Maine medical examiners face challenges amid need for autopsies
Amid an uptick in homicides and a spike in drug overdose fatalities, the Maine medical examiner’s staff is slowly ramping up the number of autopsies it conducts after years of lagging behind national averages. Annual autopsy rates in the state consistently hovered at...
A proposal to build the ‘world’s tallest flagpole’ looms over a small community in Maine
COLUMBIA FALLS, MAINE — Every morning, fantasy author Sheri Murphy wakes up and updates her Facebook friends on life in the quaint Downeast Maine community she’s called home for nearly two decades. She extolls the charm of the river rushing through downtown, the...
Housing crisis solutions eyed by Maine Legislature
When Jennifer Sutherland decided to return to Maine from North Carolina as the laboratory manager at Down East Community Hospital (DECH) in Machias, she did not anticipate the difficulty of finding housing, either to rent or to buy. Fourteen years ago she had worked...
Far from the varsity arena, college club teams toil to exist, and love every minute
When Olivia Bourque became president of the club women’s basketball team at the University of Maine, she was staring down a long to-do list. There was a team to build, a schedule to make, practices to hold. But unlike NCAA-level teams, she had little staff support —...
How citizen data on shifting seasons is helping climate scientists
Editor’s Note: The following story first appeared in The Maine Monitor’s free environmental newsletter, Climate Monitor, that is delivered to inboxes every Friday morning. Sign up for the free newsletter to get important environmental news by registering at this link....
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