt has reached the point of the year in which it expands to allow hunting with the use of dogs.

The superintendent overseeing construction of a combined high school and middle school in Newport says the school's Native American name likely will stay, but the image associated with its mascot likely will not.

Everyone has a different connection to music.

Some, like my grandmother, are indifferent -- she knows it exists, but it’s just not for her. And then there’s me; music has always played some part in my life. 

When SAT Tests More Than Knowledge, Students Lose Out

Sep 8, 2018

Standardized testing: two words that will make any student scared.

It usually requires just three things: a sharpened number two pencil, a sheet of paper with bubbles for the answers, and a native English speaker. 

It's Time to Welcome New Cultures With Open Arms

Sep 7, 2018

In the distance, I could see piles of twigs and decaying fabric, each one telling its own story of the Sun Dance Festival. “Don’t step over the branches. It is disrespectful to the spirit of the tree,” they told us. For many years the Blackfeet tribe has cut willow branches, dug holes, and wove their sacred hut. Left to the passage of time, I see the bones of once mighty encampments before us. 

I remember how I felt. I was standing in their field. I was listening to their history. I was part of their culture. The more they shared, the more I learned and respected. At that moment I was not a tourist, but a guest, one of the community. Now, I cannot claim any Blackfeet heritage of my own, but at that moment I reached a level of cultural understanding I could have never imagined I would ever receive.

Coolstock / via Wikimedia Commons

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine's annual deer permit lottery is ready to begin, and there are thousands more permits available this year than in years previous.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Critics of Central Maine Power's proposed 145-mile transmission line are attending a discussion by the Department of Environmental Protection and Land Use Planning Commission.

The PBS series "American Masters" this week debuts its documentary film about great American painter Andrew Wyeth, who painted many of his most famous works in Maine. We discuss Wyeth's life and legacy with those who knew him and have studied his work.

Despite privacy concerns from school officials, the legislature's education committee endorsed a bill Thursday that would mandate that Maine schools quickly report investigations of the conduct of credentialed school staff to the state.

Two weeks before it was set to open, it wasn't clear if there would be any money for a central Maine fair that has been running since 1858. In August, the Litchfield Farmers' Club found itself "flat broke," and its treasurer arrested for allegedly draining the accounts.

The Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor is receiving almost $170,000 in federal grant money to support its efforts to 'decolonize' exhibits — and to help other institutions do the same.

WYMAN TOWNSHIP, Maine - Police say two occupants walked away from a small plane crash near Bigelow Mountain, north of Carrabasset Valley, Maine.

Maine’s waiver for compliance with the Real ID Act runs out next month, and the state’s not ready, so it has applied for another two-year extension until October of 2020.

Two families whose children were injured when a van owned by a Maine town crashed on Interstate 95 in New Hampshire are seeking financial damages for medical bills from the town.