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Will Maine’s Forest Rangers Be Armed? LD 297 Goes Before the House

Maine’s forest rangers are asked to enforce state laws and often deal with crimes of theft, arson and more.

They have been asking the state for the right to be properly trained and equipped with firearms to afford them proper protection. 

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Photo, Mario Tama, Getty Images
Photo, Mario Tama, Getty Images

Got Power? The EMP Threat Grows With Iran’s Nuclear Capabilities [Complete Audio Interview]

"The American people are being lied to...."

That is a statement that sends a shiver down my spine every time it's spoken.

Thirty plus years ago, I was an idealistic young woman who chose to pursue the career of journalism. My understanding of the career, at that time, was rooted in a deep respect for the U.S. Constitution. (I'm eternally grateful to my high school History and American Government teachers)

I suppose there was a little romanticism thrown in too for good measure, because I saw the role of a journalist falling some where between Under Dog and Superman. You know, protecting the American people from the tyranny of the rich and powerful, that 'Truth, Justice, and the American Way' sort of thing.

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French Toast Michael Gray Thinkstock

Brewer Celebrates Winterfest Saturday!

The City of Brewer is once again hosting a day of fun events to help break the cabin fever blues. Winterfest is an annual event that offers a variety of activities, including what's believed to be Maine's only winter fireworks display!

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Winter Steve Frost ThinkStock

Cancellations, Delays, and Changes in Plans Due to Weather

Mother Nature is handing us some more winter weather today, this time in the form of snow, rain, and a mix. Some organizations are . consequently, making changes to their plans, delaying openings, or just canceling all together. Check back often as we update the list today!

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Darrin Klimek
Darrin Klimek

Update: Prison Escapee Located

Update: 12:15pm Corrections officials report Michaud's  been taken into custody by Probation Officers in Lewiston and will be transported to Androscoggin County Jail.

Corrections officials have issued information to the media regarding this man who apparently walked away from the Downeast Correctional Center in Machiasport.

46 year old John Phillip Michaud was serving a two-year sentence on burglary and theft charges and was due to be released in May of next year.

According to Scott Fish with the Maine Department of Corrections, Michaud walked away from the minimum security facility yesterday afternoon.

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

Managing Maine’s Black Bear Population [VIDEO]

They have been tracking and examining Maine's black bear population since 1975 in the longest running biological study in the United States.

Don't be mistaken though, this is not a desk job.

Wildlife biologists with the Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Department (IF&W) have tracked over 3,000 bears to determine their health and well being, and to learn more about the number of bears entering the population.

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

Respite in Sarah’s Dream [Video]

Sarah had a passion for music, and great compassion for easing the burden of others.

When she was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 24, she and her husband Ben, would travel from Maine to Boston for Sarah's treatment. Not only was the young couple dealing with Sarah's diagnosis and the impact that would have on their future, they had to deal with frequent trips that were both exhausting and expensive.

Before Sarah passed away in 2011, she had already invested her time and determination to lay the foundation for the creation of a special home-away-from-home. A house that would serve as a warm and inviting space for weary travelers undergoing cancer treatments at the Lafayette Family Cancer Treatment Center in Brewer.

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Spaghetti Supper to Benefit Jamie Miller

A benefit spaghetti dinner will be held to help Jaime Miller and her loving family battle stage IV breast cancer. Dinner will be served from 4-6 pm, at which time guests can bid on silent auction items and purchase raffle tickets for a variety of items. The live auction begins shortly after 6 pm. Suggested donation of $5 for adults and $3 for children under 12. 

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Texting and driving Lisa F. Young

Painting Your Thumb Red Could Stop Distracted Driving [VIDEO]

Could painting your thumbnail red really stop you from texting and driving? It worked for the man who created this YouTube video. The idea is actually pretty creative. Turn your thumb into a big ol' STOP sign!

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MSP
MSP

A Cold Stand Off in Trenton

Little detail is known at this hour from the actual scene but State Police do confirm a stand off of sorts with a subject in the woods in Trenton this morning.

Trenton Fire was called out shortly after 3 this morning to assist the state police on the Oak Point Road.

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