Bangor man wins BDN drift boat trip

“Who wants to go fishing?” That was the question we first asked back in 2003, when we unveiled the “Win a Drift Boat Trip” contest. Well, that was almost the question we asked. To be more specific, we actually asked “Who wants to go fishing — with a top-notch guide in a drift boat — […]

Kenduskeag update: Stream shows signs of spring

Six Mile Falls on Kenduskeag Stream as of noon on  Monday, April 7. (BDN photo by John Holyoke)

Temperatures soared into the mid 50s in Bangor today. In short drives around town, I’ve seen joggers galore, motorcyclists, and even a few hardy souls wearing shorts and tank tops. In another sign of spring, the Bangor Parks and Recreation Department sent out a welcome harbinger: They’re now accepting registrations for the 48th annual Kenduskeag […]

Piebald deer makes a return visit to Bangor field

(Photo courtesy of Shelly Brown)

Shelly Brown of Bangor is an avid nature photographer, and over the past few years, she has sent along some stunning photos. I’ve come to look forward to Brown’s periodic emails, and never know what I’m going to find. Back in mid-March, an obviously frustrated Brown sent some shots of a piebald deer — often […]

Smith’s essays step away from the political realm, into the great outdoors


George Smith, at one point, may have been the most powerful man in Maine outdoor politics. Think those two words don’t go together? Outdoor? Politics? They do. And as the longtime executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, Smith spent plenty of time in hearing rooms and back hallways, lobbying for various causes that […]

Passy canoe race canceled for the first time ever, St. George is on

Participants of the 2011 Passagassawakeag River Race wait for at the start. This year's race has been canceled due to ice on the river. It's the first time the race has been canceled in its 41-year history.

A week after postponing the first canoe race on the Maine white water schedule, race director Dale Cross has some good news … with a twist. The ice has left the St. George River, and the 35th St.George River Race will be held in Searsmont on Sunday. Unfortunately, conditions haven’t changed much on the Passagassawakeag […]

Koi confiscation part of Maine’s effort to avoid potentially harmful species

When game wardens seized 50 illegal koi in Harpswell on Monday, some readers likely were left wondering why the possession of a bunch of captive fish was such a big deal. Many people, after all, keep fish in tanks in their homes. But koi are not legal to possess in Maine, joining many other species […]

Organizer optimistic that St. George canoe race will be run

According to the calendar, March is nearly over. According to the thermometer — 2 degrees Fahrenheit in Bangor this morning — it’s still February. And with another potential snow-maker bearing down on us, it’s pretty hard to think warm, spring thoughts. Don’t tell that to Dale Cross. Cross, the executive director of the Waldo County […]