• maine coronavirus Jul 23

    Maine Officials Not Yet Alarmed by COVID-19 Increase

    The number of new coronavirus cases has ticked up in Maine in recent weeks, but state health officials say they aren’t sounding the alarm about it yet. The state’s daily caseload had dwindled in early summer, with less than 20 new cases reported on some days in June and early July. That trend has reversed in mid-July as the...

  • high school diploma Jul 11

    Proposal Aims to Help Maine Students Get A Diploma After Disruptions to Education

    Maine is close to enacting a law that would make it easier for students to attain a high school diploma after going through a disruption to their education. The proposal, from Democratic Sen. Nate Libby, would change state law to help such students build a portfolio for high school graduation. Libby said such disruptions can include living in foster care,…

  • paul lepage Jul 1

    Former Maine Gov. Paul LePage Registers as Candidate for 2022 Election

    Former Maine Gov. Paul LePage registered Thursday to run for governor in the state once again.

  • politics Jul 1

    Former Maine Republican Gov. LePage Registers to Run Again

    Former Maine Gov. Paul LePage registered Thursday as a candidate for governor in the state once again. LePage, a Republican governor from 2011 to 2019, has long hinted that he might challenge Democratic Gov. Janet Mills in 2022. LePage and Mills were frequent rivals when LePage was governor and Mills was the state’s attorney general. The Maine Ethics Commission website stated...

  • coronavirus pandemic Jun 30

    Maine, One of Nation's Most Vaccinated States, Ends Emergency Order

    A coronavirus pandemic emergency order ended on Wednesday for one of the most vaccinated states in the country. Maine was under a “state of civil emergency” since the early days of the pandemic. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills used the order to use state resources to try to slow the spread of the virus. On Wednesday, after nearly 200 total COVID-19 briefings,...

  • coronavirus Jun 28

    Maine Emergency Order Ends This Week, Daily Cases Below 2 Dozen

    Maine’s emergency order about the coronavirus pandemic is entering its final days. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills declared the “state of civil emergency” in the early days of the pandemic. She has said the order will end on Wednesday. The order has allowed Mills to use state resources to try to control the spread of the virus in Maine. Republicans...

  • University of Maine Jun 27

    No Tuition Hike for In-State Students in UMaine System

    In-state students in the University of Maine system will not see a tuition increase in the coming academic year. The $578 million budget approved Friday by the University of Maine System Board of Trustees holds in-state tuition flat for the seventh time in the last 10 years. “Holding the line on tuition makes our life-changing degrees more affordable and accessible,…

  • Maine Jun 27

    Maine Eyes Growth in Manufacturing, Green Tech Education

    Maine’s governor has approved a proposal designed to promote manufacturing education, green technology and job growth in the state. The proposal, from Democratic Rep. Mike Sylvester, is designed to create cooperation between the University of Maine System, the Maine Community College System, the Finance Authority of Maine, private sector stakeholders and others. It also directs the Maine Council on...

  • Deb Haaland Jun 18

    Interior Secretary Haaland Visits Maine's Acadia National Park

    For her first visit to a national park since joining the Biden Cabinet, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland traveled to Maine and Acadia National Park to meet with state tribal leaders, Maine’s congressional delegation and Gov. Janet Mills. The multi-day visit included stops with the Penobscot Nation, trips up Cadillac Mountain and a visit to Acadia’s Schoodic Peninsula,...

  • coronavirus Jun 18

    Maine to Give Someone $1 for Each Vaccinated Person in the State

    Maine is going to offer a cash prize of more than $875,000 to try to convince more people in the state to get vaccinated against the coronavirus. More than 56% of the state’s total population is fully vaccinated against coronavirus. That’s one of the highest percentages in the country. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills said Wednesday the state will hold a…

  • COVID-19 Jun 16

    Maine State of Emergency Over COVID-19 to End in 2 Weeks

    Maine’s state of the emergency about the coronavirus pandemic is entering its final two weeks. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills declared the “state of civil emergency” in the early stages of the pandemic. The declaration has allowed Mills to use all available government resources to try to contain the spread of the virus. Mills has said the emergency order will...

  • coronavirus Jun 11

    Maine Ending State of Emergency After 15 Months

    Maine Gov. Janet Mills announced Friday that the state of civil emergency that she declared at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic will expire at month’s end. The Democrat called the end of the emergency orders put in place 15 months ago “a welcome milestone” that demonstrates the state’s progress in getting people vaccinated and reducing the spread of...

  • Maine Jun 10

    Maine Schools Told to Prepare for Full-Time, in-Person Fall

    The administration of Democratic Gov. Janet Mills told Maine’s school districts Wednesday that the state expects all schools to resume full-time, in-person learning in the fall.

  • Maine Jun 3

    Age Gap Persists in Maine Vaccinations, But Under 40 Gaining

    A much higher percentage of older residents in Maine have had their coronavirus vaccines, but younger residents are starting to catch up. About 72% of Maine residents age 40 and older have had their final dose of the vaccine, the office of Democratic Gov. Janet Mills reported on Wednesday. The rate for residents who are younger than 40 but eligible…

  • vaccines Jun 1

    Rural Maine Counties Lag State in COVID-19 Immunizations

    Maine has one of the highest rates of coronavirus vaccination in the country, but some of the rural counties in the state lag behind the more populated areas. More than 52% of Maine’s population has received a final dose of the vaccine. Like other New England states, Maine has paced the nation in getting the shots to residents. The pace…

  • Maine May 25

    Maine Lifts Mask Mandate, Relaxes COVID Restrictions

    Monday marks a big change for mask wearing in Maine: face coverings are no longer required in outdoor public spaces. Maine had already lifted its blanket outdoor mask mandate but now, people in the state don’t have to wear a mask in other places outdoors, like restaurant patios and takeout lines, unless it’s required by the facility’s operator. Maine’s...

  • Maine May 24

    Maine Issues New Mask Rules

    Starting Monday, masks are no longer required in Maine with some exceptions.

  • coronavirus May 14

    Maine Dropping Indoor Mask Mandate for Fully Vaccinated People

    Maine Gov. Janet Mills announced Friday that Maine is dropping its indoor mask order for fully vaccinated people and lifting the physical distancing requirement at indoor public settings like restaurants and bars, effective May 24. The decision is based on new guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that allows fully vaccinated Americans not to wear face…

  • Maine May 14

    Fully Vaccinated Mainers Will No Longer Have to Wear Masks Indoors Starting May 24

    Maine is also lifting physical distancing requirements at indoor public settings where people are eating or drinking and therefore would be removing their face covering.

  • coronavirus May 12

    Maine Reveals Vaccine Incentives: Gift Cards, Baseball Tickets, Fishing Licenses

    Maine is rolling out free fishing licenses, baseball tickets and L.L. Bean gift cards to encourage more residents to get vaccinated before the end of the month, Gov. Janet Mills announced Tuesday. Mills unveiled the public-private program, “Your Shot To Get Outdoors,” during a virtual discussion President Joe Biden hosted with several governors. “It’s corny, I know,” Mills said...

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