• Local rules on pot sales eyed

    Local rules on pot sales eyed

    MOUNT DESERT — The Legislature has not yet adopted a “regulatory framework” for the cultivation and retail sale of recreational marijuana in Maine, but town officials say that is no reason to delay working on local regulations. The Board of Selectmen last week voted to ask the town’s Land Use Zoning Ordinance (LUZO) Advisory Group

  • Port authority bill progresses

    Port authority bill progresses

    BAR HARBOR — The bill that would give Bar Harbor residents the ability to create a port authority received initial approval in the Senate by a 25-9 vote on Feb. 2. The bill and any amendments must be initially approved in the House before it moves to votes in both chambers for enactment. The bill,

  • Kumiega announces run for state Senate

    Kumiega announces run for state Senate

    DEER ISLE — Rep. Walter Kumiega (D-Deer Isle) has announced his candidacy for the Maine Senate in District 7 (most of Hancock County). Kumiega has been a member of the Maine House for the past eight years. He would replace Sen. Brian Langley, whose term expires this year. If elected to the Senate, Kumiega would

  • Rich may drop out

    Rich may drop out

    BAR HARBOR — Tim Rich, owner of the Independent Café on Main Street in Bar Harbor, may drop out of the congressional race because he believes the race is rigged against him, according to a report last week in the Lewiston Sun Journal. Rich claims that the Maine Democratic Party has rallied around state Rep.

  • Warrant Committee documents sought

    BAR HARBOR — Town councilors, worried about possible violations of town ordinances and state open meeting laws, have asked four Warrant Committee members to turn over correspondence relating to 2017 zoning proposals for the former international ferry terminal. One committee member said he does not know if he will comply with the town’s request, calling

  • Budget may mean 4.5% property tax increase

    Budget may mean 4.5% property tax increase

    BAR HARBOR — The Town Council here tentatively approved the fiscal year 2019 budget on Jan. 25, which would require an estimated 4.5 percent bump in the property tax rate. The council’s public budget hearing is scheduled for Feb. 20, after which the Warrant Committee will begin its review. A memo from Town Manager Cornell

  • Playground decision deferred

    Playground decision deferred

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Decisions about a $300,000 rebuild of the school playground here were again deferred by selectmen Tuesday. The town attorney approved a plan to use unassigned fund balance for the project, but the board decided to wait until its Feb. 27 meeting to take action on the budget request. The town’s school committee

  • McDonald announces bid for Kumiega’s seat

    McDonald announces bid for Kumiega’s seat

    STONINGTON — Genevieve McDonald of Stonington has filed to run in the fall for District 134 in the Maine House of Representatives, a district that includes Southwest Harbor, Tremont, the Cranberry Isles, Swans Island and Frenchboro. McDonald grew up in the communities of Mount Desert Island and the Blue Hill Peninsula and now resides in

  • Nomination papers

    TREMONT — Residents have until 4 p.m. on March 23 to submit nomination papers for two positions on the Board of Selectmen, two seats on the School Committee and a position on the Mount Desert Island High School Board of Trustees. All positions are set to a three-year term. Terms are about to expire for

  • Republicans host potluck dinner

    Republicans host potluck dinner

    ELLSWORTH — All the Republican gubernatorial candidates have been invited to speak at the Republican’s Lincoln potluck dinner at the Ellsworth VFW Hall on Thursday, Feb. 15, at 6:30 p.m. All other G.O.P candidates are welcome to bring their nomination papers but are asked not to pontificate. There is no charge, but there will be