Articles by: Kate Cough

Kate Cough

Kate Cough

Digital Media Strategist
Kate is the paper's Digital Media Strategist, responsible for all things social, and the occasional story too! She's a former reporter for the paper and can be reached at: [email protected]
  • COA student scientists get real world experience in Deer Isle 

    COA student scientists get real world experience in Deer Isle 

    BAR HARBOR — On a recent sunny morning in late October, before fall winds swept the rest of the leaves from the trees, several students at College of the Atlantic gathered on the lawn of the college for an unusual task: the necropsy of an Atlantic white-sided dolphin (Lagenorhynchus acutus) that was brought ashore in Deer Isle. Metal

  • District 132 candidates met in online forum to share views

    District 132 candidates met in online forum to share views

    TRENTON— Candidates for House District 132 (Ellsworth and Trenton) shared their views on the pandemic, the opioid epidemic, the state budget, climate change and more on Tuesday evening at a forum hosted by League of Women Voters of Maine and The Ellsworth American.  Incumbent state Rep. Nicole Grohoski (D-Ellsworth) and City Councilor Michelle Renee Kaplan met virtually in

  • Potential recycling plant buyers down to three 

    Potential recycling plant buyers down to three 

    HAMPDEN — The number of interested buyers for the waste and recycling plant in Hampden has been whittled down to three, Municipal Review Committee (MRC) members announced at a town hall meeting on Sept. 30.  “All three assume a closing before the end of the year,” said MRC Executive Director Michael Carroll.  The plant shut down in May and

  • Fiberight plant placed in receivership 

    Fiberight plant placed in receivership 

    ELLSWORTH — Two months after it shut down due to unpaid bills, the Coastal Resources of Maine plant in Hampden has been placed in receivership by its bondholder trustees, meaning a company has been appointed by a court to oversee the operation until a new arrangement has been made, said Municipal Review Committee (MRC) board member Bob Butler in

  • Rate of COVID cases among nonresidents falls

    ELLSWORTH — Despite tourism picking up around the region, the rate of positive COVID-19 tests per day recorded among nonresidents has fallen compared to the most recent period in mid-June, according to figures provided by Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) spokesman Robert Long in an email over the weekend.  As of July 18, the

  • New operator sought for Fiberight plant

    New operator sought for Fiberight plant

    ELLSWORTH — The Municipal Review Committee (MRC) does not expect Coastal Resources of Maine, which operates the waste and recycling plant in Hampden, to be able to secure financing and get the plant back up and running within a 30–day window.  The MRC is casting a “wide net” in search of another operator, board members said in a virtual

  • Fiberight goes dark, seeks additional funding

    Fiberight goes dark, seeks additional funding

    ELLSWORTH — Coastal Resources of Maine, the $70-million waste and recycling facility in Hampden owned by Fiberight, shut down in late May after an expected $14.7 million in funding fell through, forcing the 115 towns that sent their waste there to landfill their trash until the plant reopens.  “We’re behind on our bills,” Shelby Wright, director of

  • Man charged with sexually assaulting child

    ELLSWORTH — A man who had recently moved to Ellsworth was arrested on June 11 on a charge of gross sexual assault for alleged abuse of a 14-year-old girl, said Police Chief Glenn Moshier. The Ellsworth Police Department received a referral on June 9 from the Hancock County District Attorney’s Office regarding Wayne M. Rameau,

  • More Hancock County businesses can reopen starting Monday

    ELLSWORTH — Some restaurants and retail stores in Hancock County will be allowed to open several weeks earlier than expected, starting this Monday, said Governor Janet Mills at a press briefing on Friday. With precautions such as physical distancing and enhanced cleaning, retail stores will be able to open on Monday, May 11, in counties where