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Susan Patten

I have been covering Maine people and stories of public interest for more than 25 years. With genuine interest, I provide news and public affairs information to the people of Maine utilizing both radio and online media platforms. My other passions include my family and music. I am the founder of The Gifts of Music and also volunteer for the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure.

Do Animals Signal Potential Danger? [Video & Poll]

It's been suggested animals are intuitive and can predict danger well before humans realize what's going on.

That would certainly explain how dogs, trained to predict seizures, can save a person's life.

The job of a journalist is to recognize and follow trends, and lately the trend that has me more than a little curious is the spate of earthquakes being reported.

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Crime and Mayhem Give Way to Silly Animals

It's Friday, so I beg your indulgence.

When you work in news, and you've been diagnosed as an "information junkie" as I have, you tend to search out humor whenever possible to alleviate the stress brought on by today's headlines.

Perhaps it's the fact that it's Friday, and I'm a little over-tired because of evening rehearsals for the Rotary Show, but, I spit out my coffee and crackers this morning laughing in the newsroom when I found this.

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Photo, Susan Patten, Townsquare Media
Photo, Susan Patten, Townsquare Media

Quotas Set for Maine’s Elver Harvest

This year Maine’s elver eel season opens late and comes with new rules and guidelines.

The Department of Marine Resources has reached an agreement with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission that sets the elver eel catch limit this year to 11-thousand 749 total pounds. 

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Photo, Maine Geological Survey
Photo, Maine Geological Survey

Maine’s Landslide History

The images out of Washington State are tough to see as people continue to search for the missing under massive piles of mud and debris following last weekend's devastating landslide.

The state of Maine has experienced landslides as well which have resulted in extensive property damage.

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Wind and Fire are Never a Good Mix [Video]

Once the snow disappears here in Maine we'll be watching for signs of fire danger until the green grasses replace the dead and combustible materials on the ground.

Also in the Spring, although not quite as common in Maine, the tumultuous weather can kick up tornadoes.

Any fire fighter can tell you that fire and wind are not a good combination when it comes to fire containment.

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Photo, Maine Public Safety
Photo, Maine Public Safety

Child Dead and Couple is Charged with Making Meth

A child is dead and a couple is charged with manufacturing methamphetamine in a bizarre case out of Washington County.

Maine Public Safety Spokesman Steve McCausland says 39-year-old Alan Richardson and 30-year-old Tabitha Osnoe of Danforth were arrested Saturday after fire investigators found evidence of a "one-pot" methamphetamine lab in their home.

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Photo, Susan Patten,
Photo, Susan Patten,

Where Law Enforcement and Treatment Meet in Maine’s ‘War on Drugs’ [Video]

Crime, sex, and drugs, but the only rock 'n' roll in these women's lives is the time they've wasted going in and out of the corrections system in Maine, all because of their addiction to drugs.

"Most of them never start out intending to become addicts and criminals," states Kennebec County Sheriff Randal Liberty.

Sheriff Liberty oversees a drug rehabilitation program inside the jail and it's showing great success in dropping the county jail's recidivism rate, not to mention the fact it's saving lives and potentially breaking a terrible cycle of family dysfunction and substance abuse in Maine.

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