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Bear Sighting on Popular Katahdin Trail

Adrienne DiPiazza

Updated 8 hours ago

If you think you’re getting ready for winter, so is a lot of Maine’s wildlife.

A bear was seen on Knife Edge in Baxter State Park, a popular hiking trail but one where bears are rarely seen.

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Oxford Woman Faces Sentencing In Fatal Crash

Updated 15 hours ago

PARIS, Maine (AP) — A Maine woman convicted of manslaughter for being behind the wheel during a crash that killed two of her passengers faces sentencing.

Kristina Lowe is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday in Oxford County Superior Court in connection with the January 2012 crash in West Paris that took the lives of 19-year-old Logan Dam and 16-year-old Rebecca Mason.

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Turner Man Dies In Motorcycle Accident

Updated 15 hours ago

TURNER, Maine (AP) — A motorcycle rider involved in an accident with an SUV on Route 4 in Turner has died.

The Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Department says 41-year-old Gary Michaud died at the hospital at about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, about five hours after the accident.

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Heating Prices Down As Fall Begins

Updated 15 hours ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine government survey says the average price of heating oil in the state has dropped 6 cents from earlier this month to $3.32 per gallon.

The Governor’s Energy Office said Tuesday that the average statewide price for a gallon of heating oil ranged from $3.00 to $3.60. It also found the average price of kerosene was the same as it was in the middle of last month at $3.88 per gallon. The average propane price is now $2.83, a 2-cent drop per gallon from a month ago. Heating oil and kerosene are both less expensive than last August, while propane is 13 cents more expensive.

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Archery Deer Hunt Begins This Week

Updated 15 hours ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s season for hunting deer with bows and arrows is set to begin this week.

The archery season begins on Thursday and runs until Halloween. Hunters are allowed to harvest bucks throughout the state during the season. Hunters may only take antlerless deer in parts of the state that recognize “any deer” permits. The “any deer” permit itself is not required during the archery season. Hunters possessing a “bonus deer” permit can use it during the archery season.

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Homes Of Peary, Perkins Become National Landmarks

Updated 16 hours ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The island home of arctic explorer Adm. Robert Peary and the homestead of labor leader Frances Perkins have been designated as national historic landmarks in Maine.

Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King of Maine said Tuesday that the two sites are among nine that are joining more than 2,500 national historical landmarks nationwide.

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Maine Residents’ Personal Income Increases

Updated 16 hours ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine residents’ income rose during the April to June quarter.

The Bureau of Economic Analysis says Tuesday that Maine personal income went up 1.5 percent in the quarter. The increase places the state second in New England and matches the national average increase.

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Second Police Officer Files a Notice of Claim with Westbrook City Hall

Updated 1 day ago

A second female police officer has filed a notice of claim with Westbrook city hall about a potential sexual harassment lawsuit.

Westbrook’s new interim police chief Janine Roberts is pledging fairness, as she takes over the department.

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Portland Seeks State Reimbursement For Aid

Updated 2 days ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Portland is seeking more than $45,000 in state reimbursement for welfare benefits provided to immigrants who cannot prove they are in the U.S. legally, potentially setting up a showdown with the administration of Gov. Paul LePage.

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3rd Company Looks To Expand Gas Pipeline In Maine

Updated 2 days ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Another major energy company has made a proposal to the Maine Public Utilities Commission to expand natural gas pipeline capacity in the state.

Houston-based Spectra Energy Corp. filed a plan Monday in which the state could contract to secure specific supplies of lower-cost natural gas on two proposed projects.

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DEP Ruling On Chemical Won’t Be Fast

Updated 2 days ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Patricia Aho will likely take most of the allotted 120 days to rule on new regulations for a chemical used in household products.

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Cod Fishing Restrictions Up For Vote This Week

Updated 2 days ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Federal regulators will consider emergency restrictions to the Gulf of Maine’s cod fishery this week.

The New England Fishery Management Council will consider the restrictions at its meeting in Hyannis, Massachusetts this week. The three-day meeting begins on Tuesday and concludes Thursday. Officials say the restrictions will most likely come up for debate on Wednesday.

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Gas Prices Drop Slightly In Maine

Updated 2 days ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Gas prices have fallen slightly in Maine in the last week.

The average price of a gallon of gas in Maine on Monday was $3.44 a gallon, down 5.1 cents from one month ago, according to gasbuddy.com.

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Coast Guard Stops Impaired Boater In Portland

Updated 3 days ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The operator of a 35-foot sailboat has been charged with drunken boating after his vessel allegedly struck a moored boat near Portland Harbor.

The U.S. Coast Guard said in a statement that on Sunday it received notification of the contact between vessels from a Casco Bay Lines employee.

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Wilton Man To Serve A Year For Sexual Assault

Updated 3 days ago

FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — A Wilton man has been sentenced to serve one year in prison for sexually assaulting two young girls.

Peter Essman was also sentenced last week to four years of probation and ordered to register as a sex offender for 10 years.

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NYC Man Faces Murder Trial

Updated 3 days ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The trial of a New York City man charged with killing his girlfriend and leaving her body in an SUV in a hotel parking lot in Portland is getting started.

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Dempsey’s ‘challenge’ Raises More Than $1.1M

Updated 3 days ago

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Nearly 3,900 people helped raise more than $1.1 million for cancer care and support at the 6th annual Dempsey Challenge, organized by actor Patrick Dempsey in honor of his mother.

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Sake Brewer Launches Kickstarter Campaign

Updated 3 days ago

KITTERY, Maine (AP) — Maine is known for its microbrew beers, boutique distilleries and even blueberry wine. But a brewer is going to need help if Maine is to become home to a sake brewery.

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Maine Cities, Towns Get Coastal Grants

Updated 3 days ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Coastal Maine communities are getting grants to support harbor management and public access to the state’s coast.

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s Maine Coastal Program is providing the grants via an award from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration.

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Dogfish Remain Abundant Off East Coast

Updated 3 days ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The stability of the dogfish population off the coast of New England is not in jeopardy despite a recent survey that found less of the fish off of Maine and New Hampshire than previous years.

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