Category Archives: Other numbers

After Orlando, handgun demand spiked in Maine and elsewhere

In line with past patterns, background check requests from Maine gun dealers spiked in June, following the country’s deadliest mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando. Maine background checks for handguns jumped about 18 percent in June, compared with one year earlier. More striking is the longer-term rise in handgun permit requests. Using a 12-month moving average, background checks for […]

Like synthpop and Magic Johnson, Acadia really hit its stride in the 80s

Acadia and the National Park Service both turn 100 this year, providing a time to reflect on what the chronicler of American life Ken Burns dubbed “America’s Best Idea.” While a hearty “best idea” or “worst idea” debate goes on today in Millinocket and East Millinocket (follow Nick Sambides for coverage), the anniversary gives occasion for exploring visitor […]

Snowfall counter: Deeper than a tulip is tall

By Monday afternoon, Grand Lake Stream ended up with the state’s top snowfall reading, by a particularly precise preliminary reading. The Washington County plantation posted snowfall of 10.1 inches by about 4 p.m., as many areas around the state recorded about 8-10 inches during the storm that passed through the state on the second day of spring. The bulk of the storm hit coastal communities, […]

East Sangerville tops two-day snowfall total before big chill

Southern Piscataquis County towns logged the most snowfall over the storm that crossed the state Monday and Tuesday, according to National Weather Service totals. That inland portion of the state got the later portion of the storm, getting as much as 9.6 inches in East Sangerville, overtaking towns along the coast and Downeast. By Tuesday morning, East Machias had the top […]

See Maine’s worsening drug overdose problem

The rate of drug overdose deaths in Maine is getting worse along with the rest of the country, driven by addiction to opioids such as prescription painkillers and heroin. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control released an analysis of that data Tuesday, as the Maine Legislature and governor on Tuesday approved funding new investigators at the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and giving more money […]