Articles from Bangor Daily News

It’s now spring. Here’s what to do when you see water pools emerge in your yard.

As winter thaws into spring, Mainers may notice miniature marshes cropping up in their backyards and beyond.

These short-lived swamps are known as vernal pools. The small, temporary wetlands appear in the spring when snow melt and precipitation fill shallow depressions in forested landscapes. The pools are usually dry by the end of the summer, but they play an essential role as a breeding ground for wood frogs, spotted salamanders and fairy shrimp.

Temporary employment agency to open office in downtown Bangor

Complete Labor & Staffing, a temporary employment agency, will soon open its newest office at 81 Main St. in downtown Bangor.

Based in Londonderry, New Hampshire, the company operates 13 offices in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Connecticut. It offers temporary employment services in skilled and unskilled labor, including jobs in landscaping, construction and driving.

For Bangor MMA fighter, UFC is a goal worth pursuing

As quickly as Fred Lear could put pen to paper last week, his mixed martial career entered its next stage.

The Bangor resident, who already works at a restaurant and a nightclub in the Queen City, will add a third job to his busy routine when he makes his professional MMA debut April 27 against Bryant Bullock on New England Fights’ NEF 38 card at Aura in Portland.

Check out these trails that feature a variety of incredible plants

Sun filtered through a vibrant green canopy. The leaves, newly unfurled, were the telltale shape of a red oak — long, with dramatic pointed lobes. Throughout the spring, the leaves would grow and their color would deepen to emerald. That autumn, they’d turn a russet orange, then fall to cloak the forest floor.

Relentless MDI standout to join Husson men’s basketball program

Derek Collin faces a position change when he joins the Husson University men’s basketball program next fall, but it should be an adjustment made easier by at least one intangible he will bring with him from Mount Desert Island High School in Bar Harbor.

“The one skill he has that I’m not sure is coachable is his relentless nature,” MDI head coach Justin Norwood said. “He’s the most relentless player I’ve ever been around, and I think that translates to any level.”

UMaine women’s basketball team battles Wolfpack today; baseball teams opens league play

Women’s basketball

No. 14 Maine vs. No. 3 North Carolina State

Time, site: Saturday, 1 p.m., Valvano Arena in Reynolds Coliseum, Raleigh, North Carolina

Records: UMaine 25-7, North Carolina State 26-5

Series, last meeting: NC State leads 4-0, NC State 84-46 on 12/15/18

Now what? Mueller ends the Russia investigation

WASHINGTON — Now what?

Special counsel Robert Mueller has concluded his Trump-Russia investigation and on Friday delivered his final report to the attorney general. We may not get all the juicy details uncovered over the past 22 months — at least not right away — but this story is far from over.

Here’s what to expect next:

What happens when the investigation ends?

Mueller had to turn in a report of some kind. It could be pretty bare-bones.

Text of letter announcing William Barr received Robert Mueller report

Attorney General William Barr delivered a letter to Congress on Friday notifying the leaders of the Judiciary committees that special counsel Robert Mueller had submitted his report on the Russia investigation. The letter was addressed to Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York, Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, and Republican Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia.

Here is the text of the letter:

Dear Chairman Graham, Chairman Nadler, Ranking Member Feinstein, and Ranking Member Collins:

UMaine women’s basketball team confident despite stiff NCAA tourney challenge at North Carolina State

It was a different University of Maine women’s basketball team that dropped an 84-46 decision at North Carolina State on Dec. 15.

For starters, the Black Bears were without junior forward Fanny Wadling, their leading rebounder, who was dealing with post-concussion symptoms. That helped the Wolfpack outrebound the cold-shooting Black Bears 50-26.

Robert Mueller concludes Russia probe, delivers report to Attorney General William Barr

WASHINGTON — Special counsel Robert Mueller on Friday turned over his long-awaited final report on the contentious Russia investigation that has cast a dark shadow over Donald Trump’s presidency, entangled Trump’s family and resulted in criminal charges against some of the president’s closest associates.

The report, still confidential, marks the end of Mueller’s probe but sets the stage for big public fights to come. The next steps are up to Trump’s attorney general, to Congress and, in all likelihood, federal courts.