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Homeschooling in Maine soared during pandemic

The number of registered homeschool students increased 71 percent this school year, but the long-term effects are not clear.

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Conserving land to save our future

The ethereal refrain of the white-throated sparrow runs through memories of childhood. My own children have rarely heard its call. Bird populations in the U.S. have plummeted since 1970, with 1 in 4 birds disappearing.  The fraction of global species lost each year is...

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...

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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.

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.

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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. 

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.

Help Wanted: The Immigrant Opportunity

Help Wanted: The Immigrant Opportunity

Given that Maine is racing into an economic crisis because it doesn’t have enough workers for its jobs, we decided to examine the role immigrants could have in helping to solve Maine’s serious workforce needs.

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Chasing Maine: The Boarding School

Just another day at school for these Carrabassett Valley Academy students who combine academics with high-level training in skiing and snowboarding.

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,...

Chasing Maine: The Farmhouse

Chasing Maine: The Farmhouse

From a Maine Maple Sunday visit by author Stephen King to feed-wagon breakdowns, seventh-generation dairy farmer Bob Parsons muses on life at the 200-year-old Gorham farmhouse that’s been home to the Parsons family since 1870. Chasing Maine is a biweekly video series...

Chasing Maine: The Lifesaver

Chasing Maine: The Lifesaver

 Twice in the past 13 months, Nicole Gibbons, an intensive care nurse, faced life-or-death situations outside of work. In January 2020, Nicole had to make a frantic rush to the veterinarian when her dog was nearly strangled by his collar. Five months later, her...

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