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About 80 restaurants are participating in Maine Restaurant Week, which began Monday, but it will be different this year.

Rural Maine Is Seeing An Influx Of Homebuyers During Pandemic

Mar 1, 2021
Alexander MacDougall / Houlton Pioneer Times

HOULTON, Maine — No one could have guessed before the COVID-19 pandemic that Maine’s most rural and least populated counties would become the hottest real estate markets in the state.

After months of waiting, Mainers seeking rent relief can apply for benefits from the state beginning at noon Monday.

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Republican state Sen. Marianne Moore of Calais is calling for a legislative probe of how the Maine Wild Blueberry Commission is spending its marketing money.

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A federal appeals court has struck down Maine's first-in-the nation law requiring cable providers to let consumers choose the individual channels they want to pay for, following legal challenges from Comcast and several television networks on grounds including the First Amendment.

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Bangor is latest city to consider restricting — or expanding — short-term rentals, such as Airbnb.

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In a public hearing Tuesday night, conservationists and fishermen alike roundly criticized federal regulators’ proposed changes in fishing rules to protect endangered whales from fishing gear.

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Maine businesses and educational institutions are getting behind the latest attempt to reform federal immigration law.

North Atlantic right whale breaching in Cape Cod Bay, May 2009.
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Gov. Janet Mills is taking aim at a draft federal report on endangered North Atlantic right whales she says could force a total reinvention of the state’s lobster fishery.

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A new national report shows that the risk of damaging floods will rise in Maine over the next 30 years, as climate change drives more extreme weather and rising sea levels. But the report by the nonprofit First Street Foundation also indicates that Maine is less at risk than most East Coast states.

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The state transportation department has released a study of options for a new Portland train station. Currently, Amtrak’s Downeaster trains between Boston and Brunswick must get off the main line track to reach the existing Portland station, which adds 15 minutes to every run.

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Maine’s top utility regulators are launching a new effort to prepare Maine’s electricity supply and distribution systems for a major transformation. It’s all about accommodating the fast-arriving age of renewable energy, which is already causing some serious growing pains.

After a record year for Maine real estate, house sales continued to surge in the first month of 2021.

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Low- to moderate-income Mainers can receive a tablet and internet access for free as part of a new initiative from the state and the Machias-based National Digital Equity Center.

The number of Mainers filing for state unemployment insurance benefits has fallen for a sixth straight week. The Maine Department of Labor on Thursday reported 2,025 people filed first-time claims, down from 2,158 the week before.