Latest Maine News

Maine encourages absentee voting in July primary election

May. 25, 2020 9:47 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's top election official is encouraging people to vote via absentee ballot during the July primary election to limit the exposure voters and polling workers have to the coronavirus. The state will still hold in-person balloting July 14 with new social distancing protocols, but...

Amanda Pensack, left, and Derek Engelking, of Weymouth, Mass., sit on Marconi Beach, part of Cape Cod National Seashore, Monday, May 25, 2020, in Wellfleet, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Flags in Boston Common honor vets; Some beaches reopen in RI

May. 25, 2020 9:30 PM EDT

Volunteers placed 1,000 physically distanced flags on Boston Common for Memorial Day while beaches, barbers and hair salons reopen in Massachusetts. A sole veteran accompanied by police escorts marched in downtown Portland, Maine, and placed a flag at Monument Square on Monday, in place of the city's traditional...

2 dozen Maine nonprofit groups to get grants amid pandemic

May. 25, 2020 3:50 PM EDT

ELLSWORTH, Maine (AP) — A community foundation in Maine is providing more than $200,000 in grants to a marine science institution, a gay advocacy group and others. The Maine Community Foundation said it's giving the grants to 24 nonprofits in the state. The Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland will...

Health group, community center get $48M endowments in Maine

May. 25, 2020 3:47 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A health group and community center will receive a combined $48 million in endowments to grow services for central Maine. The Peter Alfond Foundation is providing the support to MaineGeneral Health and the Alfond Youth & Community Center. The foundation said MaineGeneral will...

Final 2 weeks of turkey season for Maine hunters

May. 25, 2020 1:59 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's socially distanced turkey hunting season is entering into its final two weeks. Turkeys are a popular spring game bird all over the country, and Maine's hunt attracts a following every year. The hunt is reserved for mostly state residents this year, as the state's mandatory...

Man, 2 daughters rescued after boat capsizes in Maine pond

May. 25, 2020 10:33 AM EDT

PARLIN POND TOWNSHIP, Maine (AP) — A man and his two daughters were rescued Sunday after their boat capsized on Parlin Pond in western Maine. A person was seen and heard screaming from the shoreline on Sunday around 1:30 p.m., said the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildife. An off-duty game...

Hazel Roberts walks in a field of flags ahead of Memorial Day, Saturday, May 23, 2020, in Cohasset, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Some houses of worship reopening; nursing homes get aid

May. 24, 2020 10:56 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Religious leaders are taking steps to protect their congregations as services resume in Massachusetts and Vermont. An iconic Connecticut pizza shop is adding outdoor dining as part of a plan to aid businesses impacted by the coronavirus. Details on those and other coronavirus-related...

Preservationists hit land protection goal in southern Maine

May. 24, 2020 3:55 PM EDT

KITTERY, Maine (AP) — Land conservation groups in southern Maine said they've reached a goal of protecting 1,500 acres of open space over the past six years. The groups focused on a six-town area around Mount Agamenticus, a monadanock in York. The Mount Agamenticus to the Sea Conservation Initiative said...

Maine to collect ocean acidification data with new sensors

May. 24, 2020 2:24 PM EDT

BOOTHBAY HARBOR, Maine (AP) — Maine marine officials said three new sensors installed in a coastal community will help scientists get a better understanding of ocean acidifcation. The growing acid levels in the ocean are a hazard for some kinds of sea life, including some of those sought by Maine...

Graduates flip their tassels near their cars during a drive-thru graduation for Faith Lutheran High School at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Friday, May 22, 2020, in Las Vegas. The school held a special drive-thru graduation amid the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Seniors get diplomas on racetracks, chairlifts amid virus

May. 24, 2020 12:00 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Immediately after giving his valedictorian speech, high school senior Philip Root, still clad in his cap and gown, climbed into a borrowed race car and drove up to the finish line at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. With the yellow tassel of his graduation cap flapping in the wind, Root...