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Visitors making reservations for Cadillac Mountain at Acadia National Park may need to pay a much higher fee this spring.

The park announced that a proposal to charge $6 for vehicle reservations beginning in May — triple the previous rate. The reservation system was piloted last year and will be formally added this summer for vehicles entering the Cadillac Mountain summit road.

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Several conservation groups are suing the federal government in an effort to force new restrictions on ship traffic in areas where endangered North Atlantic right whales are present.

As COVID-19 upended people’s regular schedules, it served to bolster attendance at state parks to more than 3 million for the first time.

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Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection says it won’t enforce a statewide ban on single-use, plastic carry-out bags and polystyrene foam takeout containers until July of next year — and that’s drawing some fire from environmentalists.

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A blast of warm air from just north of the Bahamas is on its way to Maine for Christmas.

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Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island and the District of Columbia signed of memorandum of understanding today committing to a new, regional “cap and spend” program to curb carbon emissions from the transportation sector. Eight other states formally agreed to continue policy work on the regional program.

Southern Maine may get more snow Wednesday night into Thursday than it has seen so far this year, with more than six inches in some areas.

Mike Eckster of the National Weather Service office in Gray says it’s not certain exactly how much snow is coming.

“Generally looking like 6-plus inches in extreme southern Maine, especially in York County, and you’re going to get less snow as you head farther north,” he says.

Eckster says Cumberland County is likely to see 5-9 inches, but unlike the heavy, wet snow that fell during the last storm, this snow will be dry.

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On Dec. 2, dock workers at the Mack Point cargo facility in Searsport spilled about 5,000 pounds of plastic waste into Penobscot Bay. It had arrived in a large shipment from Northern Ireland, bound for a waste-to-energy incinerator in Orrington.

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Maine government workers have reduced their car travel by 1 million vehicle miles a week since the start of the pandemic, thanks to the rapid, wholesale adoption of telework policies.

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More than 230,000 Central Maine Power customers were left in the dark over the weekend. The company’s executive chairman, David Flanagan, says for some, the outage may last a day or two longer.

The state is investigating contamination of dozens of wells in the Somerset County town of Fairfield.

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Three conservation groups are petitioning federal regulators to make an emergency declaration that groundfish and lobster fisheries pose an immediate threat to the survival of endangered North Atlantic right whale.

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After more than a year of work by hundreds of Mainers, Gov. Janet Mills’ Climate Council released a roadmap on Tuesday for the state’s efforts to stall the worst effects of climate change and adapt to those that can’t be avoided.

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The National Weather Service says Monday night’s storm came and went as expected.

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Power crews in Maine are gearing up for a wild night of weather.