Bill Trotter

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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.
Ethan Bryant

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.
Brooklin resident Libby Chamberlain was thrust into the national spotlight as the founder of Pantsuit Nation.

Pantsuit Nation founder defends controversial book deal

By Bill Trotter on Dec. 22, 2016, at 12:41 p.m.
The Brooklin, Maine, resident who founded the invite-only Facebook group Pantsuit Nation just weeks before the presidential election has upset many of her group’s members by announcing plans to publish a book based on members’ Facebook posts.
President Barack Obama waves as he leaves the podium after speaking to journalists during his last news conference of the year at the White House in Washington, Dec. 16, 2016.

Car thief, ex-Idexx Lab worker among former Mainers pardoned by Obama

By Bill Trotter on Dec. 21, 2016, at 9:23 a.m.
Three people convicted of federal crimes in Maine but who no longer live in the state are among 78 people nationwide who were pardoned Monday by President Barack Obama.

Cushing boat captain charged in deaths of two crew members

By Bill Trotter on Dec. 19, 2016, at 1:54 p.m.
Christopher Hutchinson, 28, was arrested Monday and charged by indictment with seaman’s manslaughter.
The site of The Jackson Laboratory's new mouse reproduction facility, which is expected to begin operations by Jan. 1, 2018, can be seen recently in Ellsworth. Jackson Lab plans to erect a fence around the facility because of security concerns.

The Jackson Lab is fencing in its new $140M facility for security

By Bill Trotter on Dec. 19, 2016, at 6:59 a.m.
The Jackson Laboratory’s new facility in Ellsworth, a mouse breeding center called a vivarium, is proposed to have a new perimeter fence, a move the lab says is a necessity given modern security concerns.
Clinton "Bill" Townsend

Bill Townsend, noted Maine lawyer and environmental advocate, dies at 89

By Bill Trotter on Dec. 09, 2016, at 2:50 p.m.
Clinton “Bill” Townsend was best known for his work with many of Maine’s most influential environmental advocacy organizations and regulatory authorities.
Michael T. Young

Death of inmate at state prison under investigation

By Bill Trotter on Dec. 07, 2016, at 10:29 a.m.
State officials are investigating the death of an inmate at Maine State Prison on Wednesday.
Ellsworth Police Chief Harold "Pete" Bickmore

Ellsworth reprimands new police chief

By Bill Trotter on Dec. 06, 2016, at 3:10 p.m.
The city’s police chief has been formally reprimanded by the city manager for violating city personnel policies.