AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Big changes are coming to Maine’s unemployment benefits system.
The Maine Department of Labor says that its telephone and website claims systems will be unavailable while they’re being upgraded between Wednesday afternoon and early Thursday.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine’s state parks will be open for campground reservations in February.
The state Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s Bureau of Maine State Parks and Lands says Sebago Lake State Park will open for campground reservations on Monday and all other state parks will open Feb. 9. Sebago Lake reservations are limited to four-night minimum stays only.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — New rules governing snowmobiles and other motorized “over snow vehicles” apply to the trails in the national forests in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine, but they are not expected to change the way the existing trail systems in the forests are managed.
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Author Stephen King came to southwest Florida to support local libraries.
The Library Foundation supporting the Manatee County Public Library System asked King to speak Thursday at an annual author event. The Herald reports that $200 tickets for King’s talk sold out, and the foundation met its $10,000 fundraising goal. The money will help fund a new library computer system.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A man convicted of killing the mother of his four children and one of his friends has lost his appeal to regain parental rights.
Joel Hayden had appealed to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court seeking to regain parental rights while he serves two life sentences for killing Renee Sandora and Trevor Mills at Sandora’s New Gloucester home in 2011. The 33-year-old Hayden, of New Bedford, Massachusetts, shot the victims in front of his 7-year-old son.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Snowmobilers in New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine are taking part in a three-day weekend with riders registered in any one of those states able to explore the trails of the other two states for free.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — In what sounds like a cruel twist on an ancient fable, Maine Audubon is seeking the return of a stuffed hare and turtle that it uses for educational purposes.
OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine (AP) — Authorities say two people were hurt and 24 mostly older residents were displaced by a blaze in an Old Orchard Beach apartment building that’s being blamed on a cooking accident.
RANGELEY, Maine (AP) — A Massachusetts family’s weekend of snowmobiling fun in Maine turned into a nightmare when two snowmobiles used by their children were stolen.
Dan and Jennifer Smith of Pembroke, Massachusetts, brought their three sons, ages 8, 6 and 3, to last weekend’s Snodeo events in Rangeley.
LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — A Maine investment group is buying Elmet Technologies, a Lewiston-based manufacturer.
The Sun Journal reports the buyers are a Maine investment firm, seven members of Elmet’s management team and the Maine Technology Institute. The company has operated in Lewiston since 1929 and works with molybdenum and tungsten for the lighting, semiconductor, medical and energy industries. The company announced the deal on Tuesday.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine government survey says the average statewide cash price for heating oil dropped 4 cents in the past week.
The Governor’s Energy Office says the average price was $2.56 a gallon, according to the Jan. 26 survey. The average kerosene price of $3.12 was also 12 cents lower than two weeks ago. Propane prices dropped 7 cents over the past two weeks to $2.66.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — FairPoint Communications has agreed to hold public meetings around New Hampshire to discuss its service levels as part of a $13 million contract to provide Internet and telecommunications services for the state.
LYNDONVILLE, Vt. (AP) — Students at a Vermont high school have recovered in the state of Maine two balloons launched from their Lyndonville campus, one of which rose to almost 90,0000 feet before falling back to earth.
Jeremy Kennedy is the new Executive Director of the Maine Democratic Party.
And, former Maine Senate majority leader Troy Jackson was named to the Democratic National Committee.
Democratic State Committee members made those decisions yesterday.
Belfast-born Alton Lane never talked about his feelings. Instead, he lashed out against others.
“You know if I feel pain, you’re going to feel pain too,” says Lane.
As a teen, Lane dropped out of school and took odd jobs to survive and pay for alcohol.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — City officials say the landlord of a Portland apartment building in which six people died in a fire is facing legal action if he fails to fix safety code violations in another building he owns.
WINTHROP, Maine (AP) — A couple of volunteers for an organization that delivers hot meals to elderly residents of Winthrop is being credited with saving a 99-year-old man’s life.
Nelson and Sherry Lavigne, volunteers for Winthrop Hot Meal Kitchen, said they were making a delivery around 5 p.m. Wednesday when they found Gordon Alcott down on his back porch, bleeding from the head.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Law enforcement authorities say a man wanted in connection with the death of his wife in Michigan has been spotted in Maine.
The Allegan County Sheriff’s office in Michigan says Maine law enforcement officials have received several possible sightings of Harold “Butch” Knight in Maine since Jan. 16.
OXFORD, Maine (AP) — A popular drag racing facility in Oxford, Maine, will reopen this coming spring after suspending operations for the 2014 season.
The Sun Journal reports Oxford Dragway owner Jeff Shock and operations manager Crystal Lancaster say there will be a season this year and they will host a drivers meeting on Feb. 1. The eighth-mile straightaway did not have sufficient help to host its weekly races last year.
PARIS, Maine (AP) — A Maine jeweler says a piece of apatite he is cutting is the largest apatite gemstone ever found in North America.
The Sun Journal reports Dennis Creaser of Paris, Maine, says the purple gemstone weighed 65.5 carats when it arrived in his store. A Connecticut mineral dealer hired him to cut the gem after obtaining it when a collector in that state died. The apatite came from Pulsifer Quarry in Auburn, Maine, where it was mined.