Jennifer Mitchell

News Producer

Jennifer Mitchell studied Music, English and Anthropology at Oberlin College and Conservatory in Ohio. She has worked as News Director for Peninsula Public Radio in Homer, Alaska, and served as news producer in Bangor for Maine Public Radio in 2004. Most recently, she spent four years working in South Africa as a producer, as well as classical music presenter in Cape Town.

Jennifer is a fan of open source computing, and music of all types, including old Victrola tunes, Jazz, Folk, World, Goth and Metal. When not on the air, she can be found researching 19th century social history. Her idea of a good time is several hours in a dank basement looking at old patent applications, newspaper archives, and original recipes for intriguing Victorian delights such as sheep's head soup and shadow potatoes.

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WATERVILLE, Maine _ Colby College commencement speaker Arianna Huffington, who recently released a book about sleep, chose to speak on a topic with which many college students are already familiar:  sleep deprivation and the attitudes that make it so prevalent.

OXFORD, Maine _ Maine State Police have identified the woman who was killed in a fire at a retirement home complex in Oxford. Dead is 85-year-old Theresa Heino. Another resident, Virginia Brown, 65, was taken to a hospital in critical condition.

OXFORD, Maine (AP) _ The Maine state fire marshal's office says one person is dead and another is in critical condition after a fire at an elders' apartment complex in Oxford.

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According to U.S. Department of Agriculture figures, honey production in Maine jumped by 25 percent last year, and more people are keeping bees than ever before.

But as part of a local foods boom, there’s still room for growth in Maine’s tiniest livestock.

In Springvale, honey bees are getting ready to fly out for a day’s exploration. Over the next few months the bees will embark on a sun-up to sun-down race to visit every tasty flower, gathering pollen and nectar as the hive makes as much of the liquid gold as it can before the next winter hits.

BRASSUA TWP, Maine_  The state medical examiner will determine what led to the death of a Rockwood man, missing since Thursday. The body was located in a Western Maine lake, where the man had planned to go fishing on Thursday. 

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BANGOR, Maine _ An un-enrolled candidate for Maine's Second Congressional District has withdrawn his hat from the ring. Mike Turcotte, a professor at Eastern Maine Community College,  says he's withdrawing from the race for the Washington D.C. seat to focus his attention on state development issues.

PORTLAND, Maine_ Public Safety officials are warning folks not to panic if they see what looks like an emergency scene at the Portland Jetport Saturday morning. The airport in Maine's largest city is conducting an extensive disaster drill, which will involve the use of emergency vehicles, mock-disaster victims, and potentially a troubled plane on the runway.

BANGOR, Maine - Republican Congressman Bruce Poliquin is calling for a congressional field hearing to be held in Maine's Katahdin region, as the debate over a potential national monument in the area rages on.

In a letter Friday to the House Committee On Natural Resources chair, Rob Bishop, Poliquin says that President Obama has designated more national monuments than any other president in history. Poliquin says the "threat" of a unilateral designation with "complete disregard" for the concerns of his constituents has reached a point where Congress "must take action."

BANGOR, Maine - A Maine manufacturer is applauding the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee's approval of an amendment that would require the Department of Defense to procure American-made athletic footwear for its troops.

The amendment proposed by independent Sen. Angus King, a member of the committee, is part of the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, and directs the DOD to treat athletic footwear for troops as part of the uniform.

BANGOR, Maine - The city of Brunswick is offering its police parking lot as a safer alternative for sales and transactions where the parties don't know each other.

"You know, with the increasing popularity of Craigslist and other Internet yard sale types of sites, it just seemed like a prudent thing to offer a safe location to conduct the exchanges," says Cmdr. Marc Hagan, of the Brunswick Police Department.

BANGOR, Maine - Members of the Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Department are out today searching for "oiled animals" in a field training exercise.

"There will be no actual oil involved - we're not going to put any oil into the environment," says spill response coordinator Don Katnik. 

Federal Fishery regulators, in an unprecedented move, are closing the northern Gulf of Maine scallop fishery on Friday — a scant two months after it began.

“They’ve been fishing very hard since March — a lot harder than they ever have. We’ve never closed this area before,” says Travis Ford, scallop policy analyst with NOAA Fisheries.

Normally, he says northern Gulf fishermen don’t catch the entire allowable harvest in less than a full year of fishing, which starts on March 1.

BANGOR, Maine - A property tax dispute between the city of Bangor and the Hollywood Casino Hotel and Raceway has been settled, but the valuation of the properties in question is still significantly higher than what the casino had sought.

The casino had challenged a 2014 assessment by the city of Bangor that found its establishment and properties were worth an estimated $97.4 million.

The casino said the actual valuation should have been closer to $36 million.

The Maine Warden Service is disputing claims that its actions during a poaching investigation in northern Maine were heavy-handed and over the top.

The final outcome of the investigation can be seen on an episode of its cable reality show, “North Woods Law.”

On Wednesday, the wardens issued a lengthy rebuttal to recent allegations of misconduct made in an extensive Maine Sunday Telegram article.

It’s not a huge crop in Maine — or anywhere in Northern New England yet — but a small burgeoning peach industry has been a big hit at farmers’ markets in recent years.

That’s not likely to be the case this year.

Some 90 percent or more of the Northeastern peach crop from Rhode Island and Connecticut to New Hampshire and Maine didn’t survive the cold months.

Ironically, the milder-than-usual December may be to blame, says tree fruit specialist Rene Moran with University of Maine Cooperative Extension.