Juvenile salmon released into the East Machias River


    MACHIAS -The Downeast Salmon Federation has released over 140,000 juvenile Atlantic Salmon throughout the East Machias River watershed.

    The fish were raised at the Peter Gray Hatchery and the East Machias Aquatic Research Center.

     It is part of an on-going project that uses an alternative rearing technique to raise the young salmon in a more natural environment.

     This is the third year of the project and each fall, fishing surveys are conducted under the direction of the Maine Department of Marine Resources to track the project's progress.



LifeFlight Receives Largest Donation to Date

PORT CLYDE - LifeFlight of Maine receives its largest gift to date. Thanks to a major donor's pledge, the non-profit is able to get it's fundraising off the ground.

Mom and kids identified in fatal Caribou fire



CARIBOU - A Caribou mother and her three young children were killed Thursday morning during a fire at the family's West Gate Road mobile home.

The State Fire Marshal's Office says 28-year-old Norma Skidgel and her three children, two year old twins - Mason and Madison Delisle and three-year-old Trenton Delisle all perished in the blaze which was reported by a neighbor at 7 a.m.

All four victims were found by Caribou firefighters in the back bedroom.

Skidgel's sister and two nephews also lived at the home. The sister, Amy Bouchard had just left the house to take her son to the bus top. When she returned  from the bus stop the house was in flames. A second son had spent the night elsewhere.

Bouchard tried to enter the house and is being treated for smoke inhalation. 

A team of seven investigators and inspectors from the State Fire Marshal's are on the scene to try to find the cause of the fire. 

Investigators found a smoke detector inside the home but there was no battery in it. It was not clear where there were other working smoke detectors in the home.


Calais man pleads guilty to lying to federal agents

    BANGOR - A Calais man who sold pesticides to a Canadian aquaculture company pleaded guilty
Thursday to lying to federal agents.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says 65-year-old Clyde Eldridge was the owner of a feed and pet store in Calais and sold the pesticide to Kelly Cove Salmon, a subsidary of Cooke Aquaculture.

During an investigation into the illegal use of the pesticide by the aquaculture firm, Eldridge told federal agents that he didn't know whether he had sold to the company or not and did not keep records.

a subsequent investigation revealed Elderidge had sold the pesticide nearly a dozen times to the company and had recorded each sale.

Last year Cooke Aquaculture pleaded guilty to the illegal use of pesticides that killed hundreds of lobsters.

Eldridge faces up to five years in prison and a two hundred and fifty thousand dollar fine.

Deadly fire kills mother and three children

A tragic fire in northern Maine has claimed the life of a mother and three children. Fire crews were called to a mobile home in Caribou around 7 a.m. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Her children were all brought to a hospital where they also were pronounced dead. The children are a four year old boy and two year old twins. It is the deadliest fire in Caribou in modern times. A team of State Fire Marshal's is heading to the town to look for the cause.

Emergency Responders Rally Behind Nine Year Old Girl

PORTLAND - Members of the Down East Emergency Medical Institute (DEEMI) are rallying together to aid one of their own. Thursday, following years of hospital visits and tests, the daughter of one volunteer will undergo open heart surgery. The family at DEEMI joining forces to give back to another that has done so much for others.

Print: Dead or Alive?

BANGOR - Print journalism is searching for air in an era that has forced it to sink or swim.

Thanksgiving Craft to Entertain the Kids

ORRINGTON - For many, the holidays mean long hours traveling to your destination. Here, we show you a simple craft that can be made to help those rides go a little smoother.

Computer Crimes Unit Investigates Child Pornography

GARDINER - Yesterday we introduced you to Maine's Computer Crimes Unit. Today, we'll take you behind the scenes as our Jaclyn Cangro takes a ride with the crew as they look for those downloading child pornography - and it even leads to an arrest.

Virtual Holiday Food Drive Begins

BREWER - It's the time of year when the need for donations has increased and the Good Shepherd Food Bank is helping to make it a bit easier to give back.

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