News from February 6, 2013

February 7, 2013

Outdoors lover nominated for Interior secretary post

Sally Jewell has earned recognition for her environmental stewardship at REI.

February 7, 2013

Speaking from the heart outshines the political script

Politicians, particularly those who work in Washington, D.C., are frequently accused of being out of touch with the people they represent.

February 6, 2013

Morning Sentinel police log, Feb. 6, 2013

WINSLOW — Police used pepper spray to subdue a man Tuesday after he allegedly resisted arrest.

February 6, 2013

Climate change series at UMaine Farmington explores evidence of change

FARMINGTON -- The past offers both a cautionary and promising tale for people studying climate change.

February 6, 2013

Quarry Road Recreation Area making up for mother nature with snow machines

WATERVILLE -- The January thaw might have melted most of the snow at Quarry Road Recreation Area, but Mother Nature has no monopoly on snow-making.

February 6, 2013

A-F school grading system faces criticism

AUGUSTA -- Gov. Paul LePage's proposal to set up an A-to-F grading system to rank Maine schools was criticized by Democratic leadership as "overly simplistic" and not effective in helping improve schools.

February 6, 2013

Mechanic loses tools, equipment in St. Albans blaze

ST. ALBANS -- A St. Albans mechanic said he lost $100,000 in tools and equipment in a fire Wednesday morning that swept through his two-story garage.

February 6, 2013

'Subtle tax increase' in LePage's budget could hurt taxpayers, think tank says

AUGUSTA -- A conservative think tank says Gov. Paul LePage's two-year budget contains a "subtle tax increase" that could be "detrimental to Maine's taxpayers."

February 6, 2013

End of Saturday postal delivery gets shrugs from Mainers

John Hills, who owns a small business in Portland, said it's not uncommon for him to get customers' checks in the mail on Saturdays.

February 6, 2013

Trio arrested in Waterville prescription drug case Several photos included in this story

WATERVILLE -- A secretary who allegedly stole a doctor's prescription pad and forged prescriptions to obtain narcotics will appear in court next month with two other people charged in the case, according to police.

February 7, 2013

Excessive speed may have been a factor in Vienna crash

VIENNA — A Farmington Falls woman killed in an early morning crash Wednesday on Tower Road may have been driving to her mother’s house, police said.

February 6, 2013

New state website shows taxpayers how dollars are spent

AUGUSTA -- Gov. Paul LePage wants you to know that Maine taxpayers spent more than $32,000 on food served last year at the Blaine House, the governor's mansion.

February 6, 2013

LePage looking to require schools to pay for students' remedial college courses

AUGUSTA -- In a last-minute addition to his State of the State address, Gov. Paul LePage on Tuesday pitched a new idea that would cost Maine schools at least $700,000 a year.

February 6, 2013

Hallowell residents express support for keeping pre-release center in town

HALLOWELL -- Local residents said Wednesday they have benefited from the work provided by the inmates from the Central Maine Pre-Release Center, and they urged their local representative to find a way to keep the program in central Maine.

February 7, 2013

Dog rescued from icy Long Pond doing well

WATERVILLE -- The dog rescued on Wednesday from Long Pond is doing well at the local shelter after spending more than 10 minutes in the frigid water.

February 6, 2013

One student finds room to grow at sciences academy

FAIRFIELD -- Seventeen-year-old Alexander West has attended four high schools in the last four years. Finally, in his senior year, he said he has found the place that's right for him.

February 6, 2013

Ex-Sen. Scott Brown may join Fox News

They come a week after Brown, a Mass. Republican, announced he wouldn't be running for John Kerry's seat.

February 6, 2013

Jay man involved in standoff was pursued by Monmouth police last month

A Jay man already facing numerous charges after a weekend standoff with police also has been charged in connection with a pursuit by Monmouth police last month.

February 6, 2013

CORRECTION: Child pornography case



February 6, 2013

LePage's budget has 'subtle' tax hike

Analysts also criticize his plan to suspend municipal revenue sharing for two years.

February 6, 2013

Full text: Gov. LePage's State of the State address

The full text of the Governor's speech, as prepared for delivery in the State House on February 5, 2013.

February 6, 2013

Woman robs Dunkin' Donuts drive-through in Bangor

Police say a woman approached the window on foot and said something to the clerk that led the worker to hand over cash.

February 6, 2013

New coalition backs Maine laws to prevent gun violence

The group, “Coalition for a Safer Maine – No More Newtowns!," was launched today at a State House press conference.

February 6, 2013

Falmouth party jury at impasse, to try again Video clip included

Divided jurors take an overnight break and will resume seeking a verdict Thursday in the case against two Falmouth parents.

February 6, 2013

Maine court: Hebron Academy still tax exempt

Nonprofits were closely watching the case to see if the Maine boarding school would be forced to pay property taxes on facilities it rents to outside groups.

February 6, 2013

Somerset County police log

Wednesday's police blotter

February 6, 2013

Farmington Falls woman killed in Vienna crash Wednesday

A Farmington Falls woman died early this morning after her car crashed off Tower Road in Vienna, state police said. Police believe speed was a likely factor.

February 6, 2013

Maine Yankee owners reimbursed $82 million by government

The money has been put in a trust fund while the company files a plan on how it will use the award to benefit ratepayers.

February 6, 2013

Authorities: 4 dead in fiery highway crash in Ga.

The Georgia State Patrol was still trying to piece together what started the series of wrecks involving 27 vehicles.

February 6, 2013

Boy Scouts delay decision on gays until May

'The organization needs time for a more deliberate review of its membership policy," a spokesman says.

February 6, 2013

More corporate cuts planned for Hannaford

The grocery chain's parent company says the reductions will not affect employees in stores.

February 6, 2013

Waterville police log, Feb. 5 and 6

Threatening, harassment, unwanted persons

February 6, 2013

Goodbye Saturday mail? Postal Service plans cuts

The USPS will continue to deliver packages six days a week but delivery of other mail will be cut back to five days a week.

February 6, 2013

Obama to nominate outdoor retail exec for Interior

The president is expected to nominate Sally Jewell, CEO of outdoor equipment company REI, to head up the Department of the Interior.

February 6, 2013

Monopoly: If the iron was your lucky token, you are out of luck

The Scottie Dog was the most popular of the classic tokens in an online contest sponsored by game-maker Hasbro. The iron got the least votes and was kicked to the curb.

February 6, 2013

Maine woman faces sentencing in death of baby

Authorities say Katrina Mitchell was passed out on a couch when the family's Rottweiler fatally mauled her 7-month-old daughter.

February 6, 2013

Maine man sentenced on federal gun charges

Wardens arrested convicted felon Paul Brackett for carrying a loaded handgun and having two rifles with ammunition in his vehicle.

February 6, 2013

Auburn man arrested after police pursuit

Officers eventually caught up to 27-year-old Kenneth Dunn after he crashed into a stone wall.

February 6, 2013

2 Great Lakes hit lowest water level on record

The low water has caused heavy economic losses by forcing cargo ships to carry lighter loads, leaving boat docks high and dry, and damaging fish-spawning areas.

February 6, 2013

Maine work force committee visits UMaine, Bangor

The 15-member bipartisan committee is tasked with developing legislation to strengthen Maine's work force and help small businesses thrive.

February 6, 2013

Gunmen rape six tourists at bungalow in Acapulco

It was unclear whether the group of 12 Spaniards who fell prey to the attack had been targeted because of their nationality.

February 6, 2013

Congress considers putting limits on drone strikes

An MQ-1B Predator from the 46th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron takes off from Balad Air Base in Iraq The Democratic-led outcry was emboldened by the revelation in a newly surfaced Justice Department memo that shows drones can strike against a wider range of threats, with less evidence, than previously believed.

February 5, 2013

FBI: Ala. hostage-taker was in 'firefight' with SWAT agents

Also, bomb technicians scouring his rural property found two explosive devices, one in the bunker, one in a plastic pipe that negotiators used to communicate with the man.