Farewell to 491 Main St.

"Home" for the last 22 years. (BDN file photo)

For more than two decades, I’ve been working side-by-side with talented, committed journalists who have called 491 Main St. home. Starting Monday, the home headquarters of the BDN will change: As you’ve likely heard, we’re moving downtown. So long, Paul Bunyan. Adios, Buck Street. Hello, One Merchants Plaza. Already, some of our co-workers have moved […]

Got deer? Herd of 25 surrounds Jeep in snowy Eastport

Dan Daley of Calais and his wife, Shannon, headed to Eastport on Saturday, Feb. 14, to check out the massive snowbanks in town. While on their trip, they found themselves in the middle of a large herd of deer not far from the center of town. Dan Daley said there were about 25 deer in the group that ended up surrounding their Jeep. (Photo courtesy of Dan Daley)

With yet another winter storm approaching, Dan Daley and his wife, Shannon, woke up Saturday and decided to hit the road for a day trip. “My wife and I love taking rides in the Jeep,” he explained. “Some people forget to be tourists in their own backyard. Eastport is just a half hour away, so […]

A winter wonderland just outside the door … but the first step is the toughest

A man skis across an intersection during a winter snow storm in Brookline, Massachusetts February 9, 2015. Boston and other areas of the Northeast, already buried under about a yard of snow, braced for up to two more feet through early Tuesday while more rain and high winds were in store for parts of the Pacific coast, forecasters said on Sunday. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

It’s been quite a winter thus far, and cities and towns across the region have piled up feet of snow. Luckily, we’re Mainers and we’re tough. Or foolish. Or too darned stubborn to move to Florida. Fact is, there are plenty of things to do outside when the weather turns cold and the snow begins […]

Biologists propose slight reduction in moose permits for this year, to 2,815

From left, Michael Walker and his son Billy, 11, of Alabama look at an 803-pound moose that Walker shot near Ashland, Maine, during the first day of the 2014 moose hunt. Brian Feulner| BDN

Moose permit levels in most of the state’s Wildlife Management Districts will remain static this year, but slight tinkering in other districts will result in an overall decrease in permits, according to a plan being considered by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Biologists have proposed an allotment of 2,815 permits for hunting […]

Readers respond with winter camping hints

A week ago, I may have hinted (or begged) for help from BDN readers. If you missed that column, here’s the short version: My bosses decided that they were going to send me out into the cold, cruel world, and expected me to sleep in a snow shelter that I’d build myself. “Great story!” they […]

65 percent — an all-time low — of Maine moose hunters filled tags in 2014

From left, Scott and Alex Humphrey, 13, stand next to a moose that Alex Humphrey shot Monday morning on the first day of the 2014 moose hunt. Brian Feulner| BDN

Learn About Tableau The state’s moose hunters struggled to fill their tags in 2014, recording the lowest success rate — 65.3 percent — since Maine’s modern moose hunt began in 1980. The state’s moose biologist said a number of factors played roles in a relative lack of hunter success. Still, moose hunters have far better […]

Why do my bosses want me to sleep outside in the freezing cold?

  I need help. Some of you probably already assumed that, so let me be more specific: I need your help. To be even more clear, I need your help so that I can avoid freezing my tail feathers off, or dying of carbon-monoxide poisoning, or in an avalanche of my own making. Here’s why: […]

Big ice fishing derbies on tap for this weekend, perfect conditions expected

Rich Rossignol of Madawaska shows off the 7-pound, 14.2-ounce landlocked salmon that topped the field in the Long Lake Ice Fishing Derby Jan. 26-27, 2013. (Photo courtesy of Paul Bernier)

When organizers decide to stage ice fishing derbies, they’re taking a leap of faith. Their hopes: The ice will be thick enough to be safe … people will show interest in showing up or supporting their cause … and the weather won’t be nasty enough to scare folks away. When two of the region’s largest […]