Politics

  • 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,

  • Linn supporters sue Dunlap’s office

    Linn supporters sue Dunlap’s office

    AUGUSTA — A group of supporters for disqualified U.S. Senate primary candidate Max Linn are suing Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap in hopes of having votes for Linn counted at the Republican Primary on June 12. Linn was disqualified after his ballot access petitions were challenged by staffers for Eric Brakey (R-Auburn). Linn’s name still

  • Subdued town meeting approves $16M budget

    Subdued town meeting approves $16M budget

    BAR HARBOR — Last June, the gymnasium at Conners Emerson School was packed full of residents eager to sound off on a sanctuary community resolution and parking meters. Nearly 300 residents showed up, and the meeting lasted more than three hours. This year’s open town meeting, held Tuesday, couldn’t have been more different. About 140

  • Democratic candidates’ forum

    Democratic candidates’ forum

    BAR HARBOR — Five of the seven people competing to become the Democratic candidate for Maine’s next governor answered wide-ranging questions on Wednesday, May 23, in the Mount Desert Island High School auditorium. Jill Goldthwait, a former independent state senator, moderated the forum. It was the second candidates’ forum hosted by Indivisible MDI as part

  • Three-hour parking eliminated

    Three-hour parking eliminated

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Town officials are doing what they can to address parking issues, an hour at a time. At last week’s Board of Selectmen meeting, selectmen reviewed and approved updates to the town’s traffic and parking ordinance, one of which was to eliminate three-hour parking spaces and limit them to two-hour spaces. The board

  • Voters to consider terminal purchase, parking meters

    Voters to consider terminal purchase, parking meters

    BAR HARBOR — After months of deliberation, residents here will decide next week if the town will take out a bond to purchase the ferry terminal property on Eden Street. Voters also will decide on a municipal budget that could bring a 6 percent property tax increase, and a bond to implement a parking meter

  • Marijuana in Bar Harbor

    Marijuana in Bar Harbor

    BAR HARBOR — The state’s impending recreational marijuana law would allow four types of commercial marijuana establishments to operate in Maine. Town officials in Bar Harbor are using the Polco web polling platform to seek input on whether these marijuana establishments should be allowed in Bar Harbor and where they should be located. Bar Harbor

  • Southwest Harbor town manager appointed

    Southwest Harbor town manager appointed

    Sarah Hinckley shinckley@mdislander.com SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Justin VanDongen is set to begin work as town manager here at the end of June. Selectmen approved his appointment Tuesday. VanDongen, 39, has served as assessor for the town of Bar Harbor for the last five years. He has three daughters enrolled at Connors Emerson. He will begin

  • Committee formed to review town committees

    BAR HARBOR — In line with a goal set for this year, the Town Council has set up a subcommittee to review the effectiveness of standing, nonelected committees following a unanimous vote at its May 15 meeting. The subcommittee will be made up of Councilors Erin Cough and Matt Hochman and Town Manager Cornell Knight.

  • Three vie for two council seats

    Three vie for two council seats

    BAR HARBOR — Three candidates, including two incumbents, will vie for two seats on the Town Council here at town meeting elections on Tuesday, June 12. Three-term councilor Peter St. Germain will seek re-election, as will incumbent Vice Chair Gary Friedmann. The newcomer to the race is local business owner Joe Minutolo. Gary Friedmann Friedmann,