Maine news from Ellsworth, Bucksport, Gouldsboro, Blue Hill, Sullivan, Surry, Hancock, Deer Isle, Stonington, Orland and throughout Hancock County.

  • Youth racial justice organizers seek ‘quantifiable change’

    Youth racial justice organizers seek ‘quantifiable change’

    BAR HARBOR—After George Floyd died at the hands of Minneapolis police on May 25, people gathered in cities and towns across the country to protest police brutality against Black people. More than a month later, protests, rallies and marches are still going on.  In Bar Harbor, marches in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement have drawn over 375 people, according to organizers.

  • State grants to pay for COVID-19 education, prevention projects

    State grants to pay for COVID-19 education, prevention projects

    By Liz Graves and Sarah Hinckley  MOUNT DESERT ISLAND — “As many more visitors arrive from out of state, which we want them to do, we need to be ever more vigilant” in working to prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19, Governor Janet Mills said in a media briefing last Friday.  Towns and cities

  • Access to testing still limited 

    Access to testing still limited 

    BAR HARBOR — Government and business leaders agree that widespread testing for the virus that causes COVID-19 is essential to managing and limiting the pandemic, especially as businesses and schools gradually move toward more-like-normal operations.  Rural areas of Maine including Mount Desert Island have far fewer cases of the virus than the urban centers, but as the population

  • Statewide bond questions total $120M for internet, roads 

    Statewide bond questions total $120M for internet, roads 

    BAR HARBOR—Voters will head to the polls on July 14 to participate in the state’s primary election. In normal years, and by statute, Maine’s primary election is held the second Tuesday of June. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Janet Mills moved the date by executive order to July 14.   For those wishing to

  • Foundation offers new online course 

    Foundation offers new online course 

     AUGUSTA – The Maine TREE Foundation is offering a new online course tailored for teachers, land trusts and forestland owners called “Window to the Woods” July 14-30. Maine’s environment, economy and communities depend on the forest and the people who work in them. This course is the Maine TREE Foundation’s alternative offering to the ever-popular in-person “Forests of Maine Teachers’ Tours.”   Registration is open to the

  • Laws on election reform take effect  

    Laws on election reform take effect  

    AUGUSTA — A suite of laws sponsored by Sen. Louie Luchini, D-Ellsworth, designed to clean up our elections and promote financial transparency in politics took effect on June 16. The laws increase transparency around political spending and lobbying efforts and create greater efficiency and consistency in Maine elections.  “It’s important for our democracy that we have a clear picture of

  • DMR weighs in on whale lawsuit

    DMR weighs in on whale lawsuit

    AUGUSTA — “Courts, as a general matter, ought to defer to an agency’s scientific or technical expertise.”  Quoting a 2005 court decision, Maine Attorney General Aaron Frey and colleagues made that argument in a brief filed last week on behalf of the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) in a lawsuit seeking to impose new limits on commercial lobster

  • Citizen science effort launched 

    Citizen science effort launched 

    PORTLAND —This week, the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) is announcing the public launch of an Ecosystem Investigation Network, climate-focused citizen science platform. Collaborative groups of citizens and scientists are invited to use the platform and resources to design and host investigations of climate-driven change in the Gulf of Maine and its watershed.  “We’re excited to

  • Annual e-waste recycling event  

    Annual e-waste recycling event  

    ELLSWORTH – The Noontime Rotary Club of Ellsworth is organizing an E-waste collection from 7 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 18, at Home Depot’s parking lot in Ellsworth.   The focus is on collecting televisions, computer monitors, computers, printers, laptops, digital picture frames, game consoles, photocopiers, fax machines, cell phones, microwave ovens, CD players/DVD players, servers, network equipment, ballast, and mercury thermostats and devices. Air conditioners, batteries, freon units and light bulbs are not accepted.   Businesses may deliver

  • Bass Harbor races draw healthy fleet despite fog

    Bass Harbor races draw healthy fleet despite fog

    TREMONT — Like the proverbial postmen undeterred by rain, sleet or snow from delivering the mail, four dozen intrepid skippers found their way to Bass Harbor on Sunday for a morning of lobster boat racing despite dungeon–thick fog.  Some of the racers came no farther than from a mooring off the town wharf in Bernard, but there were boats