Government & Politics

Maine unemployment hardly budges in November

Maine's unemployment rate in November was 5.7%, a hundredth of a percentage point lower than the previous month and not quite 1% less than it was a year ago.

Forest products

Aroostook County leads in Xmas tree sales

Aroostook County has been a leader in Christmas tree sales, not just for Maine, but the entire Northeast, according to federal data released earlier this year.

Forest products

Watchdog files complaint against Plum Creek

Plum Creek Timberlands’ certification for sustainable logging practices is being challenged by an Oregon-based watchdog group seeking a nationwide investigation.

Small Business

Community Concepts mum on CEO's departure

Community Concepts Inc., a Lewiston-based social services agency that provides small business loans, is not saying why CEO Mike Burke stepped down on Wednesday after serving the...


Report: Maine foreign exports decline

Exported goods from Maine have declined by 12% from 2012 to 2013, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau. But that decline may be due to a change in the reporting method...


Study predicts more climate-related blackouts

Lori Valigra |

Climate change now joins hurricanes as a threat for causing more power outages for businesses and residents in major East Coast cities in the future, a new John Hopkins University...

Energy & Utilities

Two likely PUC nominees named

Two members of Gov. Paul LePage’s staff are being considered for two soon-to-be-vacant seats on the Maine Public Utilities Commission.

Health care

Mercy back in the black, credits EMHS merger

Mercy Hospital in Portland ended the year with a net financial gain after two years of losses, crediting its merger with Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems for the...


Kittery shipyard to hire 715 workers

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery announced Thursday that it plans to hire around 715 new workers within the next 10 months.

Retail & Food service

New restaurant could be one of Portland's largest

Two veteran restaurateurs plan to open a new seafood restaurant on Portland’s waterfront.The

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How to balance work life during the holidays

Nancy Marshall |

In college I remember it seemed as if there was often a competition as to who had the most work to do. There was a certain one-upsmanship when it came to having more papers, lab reports,...

How to handle conflict in the workplace

Jim Milliken |

Conflict in the workplace is a very personal thing, and it can be frightening, paralyzing. We live comfortably with differences, and we can handle disagreement. Conflict, though, is a...

How to avoid costly overtime violations

Glenn Israel |

How to create the aura of an icon

Doug Packard |

How to protect your business against cybercrime

Jeff Lind |
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A tweet providing food for thought

James McCarthy |

Until about two months ago I was an unapologetic Luddite when it came to social media like Facebook or Twitter. Staying off Facebook has been, and still is, an easy call: I cultivate the...

Business community should focus on USM's potential

Michael Bourque |

The University of Southern Maine has, understandably, been in the news a lot lately. Budget cuts, layoffs, decreased enrollment and student retention issues have led to a significant...

The strategy of ‘impact’ investing

Peter Taylor |
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Maine's largest alpine ski areas

Ranked by vertical drop

RankSki area, lcoationVertical drop (in feet)/Snowmaking coverage
1Sugarloaf, Carrabassett Valley2,820/95%
2Sunday River Resort, Newry2,340/95% (1)
3Saddleback Maine, Rangeley2,000/85%

(1) Seasonal approximate number

SOURCE : Ski Maine Association and individual ski areas/Compiled by Roger Magnus.

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