News from February 14, 2013

February 14, 2013

Record snow in suburbs provides boost to ski resorts

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The record storm that dumped 21⁄2 feet of snow on the streets and suburbs of southern New England and New York last week has primed the ski resorts of northern New England for the President’s Day holiday that could help erase memories of last year’s dismal season.

February 14, 2013

New national park could boost Maine economy, studies suggest

PORTLAND — A pair of studies commissioned by a foundation that wants to create a national park in northern Maine suggest that communities near federal parks have better economic performance than other rural communities and that creation of a second national park in Maine could create 450 to 1,000 jobs.

February 14, 2013

Augusta councilors looking to join Gardiner, county natural gas deal

AUGUSTA -- City councilors are considering joining with Gardiner and Kennebec County to seek a deal with one of two competing companies to bring natural gas via pipeline to municipal, county, school and court buildings in the two cities.

February 14, 2013

Morning Sentinel area police log, Feb. 14, 2013

IN ATHENS, Wednesday at 8:54 p.m., a report of a domestic disturbance was investigated on Hole In The Wall Road.

February 14, 2013

Waterville District Court, Dec. 31, 2012 to Jan. 4, 2013

WATERVILLE -- The following cases were closed from Dec. 31, 2012, to Jan. 4, 2013, in Waterville District Court.

February 14, 2013

South Portland chef, ice sculptor star of Flavors of Freeport Friday

Jesse Bouchard makes his living as a chef, but he's becoming famous for his ice carving.

February 15, 2013

Thomas College, KVCC to freeze tuition rates for next year

Tuition will remain flat next year for two area colleges, and perhaps more.

February 14, 2013

Early childhood education expansion would benefit Maine children, say school officials

President Barack Obama's proposal to provide quality early childhood education to all children, including preschool for all 4-year-olds, would mean a significant expansion of those programs in Maine, where only about 60 percent of public school districts offer pre-kindergarten classes.

February 14, 2013

Republicans, public criticize Bangor paper's request for concealed weapons permit information

A Bangor newspaper came under a withering attack from gun-rights advocates, top politicians and hundreds of online readers Thursday after requesting personal information on concealed weapons permit holders from all Maine police departments.

February 14, 2013

President's proposed minimum wage increase gets mixed reviews

President Barack Obama's proposal to raise the federal minimum wage to $9 an hour would inflate labor costs in Maine, which relies heavily on service-sector jobs, many of which start at minimum wage, to fuel the state's biggest industry -- tourism.

February 15, 2013

Oakland students give touching farewell to long-time resource officer

OAKLAND -- A 40-year veteran police officer made some seventh- and eighth-grade girls cry at Messalonskee Middle School Thursday.

February 14, 2013

Vassalboro proposed budget shows slight increase; does not factor state revenue cuts

VASSALBORO -- Selectmen got their first look at the proposed municipal budget Thursday, which includes a request to put a new roof on the Town Office.

February 15, 2013

South China man gets 90 days in jail for threatening judge

AUGUSTA -- A South China man will spend 90 days in jail for threatening to shoot a district court judge.

February 15, 2013

Bill would require high schools to offer optional gun safety classes

AUGUSTA -- A proposal to require high schools to teach gun safety and handling would be yet another mandate taxing schools and undercutting local control, critics said Thursday at a legislative hearing.

February 14, 2013

College Scorecard praised in concept, but with a few caveats

AUGUSTA -- An online college comparison tool launched this week by the White House to improve transparency about college affordability and outcomes is being praised in concept by people who work in and study education.

February 14, 2013

NRA chief renews call for armed guards in schools

Wayne LaPierre also says universal background checks for gun sales would not make anyone safer.

February 14, 2013

Maine Municipal Association defeats conservative group's lawsuit

The Maine Heritage Policy Center claimed the MMA had violated the center's free-speech rights by opposing tax campaigns.

February 14, 2013

Two Augusta area teachers among those in the running for state honor

Two Augusta area teachers are among 14 statewide in the running to be Maine’s 2014 Teacher of the Year, Maine Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen announced Thursday.

February 14, 2013

Two Newport-based Regional School Unit 19 teachers nominated for state award

Two area teachers, both employed by Newport-based Regional School Unit 19, have been nominated to become Maine’s 2014 Teacher of the Year.

February 14, 2013

Attorney for Zumba defendant asks judge to lift gag order

Daniel Lilley seeks to have the order lifted, saying that lawyers also have First Amendment rights.

February 14, 2013

Vassalboro selectmen get a first look at proposed budget

VASSALBORO — Selectmen got their first look at the proposed budget Thursday, which includes a request to put a new roof on the town office.

February 14, 2013

Study: Drugs may upset balance of life undersea

Just trace amounts of pharmaceutical drugs can have a ripple effect on marine life, researchers say.

February 14, 2013

Feds to let fishermen carry over unused quota

NOAA also signals it is considering other options to help the groundfishing fleet, including using federal funds to help fishermen pay for at-sea monitoring.

February 14, 2013

Reeva Steenkamp: Celebrity model, law graduate

The glamorous South African celebrity had been scheduled today to give a motivational speech to school students in Johannesburg.

February 14, 2013

Pistorius lived out dream by running at Olympics

Only six months ago, Pistorius was running circles around the Olympic track, a shining example of what a person can achieve in the face of adversity.

February 14, 2013

Somerset County police logs, arrest

Thursday's blotter

February 14, 2013

Sebago Lake Fishing Derby canceled

All the prize money for the Sebago Lake Derby has been shifted to the Cumberland County Derby.

February 15, 2013

Poll: Mainers favor higher taxes on wealthy

The survey of Mainers also shows a slim majority are in favor of canceling tax cuts enacted in 2011.

February 14, 2013

Maine Teacher of the Year nominees announced

The winner will be announced in September at a surprise event at the teacher’s school.

February 14, 2013

Reports focus on economic potential of North Woods park

Two studies to be released today attempt to clarify the potential economic impact that a national park and recreation area could have on Piscataquis and Penobscot counties.

February 14, 2013

Cartel kingpin Chicago's new Public Enemy No. 1

Al Capone was the last Public Enemy No. 1 in 1930.

February 14, 2013

Maine man arrested on Colorado sex charges

Lisbon police acting on information from the Maine Computer Crimes Task Force arrest 48-year-old Scott Helms on a fugitive from justice charge.

February 14, 2013

Vatican confirms pope hit his head during Mexico trip

Pope Benedict XVI hit his head and bled when he got up in the middle of the night in an unfamiliar bedroom in Leon, Mexico.

February 14, 2013

Experts probe cause of Lake Auburn fish kill

Engineers say high phosphorus levels could have been caused by runoff or by a new species of alga, or a combination of the two.

February 14, 2013

American, US Airways merger to create world's biggest airline

The combined carrier will be called American Airlines. The merger reduces the number of major U.S. airlines to four.

February 15, 2013

Ship docks in Mobile, ending nightmare cruise Video clip included

Passengers were disembarking after five grueling days on board.

February 14, 2013

Attorney for Skakel says appeal not too late

The Kennedy relative claims his 2002 defense suffered from his then-lawyer's money woes.

February 14, 2013

Maine woman facing drug charges after raid on home

Drug agents in chemical and fire resistant suits seized equipment and chemicals as well as an unspecified amount of methaamphetamine.

February 14, 2013

Red Sox announcers to meet fans in Portland

New England Sports Network announcers Jerry Remy and Don Orsillo, will be meeting with fans today at Binga's Stadium restaurant starting at 3 p.m.

February 14, 2013

Olympian Oscar Pistorius accused of murdering girlfriend Several photos included in this story

Reeva Steenkamp, a model who spoke out against abuse of women, was shot four times in the predawn hours at Pistorius' house.

February 14, 2013

Boehner: 'Hard to imagine' budget deal

John Boehner The House speaker also has little hope for a consensus that would stop automatic spending cuts on March 1.