Politics

  • Acadia bill would ‘repair broken trust’

    Acadia bill would ‘repair broken trust’

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — No one spoke against a bill to restrict the future expansion of Acadia National Park and to allow the harvesting of clams and worms in the park’s intertidal zone at a Nov. 15 hearing held by the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources’ Subcommittee on Federal Lands. A new version of the

  • Parking public forum planned

    Parking public forum planned

    BAR HARBOR — The Parking Solutions Task Force, appointed by the Bar Harbor Town Council, will hold a public information forum at the Jesup Memorial Library on Tuesday, Nov. 28, from 6-8 p.m. There will be a presentation on the history of work around parking solutions in Bar Harbor and the details of the current

  • New boss same as old boss, temporarily

    New boss same as old boss, temporarily

    TREMONT — Faced with a gap between Town Manager Dana Reed’s last day and his replacement coming on board, selectmen on Monday appointed a familiar face to serve as interim town manager, Reed himself. Reed, in a Nov. 9 email to Kevin Buck, the chairman of the Board of Selectmen, agreed to accept the appointment.

  • Langley, Hubbell share lessons in compromise

    Langley, Hubbell share lessons in compromise

    BAR HARBOR — “People sometimes stop me, like in the aisle at Walmart,” State Sen. Brian Langley (R-Hancock) told a group at College of the Atlantic Tuesday night, “and say, ‘I’m glad to know that you’re down [in Augusta] fighting for us.’ “But ‘fighting’ is absolutely the wrong word,” he said. “We’re there to work.

  • Council revisits goals

    BAR HARBOR — Housing, infrastructure and cruise ship visitation were among the topics discussed by town councilors Tuesday in their annual meeting to discuss five-year goals for the town. Ahead of that meeting, a report was published with follow-up information on their goal-setting session from last year. The goals set had a five-year span from

  • Town manager interviews scheduled

    Town manager interviews scheduled

    TREMONT — Selectmen, after reviewing the resumes of candidates for the position of town manager Monday, narrowed the field from 28 to six. Those six candidates are to be interviewed on Nov. 27 and Nov. 28, according to Town Manager Dana Reed. Reed in August announced his decision to retire as of Dec. 1. In

  • LUO changes approved

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Voters on Tuesday gave the nod 305-247 to a land use ordinance amendment that proponents claim will spur the development of affordable housing. Interim Town Manager Marilyn Lowell said 571 of the town’s 1,585 registered voters cast ballots, a 36 percent turnout (see related story). The amendments apply to Zone B, which

  • Commercial pot ban squeaks by

    Commercial pot ban squeaks by

    TREMONT — Voters at the polls Tuesday narrowly approved an ordinance banning commercial marijuana businesses in the town. The marijuana ordinance passed 225-218, a seven-vote margin, and was one of four local issues on the ballot. Voters overwhelmingly gave their support to the three other issues. A 180-day moratorium on cruise ship activities passed 356-87.

  • MDI communities support Medicaid

    MDI communities support Medicaid

    BAR HARBOR — In high turnout for an off-year election Tuesday, Mount Desert Island voters strongly supported the citizen initiative to expand MaineCare, the state’s Medicaid program. They also voted conclusively to shoot down Question 1, which would have allowed a casino in York County. In Bar Harbor, Cranberry Isles, Frenchboro, Mount Desert, Southwest Harbor,

  • Commercial pot ban squeaks by

    Commercial pot ban squeaks by

    TREMONT – Voters at the polls Tuesday narrowly approved an ordinance banning commercial marijuana businesses in the town. The marijuana ordinance passed 225-218, a seven-vote margin, and was one of four local issues on the ballot. Voters overwhelmingly gave their support to the three other issues. A 180-day moratorium on cruise ship activities passed 356-87.