February 17, 2017 RSS feed / Maine

Feb. ‘17 already the snowiest for parts of N.E.

PORTLAND   An overnight winter storm unleashed more than a foot of wet, heavy snow on parts of Maine and New Hampshire by Thursday, closing schools knocking out power and pushing snow tallies to levels unseen in years.  More...

Chief justice calls for more pay for trial clerks and marshals

AUGUSTA   Maine Chief Justice Leigh Saufley used her traditional State of the Judiciary address to call for more pay for the state’s trial clerks and marshals, whom she called the “unsung heroes” of the courts.  More...

Early bird might no longer get worm in winter

PORTLAND (AP) — Maine legislators are looking to put new restrictions on the harvest of marine worms.  Legislators are considering a proposal called “An Act To Protect the Marine Worm Industry.” The proposal states that a perso More...

Proposal to cut tax penalty on forgiven student loans

PORTLAND (AP) — Maine Sen. Angus King is among a group of lawmakers backing a proposal to eliminate a tax penalty that is currently levied on student loans forgiven for families after the death or disability of the borrower.  More...

Norwegian man gets 15 months for threatening police

PORTLAND (AP) — Prosecutors say a Norwegian man has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for making threats against Maine police while in Portland as a tourist.  Twenty- nine- year- old Espen Brungodt, of Bergen, was sentenced Thursday. More...

Oldest TV station in Maine to be sold for $85M

PORTLAND (AP) — Maine’s oldest television station is expected to be sold to a Georgia media company for $85 million. More...

LePage says ‘TV show’s over’ for Trump

PORTLAND (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage says President Donald Trump needs to find a right-hand person so his administration can run more smoothly.  More...

Maine heating prices creep up in February

AUGUSTA (AP) — The Governor’s Energy Office says the price of heating oil in Maine has risen slightly from two weeks ago.  The statewide average cash price for No. More...

State House dome copper to be reused for art project

AUGUSTA — The Maine Arts Commission is accepting proposals until 5 p.m. Feb. 22 from artists to re-use the copper that once sheathed the exterior of the state house dome to create public art. More...

Maine, N.H. battle more snow after nonstop storms

Two New England states battled more snow Wednesday after several days of practically nonstop storms.  Maine and New Hampshire residents faced the prospect of more than a foot of snow after a week of storms left accumulations up 58 inches in Jone More...

RSU1 tests for lead in drinking water in schools

Fisher Mitchell School fountain removed

BATH Many communities across the U.S. — including Bath — are testing drinking water in response to the Flint water crisis. More...

Sen. Collins to oppose Pruitt nomination to EPA

PORTLAND Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine announced Wednesday that she’s going to vote against President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. More...

Legislators consider controversial voter ID bills

AUGUSTA Legislators are considering bills that supporters say protect election integrity and critics say make voting harder. More...

MORE SNOW ON THE WAY

A ROBIN braves a winter storm as seen along Crescent Street in Bath, in this photo captured by Times Record reader Cindy Hutchins. Another round of winter weather is poised to clobber Maine. More...

No further penalty for nurse who let patient go in snowstorm

PORTLAND   The state has lost its effort to impose a greater penalty on a nurse whose license was suspended after letting a disoriented patient leave a hospital during a snowstorm.  More...

Dem spurs GOP allegations over consultant pay

AUGUSTA Maine Gov. Paul LePage has demanded that the House chairman of the taxation committee step down from the post for accepting $9,000 to serve as a consultant on a referendum. More...

Hearing on elver permits postponed to end of month

AUGUSTA (AP) — A public hearing on a Maine plan to use a new lottery system to award baby eel fishing permits will likely take place later in February.  The hearing was originally scheduled to take place on Feb. More...

Fall fishing hours could get longer for Maine’s lobstermen

PORTLAND (AP) — The fishing day might get a little bit longer for Maine lobstermen in the fall.  Legislators are considering a bill to extend the legal hours when lobsters can be harvested in the month of October.  More...

Officials: Maine to face shortage of 3,200 RNs by 2025

AUGUSTA (AP) — Nursing Leaders of Maine, the American Nursing Association of Maine and the Maine Nursing Action Coalition say the state is going to face a shortage of about 3,200 registered nurses by 2025.  The organizations announced the More...

Man pleads guilty in cocaine ring case

BANGOR ( AP) — A Maine man has pleaded guilty to drug charges stemming from a large cocaine operation.  Donald Vigue, of Dexter, pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute cocaine on Tuesday. More...