Maine news

Blueberries play a huge role in Maine’s identity. We’ll learn about wild and highbush blueberries, how farmers grow and market their crops, any new uses for this iconic Maine product, and what blueberries mean for Maine’s culture and economy.

This is part of Maine Calling’s yearlong focus on topics that reflect what is iconic in Maine.

Nick Sambides Jr. / Bangor Daily News

An Ellsworth addiction treatment center closed Friday due to "numerous regulatory deficiencies" that forced the state to pull the center’s funding. But a consultant working with the program said Monday he planned to lead an effort to resurrect it.

Elise Amendola / AP Photo

What is happening with the almost 300 asylum seekers who arrived in Portland in June? We will learn about their backgrounds, what is being done to accommodate them and facilitate the work-permitting process, and how people can help.

BANGOR, Maine — The federal government is providing funding to Maine to help prevent youth suicide, including in Native American populations.

Thunderstorms have battered parts of New England, downing trees and causing power outages for thousands in Maine.

Caitlin Troutman / Maine Public

An Independence Day picnic Thursday in Cape Elizabeth’s Fort Williams Park, home of the iconic Portland Head Light, welcomed dozens of newly-arrived asylum seekers staying at the Portland Expo Center.

Maine Med Ends Use Of Live Animals In Training

Jul 6, 2019
Tom Porter / Maine Public/file

Maine Medical Center has ended the use of live animals in its emergency medical training.

Mainers Hold 'Playdate' Protest Outside Sen. Collins Office

Jul 3, 2019
Julie Pike / Maine Public

Protestors crowded into Sen. Susan Collins' office in Portland Wednesday to speak out against the treatment of migrants in detention camps along the southern U.S. border.

Residents of the town of Turner are in mourning after a local teenager died following an accident at his family's farm. Roy Varney was killed after a piece of farm equipment that he was operating fell into a liquid manure pit at the Nezinscot Farm Tuesday.

Moose-Vehicle Crashes Have Declined Drastically In Maine. Here's Why.

Jul 3, 2019
Stephen Katz / Bangor Daily News

Drivers in Maine are colliding with the state’s largest land mammal a lot less often than they used to, and a number of factors play into that, according to two state biologists.

On the eve of the Fourth of July, we check in with the Maine State Fire Marshal Joseph Thomas to learn how to stay fire-safe this summer. We’ll discuss how high the fire danger is this summer, and how to handle fireworks safely. We’ll also get an update on the best smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, and other home safety devices and measures.

Guest:  Joe Thomas joined the Fire Marshal’s Office in 2000 after a 28-year career with the Portland Fire Department, including eight as chief. He was appointed Maine State Fire Marshal in 2012. 

Rebecca Conley / Maine Public

Maine has an active roller derby scene, with mostly all-women teams competing throughout the state. We’ll learn more about this fast-paced, strategic sport, and why it has become so popular for both skaters and spectators.

Lauren Casselberry / Associated Press/file

ROCKLAND, Maine - The caretaker accused in a lawsuit of isolating pop artist Robert Indiana before his death is suing Indiana's estate for $2 million to cover his legal fees.

CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine — Parking is no longer free for out-of-town visitors to a Maine park where a popular historic lighthouse is located.

WESTBROOK, Maine — The leader of veterinary diagnostics company IDEXX is out of commission because of a serious bicycle crash.