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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.
Clamming in Searsport near Searsport Island in Maine.

$32K grant to fund equipment for Maine’s marine biotoxin testing program

By Bill Trotter on Dec. 03, 2016, at 7:49 a.m.
A few months after domoic acid was detected at harmful levels along Maine’s coast, the state has received a $32,000 grant to improve its ability to test for the presence of the toxin.
All-terrain vehcile riders and walkers enjoy the multiuse Down East Sunrise Trail that runs from Ellsworth to Ayers Junction in Pembroke on Friday. A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newest section of the trail was held Friday morning at the Ellsworth trail head.

Officials celebrate Sunrise Trail extension into central Ellsworth

By Bill Trotter on Dec. 02, 2016, at 6:10 p.m.
“We realize the economic and tourism benefit [the city will receive] from the trail.”
Paul Chiumiento

Orland man gets 6 years for drug trafficking

By Bill Trotter on Dec. 01, 2016, at 6:12 p.m.
The defunct Milbridge Theatre can be seen recently in Milbridge. An official with a local nonprofit that bought the building earlier this year has indicated that it may demolish the building and show outdoor movies on the site next summer while raising funds for a new building.

Theater renewal aimed at keeping Milbridge village vital

By Bill Trotter on Dec. 01, 2016, at 5:25 p.m.
Audience cheers might bring the house down at a local movie venue next summer, but only if the longtime movie house on the central village property actually gets demolished first.
Devon S. Andrews

Alleged bank robber indicted in Washington County

By Bill Trotter on Nov. 29, 2016, at 1:53 p.m.
A Cutler man accused of robbing a local bank has been indicted by a Washington County grand jury.

Three people arrested in Route 9 drug bust

By Bill Trotter on Nov. 28, 2016, at 2:26 p.m.
Troopers allegedly found 128.9 grams of crack cocaine packaged into individual doses and 126.8 grams of heroin, also packaged into individual doses.
STONINGTON, Maine -- 11/18/16 -- Isle Au Haut lobsterman Payson Barter maneuvers his vessel Perseverance through the harbor in Stonington after a day of fishing. Barter said the 2016 fishing season has been fruitful and that prices fishermen have gotten are "about the same" as they were in 2015, when the average annual price rose above $4 per pound for the first time since 2007.

What’s on a real roll? Demand for the Maine lobster

By Bill Trotter on Nov. 24, 2016, at 9:59 a.m.
The demand for lobster is on a roll — often literally. And that is helping to keep the price that Maine lobstermen are getting for their catch near historic highs.
Just over a month ago, Brooklin resident Libby Chamberlain was thrust into the national spotlight as the founder of Pantsuit Nation, a now 3.7 million-member strong invitation-only Facebook group of Hillary Clinton supporters who have banded together to share and listen to personal stories initially about the election and now about strength, unity and perseverance in the face of adversity.

Pantsuit Nation’s founder refuses to be defeated by Clinton’s loss

By Bill Trotter on Nov. 23, 2016, at 12:32 p.m.
She decided that “Pantsuit Nation was more important on Wednesday morning than it was on Tuesday morning.”

Feds get injunction against Sullivan quarry, owner

By Bill Trotter on Nov. 18, 2016, at 12:17 p.m.
In the latest chapter of a seven-year dispute over safety measures at a local quarry, a federal agency has obtained a permanent injunction against the quarry company and its owner.

Official: Pending inmate release prompts security precautions at MDI school

By Bill Trotter on Nov. 17, 2016, at 5:19 p.m.
All scheduled classes and activities will go ahead as planned, the superintendent said.

Midcoast lobsterman charged with exceeding 800-trap limit

By Bill Trotter on Nov. 14, 2016, at 12:17 p.m.
The lobsterman is accused of fishing 956 traps, which is 156 more than the 800-trap limit.
A woman arranges greenery Thursday in a planter on Main Street in the village of Northeast Harbor. Even though the Mount Desert Island village has struggled economically to maintain its year-round character, town officials this week voted not to allow cruise ships to offload passengers at the local marina.

Defying trend, Northeast Harbor on MDI says no to cruise ships

By Bill Trotter on Nov. 12, 2016, at 2:02 p.m.
In Northeast Harbor, the largest village in the town of Mount Desert, residents have faced an uphill battle in maintaining its year-round character — a struggle not unusual in coastal towns where wealthy summer residents pay top dollar to own houses on or near the ocean.

Winds knock out power to thousands

By Bill Trotter on Nov. 11, 2016, at 3:05 p.m.
High winds Friday knocked out power to thousands of electricity customers throughout the state.
Officials from the Atlantic States Marine Commission decided Thursday to cancel the Gulf of Maine shrimp season for the fourth year in a row. Recent stock reports of the fishery suggest that the northern shrimp population in the gulf is the lowest on record.

Regulators cancel 2017 Maine shrimp season amid concerns about depleted stock

By Bill Trotter on Nov. 11, 2016, at 1:15 p.m.
For the fourth year in a row, interstate fisheries regulators have decided against allowing commercial shrimp fishing this winter in the Gulf of Maine.
Fred Moore III

Tribe: Moore recalled as Passamaquoddy chief at Pleasant Point

By Bill Trotter on Nov. 09, 2016, at 1:07 p.m.

Maine woman starts viral celebration of Clinton’s wardrobe

on Nov. 08, 2016, at 12:17 a.m.
Backhoes work to tear down the former Verso Paper mill on Friday in Bucksport.

Two years after mill closure, Bucksport presses on in redefining itself

By Bill Trotter on Nov. 04, 2016, at 8:48 p.m.
“Bucksport is doing well,” Susan Lessard said. “It feels like people have emerged from the shadows [of the mill’s closure] to do all sorts of creative things.”