Bill Trotter

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The front view of La Rochelle mansion in Bar Harbor. The former mansion was donated by Tristram Colket to Maine Sea Coast Mission in 1972, as was a dedicated endowment for the building's upkeep.    BDN staff photo by Bill Trotter

Nonprofit to sell 115-year-old waterfront mansion in Bar Harbor

on July 20, 2017, at 7 a.m.
The combined assessed value for the mansion and the 2.9-acre waterfront lot it sits on is $5.3 million.

Nonprofit to sell 115 year-old waterfront mansion in Bar Harbor

on July 20, 2017, at 7 a.m.
Campobello fisherman Joe Howlett

Feds allow entangled whale rescues to resume, except for ‘unpredictable’ right whales

By Bill Trotter on July 20, 2017, at 1 a.m.
U.S. officials are lifting a ban on some whale disentanglement efforts after briefly banning the practice that last week led to the death of a Canadian fisherman.
Campobello fisherman Joe Howlett

US suspends rescue efforts for entangled whales after Canadian fisherman dies

By Bill Trotter on July 13, 2017, at 10 a.m.
U.S. officials are temporarily barring anyone from approaching an entangled whale.
Manhattan businessman and seasonal Maine resident Morris E. "Mo" Zukerman, sentenced in March to serve 70 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to evading taxes, exits U.S Federal Court in Manhattan. Zukerman is appealing his sentence in hopes of  being allowed to pay a $10 million fine in installments, rather than all at once.

Summer Maine resident who dodged $45M in taxes reports to prison

By Bill Trotter on July 06, 2017, at 7:49 a.m.
Morris Zukerman filed an appeal to pay his $10 million in fines by installment.
Route 302 in Bridgton was closed Saturday afternoon after wild weather that spawned a waterspout on Sebago Lake blew a tree over on the causeway across Moose Pond. Scores of trees fell in high winds, damaging homes and power lines and knocking out power to thousands of Central Maine Power customers. Bridgton Police Department photo.

Wild weather spawns waterspout on Sebago Lake

By Bill Trotter on July 01, 2017, at 9:58 p.m.
“Maine Sea Grant staffers explain experimental scallop aquaculture to visitors at University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center in South Bristol in this 2010 file photo. On Thursday, a congressional panel voted to support funding the national Sea Grant program in next year’s federal budget despite President Trump’s proposal to defund it.”

US House panel votes to keep funding marine research program

By Bill Trotter on July 01, 2017, at 7:46 a.m.
In a vote Thursday by a subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee, lawmakers pushed back on President Donald Trump’s proposal to de-fund the national Sea Grant program.

Toxic algae considered possible cause in whale deaths

on June 28, 2017, at 7 a.m.

Maine man gets three days in jail for shooting seal

By Bill Trotter on June 26, 2017, at 3:55 p.m.
“The defendant retrieved his rifle and began to shoot at the seals in the ocean.”
Hazen McDugald

Eastport man found not criminally responsible for vicious assaults

By Bill Trotter on June 16, 2017, at 3:12 p.m.
As a result of the plea deal, Hazen McDugald is expected to be committed indefinitely to Riverview Psychiatric Center in Augusta.
An elver fishermen uses a dip net by the Ellsworth city boat launch on April 6, 2017, to catch elvers in the Union River. Maine's 2017 elver fishing season ended on June 7, with fishermen statewide netting $12 million of the baby eels.

Maine elver fishermen caught $12 million worth of eels this season

By Bill Trotter on June 12, 2017, at 2:16 p.m.
That’s the fourth-highest total for the fishery since 1994.
Northern gannets on Bonaventure Island in Quebec.

Dead gannets raise concerns about warming oceans, algae blooms

By Bill Trotter on June 10, 2017, at 1 a.m.
“It is unusual for gannets to be washing up in those numbers.”
Linwood Doughty

Man gets 20 years in prison for hatchet attack on Milbridge woman

By Bill Trotter on May 31, 2017, at 6:31 a.m.
A man from the Waldo County town of Knox has been sentenced to serve 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to violently attacking a local woman with a hatchet last summer.

17 Prisoners Released

on May 26, 2017, at 6:40 p.m.
Michael Bryant and his wife Sarah Bryant exit the Portland federal courthouse, after he was sentenced to 3 years of probation for poaching more than $330,000 worth of baby eels, May 17, 2017.

How Maine came to play a central role in an international eel smuggling scheme

By Bill Trotter on May 22, 2017, at 7:42 a.m.
Before 2014, when there were no statewide or individual catch limits in Maine, licensed elver fishermen could sell as many elvers as they could get their hands on, which encouraged many to pass off elvers caught by someone else as their own.
MOUNT DESERT ISLAND, MAINE -- 5/22/15 -- David Rockefeller Sr. is seen during an event to mark his donation of 1000 acres of land to the Mount Desert Land and Garden Preserve on Friday on Mount Desert Island. Gabor Degre | BDN

Rockefeller’s will leaves art, millions of dollars, island in Maine

on April 28, 2017, at 7:30 a.m.
Several Maine organizations will benefit as a result of provisions in Rockefeller’s will, Forbes reported last week.

Rockefeller’s will leaves art, millions of dollars, a Maine island

on April 28, 2017, at 7:30 a.m.
Law enforcement personnel stand next to a dead humpback whale that had washed up on Rockaway Beach in Queens, New York on April 4, 2017. it is one of 41 dead humpback whales that have washed up on the East Coast since January 2016. Calling it an “unusual mortality event,” NOAA officials have opened an investigation into what may have caused the whales’ deaths.

Surprising spike in humpback whale deaths alarms scientists

By Bill Trotter on April 27, 2017, at 2:43 p.m.
A jump in humpback whale deaths along the East Coast since the beginning of 2016 is stumping scientists.

Elver fishermen getting higher prices this year (so far)

on April 14, 2017, at 7 a.m.

Elver fishermen getting higher prices this year (so far)

on April 14, 2017, at 7 a.m.