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  • Icy conditions contribute to Hancock crash

    Icy conditions contribute to Hancock crash

    HANCOCK — Two cars collided head-on due to ice-covered road conditions on Route 182 in Hancock Monday, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reported. County Ambulance took both motorists and their passengers to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital for treatment of various complaints from wrist and shoulder injuries, minor cuts and head, neck and leg pain. Deputy

  • State Police Close Route 9

    State Police Close Route 9

    TOWNSHIP 28 — The Maine State Police temporarily shut down Route 9 Monday between the areas of Route 179 in Aurora and Route 193 in Township 22 due to three tractor-trailers sliding off the roadway. Police had initially said the road would be closed until noon. But authorities later extended the closure until 4 p.m.,

  • Hospitals close in on affiliation

    Hospitals close in on affiliation

    ELLSWORTH — Maine Coast Memorial Hospital’s move to become part of Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems will likely clear a major hurdle in January, paving the way for the affiliation to become official by the fall of 2015. If approved, that affiliation would end the local hospital’s independent status that it has had since it opened

  • LePage nominates Richard Rosen as financial services commissioner

    LePage nominates Richard Rosen as financial services commissioner

    AUGUSTA — Governor Paul R. LePage today announced the nomination of Richard W. Rosen of Bucksport to serve as commissioner of the Maine Department of Administrative and Financial Services (DAFS). The nomination is subject to the confirmation process by the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs and the Maine Senate. Rosen has been

  • State blueberry crop is second largest ever

    State blueberry crop is second largest ever

    ELLSWORTH — The blueberry harvest this year will exceed 100 million pounds, making it the second largest blueberry harvest in Maine’s history. That assessment comes from David Yarborough, wild blueberry specialist with the University of Maine (UMO). “The federal figures for the harvest won’t come out until Jan. 23 or so,” Yarborough said Wednesday, “but

  • Governor seeks to intervene in Verso mill sale

    Governor seeks to intervene in Verso mill sale

    BUCKSPORT — Governor Paul LePage is seeking to intervene in the proposed sale of the local paper mill by Verso Paper Corp. to AIM Development, a metal scrapping firm headquartered in Montreal. In a letter dated Dec. 23, LePage requested that the state’s chief energy regulatory body — the Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) —