AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Marine Patrol and the Coast Guard are urging boaters to focus on safety as they get their boats ready for the season.
Maine Marine Patrol Pilot Steve Ingram said it’s important to remind boaters of safe practices as the state approaches the Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of the boating season in Maine.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s black bears have emerged from hibernation and are pawing through garbage cans, birdfeeders and pet dishes, igniting a debate between hunters and conservationists about an upcoming referendum about the state’s bear hunt.
FALMOUTH, Maine (AP) — Maine Audubon, Trout Unlimited and the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife are seeking volunteer anglers to participate in a trout survey this season.
Anglers are needed to survey remote ponds and coastal streams in Maine, which are believed to be home to 97 percent of the wild brook trout habitats in the eastern U.S.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Eddington and Denmark fire departments will receive more than $57,000 in Federal Emergency Management Agency operations and safety grants.
Rep. Mike Michaud says FEMA is providing more than $34,000 to the Eddington Fire Department and more than $23,000 to the Denmark Volunteer Fire Department.
EAST BOOTHBAY, Maine (AP) — Sixteen Maine high school students will participate in the 25th annual Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Science mentoring program.
The students will begin the program at the East Boothbay laboratory on Sunday. They will work with scientist mentors, collect samples, conduct lab experiments, analyze data and present scientific findings. The laboratory has allowed 400 high school juniors from around the state to participate in the program.
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — University of Maine System trustees are ready to vote on a proposed operating budget.
Trustees will discuss a proposal to freeze in-state tuition for a third consecutive year. If approved Monday, it would be the first time that’s happened since the 1990s.
BUXTON, Maine (AP) — A suspect in a Buxton home invasion has turned himself in after hiding in the woods for several days and getting assurances he would be fed.
Authorities say 30-year-old Michael Crockett Jr. surrendered Sunday after negotiating with police through his attorney.
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — The search for a new president for the University of Southern Maine has been launched.
University of Maine System trustees Chairman Samuel Collins and Chancellor James Page announced Sunday that a presidential search committee will be formed this summer.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s Own Organic Milk is folding after about five years on the market.
The company’s chief executive officer Bill Eldridge says in a statement Friday that the product — better known as MOO Milk — will immediately cease commercial availability. The statement says the milk is produced by 12 Maine organic farms and the company is working to secure long-term contracts for those providers’ milk supply.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine labor officials say the state’s unemployment rate fell to its lowest point in more than five years last month.
Officials say in figures released Friday the state had a 5.7 percent seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for April, the lowest figure since September 2008. The figured dropped from 5.9 percent in March and 6.8 percent a year ago. The national unemployment rate was 6.3 percent for the month, and the New England rate was 6.1 percent.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The sale of the Maine-based railroad blamed for a deadly oil train derailment in Quebec has been completed 10 months after the disaster that claimed 47 lives.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine officials say a temporary closure of the mouth of the Penobscot River to lobster and crab fishing because of mercury contamination risk has become permanent.
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — The former finance director of the Passamaquoddy Tribe’s Pleasant Point reservation has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of stealing more than $20,000 from the Maine tribe.
OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine (AP) — An out-of-court settlement has been reached in a wrongful termination lawsuit brought against Old Orchard Beach by its former town manager.
At a special town council meeting this week, councilors voted to give final approval to an agreement reached weeks ago at a mediation session.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Two lighthouses off the coast of Maine are being auctioned by the federal government.
The Portland Press Herald reports that Halfway Rock Light Station off Harpswell and Boon Island Light Station off York went on sale Wednesday, as part of a federal program to rid the government of the expensive-to-maintain structures.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Painter Alex Katz will speak at a Portland hotel in June at an event hosted by the Portland Museum of Art.
Katz, who divides his time between New York City and Lincolnville, Maine, will speak at the Westin Portland Harborview Hotel on June 11 at 6 p.m.
WINDSOR, Maine (AP) — The Northeast Livestock Expo will take place over three days in Windsor, Maine, with an emphasis on encouraging interest in agriculture among young people.
The ninth annual expo begins Friday at the Windsor Fairgrounds. The first day of the event is geared at children and is expected to attract more than 1,000 people. It will include displays about types of food for livestock, veterinarians explaining livestock care, and a live horse with a drawn-on skeleton to illustrate its anatomy.
CANTON, Maine (AP) — The Maine Department of Environmental Protection has given the green light to an eight-turbine wind project on Canton Mountain.
The 22.8-megawatt project approved this week will feature a 3,500-square-foot operations building and eight turbines, each extending 480 feet high. The Sun Journal reported that the project is part of a larger plan that could include wind projects in the adjacent towns of Dixfield and Carthage.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A consultant hired by Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s administration says the state should seek a waiver from the federal government to provide it the flexibility to overhaul its Medicaid program.
SKOWHEGAN, Maine (AP) — Police are preparing to monitor roads during the annual 10-mile yard sale in the Maine communities of Cornville and Skowhegan.
The sale, in its 31st year, sometimes brings bumper-to-bumper traffic to the area and is scheduled to take place on Saturday and Sunday. Skowhegan police say they will mobilize towing services and patrol the area for traffic violations. The Morning Sentinel reports the event began with a handful of families and has grown in size and popularity.