Maine: Reports of unleashed dogs biting visitors cause concern in Acadia

On Tuesday, August 13, Acadia National Park officials said there were three instances of dogs running off leash and biting visitors this week alone.

After multiple reports of visitors getting bitten by dogs, rangers at Acadia National Park are reminding the public about certain regulations that accompany bringing a furry friend to the area.

RELATED: What to do before and during a dog attack, according to trainers

According to a tweet sent out by the park on Tuesday, August 13, there were three instances of dogs running off leash and biting visitors this week alone.

Acadia National Park


Rangers report there were three instances of visitors being bitten by dogs running off leash in Acadia this week alone. Regulations require all pets to be restrained on a leash no longer than 6 feet (2 m). More at 

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As a result, rangers are reminding visitors that all pets that come to the park must be on a leash no longer than six feet. They also should not be left unattended, since hot summer sun can threaten the safety of animals — especially in cars. 

RELATED: 3 dogs found dead inside hot car in Jamestown, Rhode Island

As is typical with most public spots, pet owners must remove any waste from campground and picnic areas, parking lots, roads, and other developed places.

Acadia has designated pet-friendly areas, which include:

  • 100 miles of hiking trails and 45 miles of carriage roads
  • Blackwoods, Seawall, and Schoodic Woods campgrounds
  • Isle au Haut (for day hiking)

Officials say most lakes in the park are public water supplies, so pets and people may not swim in them.

Also off-limits are:

  • Sand Beach and Echo Lake
  • public buildings
  • ranger-led programs
  • Wild Gardens of Acadia
  • Duck Harbor Campground

Service Animals are allowed to accompany their owners to all park locations.

To read a complete list of park trails that are closed to pets or that are not recommended for pets, click here.

Maine: Bill banning sale of high-capacity gun magazines dies in committee

The Democratic-led Legislature’s Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee voted Friday against half a dozen gun control bills.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A committee vote Friday left Maine unlikely to move forward on legislation prohibiting the sale of high-capacity magazines, but lawmakers are still weighing other bills aimed at limiting access to firearms.

The Democratic-led Legislature’s Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee voted Friday against half a dozen gun control bills.

The bills received dozens of comments at public hearings last week from critics who warned of governmental overreach infringing on constitutional rights, and supporters who say Maine must address domestic violence homicides tied to firearms and rising rates of firearm suicide.

“I think it’s all about access, not taking away guns,” said Democratic Rep. Victoria Morales, a committee member. “Reducing access for those who are most vulnerable.”

The committee is set to consider five additional bills May 28. Committee Democratic House Chair Charlotte Warren said lawmakers need more time to go through such bills.

“We want to do it right,” she said.

Those bills include background checks for private firearm sales, 72-hour waiting periods for gun buyers, and criminalizing leaving unattended a loaded firearm that a child then inappropriately uses. Another bill would prevent the manufacture, import, sale, transfer and possession of 3D printed guns, with certain exceptions.

A Republican, meanwhile, proposes allowing the use of deadly force to prevent death or serious bodily injury to defend oneself, one’s home or another person.

Gun control efforts have long faced steep odds in the largely rural state, where hunters tout a long history of responsible gun ownership. The Democratic-led Legislature could still revive the bills, but such a move is seen as unlikely.

Voters in Maine, which allows licensed owners to carry guns in public as long as they are concealed, defeated a question on universal background checks backed by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2016, and Democratic Gov. Janet Mills has said Maine should respect the people’s will on the issue.

Maine: Suzanne Muscara pleads not guilty to sending Sen. Susan Collins threatening mail

BANGOR, Maine — Suzanne Muscara, 37, of Burlington, Maine pleaded not guilty in federal court on Thursday.

Muscara was arrested and charged earlier this month after sending a letter that she claimed contained ricin to Sen. Susan Collins’ Bangor home.

RELATED: Maine woman charged in mail threat sent to Sen. Collins

Muscara was officially charged with mailing a threatening communication to a U.S. government official protected under federal law.

Muscara will stand trial in June. If convicted, she faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Maine: Passenger Rail Transportation – Jacqui Voltaire

Something you might want to support.

Right now there are significant events in Maine passenger rail transportation. We want to make you aware of these and ask for your help and participation in making this a success for the economy and the environment:

1. Maine DOT just completed a study on the restoration of passenger rail service between Lewiston/Auburn and Portland
Please call the Governor office (207 287-3531) and tell her you support this service and want it restored immediately.
2. If you are from the Portland area and are worried about traffic congestion:
Please call the Portland city manager (207 874-8689) to support commuter rail service to the Portland Waterfront/Downtown
3. LD1093 is a bill that will fund passenger rail and is now in the state legislature:
Please contact ( and we will work with you on what you can do to help.
4. We are looking for some help with the Maine Rail Transit Coalition, and the Sierra Club Maine. We are doing educational forums around the state and we would like you to join us. These will be happening spring and summer 2019.

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Maine: Caribou woman, Jessica Meir, MAINE’S FIRST FEMALE ASTRONAUT to fly to International Space Station!!

Jessica Meir, a Caribou native who graduated from Caribou High School in 1995, will be launched to the International Space Station in September.

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Jessica Meir


My amazing instructor and I harnessed our shared pride for yesterday’s training @NASA_Johnson , a top notch facility where we practice for work we’ll conduct outside @Space_Station

Meir told NEWS CENTER Maine at age 5 that she wanted to be an astronaut, and about her other fulfilling career as a biologist. 

RELATED: Astronaut and Caribou native Jessica Meir

In a release from NASA, Meir is expected to return in spring 2020.

RELATED: NASA Astronaut visits hometown of Caribou

According to NASA, Meir has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Brown University, a master’s degree in space studies from International Space University, and a doctorate in marine biology from Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

This will be Meir’s first spaceflight.



Maine: Horse dead, two children injured in horse-drawn buggy and tractor-trailer crash in Smyrna.

A horse-drawn buggy in Smyrna driven by a 12-year-old boy came into the path of a tractor-trailer that hit and killed the horse on Wednesday, police say.


SMYRNA, Maine — Two children riding in a horse-drawn buggy were injured and the horse was killed when they came into the path of a tractor-trailer.

Police say the crash happened in Smyrna at the intersection of Route 2 and Upland Trail on Wednesday, Jan. 23.

Maine State Police say the buggy was being driven by a 12-year-old boy and had seven children inside.

Police say the buggy came directly into the path of the tractor-trailer which hit the horse, killing it while the buggy went off the road.

Police say two of the children suffered minor injuries. The tractor-trailer is owned by Beaulieu Trucking.

Author: Beth McEvoy, News Center Maine

New England: Farmington ME, NH police need public’s help finding missing man Timothy Jarvis

Timothy Jarvis is missing.

FARMINGTON, New Hampshire — Police in Farmington, N.H. are asking for the public’s help finding 22-year-old Timothy Jarvis.

Police said Jarvis’ family reported him missing. Police need to speak with anyone who has had contact with him since April of 2018.

Missing Person: Has anyone seen Timothy Jarvis? He is a 22 year old man that has been reported missing by his parents. We are looking to talk to anyone who has seen or had contact with him since April of 2018. If you have seen Timothy or been in contact with him since April, or have any information about his whereabouts please contact Detective Frye or Officer Shoer at the Farmington Police Department: 603-755-2731