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Skowhegan Mill Valuation Drops $100M, Raising Taxes

Updated 1 week ago

SKOWHEGAN, Maine (AP) — A Maine paper mill’s value is dropping by more than $100 million, jacking up local residents’ tax rates.

Skowhegan officials lowered Sappi Fine Paper North America mill from $567 million to $463 million. The lower value will impact the town’s tax rate, though residents were steeling themselves for an even bigger hit.

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Maine Senate Democrat: Michaud ‘Not A Brain Guy’

Updated 7 days ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Democratic state Sen. Geoff Gratwick says his party’s gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud is “not a brain guy.”

In a recording made without his knowledge, Gratwick also said that if the governor’s race were between Michaud and independent Eliot Cutler, he probably would have voted for Cutler because “he’s probably more measured, brighter.”

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Starks Family Takes Cellphone Tower Fight To SJC

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SKOWHEGAN, Maine (AP) — A Starks family fighting construction of a cellphone transmission tower on land next to their farm is taking the case to Maine’s highest court.

Harry and Cindy Brown say the Starks Board of Appeals conducted the wrong type of hearing while reviewing their original objection to the Starks Planning Board’s approval of the tower.

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Concerns Spur Review Of Riverview

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The court master who oversees a consent decree governing how the state treats people with mental illness says he plans an inspection of the state-run Riverview Psychiatric Center in Augusta.

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100 Onions Grown By 5th-graders Stolen

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WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — It was supposed to be a lesson in growing your own food, healthy eating and helping the less fortunate, but instead, a group of Maine fifth-graders got a lesson in the harsh realities of life.

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NH-Maine Bridge Gets $25 Million For Replacement

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PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — An aging bridge that connects New Hampshire and Maine is getting $25 million in federal grants for its replacement.

The 70-year-old Sarah Mildred Long Bridge connects Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and Kittery, Maine. It is rated structurally deficient.

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Belgrade Mom Pleads Guilty To Child Endangerment

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine woman whose special needs son wandered five miles from home and had to be pulled from a stream by a stranger has pleaded guilty to child endangerment.

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3-alarm Blaze Guts Scarborough Commercial Building

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SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) — A three-alarm blaze has caused extensive damage to a commercial building in Scarborough that houses more than a dozen businesses.

Three firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion while battling the blaze at Scarborough Commons, which was reported at about 7:30 p.m. Monday.

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Expanded Archery Hunt Is Underway

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SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s expanded season for hunting deer with bows and arrows is underway.

The state’s expanded archery season started Saturday and runs through Dec. 13. The state uses the expanded season to allow deer hunting in areas with significant deer populations and laws banning the discharging of firearms. Most of the hunting zones are in residential areas with wooded lots.

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8 GOP House Candidates, 3 Democrats Withdrawal

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Eight Republicans and three Democrats have dropped out of their races of the Maine House of Representatives.

Candidates had until Friday to withdraw their names from the November ballot. They cannot be replaced with new candidates.

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Police Find SUV Involved In 100 Mph Chase

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DURHAM, Maine (AP) — Police say they have found the sport utility vehicle involved in a 100 mph police chase in Durham last week.

Police said Monday they located the purple SUV behind a home in Durham. Driver Wayne King faces charges of aggravated driving with a suspended license and eluding a police officer. Police arrested the 35-year-old last week on unrelated charges in an apartment house in Lewiston.

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Nova Star Ending Service A Few Weeks Early

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Nova Star ferry that runs between Portland, Maine, and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, is ending its first season a few weeks early.

Company officials said Monday that the ferry will depart Portland for the last time on Oct. 14 instead of Nov. 2, as originally planned.

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LePage Re-election Team Launches First TV Ad

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s has released his first advertisement in the three-person race for Maine governor.

The ad titled “Our Governor” that was unveiled Monday features several Mainers, including Democratic and independent voters, highlighting LePage’s first-term accomplishments, like paying off a $400 million debt owed to Maine hospitals and enforcing one of the largest environmental fines in the state’s history.

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Deckhouse For Stealthy Destroyer Arrives In Maine

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BATH, Maine (AP) — A composite deckhouse for the second Zumwalt-class destroyer has arrived at Bath Iron Works in Maine.

The deckhouse and helicopter hangar built at a shipyard in Mississippi arrived by barge on Friday. The structure will house radar and sensors, along with the bridge and combat operations center.

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Gas Prices Increasing In Maine

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Gas prices have gone up nearly 2 cents in Maine in the last week.

The average price of a gallon of gas in Maine on Monday was $3.51 a gallon, down 6.5 cents from one month ago, according to gasbuddy.com.

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Bethel Man To Be Retried On Rape Charge

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PARIS, Maine (AP) — A Bethel man whose rape conviction was overturned by Maine’s highest court will be retried this month.

Jury selection for the retrial of 32-year-old Spencer Glover is scheduled to start Wednesday, for a trial later this month.

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Winslow Homer’s View Of The Sea Preserved

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SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) — The Portland Museum of Art has purchased the land around the Winslow Homer Studio in Scarborough, protecting the artist’s view from development.

The sale, for $2.3 million, closed Aug. 29.

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South Portland Store Clerk Fights Off Would-be Robber

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A man trying to rob a South Portland convenience store got more than he bargained for when the clerk fought back, wrestled him to the floor and put him in a chokehold until police arrived.

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Augusta Police Chief Hurt In Motorcycle Crash

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Augusta’s police chief and a sergeant were injured over the weekend in a motorcycle crash during an off-duty charity event.

Chief Robert Gregoire and Sgt. Christopher Shaw, who were riding separate bikes, crashed Saturday during a Shriners ride in Jay.

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Passenger Attacks Portland Taxi Driver

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Authorities continue to investigate a weekend assault on a Portland cab driver that caused him to crash into a tree.

Police say the driver picked up a fare on Forest Avenue at about 11:15 p.m. Saturday.

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