Keya Smiley family on Indian Township reservation

Overdose deaths leave a Maine tribe reeling

As the pandemic worsened mental health and substance use challenges statewide, a record-high 58 people died from overdoses in January. The losses have hit the Passamaquoddy tribe especially hard.

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Launching a sustainability accelerator

As the Maine Climate Council concluded work on its climate action plan last November, one legislator issued what Sen. Anne Carney (D-Cape Elizabeth) recalled as a “plaintive plea: ‘We have to figure out how to pay for this now.’”  Half of the Council’s work groups...

Federal judge dismisses wiretapping claims at Maine jails

A federal judge has determined a phone vendor that provides service to multiple Maine jails did not violate state and federal wiretapping laws when it recorded conversations between attorneys and their clients.  Chief U.S. District Judge Jon Levy dismissed a class...

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Deaths of Despair

In a remote corner of Maine that locals call ‘The Forgotten County,’ the pandemic triggered isolation, economic struggles and a surge in suicides and overdoses. Hindered by a lack of mental health resources, communities and schools in Washington County banded together to find help for those with anxiety, depression and despair. The Maine Monitor chronicles the heartbreaking losses in a county that seeks solace and solutions to prevent more tragedies.

Defenseless

An investigation by The Maine Monitor and ProPublica found that more than a quarter of Maine attorneys disciplined in the past decade for serious professional misconduct were hired as lawyers for the poor. Sex crimes and felony convictions were among the most severe infractions overlooked in the only state without public defenders. Defendants paid the price.

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Follow the Money

Follow the Money

Mainers are facing a historic congressional election season in 2020. Examine how campaign fundraising and spending are shaping the races for Maine’s federal and state offices using The Maine Monitor’s interactive campaign finance trackers. 

The Last Responders

The Last Responders

Along with provoking a pandemic, COVID-19 has triggered a grief epidemic. It has robbed families of final goodbyes, left loved ones to die with strangers, postponed wakes and funerals. And it has overwhelmed Maine’s “Last Responders,” priests, chaplains, funeral directors and hospice workers who must work around restrictions aimed at diminishing virus infections.

2020: A Class Dismissed

2020: A Class Dismissed

The Maine Monitor spoke to seniors from high schools across the state to tell the story of Maine’s Class of 2020 and how these soon-to-be graduates are dealing with the unexpected developments that come with a pandemic and a disrupted senior year.

Due Process: Inside Maine’s County Courthouses

Due Process: Inside Maine’s County Courthouses

The Maine Monitor examines Maine’s criminal justice system at a time when there’s appetite for major change. Our series looks at the system – successes and failures – to test whether defendants and victims can rely on it to give them due process.

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Chasing Maine: The Cultural Ambassador

Togolese chef Jordan Benissan brings people together with food at his bistro in Camden and through his passion for African drumming.

Chasing Maine: The Light of Lubec

Chasing Maine: The Light of Lubec

As Maine's easternmost point, Lubec holds a unique position as the country's "first light." With drone and time-lapse footage, this pictorial essay highlights the stunning beauty of the West Quoddy Head Light. The lighthouse draws more than 26,000 visitors each year....

Chasing Maine: The Boarding School

Chasing Maine: The Boarding School

Carrabassett Valley Academy, partnered with Sugarloaf, is one of the few schools in New England that combines academic education with high-level training in skiing and snowboarding. In this episode, we look at several snowboarders both off and on the slopes. Chasing...

Chasing Maine: The Sweet Business

Chasing Maine: The Sweet Business

It's a family affair for Scott Dunn of Buxton when it comes to harvesting sap during maple sugar season. As president of the Maine Maple Producers Association, he knows the hard work it takes to operate a modern maple syrup business. As we approach Maine Maple Sunday,...

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