Bill Trotter

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‘Alt’ NPS campaign spreads to federal Maine properties

on Jan. 31, 2017, at 7 a.m.

Hiker who fell 60 feet from Acadia cliff writes ‘thank you’ to rescuers

on Jan. 30, 2017, at 7 a.m.

Cancer claims life of renowned Passamaquoddy birch bark canoe maker

on Jan. 23, 2017, at 7 a.m.

Cancer claims life of renowned Passamaquoddy birch bark canoe maker

on Jan. 23, 2017, at 7 a.m.
An artistic rendering shows an aerial view of what the marine research facility Downeast Institute, located on Great Wass Island in the town of Beals, will look like after a planned expansion is completed.

Down East marine research lab expansion to begin this summer

By Bill Trotter on Jan. 20, 2017, at 5:50 p.m.
The funds for the expansion were secured over the past few years.
This is what retail jars of LobsteRx skin care cream might look like if a Maine firm called Lobster Unlimited LLC is successful in developing it and bringing it to market. The company has developed the ointment from lobster hemolymph, or blood, which currently is discarded as waste by millions of pounds each year by Maine lobster meat processors.

Lobster blood could be the next best thing to help treat warts, shingles

By Bill Trotter on Jan. 20, 2017, at 12:45 p.m.
Lobster industry researchers in Maine say they’ve determined that uncooked lobster hemolymph, or blood, has medicinal properties that can be used to treat viruses that cause warts and shingles.
Visitors to Acadia National Park in Maine gather along the shore next to Thunder Hole on Sept. 6, 2016, to watch heavy surf kicked up by the remnants of Hurricane Hermine as the storm blew to the northeast off the coast. Acadia National Park had its busiest year last year in 27 years -- and perhaps ever -- with a record estimate of 3.3 million visits. Bill Trotter|BDN

Acadia smashes park visitation record in 2016

By Bill Trotter on Jan. 18, 2017, at 3:31 p.m.
Maine’s only national park got more than 3 million visits in 2016.
A nonprofit group calling itself Acadia Arena at Whitney Landing is hoping to raise $11 million to build a new indoor ice arena next to Ellsworth High School in the next few years.

New indoor ice rink proposal floated in Ellsworth

By Bill Trotter on Jan. 18, 2017, at 11:54 a.m.
A new nonprofit group is hoping that if it can raise $11 million, a new indoor ice rink will be built near the local high school in the next couple of years.
A Kansas City developer has agreed to partner in the renovation of a former 28,800-square-foot sardine can manufacturing plant in downtown Eastport, pictured partially on a pier overhanging the water. The owners of the building hope to complete the $18 million project by the summer of 2018.

Developer signs on to $18M downtown Eastport renovation project

By Bill Trotter on Jan. 13, 2017, at 5:38 p.m.
A long-planned redevelopment project of a waterfront industrial building will be moving ahead now that a developer has agreed to finance the $18 million project, according to the property owners.
The Bangkok Restaurant can be seen on Tuesday in Ellsworth. The owners have started an online campaign to raise $25,000 from the public in an attempt to resolve its delinquent property tax bill with the city.

Ellsworth restaurant seeks to raise $25K online to pay overdue taxes

By Bill Trotter on Jan. 10, 2017, at 4:02 p.m.
“In order to satisfy mounting property tax obligations, we need to raise at least $25,000 by the end of January to keep the doors open.”
The final structural beam is lifted into place during a topping-off ceremony at the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor Monday afternoon. The new Center for Biometric Analysis research facility at is expected to be complete in January 2018.

Jackson Lab tops off steel on new $21M research building in Bar Harbor

By Bill Trotter on Jan. 09, 2017, at 5:51 p.m.
The Jackson Laboratory reached a construction milestone Monday as iron workers perched high on the skeletal frame of an unfinished building and bolted the final piece of structural steel into place.

Feds fund $4.6M upgrade to help keep wipes out of sewage pumps

By Bill Trotter on Jan. 06, 2017, at 5:20 p.m.
The Winter Harbor Utilities District is getting $4.6 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the upgrade to the plant, which is more than 40 years old.
The L.L. Bean logo is visible on the back of an Island Explorer bus in this 2002 file photo. New rules adopted by the National Park Service last month have raised concerns that there could be increased visibility of corporate donors at national parks nationwide.

National parks won’t turn into billboards, federal officials promise

By Bill Trotter on Jan. 05, 2017, at 6:04 p.m.
The L.L. Bean logo will remain on Island Explorer buses in Acadia. The buses are exempt from the National Park Service director’s order because the bus system is operated by Downeast Transportation.

Canadian officials trying to determine what killed thousands of fish in Nova Scotia

on Jan. 05, 2017, at 7 a.m.
A car driven by Mandi Parker of Jonesboro was submerged in Fox Pond in eastern Hancock County after the vehicle went off Route 182 in this April 2016 photo.

Woman whose car, with children inside, plunged into pond indicted

By Bill Trotter on Jan. 03, 2017, at 1:09 p.m.
A Jonesboro woman who was saved along with her two young children after she drove off a state highway and into a pond has been indicted on multiple charges in Hancock County.
Pharmacist Ben Okafor (right), who was born and raised in Nigeria before moving to Maine in 2007, helps a customer on Dec. 15 at his pharmacy in Eastport.

How one immigrant is helping to improve this coastal Maine community

By Bill Trotter on Jan. 01, 2017, at 7:52 a.m.
“It gives me joy to make a difference in people’s lives,” Ben Okafor said. “Money is good — it counts — but that is not my primary goal. My primary goal is to make a difference, and I know once I do it well, money comes with it.”
Harold "Pete" Bickmore satnds by a podium at his April 2016 swearing-in ceremony as Ellsworth's police chief while Ellsworth City Councilor Bob Crosthwaite (left) and City Manager David Cole stand in the background. Bickmore, a 26-year veteran of the FBI, abruptly resigned as the city's police chief on Thursday.

Ellsworth police chief abruptly resigns

By Bill Trotter on Dec. 30, 2016, at 11:15 a.m.
His resignation was effective immediately.

Midcoast man arrested on child rape charge

By Bill Trotter on Dec. 29, 2016, at 11:09 a.m.
A Jackson man has been arrested on charges that he repeatedly sexually assaulted a young girl under the age of 10, according to police.

Bangor man survives Christmas Day fall in Acadia

on Dec. 28, 2016, at 7 a.m.
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Cutler man shot, another arrested

By Bill Trotter on Dec. 22, 2016, at 2:52 p.m.
A man is in jail facing a charge of elevated aggravated assault after he allegedly shot another man in the abdomen early Thursday.