Wildfires continue to blaze in the Southwest and Mainers are on hand to help the Texas Forest Service.Members of the Maine Forest Service Incident Management Team got to Texas late last week.So far, lightning storms have caused dozens of small fires, but it hasn’t been anything the local firefighters couldn’t handle.The Maine team is using the time to update mapping and communication skills and prepare for short-notice mobilization within Texas.
There will be more fireworks tonight.The weather didn’t cooperate in Camden for their planned display Sunday night, so it was postponed to Tuesday night at 9:15.The town of Thomaston also had to postpone its fireworks show until Tuesday night.Fog wiped out fireworks shows in Eastport and Machias as well.We’re told the Eastport show will not be re-scheduled.
A man from Dover-Foxcroft accused of shooting his brother to death says he’s not guilty.Steven Mayo, 22, entered the plea in a Dover-Foxcroft courtroom Tuesday morning.Police say he killed Ryan Mayo , 20, in May.Attorneys for both sides say they have a while to go before a trial date is set.
Summer time means many things for Mainers.For drivers, it means road closures due to construction.The I-95 Southbound in Augusta will have some ramp closures, beginning Wednesday night.Workers are removing and installing new pavement.On wednesday, the Exit 112 off-ramp will be shut down at 7 p.m.
A home bomb shelter built in the 1950s to protect a Maine man and his family from a nuclear attack is being threatened by an Augusta sewer project.Eighty-six-year-old Donald Tuttle, who drove a concrete truck for 30 years, built the underground, concrete bomb shelter behind his Mount Vernon Avenue home.The shelter is entered through a backyard shed, also made of concrete.The shelter is in the way of a $17.3 million sewer project, due to start this week.
Maine police are collecting DNA samples from men with histories of violence as part of their investigation into the stabbing death of an 81-year-old Farmington woman.Farmington police say they have a DNA sample from the man suspected of stabbing Grace Burton in her home on June 21.
Maine lawmakers will take a fresh look at a bill to study youth sports-related head injuries during next January’s session.Before adjourning last week, the Legislature decided to sideline the bill so the Education Committee can review it next year.The sponsor, Saco Democratic Rep.
The Bangor Band celebrated the Fourth of July with a special patriotic performance Monday evening.Monday’s concert was one of the final performances the band will hold at the Bangor Bandstand in Bass Park.With construction on the new Bangor arena set to start soon, the band must find a new place to play.Conductor Fred Goldrich says the future is up in the air.The band still hasn’t heard back from Parks and Recreation as to a new location where the band can play.But fans of the live musical performance say they’ll follow the act anywhere.The final Bangor Band performance at Bass park will take place Tuesday, July 5th at 7 PM.
The Maine Department of Marine Resources confirms that a northern pike has been caught in the Penobscot River.The species was illegally introduced nearly a decade ago into Pushaw Lake.Pike grow larger than other native Maine fish such as salmon and brook trout, and often feed on those species.
State officials are asking you to keep a close eye on your watercraft…especially the parts in the water.The state Department of Environmental Protection is asking boat owners to make sure there are no invasive plants attached to their boats as they put in or take out of the water.If you are camping or having a cookout, the Maine Forest Service wants to make sure the asian longhorned beetle is kept out of the state.That can be done by purchasing firewood locally for your campfire.Last year the Maine legislature banned campers from bringing in out-of-state firewood.
Potato farmers in Aroostook County damaged by storms this spring will be receiving $400,000 in federal aid.Maine’s two senators confirmed the USDA and the farm services agency have approved the grant to aid approximately 50 farms in northern Maine.Recent storms reportedly stripped the topsoil on the farms, reducing the farm’s ability to bring crops to yield, and could lower land value long term.