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Local News – January 2, 2018

Longhorn Fire

(Bangor) – The Longhorn Steakhouse in Bangor has reopened after a small fire caused smoke damage.  WABI-TV reports the fire broke out Sunday night in a hot grease collection bin.  It burned through to a walk-in freezer and forced the restaurant to shut down for the evening.  After cleanup, the Hogan Road eatery reopened yesterday.


Fort Fairfield Fire

(Ft. Fairfield) – Firefighters in Downtown Fort Fairfield kept flames confined to a vehicle repair garage in a spectacular blaze.  A photo from the local fire department and published in the Bangor Daily News shows the 5-bay garage full of flames Sunday afternoon. Firefighters spent 12-hours in the subzero temperatures bringing the flames under control at Bob’s Service and Repair.   No one is injured.  The fire’s believed to have started in a waste oil furnace.


Dennysville Crash Update

(Dennysville) The Washington County Sheriff’s Department continues to investigate a crash that sent a 36-year old woman to the hospital by helicopter on New Year’s Eve. The crash occurred on Route 1 in Dennysville near the Route 86 intersection. Chief Deputy Michael Crabtree reports to Star 97-7 that 42-year-old Justin Wentworth of Pembroke struck a pickup truck that 36-year-old Nancy Curtis of Dennysville operated. Curtis was flown to Eastern Maine Medical Center with serious but not life-threatening injuries.


Climate Change

(Augusta) Catastrophic hurricanes, severe flooding and raging wildfires fueled by drought were prominent features of an eventful year for the environment. Rainforest Trust’s first Annual Environmental Year-in-Review puts the U-S withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on fighting global climate change at the top of the list of major events for 2017. Rainforest Trust spokesman Paul Salaman says there is scientific consensus the warming climate was the driving force behind the extreme weather last year.



Community Closet

(Ellsworth) The Community Closet in Ellsworth hopes to continue helping the less fortunate in the New Year. Coordinator Jacqueline Wycoff says they offer clothing and household items to individuals and families in need, but it takes a lot to keep their doors open. The Community Closet operates 3 days a week at 25 Eastward Lane next to the Bowling Alley.



Winter Beer Fest

(Bar Harbor) Local brewers and beer lovers will gather in Bar Harbor for the 3rd annual Bar Harbor Winter Beer Fest. It’s at a new location this year; festivities will be held at Atlantic Brewing Midtown on Cottage Street.   Advanced tickets are $25, allowing festival goers unlimited samples and a commemorative glass to bring home. Bar Harbor Winter Beer Fest operates from 1 to 5PM on Saturday, January 13th.


Traffic Deaths


(Portland) – Some grim statistics from Maine’s highways for 2017.  State Highway Safety officials say 171 people died in traffic accidents last year, including 21-pedestrians.   That’s the most fatalities on the roads in 10-years, and the most pedestrian fatalities in 24-years.  Lauren Stewart of the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety says distractions are behind a lot of crashes, and they will launch a new public safety campaign this year.


Healthcare 2018

(Augusta)Two new laws aimed at healthcare costs are coming into effect. Effective this year, Maine health insurance carriers will face new requirements under a law backed by Republican Senator Rodney Whittemore. Carriers must allow enrollees to get cost and quality data for comparable healthcare services through a website and toll-free telephone number. Another new law backed by Democratic Representative Martin Grohman is aimed at certain surprise medical bills.



  • Sugar Bowl:  Alabama 24  Clemson 6
  • Rose Bowl:  Georgia 54  Oklahoma 48 (2 OT)
  • Former Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas will make his season debut for Cleveland tonight.  He’ll not play in Wednesday’s game against Boston.  Thomas has been out with a hip injury.
  • Bruins at NY Islanders tonight
  • High School basketball resumes tonight.