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Courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard / via Bangor Daily News

The 911 call that prompted a two-day search last month for a sailboat off Mount Desert Island came from a boat passenger who said she was “cold and uncomfortable” and “was not sure she was going to get warm again,” a U.S. Coast Guard spokesman said Wednesday.

Willis Ryder Arnold / Maine Public

It's still snowing heavily over much of Maine late this afternoon, but the national weather service says that should be ending by about midnight.

Maine Forest Service / via Associated Press

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine pest managers say this is the best time of year to get rid of a species of caterpillar that can cause a painful rash in humans.

Maine Public File

The inshore waters of the Gulf of Maine from Cape Cod to the Canadian border have been closed to herring fishing through the end of the year to prevent overharvesting.

Willis Ryder Arnold / Maine Public File

Far-southwestern Maine could see as much as 17 inches of snow before this two pronged storm ends Tuesday.

Willis Ryder Arnold / Maine Public/file

NEW YORK  — A wintry storm that made Thanksgiving travel miserable across much of the country gripped the East with a messy mixture of rain, snow, sleet and wind, slowing the Monday morning commute, closing schools and offices, and snarling air travel.

Patty Wight / Maine Public

South Portland residents worried about toxic emissions from nearly 200 fuel storage tanks heard early results from an ongoing air monitoring survey during a City Council meeting Tuesday night.

Steve Mistler / Maine Public

Maine Gov. Janet Mills says a new report from the United Nations that is calling for unprecedented cuts in greenhouse gas emissions is unlikely to change the state's own climate change goals.

ISO New England

The operator of the New England electricity grid is telling the region's political leaders that if they want to quickly get more renewable energy into the system, they should put a price on carbon emissions.

Compassion Over Killing

State investigators have declined to file charges or pursue further action in response to allegations of workers mishandling fish at a Cooke Aquaculture salmon hatchery in Bingham.

MILFORD, Maine - The Maine Department of Marine Resources says a tentative figure of 1,196 Atlantic salmon returned this year to the Penobscot River - the biggest number in eight years.

MANCHESTER, Maine - A Maine state trooper is credited with rescuing an owl he found stunned in the middle of a Manchester road.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine wildlife regulators are working with residents about the way the state manages its furbearing animal species.

Ravenna Koenig / NPR

The University of Maine is launching an initiative designed to help Mainers better understand how the state is affected by Arctic climate.

Chilly enough? The National Weather Service says several cities in Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire hit record-low temperatures for Nov. 12-13 as wintry weather arrived early in the region.