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How you might get a little extra time to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act

How you might get a little extra time to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act

If you're having trouble enrolling in a health plan under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), you may be able to breathe a short sigh of relief. The deadline for open enrollment is next Monday, March 31, but the Obama administration has decided to allow extra time for some people who haven't been able to do so yet. Read more ...

Former Bar Harbor Police Chief files suit against town


BAR HARBOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Former Bar Harbor Police Chief Nate Young confirmed to NEWS CENTER on Tuesday that he has filed suit against the town of Bar Harbor.

Young was fire from the position back in January after being suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol. In February, Young appealed the town's decision during a public hearing, but town council voted 5-2 against his reinstatement.

Young says there is evidence of predetermined outcomes from some of the council members.

He's filing suit in an effort to be reinstated as Police Chief of Bar Harbor. He's also looking to be awarded financial and other damages to be 'fair and equitable.'


Danforth couple charged with trafficking meth appear in court

MACHIAS, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Allen Richardson and Tabbatha Osnoe went before a judge in Washington County Superior court in Machias. Both are charged with trafficking meth.

Each charge is a Class B crime which carries up to 10 years in jail. According to a court affidavit, Richardson admitted to investigators to cooking meth for the past six to seven months, adding that he had cooked meth more than 1,000 times.

Osnoe allegedly told investigators she was aware that it was going on inside their residence for the last month, but says she was not at home while he was cooking the drug.

Both Osnoe and Richardson were on probation at the time of their arrests. The Danforth couple's next court appearance will be in May.

Hello Maine Maple Sunday

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Today is Maine Maple Sunday!

Sugar houses all over the state of Maine are opening their doors to show you the process of maple syrup starts as sap and ends up on your breakfast table.

Follow this link to the Maine Maple Producers Association to find a sugar house near you.

LINK TO MAINE MAPLE SUNDAY EVENTS

We would love to see photos of your visits. Send a photo to photos@WLBZ2.com, post on our WLBZ 2 Facebook page or find us on Twitter @WLBZ2.

Nurse wins ruling in Maine's high court in effort to keep license

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A Registered nurse from Steuben who has been fighting in the courts for several years to keep his nursing license,  just won a major legal battle in Maine's highest court.
It's been more than three years since the Maine state board of nursing revoked John Zablotny's license.
Zablotny was the nursing supervisor at Down East Community Hospital in Machias who allowed a heavily medicated patient to leave during a snowstorm, wearing only light clothing.  That patient  was found dead in a snowbank outside the hospital the next day.
The board revoked Zablotny's license.
Zablotny appealed the case to district court and lost.
The district court based its ruling on information already gathered by the the state licensing board instead of re-holding the hearing and calling witnesses.
The Maine Supreme Judicial Court felt that was the wrong decision..

Court rules on Acadia National Park's concessions contract

MOUNT DESERT ISLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A judge ruled in favor of the National Park Service, paving the way for Dawnland, LLC, owned by New Mexico-Based Ortega Family Enterprises, to become the next concessioner to provide food and beverage service at Acadia National Park.

Acadia Corporation has provided food and bevearges services to Acadia National Park or neary 80 years. In February, Acadia Corporation contested the National Park Service's decision to make New Mexico-based Dawnland, LLC, as the new concessions operator.

After a judge heard the case in Federal Court back on February 14th, the judge made a final decision Tuesday.  

Indian tribes set to show strong support for gaming bills

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- State lawmakers will be considering two bills this week that could expand slot gaming to two indian tribes in Maine.

For years the Passamaquoddy tribe has faced rejection from voters in getting a racino built in Washington County. The tribe is now going to try again. Meanwhile the Maliseet indians in Aroostook County say they want to open their own casino.

The state Senate is set to consider the two bills. The Passamaquoddies have said they hope to have better luck getting their racino passed this time around. They want to accomplish that goal by having a narrower electorate.

If the racino bill were to pass only Washington County voters would have to decide on the project and in the past those voters have clearly supported it.