Articles by: Kate Cough

Kate Cough

Kate Cough

Kate covers the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. She lives in Southwest Harbor and welcomes story tips and ideas. She can be reached at
  • Gagnon named Bar Harbor Planning Director

    Gagnon named Bar Harbor Planning Director

    BAR HARBOR — After 17 years working with the city of Ellsworth, Planner Michele Gagnon will be leaving her job to take the job as planning director in Bar Harbor. “We just really liked her enthusiasm for the job,” said Bar Harbor Town Manager Cornell Knight. “I think she’ll be a great fit. She has

  • Electricity rates rise

    Electricity rates rise

    ELLSWORTH — Keeping the lights on is about to get more expensive for some customers in Hancock County and surrounding areas. After accepting bids from suppliers, the Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) announced Dec. 4 that the standard offer for electricity supply for customers in the Emera Maine Bangor Hydro District will increase just under

  • Test results ‘unhelpful’

    Test results ‘unhelpful’

    ELLSWORTH — The results of the state assessments of student performance for the 2017-18 school year are in, but school administrators caution against reading too much into the numbers. Schools in the MDI Regional School System performed much better than the Hancock County and statewide averages. The Maine Educational Assessment (MEA) reports the percentage of

  • Bar Harbor planner to leave post Oct. 31

    Bar Harbor planner to leave post Oct. 31

    ELLSWORTH — Janna Richards, planning director for Bar Harbor, is set to leave that post and begin work as economic development director for Ellsworth Nov. 1. Richards will succeed Micki Sumpter, who retired this month. Sumpter will work with the city on a part-time basis through June 2019 to assist with the transition. Richards was

  • Invasive plant watchers on the lookout for milfoil

    Invasive plant watchers on the lookout for milfoil

    ELLSWORTH — Last week’s confirmation of the discovery of aggressive Eurasian water milfoil (Myriophyllum spiactum) on a boat entering a lake in the town of Norway (along with the “alarming” discovery by Maine Department of Environmental Protection staff of a non-native mussel) has put invasive species-watchers in the state on high alert. But Roberta Hill

  • Ballot question on ranked-choice voting explained

    Ballot question on ranked-choice voting explained

    ELLSWORTH — On June 12, apart from the Democratic and Republican primary elections, Ellsworth residents will weigh in on implementation of ranked-choice voting. RCV has been the subject of much consternation since Maine voters approved its implementation via referendum in 2016. In 2017, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court issued an advisory opinion that RCV was

  • Trash may go back to PERC in interim

    Trash may go back to PERC in interim

    ORONO — At an occasionally emotional meeting of the Municipal Review Committee on May 31, board members voted 7-2 to grant a temporary waiver allowing member towns to send their trash to the Penobscot Energy Recovery Company. The waiver remains in effect while the Fiberight waste-to-biofuel facility in Hampden, the Municipal Review Committee’s new partner,

  • Workforce roundtable ponders solutions

    Workforce roundtable ponders solutions

    ELLSWORTH — Lawmakers, government officials and local business owners — those who were able to take a few hours off, anyway — convened at City Hall on Wednesday morning to discuss the ways employers are adapting to a tight labor market. Increased programming at career and technical centers, altering work permit requirements for minors, transportation,