A breaking wave

A breaking wave

Climate hazards are placing an increasing strain on small Maine communities like Stonington. Officials in the Hancock County town would like to see the state develop long-range plans to help communities cope with the financial repercussions of climate disruptions....
Failing to thrive?

Failing to thrive?

Patience Goulette, 14, is a sophomore at the Maine Academy of Natural Sciences and is building a bee enclosure on the school’s 1-acre farm in Hinckley. Goulette was homeschooled before she enrolled in the state’s first public charter high school. Photo by...
Stuck in the stack

Stuck in the stack

Three years ago, Bereket Bairu, 49, fled the country of Eritrea where he was persecuted and tortured for avoiding forced military service and banned from practicing his religion. He has lived in Portland for the last three years as he waits for his asylum case to be...
Last rites for proficiency-based learning

Last rites for proficiency-based learning

Last rites for proficiency-based learning By taking “three steps back,” Gov. Mills and Maine legislators give local school districts more power to decide how best to graduate students Don’t Miss Maine’s Important StoriesSubscribe to Pine Tree Watch today! SUBSCRIBE!...
Focusing on Maine’s most innocent victims

Focusing on Maine’s most innocent victims

Gordon Smith, the former executive vice president of the Maine Medical Association, was chosen as the state’s first Director of Opioid Response by Gov. Janet Mills in January. Photo by Fred J. Field. Focusing on Maine’s most innocent victims Figuring out how to stop...