Maine news

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Stephen and Tabitha King are ready for the next chapter for their Maine home that stands behind a wrought iron gate festooned with winged creatures and spiderwebs.

Long before the advent of the maker movement, Maine has been a center of fine craft. From textiles to distilling, boat building to furniture making, craft reaches every corner of the state. Our panel discusses some of the many different aspects of craft, the difference between art and craft, and the changes in selling trends, what people are making, and where and how they are selling it.

Irwin Gratz / Maine Public

New University of Maine Chancellor Dannel Malloy Wednesday launched a campaign to promote the UMaine System's affordability and highlight the growth of "experiential learning" at its campuses.

It's prime apple-picking season! We’ll talk about growing apples, different varieties, the history of apple orchards in Maine, how much the apple harvest contributes to the economy, and where to go to pick apples. We’ll hear from a few Maine orchard owners, and also discuss John Bunker’s new book “Apples and the Art of Detection,” which explains how to track down, identify and preserve rare apples.

Breathless 911 Calls Indicated Seriousness Of Farmington Explosion

Oct 2, 2019
Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

PORTLAND, Maine — The first caller to 911 thought a former Coca-Cola plant had blown up. Seconds later, a caller said it might have been a transformer explosion. Other callers reported that a blast had shaken their homes.

FARMINGTON, Maine - Police say they're trying to get to the bottom of how a 6-year-old boy was struck by a truck at a school bus stop in Farmington, Maine.

Fewer young people today take part in Maine’s traditional outdoor sports than previous generations. The number of youth hunting licenses, for example, fell 40% from 2002 to 2017. Why is this? We’ll discuss youth hunting, archery, camping and hiking, all of which have a long history and tradition in Maine, as well as what programs are available statewide. Outdoor writer George Smith will call in to share his memories of being a kid experiencing the outdoors and why he feels it matters.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Dr. Jessica Pollard has been named new director for Maine's Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services.

FRYEBURG, Maine - Maine's largest agricultural fair is ready to dedicate a new livestock barn.

Forty-eight veterans died by suicide in Maine in 2017, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs — a number that has held relatively steady for the past several years.

SANFORD, Maine - A Maine helicopter pilot is in critical condition after crashing into the runway.

Courtesy Sanford Police Department

SANFORD, Maine - Police say the victim of a helicopter crash had flown to multiple Maine and New Hampshire locations on Saturday as part of a licensing process before the accident at the Sanford Seacoast Regional Airport.

The pilot, who was the only occupant of the aircraft, suffered severe injuries when the helicopter crashed in the grass next to a runway on Saturday morning. He's been identified 50-year-old Jack White of Bowdoinham, Maine.

Bangor Daily News

Our panel of Maine editorial page editors returns to discuss the news that made Maine headlines in September. Issues we may discuss include Maine delegation's reaction to the impeachment inquiry; the Farmington explosion; Gov. Mills speaks out at the United Nations Climate Action Summit; ranked-choice voting; lobsterman and right whales and anti-vaccination petition signatures.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine's governor says a grant from a foundation will help boost health insurance coverage in the state by improving enrollment assistance this year and next.

Maine Restaurant Workers Are Finding The Marijuana Industry 'Much More Appealing'

Sep 30, 2019
Troy R. Bennett / Bangor Daily News

PORTLAND, Maine — Weeks after Portland was anointed Restaurant City of the Year by a prominent food national magazine last summer, longtime chef King Bishop left his job at one of the Old Port’s most popular dining spots.