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After a four-year legal battle, the owner of the Big Moose Mountain ski resort in Greenville is being ordered to restore the operation once owned by the state. The state is also expected to recoup money for timber harvesting that was done on the property.

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The U.S. Coast Guard is searching the waters off Provincetown, Massachusetts, for four crewmen of a 82-foot commercial fishing boat, Emmy Rose, based in Portland.

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The emerald ash borer continues its spread across Maine, with seven new infestation sites confirmed this fall.

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Dave Evers kneels in the bow of a small idling motorboat, surveying the calm lake in front of him with binoculars. It’s 9:30 p.m. and with the exception of a few stars in the sky and a ring of faint cabin lights encircling the lake, it’s difficult to see anything more than a couple feet away. Luckily Evers is one of the world’s foremost loon experts, and a pro at finding the birds in the dark.

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Jesse Costa has captured photos from a crane 800 feet above Boston, in the middle of a blizzard, and while getting tear-gassed. But, he says that trying to photograph loons on a lake in the dark was the toughest assignment he’s ever had.

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The Maine Climate Council has voted to adopt recommendations for the state’s Climate Action Plan. The document is meant to guide the state toward reaching its climate and carbon goals.

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Opponents of Central Maine Power’s proposed power line through Maine’s western woods are trying to halt initial construction scheduled to start next month.

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For the first time in almost a quarter century, there is new evidence that a wild wolf was in Maine as recently as last summer.

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The Penobscot Nation is celebrating the historic return of 735 acres by the Elliotsville Foundation.

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Three environmental groups are suing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for failing to require a full-blown Environmental Impact Statement for Central Maine Power’s proposed transmission line through the state’s western woods.

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Federal scientists are adjusting their estimate of how many endangered North Atlantic right whales are left on the planet down to 366 as of Jan. 2019. That’s a loss of 46 whales since the previous January.

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection says the ND Paper Mill in Old Town violated state and federal laws when it spilled more than 30,000 gallons of pulping chemicals into the Penobscot River earlier this month.

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For the first time in four decades, marine scientists were unable to find any North Atlantic right whales in the Bay of Fundy this year.

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The Maine Department of Agriculture Conservation and Forestry is urging landowners and nursery professionals to check for an aggressive, invasive plant that’s only recently been confirmed in Maine.

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The body of a young male hiker was found at the summit of Mount Katahdin around 10 a.m. Thursday.