Maine

Maine Democrats file ethics complaint against state GOP alleging ties to "fake news"

AUGUSTA — In an ethics complaint filed Tuesday, the Maine Democratic Party accused its Republican rivals of working hand-in-hand to spread bogus claims through...

Coast Guard prepares for ice-breaking on Kennebec

Two ice-breaking tugs were on the Kennebec River on Tuesday ahead of a larger vessel later this week, a U.S. Coast Guard official said. The...

State gets OK for regional center; could help Auburn medical tourism project

The state is moving forward with development of a regional center to connect foreign investors to projects in Maine, such as a proposed $40...

Marijuana sales bill faces challenges

A bill that would extend the adult-use marijuana sales moratorium until the end of the legislative session is not sitting well with House Republicans...

Dental board weighs bringing more charges against Kippax

AUGUSTA — Lewiston oral surgeon Jan Kippax is not off the hook yet. Though the Maine Board of Dental Practice determined last month that the...

Maine supreme court says state must provide food stamps to eligible asylum seekers

Maine’s top court has ruled that the Maine Department of Health and Human Services was wrong to deny food stamp benefits to asylum seekers...

Former lawmaker seeks State House seat

WATERFORD — Retired state finance commissioner Sawin Millett is seeking the House District 71 seat. Millett, 80, is a Republican who has served for more...

Jackman selectmen fire town manager Kawczynski, who made racist remarks

JACKMAN — Town Manager Tom Kawczynski was fired Tuesday morning in a unanimous vote by selectmen that followed an uproar after his racist views...

Mogul skier Troy Murphy of Bethel named to U.S. Olympic team

Troy Murphy got the call Monday night – he’s going to the Winter Olympics. Murphy, a 25-year-old native of Bethel, will be part of the...

Baby delivered after pregnant woman dies in Skowhegan crash

SKOWHEGAN — A pregnant woman on her way to a local hospital to be medically induced to give birth was killed Monday morning when...

Democrats blame GOP for allowing a federal shutdown

Several Democrats hoping to win Maine’s 2nd District seat this year in the U.S. House of Representatives were less than impressed with the three-day...

Why the Trump administration won’t let Maine ban soda and candy from food stamps

Momentum is building for new food stamp restrictions that would ban the purchase of candy and soda. This week, however, the Trump administration denied...

Pregnant woman dies in Skowhegan crash; hospital delivers baby

SKOWHEGAN — A pregnant woman on her way to a local hospital to be medically induced to give birth was killed Monday morning in...

Maine can expect a messy commute Monday night

Snow will arrive in Maine just in time for the Monday evening commute, making roads slippery. The snow will move in from the west Monday...

Waterford farmer seeks election to state House seat

WATERFORD — Insisting it is “time for significant change in our government,” organic farmer and retired pastor Doretta Colburn is seeking election to a...

Acadia National Park closing operations as shutdown continues

Acadia National Park was in the process of closing its operations Sunday as the federal government shutdown moved toward its third day. Much of the...

Workers emerging from painful reset at Bath Iron Works

BATH (AP) — After a stormy chapter in labor relations, the leader of Bath Iron Works aims to collaborate more with workers as the...

Washington woman finds purpose year after deadly fire took husband, son

WASHINGTON — Elizabeth Rhodes lay in the emergency room of the PenBay Medical Center in Rockport with burns on her forehead and shoulder and...

Jackman town manager under fire for comments

Jackman selectmen are scheduled to meet Tuesday with Town Manager Thomas Kawczynski to discuss his white separatist, anti-Islamic and anti-feminist comments. The town’s attorney, Warren Shay, said...

Sanford woman dies in Arundel crash

ARUNDEL — A Sanford woman died in a two-car head on crash early Sunday morning on Route 111 in Arundel. York County Sheriff William King said Kerry...

Immigrant legislation sparks passionate response in Lewiston

LEWISTON — The City Council tabled a vote Tuesday to support a legislative bill that would fund an immigrant resource office in Lewiston, disappointing...

Police log

Charges Lewiston • Michael DeJesus, 47, of 18 Belgrade Ave., Auburn, domestic violence assault, 6:30 p.m. Monday at 31 River St.  • Paul Roe, 30, of Ellsworth,...

Ice, rain cause outages, flooding

Thousands of Mainers were without power Tuesday night as ice-laden limbs and lines snapped in a storm that also flooded roads and slicked highways. The...

Hockey players win trip to NHL All-Star Game

Four 10-year-old hockey players from Lewiston and Auburn will fly on Thursday to Tampa Bay for the National Hockey League All-Star Weekend.  Maine Gladiators Tier...

Agencies seek funding from Farmington

 Walton Mill Pond Dam in Farmington (File Photo)FARMINGTON —  Representatives from half a dozen social service agencies asked selectmen Tuesday evening to restore funding...

Cemetery sold, LED lights still of interest in Paris

PARIS — The sale of Fairview Cemetery has been completed. “There is one minor step still with the registry of deeds that our lawyers are taking...

Kingfield selectmen discuss firefighting equipment, road construction costs

KINGFIELD — New Fire Chief Fred Nichols told selectmen Monday night he plans to apply for federal matching funds to buy a new pumper. He also...

Farmington man faces drug trafficking charge

FARMINGTON — Police arrested a second man Sunday on a charge of aggravated trafficking of drugs in downtown Farmington. Jonathan Toothaker, 22, was arrested Jan....

Nomination papers available in Jay

JAY — Nomination papers for three-year terms for two selectpersons, Regional School Unit 73 directors and water district trustees are available at the Town...

Jay begins municipal budget review

JAY — Selectpersons on Monday approved a preliminary proposed spending plan of $6.25 million for 2018-19. The amount includes changes proposed by the board and...

West Paris couple charged in home burglary

PARIS – A West Paris couple accused in connection with a break-in at a pastor's home while he was conducting a church service Sunday...

Errands in the rain

Miranda Brown navigates the Bates Street sidewalk Tuesday morning with her children Emonie, 3, and Eliyanna, 5, while running errands in Lewiston during the...

Hoops and dance can help brains and bodies

NORWAY — In Nettie Gentempo’s Nevaeh Dance Studio at 290 Main Street,  styles of dance and performance have a home that hold a benefit for those...

Determination helps Mat Allen succeed

NORWAY — Firefighter Mat Allen recently graduated the Basic Firefighting School held at the Paris Fire Department, which he described as “the state minimum to...

Avesta closes on Fox School

PARIS — The sale of the Mildred M. Fox School located at 10 Market Place, to Avesta Housing, was finalized on Dec. 28.  The town...

Jeff Sessions interviewed by Robert Mueller's team in Russia investigation

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions was interviewed for hours last week in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, the Justice Department confirmed...

Carrabassett Valley house fire ruled accidental

CARRABASSETT VALLEY — A fire that destroyed a home on Fox Hollow Road last week originated near a wood stove in the living room,...

One dead, nine injured in Kentucky school shooting; suspect held

BENTON, Ky. (AP) — Someone with a gun opened fire inside a rural Kentucky high school Tuesday morning, killing one person and injuring nine...

Donald Trump applies tariffs to solar panels, washing machines

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday approved tariffs on imported solar-energy components and large washing machines in a bid to help U.S....

Early morning crash on Maine Turnpike in Lewiston closes southbound traffic for an hour

LEWISTON — Southbound traffic on the Maine Turnpike was closed for an hour early Tuesday morning following a crash near the Lewiston interchange at...

Alaska hit by 7.9 earthquake; tsunami warning canceled

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck off Alaska's Kodiak Island early Tuesday, prompting a tsunami warning for a large swath of...

Susan Collins and Angus King help broker Senate agreement for ending government shutdown

Maine’s two U.S. senators were once again at the center of negotiations to end a federal government shutdown. Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and...

Franklin County arrest log

Charges: • Marcus L. Stiles, 37, Carrabassett Valley, domestic violence assault, Jan. 12, $250 cash bail, Carrabassett Valley Police Department. • Jerome Soiinka Sterling, 33, Dallas...

Police log

Auburn • Justin Barefield, 38, of 66 Webster St., Lewiston, operating after license suspended, operating an unregistered motor vehicle, failure to give correct name and...

Another storm heads our way

At this point in the season, a snow storm seems like old hat. We've seen it, we've shoveled it, we've driven in it —...

Lewiston school board hears report on learning initiative

LEWISTON — The School Committee met Monday night at the Dingley Center to discuss proficiency-based learning.  Assistant Superintendent Shawn Chabot and the rest of the...

Council backs shift to LED streetlights

AUBURN — The city has begun the process of buying all 1,250 of its public streetlights from Central Maine Power and converting them to...

Lisbon schools still waiting for computer order

LISBON — The School Committee was advised Monday night that laptops approved by the Maine Department of Education in August still haven't arrived because of...

Jay accepts Livermore Falls company's bid to replace roof

JAY — Selectpersons voted Monday to award a contract to Crapotts Corp., contingent upon references checking out, to replace the roof on the Public...

Housing innovations topic at Great Falls Forum

LEWISTON — The Great Falls Forum on Thursday will feature a panel discussion titled “Innovations in Housing.” It will be held from noon to 1...