Oil contracts offer unpleasant surprise

BRUNSWICK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Mainers are battling another snowstorm, but the real enemy this winter has been the cold. December was far colder than usual.

BIW is finalist for cutter design

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Maine's Bath Iron Works is one of three finalists in a design competition for a U.S. Coast Guard cutter.

BIW was one of eight shipyards that submitted proposals for the design of the vessel.

U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King announced that the Coast Guard on Tuesday narrowed the selection to three finalists, which include BIW in Bath.


US National Toboggan Championships wrap up in Camden

CAMDEN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Thousands converged in Camden this weekend for the US National Toboggan Championships.

425 teams competed at the Camden Snow Bowl, supporting the nonprofit ski area and competing for a trophy.

Conditions were clear and according to racers, the 400-foot chute had been perfectly greased with ice this season.

The event is taken seriously by some competitors. Others are just as serious about their costumes. Team names like, "Show my you fruit zone," who named the team after a vinyard management term.

This year marks the 24th annual championship and the Competition Chair, Holly Edwards said the numbers in attendance were record-breaking. "We usually do 4 to 6,000 people at a time. We were definitely up to 8 to 10,000 people up on the ice and here on the mountain."

This year organizers installed lighst so racing began on Friday night.

Regional Wrestling Championship Results

NEWS CENTER - Wrestlers from around Maine had one last obstacle before qualifying for the state meet. The team and individual results from around the state are listed below.

Class 'A' West - Sanford High School

Team Standings

1. Marshwood 228.5
2. Noble 199.5
3. Massabesic 196.5
4. Biddeford 104.0
5. Sanford 96.0
6. Portland 85.5
8. Kennebunk 41.0
9. Thorton Academy 17.0
10. Deering 16.0
11. Cheverus 8.0
12. Scarborough 7.0
13. GPC 4.0

Championship Finals

Navy sets new date for Zumwalt christening

BATH, Maine (AP) - The stealthy Zumwalt that's under construction at Bath Iron Works is due to be christened on April 12.

Bath Iron Works confirmed that the Navy has set the new date after postponing the original ceremony last fall because of the partial federal government shutdown.

The 610-foot Zumwalt is designed to minimize its radar signature and comes with several new technologies including powerful guns that fire rocket-propelled projectiles.

Two additional ships in the class are under construction at Bath. The first one, Zumwalt, will be delivered to the Navy later this year for testing and will join the fleet in 2016.

Fifth Quarter Tuesday Highlights & Scores: Feb. 3

NEWS CENTER - Highlights from nine high school basketball games from across the state as teams try to solidify spots, position, and byes in the postseason.  The rest of the scores are below. 

2014 BikeMaine route revealed

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Cycling enthusiasts and community organizers joined members of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine as the route for the 2nd annual BikeMaine Ride was unveiled.

The week-long, community based cycling tour of the Pine Tree State is designed to help expose riders from Maine and afar discover sections of Vacationland that are off the beaten path and provide a boost to the state's economy during the lull that occurs after summer vacations and the influx of leaf peepers in the fall.

The 350 mile ride will begin in Westbrook on September 6th.  From there, riders will travel into the western mountains to Norway, before crossing over to Winthrop and Gardiner in central Maine.  Riders will then head towards the coast, staying in Boothbay Harbor for two nights, before working their way south to Bath and ending the week where they started back in Westbrook.