Articles by: Liz Graves

Liz Graves

Liz Graves

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Liz is an award-winning journalist who has been with the Islander since 2013. She grew up in California and came to Maine as a schooner sailor. [email protected]
  • Bar Harbor suspends lodging for nonessential travel

    Bar Harbor suspends lodging for nonessential travel

    BAR HARBOR — The town is asking lodging businesses, including campgrounds and vacation rentals, to close for a few weeks to all but essential travel to protect public safety during the coronavirus emergency. Meeting Monday via videoconference, the Town Council approved a statement suspending “all occupancy for transient accommodations, vacation rentals and campgrounds for nonessential

  • As virus precaution, MDI Hospital limits, screens visitors

    As virus precaution, MDI Hospital limits, screens visitors

    BAR HARBOR — Mount Desert Island Hospital and its health centers are temporarily restricting visitors as part of ongoing efforts to help prevent the spread of the new coronavirus and its associated disease, COVID-19. Visitors are not allowed at the hospital until further notice, as of March 27. Specific exceptions may be made for emergency

  • Bar Harbor woman made history with write-in bid for probate post

    Bar Harbor woman made history with write-in bid for probate post

    BAR HARBOR — Things moved fast in the late-summer weeks of 1920 as the constitutional amendment allowing women to vote in federal elections was being ratified. And one woman in Bar Harbor acted quickly, too: Margaret S. Dyer ran as a write-in candidate for Hancock County Register of Probate, becoming the first woman in Maine

  • Jackson Lab boosts virus testing capacity

    Jackson Lab boosts virus testing capacity

    FARMINGTON, Conn. — “This is a team effort,” said Governor Ned Lamont, speaking at a press conference March 19 at The Jackson Laboratory Center for Genomic Medicine, of his state’s response to the pandemic emergency. “And our health care system, the hospitals, biosciences, you’re the quarterback of this team.”  The Center for Genomic Medicine, a state-accredited clinical diagnostic laboratory,

  • Mission works to keep islanders connected, safely

    Mission works to keep islanders connected, safely

    BAR HARBOR — In some ways, residents of unbridged island communities are ahead of the curve with the changes brought by the virus epidemic, since they already rely on remote and online connections for important services.  But in other ways, they’re especially vulnerable.  On March 13, the team of Maine Seacoast Mission staff that usually visits

  • Smaller lobsters are producing eggs

    Smaller lobsters are producing eggs

    ROCKPORT — Lobster was the most valuable single seafood species harvested in the country between 2015 and 2018, according to NOAA, with Maine landings accounting for about 80 percent of that value in each of those years.  So it’s not surprising that the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) invests a lot in lobster research. State scientists, in collaboration with

  • CDC: Positive tests reported in person’s ‘state of permanent residence’

    CDC: Positive tests reported in person’s ‘state of permanent residence’

    BAR HARBOR — Mount Desert Island Hospital reported a first confirmed positive case of COVID-19 on Friday, March 20.  The sample was collected at one if the hospital’s two remote testing sites, according to a news release. The patient never entered the hospital.  The testing sites are drive-up facilities; patients can be tested without having to leave their vehicles. One is near the

  • Statewide travel guidelines needed, Bar Harbor officials say

    Statewide travel guidelines needed, Bar Harbor officials say

    BAR HARBOR — Last week, Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt directed the National Park Service to waive entrance fees in an effort to promote healthy outdoor recreation as people adjust to the changes that have come with the spread of the new coronavirus. And gateway communities including Bar Harbor are weighing in. The town

  • JAX mouse models critical to COVID-19 response

    JAX mouse models critical to COVID-19 response

    BAR HARBOR — The Jackson Laboratory is Bar Harbor’s largest employer. It’s also on the front lines of global research to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.  “Researchers across the United States and around the world depend on The Jackson Laboratory to enable their biomedical research work, including finding treatments for the coronavirus (COVID-19),” Katy Longley, the lab’s