• Quarry permit attorney raises ‘red herring’ flag

    MOUNT DESERT — Whether Harold MacQuinn Inc. needs a state permit in addition to a town license for its granite quarry in Hall Quarry is one of many points of contention between the company and Hall Quarry residents who oppose the resumption of operations. Dan Pileggi, attorney for the opponents, told the planning board last

  • Third lawyer leaves DA’s office

    Third lawyer leaves DA’s office

    ELLSWORTH — District Attorney-elect Matt Foster’s roster of prosecutors just got smaller. Assistant District Attorney Bill Entwisle gave Foster notice Monday that he would be transferring to Prosecutorial District 6’s Belfast office. District Attorney Geoffrey Rushlau helms District 6, which covers Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Knox and Waldo counties. “My new job was confirmed on Sunday,” Entwisle

  • Houseboat, donation questions pass

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — By a vote of 600-217, residents here on Tuesday banned the mooring of most houseboats in the town’s coastal waters. They voted 681-136 to lift a ban on fishing from town piers. By an even larger margin, 730-122, voters authorized a one-time donation of $1,000 to the Westside Food Pantry from revenues

  • Voters brave construction

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The beat-up condition of Main Street might have had absolutely nothing to do with it, but voter turnout in Southwest Harbor, at 55 percent, was the lowest of the four Mount Desert Island towns for Tuesday’s election. The percentage of registered voters going to the polls was 65 percent in Mount Desert,

  • LePage, Collins, Poliquin claim victories

    LePage, Collins, Poliquin claim victories

    ELLSWORTH — Mainers elected Governor Paul LePage to a second four-year term Tuesday, choosing him over Democratic challenger Mike Michaud by more than four percentage points statewide. Hancock County voters also favored LePage, but by the narrowest of margins: one vote. Within the county, 11,998 voters picked LePage and 11,997 went with Michaud. Independent Eliot

  • Langley wins tough re-election battle

    Langley wins tough re-election battle

    ELLSWORTH — State Sen. Brian Langley (R-Hancock County) overcame a barrage of negative advertising Tuesday to win a third term against Democratic challenger Ted Koffman of Bar Harbor. “It was quite a night,” Langley said Wednesday. “That was a tough one. I’m just thankful for the voters of Hancock County. They rejected the massive amounts

  • Research bonds enjoy passage

    Research bonds enjoy passage

    BAR HARBOR — A pair of bond issues that will facilitate expansion of research at the Jackson Lab and the Mount Desert Island Biological Lab appeared poised for passage as election results continue to be tabulated on Wednesday. Question 4, which would approve $10 million in borrowing, would primarily benefit The Jackson Laboratory. Question 5

  • Foster wins DA race; Blaisdell, Brown also victorious

    Foster wins DA race; Blaisdell, Brown also victorious

    ELLSWORTH — Downeast voters issued a mandate for change in the District Attorney’s Office for Hancock and Washington counties Tuesday. With a majority of precincts reporting, Republican Matt Foster took the office, beating out his Democratic opponent, Assistant District Attorney Bill Entwisle. As of press time, Foster had garnered 13,102 votes in Hancock County to

  • Mainers reject ban on baiting, hounding, trapping

    Mainers reject ban on baiting, hounding, trapping

    ELLSWORTH — Bear hunters who rely on baiting, hounding and trapping are rejoicing: Maine voters appear to have rejected a ballot item that would have banned all three, despite strong support for the measure in several parts of the state — including some Hancock County towns. Across the state, 52.5 percent of residents voted “no”

  • Hubbell wins District 135 race

    Hubbell wins District 135 race

    BAR HARBOR — Incumbent Brian Hubbell of Bar Harbor won the District 135 Maine House race here Tuesday, beating Republican challenger Maurice “Joe” Marshall, 59, of Lamoine by a total of 3,067 to 1,485. “I am deeply grateful for the confidence that this district’s voters have extended to me,” Hubbell said Tuesday evening. “I look