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  • Risky business: Les Otten and the rise and fall of American Skiing Co.

    Editor’s note: This examination of gubernatorial candidate Leslie B. Otten’s role in American Skiing Co. by the non-profit Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting is the first in a series examining the claims and records of some of the leading candidates for governor. If yo... 1

  • School districts benefit from proposed increase in state subsidy

    School systems in Portland's northern suburbs would lose less school funding in fiscal 2011 after Gov. John Baldacci last week proposed adding $20 million to general purpose aid for education. School Administrative District 51 had expected to receive $10.88 million in funding, a loss of mo...

  • State grants help local towns, businesses harness energy

    AUGUSTA — Installation of solar hot water heaters and the conversion of landfill gas to electricity are among the projects funded by nearly $635,000 in grants awarded last week by Efficiency Maine, the conservation arm of the Public Utilities Commission. More than $220,000 worth of g...

  • Portland agencies, councilors question grant methodology

    PORTLAND — The City Council on Monday ordered another review of grant funding recommendations for social service providers, despite objections that doing so would further muddy what some believe is an already a flawed process. The council voted 6-2 for a committee to explore percenta... 1

  • Blacksmith barn burns at Cumberland County Fairgrounds

    CUMBERLAND — Firefighters quickly extinguished a blaze at a Cumberland County Fairgrounds blacksmith barn early Tuesday morning. Fire Chief Dan Small said his department received the call around 5 a.m. Firefighters were able to knock the fire down within 10 to 15 minutes, but we...

  • Residents speak out against music cuts proposed in Portland school budget

    PORTLAND — Dozens of parents, residents, teachers and students on Monday asked the School Committee to reconsider proposed budget cuts in school music and special education. Monday night's public hearing, attended by more than 100 people at the Fred. P. Hall Elementary School, was the fi...

  • Added state funding could reduce cuts, tax impact of Portland school budget

    PORTLAND — The School Department could receive $1.3 million more in state education funding than originally anticipated. Last week, Gov. John Baldacci announced that with state revenues exceeding expectations, he would allocate an additional $20 million in general purpose aid to loca...

  • Job market re-entry: Portland Adult Education graduates 1st WorkReady class

    PORTLAND — Out of work for more than a year, Beth Treadwell decided to polish her resume and job skills through a new program being offered by Portland Adult Education. On Friday, March 5, the 46-year-old South Portland resident was one of 16 graduates of PAE's WorkReady program, whi...

  • Open for business

    Ice and water from the Kennebec River cover the deck and side lot at the Kennebec Tavern on Commercial Street in Bath, following last week's storm. Despite the treacherous looking conditions, the tavern's open flag (and a dry front door) welcomed in patrons.

  • A man with a story to tell

    Maine's District 19 Rep. Seth Goodall, D-Richmond, visits Dike Newell Elementary in Bath on Tuesday morning to read to Wanda Brown's 1st grade class. Here, Goodall reads one of his mother's favorite books, "Michael Recycle", by Ellie Bethel. He spoke with the children about the work he is doing ...