A man walks back to his vehicle with his dog after an outing at the Bangor Municipal Golf Course Wednesday morning. He said he attmpted to cross country ski for a while, but the heavy wet snow was sticking to his skis. Credit: Gabor Degre

Good morning. Temperatures will be in the low teens throughout the state.

Here’s what we’re talking about in Maine today.

The anti-vax movement seems to be spreading to Maine pet owners. That worries animal care experts.

–Distrust in corporate vaccine distributors, belief in holistic medicine and concern about cost are among the reasons Mainers cite in choosing not to vaccinate their pets. But veterinarians, animal control officers and others who work with animals say that refusing to vaccinate against rabies and other diseases puts those pets and other animals at risk.

A judge will allow a Lincoln hospital to keep operating while in bankruptcy

–Penobscot Valley Hospital sought permission Wednesday to keep paying its bills, drawing on its available cash, while it goes through Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. The hospital filed for bankruptcy protection Tuesday.

Two small Hancock County island towns want to keep their high school

Credit: Brian Feulner

–Deer Isle-Stonington High School’s enrollment has been declining, and the town has been disappointed in its academic performance. But the residents of those two island towns want the high school to stay open so that the two towns will continue to have a future. They took a non-binding vote to that effect Tuesday, voting by a 15-to-1 margin to retain their school.

Three Bangor-area high schools are competing in a statewide TV quiz show

–Three Brewer High School seniors and one freshmen traveled to Lewiston in early December to face off against Falmouth High School. Their match will be broadcast Feb. 7 on Maine Public Television — the first-round of a single-elimination academic bracket competition. Bangor High School and Hampden Academy teams also participated and will have their first-round matches broadcast in the coming weeks.

Maine’s Chinese history is ‘more than just ethnic food and laundry’

Credit: Maine Memory Network | BDN

–The Chinese New Year is Tuesday, and Portland’s history of Chinese immigration and culture goes back further, and is far richer, than most people realize. Among the city’s most fascinating characters is boxer Harry Wong, who fought 37 bouts in Portland and Lewiston between 1946 and 1948, and Toy Len Goon, the Golden Rule Foundation’s American Mother of the Year for 1952.

After a losing 2018 season, Bangor girls basketball hopes to re-establish itself as a championship contender

–Last year, Bangor had a 4-14 record and was the seventh seed among eight teams in Class AA North. But Tuesday’s victory over Class A Brewer gave the Rams their 10th win this season and they find themselves No. 3 in the AA North Heal Points standings. Now, Nelson wants to re-establish Bangor as a perennial championship contender.

Do this: Compete in the US National Toboggan Championships

–Zipping down a chute of ice at 40 mph while clinging to a simple wooden sled sounds a bit crazy, but that’s precisely what hundreds of people do each February at the US National Toboggan Championships in Camden, Maine. And in case you’re new to the Toboggan Championships, we have a few tips.

In other news…

Maine

The rare hawk rescued during a Maine snowstorm will lose toes to frostbite

The Westbrook ice disc may give us clues about the future of Earth

Maine high school investigates complaint of racist slur during basketball game

Bangor

Review: BSO recovers with Dvorak’s Serenade after odd double bass concerto

Bangor rodeo could force UMaine basketball teams to play tourney games on campus

Orrington’s interim town manager resigns, citing same conflict as his predecessor

Business

Maine-based internet provider expanding service into The County

Developer wants to replace shuttered Route 1 market with a Dollar General

Family of former owner breaks silence on dispute over lawn care business

Politics

Susan Collins declines to say whether she’ll endorse Trump for re-election

New Hampshire considers ranked-choice voting for presidential primary

Lawmakers back Mills’ environmental protection pick despite tribal opposition

Opinion

Yes, it’s cold in the Midwest. That doesn’t mean climate change isn’t happening.

A pox on both political parties

Maine families and businesses can benefit from quality paid family leave

Sports

Fleming erupts for 38 points to power UMaine men past UMass Lowell

Rossignol sets 3-point record as UMaine women rout UMass Lowell

Maine high school investigates complaint of racist slur during basketball game

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Lindsay Putnam

Lindsay Putnam is a senior editor for sports and features at the Bangor Daily News. Lindsay previously worked as an editor and reporter at the New York Post. She's a York Beach native and Colby College...