Siblings Zoey, 6, (left) and Owen Smith, 4, slide down a hill on an inflatable tube outside of Asa Adams Elementary School on Feb. 15, 2021. Credit: Nina Mahaleris / The Penobscot Times

Today is Thursday. Temperatures will be in the high teens to low 30s from north to south, with partly sunny skies throughout the state. Here’s what we’re talking about in Maine today.

Here’s the latest on the coronavirus and Maine

Three Mainers died and 104 more coronavirus cases were reported across the state on Wednesday, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The death toll statewide is now 654. Check out our COVID-19 Tracker for more information.

Gov. Janet Mills has extended the state of civil emergency in Maine through March 18. A state of civil emergency allows Maine to deploy all available tools to respond to and contain COVID-19.

Canadian mass shooter spoke to friends in Houlton just before rampage

In this April 26, 2020, file photo, people pay their respects at a roadside memorial in Portapique, Nova Scotia. A man went on a murder rampage in Portapique and several other Nova Scotia communities killing 22 people. Credit: Andrew Vaughan / The Canadian Press via AP

The event that set off the worst mass shooting in Canadian history may have been a phone conversation the shooter had with friends in Houlton.

Maine farmer discovers source of his kidney issues was bacteria in his well

A chicken hangs out on Farmer Daniel Bell’s shoulder while he is being interviewed at Wing-N-It Farm in Glenburn on Tuesday. Credit: Natalie Williams / BDN

Glenburn farmer Daniel Bell always assumed the clear, fresh water from his private well was perfectly safe.

Susan Collins defends her vote to convict Trump as ‘impartial justice’

In this Jan. 26, 2021, file photo, U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, right, speaks to a reporter after leaving the Senate floor in Washington.

Facing a censure later this month, she urged Maine Republicans to focus on improving their electoral performance.

UMaine coaches overjoyed with planned overhaul of athletics facilities

A rendering of the Harold Alfond Sports Arena at the University of Maine.

“I’m blown away. This is transformational for all the programs at Maine,” Coach Scott Atherley said. “This will impact recruiting, scheduling, player development and community engagement.”

PLUS: A 1st look at UMaine’s new athletic facilities plan

Maine is subjecting COVID-19 vaccine providers to more scrutiny

These stickers are given out to people who receive the COVID-19 vaccine at Penobscot Valley Health Center in Bangor. Credit: Linda Coan O'Kresik / BDN

Maine will introduce a new set of performance measures to scrutinize COVID-19 vaccine providers more closely when it comes to how quickly they are giving shots in a move that could change where doses are sent across the state.

Maine fiddler’s new book preserves New England’s French playing style

Fiddler and author Frank Ferrel sits by the stove in his backyard studio in Bath on Wednesday. Ferrel’s newest book is “I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy, Urban French-American Fiddling from the 1930s – 1950s.” Credit: Troy R. Bennett / BDN

The music was a unique amalgamation of influences, reflecting the gritty, yet aspirational, milltowns where it was born.

Deer gives coyote the slip in this trail camera video

This coyote didn’t show much interest in another potential meal, as it paid no attention when a deer appears to bound away from this trail camera. Credit: Courtesy of Tim Martin

If you’re of a certain age, you likely spent plenty of time watching the roadrunner get the best of Wile E. Coyote.

The Holy Donut sues shop in Oregon over similar name

A pedestrian walks by the the Holy Donut’s Exchange Street location in Portland’s Old Port in October. The location is now closed but the company’s other Portland location, as well as shops in Auburn and Scarborough, remain open. Credit: Troy R. Bennett / BDN

On Tuesday, the Klamath Falls Herald and News reported that the Holey Donut Cafe received legal papers over the summer demanding a name change because the Portland bakery had a legal trademark on the name.

We want to hear from Mainers who have been vaccinated against COVID-19

In this Feb. 3, 2021, file photo, MaineHealth Senior Pharmacy Director Andrea Lai gives Alice Goshorn, 78, of South Portland a COVID-19 vaccination shot inside the former Scarborough Downs horse racing track . Credit: Troy R. Bennett / BDN

The Bangor Daily News is looking to track how the process is going by talking with Mainers who have been vaccinated about logistics and how it is changing their lives.

In other Maine news…

Federal judge puts key Maine referendum law on hold amid GOP lawsuit

Angus King doubts the pandemic relief package will be bipartisan

Orono referendum will decide future of marijuana businesses next month

Janet Mills to deliver virtual State of the Budget speech next week

Survey: Black homeownership in Maine lags low nationwide mark

Camden officials push for tannery redevelopment to include affordable housing