This tufted titmouse is among the scores of birds that grace the trees, fields, beaches and skies of Maine. Credit: Courtesy of Bob Duchesne

Today is Monday. Temperatures will be in the high-20s to high-40s from north to south, with a chance for snow in the north. Here’s what we’re talking about in Maine today.

The latest on the coronavirus in Maine

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention will report the latest COVID-19 cases from the weekend by 9:30 a.m. Tuesday Check out our tracker for more information.

New COVID-19 variant emerges with old one driving record cases in Maine

The omicron variant caught the attention of health officials due to quick growth in cases in South Africa and genetic analysis showing it has more mutations than previous strains.

ALSO: In response to the new variant, the United States and Canada joined the European Union and several other countries in instituting travel restrictions on visitors from southern Africa.

AND: What we know and don’t know on new COVID variant

After nearly 2 years of the pandemic, Maine health care workers leave from burnout

What used to be a bad day is now every day in Maine’s hospitals.

Maine’s ban on public funds for religious schools goes before US Supreme Court next week

The case, filed in federal court in Bangor in 2018, challenges a state law under which towns without public high schools pay tuition so local students can attend a public or private school of their choice in another community as long as it’s not a religious school.

What it takes to become the greenest college in America

College of the Atlantic President Darron Collins said that the school’s most important element of its sustainability work is student involvement.

Maine homesteaders reconsider their futures as costs of lumber, gas and hay skyrocket

Some are finding out that simple does not mean cheap, and rising costs, supply chain issues and even the weather are forcing many homesteaders in Maine to rethink their plans and priorities.

Brewer recovery center sees its numbers double as pandemic worsens opioid crisis

It’s another example of how the opioid epidemic has worsened during the pandemic, with 2021 on track to be the deadliest year yet for drug overdoses.

Houlton entrepreneur builds 200-panel solar installation to power business and apartments

Reducing his carbon footprint is the one project Cameron Clark is most passionate about.

A new restaurant with Old Town roots will fill a prominent downtown spot next spring

Pepper’s Landing is named after Old Town native Ralph “Pepper” Martin, who was born in 1914 and was a Maine Guide from 1930 to 1980.

Hampden’s new ambulance uses ultraviolet light and can cross unplowed driveways

The ambulance is the first of its kind in the Bangor region, and it shows how Hampden’s fire department has grown with the community that hosts it.

In other Maine news …

Why you should consider adding yaks to your Maine farm

2nd pandemic Black Friday doesn’t deter shoppers in Bangor

Mainers should expect tight supply on Christmas trees this holiday season

Bangor residents on multiple streets woke up to their cars egged on Thanksgiving

Rare coin minted in Colonial New England sells for $350,000

Injured hiker rescued in Aroostook State Park