PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Gas prices have fallen 2.9 cents a gallon in Maine in the last week.
The average price of a gallon of gas in Maine on Monday was $3.16 a gallon, down 27 cents from one month ago, according to gasbuddy.com.
TENANTS HARBOR, Maine (AP) — The booming lobster processing business in Maine is struggling to find and retain good workers.
Since 2010, when a change in Maine law expanded the types of products plants can process, the number of companies that hold lobster processing licenses has more than doubled to 13.
AUBURN, Maine (AP) — The Lost Valley ski resort took another step toward an unexpected opening this winter.
The Auburn resort, which first opened in 1961, announced in June that it was in financial trouble and would likely not reopen this winter.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Portland police are investigating after dozens of political campaign signs were removed and then arranged in a circle in a city park.
The 65 signs removed sometime Saturday night represented more than a dozen different candidates, of various political parties, and different ballot questions, so it does not appear as if any one campaign was targeted.
GARDINER, Maine (AP) — The Gardiner Public Library has received more than $100,000 in grant money to renovate its archive room and better protect the records kept there.
The library received $112,000 in grants from four foundations and one private donor over the last several months to fund its plan to renovate the lower floor with a new heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, a tiled floor and LED lighting.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s supreme court is wrapping up its latest series of road trips to high schools.
The court will hear three appeals Tuesday at Presque Isle High School.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The deadline for requesting absentee ballots for Maine’s election is fast approaching.
The deadline for most voters is Thursday. Election officials say Mainers can request a ballot until the close of business by going online, calling or visiting their town office.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — President Barack Obama is planning to swing through Maine this week to campaign for Democratic governor hopeful Mike Michaud.
Obama is headlining a rally for Michaud on Oct. 30 at the Portland Exposition Building.
LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — The National Science Foundation has awarded $337,228 to a Bates College oceanographer and a geologist to continue climate research based on the shells of clams.
Biology professor William Ambrose and geology professor Michael Retelle say they’ll analyze the natural record archived in clamshells over a millennium to plot changes in sea temperature.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A draft of a legislation that would add several new species to Maine’s threatened and endangered animals list will likely go to state lawmakers in December.
State environmental officials might add the little brown bat and northern long-eared bat to the endangered list after white nose syndrome hurt populations. The eastern small-footed bat also faces threatened status. The black-crowned night heron and great cormorant may be upgraded to “endangered.” The cobblestone tiger beetle, Frigga fritillary butterfly and six-whorl vertigo snail could also be added to the endangered list.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The University of Southern Maine and a Portland education group will receive $1.9 million from the federal government for arts education in Portland schools.
The university announced last week that Youth in Action: Side x Side and the school will receive the grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination grant will be used to developer a four-year arts education program entitled “Project IMAGINE.”
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A senior Maine wildlife official says her department paid a company $6,600 for web design and a PowerPoint presentation defending bear-baiting not to sway voters in an upcoming referendum, but as a matter of public education.
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — More than 150 local farmers and producers will be showcasing their food, beverages, music and more at the Maine Harvest Festival next month.
The fourth annual festival will be held Saturday Nov. 8 and Sunday Nov. 9 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.
CARIBOU, Maine (AP) — The Maine governor’s race isn’t the only three-way contest with candidates running neck-and-neck and an independent who could tilt the vote.
Voters in Maine’s sprawling 2nd Congressional District will decide a hard-fought race between Democrat Emily Cain and Republican Bruce Poliquin, who’re battling for an open seat that’s been in Democratic control for 20 years. The race also features independent Blaine Richardson.
SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton says Democratic gubernatorial nominee Rep. Mike Michaud is the best candidate to spur economic change in Maine.
Clinton spoke Friday at a rally at Scarborough High School that attracted about 1,000 people. The former secretary of state and first lady of the United States says Michaud’s background as a mill worker underscores his understanding of the need for middle-class jobs.
WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — A group of striking FairPoint workers is picketing a meeting of Colby College’s trustees, saying one of them has the power to force the telephone company to return to the bargaining table.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The company that runs the Nova Star ferry between Portland, Maine, and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia says it has already received advance bookings for 43 motor coaches in 2015.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s baby eel fishermen might see a slightly reduced quota in 2015.
A federal regulatory panel is recommending a quota of 9,688 pounds of elvers next year. That would be a slight reduction from the quota of 11,749 pounds this year, the first time a quota was imposed. A spokeswoman for the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission says the number reflects the amount of elvers caught in Maine this year.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine lobsterman who kept undersized and V-notched lobsters has been sentenced to two days in jail and fined $50,000. The Department of Marine Resources is also suspending his license for three years.
FRYEBURG, Maine (AP) — The Maine Public Utilities Commission says Fryeburg Water Co. can enter into a long-term contract to sell water to Nestle Waters, bottler of Poland Springs.
The commission ruled Thursday that the contract between the privately-owned utility and Nestle could benefit the utility’s ratepayers. Nestle would pay higher rates than household customers.