Pandemic in Maine prisons: Inmates locked up, locked down, still learning

Last Friday was a big day at the Maine State Prison in Warren: 10 days past the point at which the last resident tested...

What’s next for Maine, Portland?

The new Portland Phoenix published its first edition a year ago. Since then we’ve confronted an unpredictable year narrated by the coronavirus pandemic; the...

‘Filling in the pieces’ to help Maine’s Black businesses

When Rose Barboza lost her job last spring, she never imagined she would soon gain two new business ventures and more than 14,000 Instagram...

Portland’s new School Board members promise to promote equity, COVID-19 action

During one of the most unorthodox school years Portland Public Schools have ever seen, the School Board’s three newest members said they are ready...

COVID-19 outbreak at Windham correctional center has inmates questioning protocols

A staff member at Maine Correctional Center in Windham tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 21. By Nov. 6, a little more than two weeks...

Portland nears a plan to face changing climate, rising sea level

Hardly anyone could find fault with an unseasonably warm November day, as temperatures rose past 60 degrees after Election Day. Anyone, that is, but Troy Moon,...

Portland council OKs 1st phase of new land-use code

After an eight-hour meeting, city councilors approved the first phase of a long-planned overhaul to the city’s land-use codes. Councilors spent the majority of the...

Joyce House no longer a shelter option for Portland’s homeless

Portland will likely not use the Joyce House near the Cumberland County Jail as a shelter for the homeless because an agreement could not...

New councilors: Vote on ballot questions shows Portland wants change

Despite almost unanimous opposition from the City Council, almost every citizen initiative referendum question on this year's ballot received decisive voter support. Three newly elected...

People First Portland urges timely implementation of successful initiatives

The progressive group behind a decisive slate of referendum victories last week said it is willing to work with the city to make sure...