Bill Trotter

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A caution sign stands at the top of Champlain Mountain in Acadia National Park as a warning to hikers descending the steep Precipice Trail down the east face of the mountain.

Man falls 60 feet while free-climbing in Acadia

By Bill Trotter on Aug. 03, 2014, at 1:08 p.m.
ACADIA NATIONAL PARK | A Brunswick, Maine, man was flown by LifeFlight helicopter to a Bangor hospital Sunday after he fell Sunday morning while rock climbing near the steep Precipice Trail, according park officials. The man, who is 22 years old, was free climbing without safety gear in the …
A woman was injured Saturday morning in a moped accident on the Cadillac Mountain summit road.

Hiker, moped driver hurt in separate accidents in Acadia

By Bill Trotter on Aug. 02, 2014, at 4:27 p.m.
ACADIA NATIONAL PARK | Two people, a hiker and a moped operator, were injured in accidents in the park on Saturday and taken to a Bar Harbor hospital for treatment, according to a park ranger. Both of the accidents happened around the same time at approximately 11:30 a.m., Ranger …
Two peregrine falcon chicks face off with a park photographer at a nesting site near Precipice Trail in Acadia National Park in 2008.

Acadia National Park trails reopen after falcons fledge

By Bill Trotter on Aug. 02, 2014, at 4:13 p.m.
Not many visitors can claim actually to have been born in the only national park in Maine. Not that they would, but there are seven new peregrine falcons in Acadia this year entitled to make such a brag — the highest number in the past …
The Stanwood Homestead at Birdsacre, a wildlife sanctuary in Ellsworth, and its contents were damaged March 2, 2014 in a fire that officials believe was intentionally set.

District attorney reviewing Ellsworth wildlife sanctuary arson case

By Bill Trotter on July 30, 2014, at 5:38 p.m.
The results of an investigation into a fire suspected of being deliberately set at a local wildlife sanctuary have been forwarded to the Hancock County district attorney’s office, officials said Wednesday. Sgt. Tim York of the State Fire Marshal’s Office said Wednesday that the case file on …

State schedules second meeting about controversial Bagaduce aquaculture

By Bill Trotter on July 30, 2014, at 4:20 p.m.
PENOBSCOT | The Maine Department of Marine Resources plans to hold another community meeting this week about controversial aquaculture operations in the tidal Bagaduce River. The increasing number of aquaculture projects in the river, which separates the towns of Brooksville, Castine, Penobscot and Sedgwick, has been a divisive issue …
Sgt. Alden Bustard (left) and Sgt. Tim Varney (right) of the Maine State Police stand on either side of a man taken into custody in connection with a reported stabbing Wednesday morning in Sullivan.

Man, woman charged in stabbing in Sullivan

By Bill Trotter on July 30, 2014, at 11:31 a.m.
Two residents were arrested Wednesday morning after being involved in an altercation on Ashville Road that resulted in two people suffering stab wounds, according to state police. The two arrested in the incident left the scene, a mobile home on the corner of Dead End Lane, before …
An estimated 200,000 wood frog tadpoles died in June 2013 in a pond in Brunswick as a result of a ranavirus outbreak in the pond, according to a Bowdoin College professor. It is the largest and fastest known amphibian die-off on record, according to officials.

Professor: Ranavirus killed 200,000 tadpoles in Brunswick pond

By Bill Trotter on July 30, 2014, at 5:29 a.m.
It resembled something out of a science fiction movie, but the science behind a massive die-off of tadpoles in a local pond is shockingly real, according to a Bowdoin College biology professor. An estimated 200,000 wood frog tadpoles died in a pond in his backyard over a …
Dick Wolf

‘Law and Order’ producer to speak at MDI hospital meeting

By Bill Trotter on July 28, 2014, at 5:43 p.m.
BAR HARBOR | He is not known for producing medical dramas, but a well-known television producer will have a starring role with the local hospital next week. Dick Wolf, award-winning producer of “Law & Order” and other TV crime dramas, will be the keynote speaker at Mount Desert Island …
Passengers and crew on board a tour boat operating out of St. Andrews, New Brunswick, just across the Canadian border from Maine, spotted a great white shark in Passamaquoddy Bay on Monday.

Tour boat guide: Shark was so close ‘you could have jumped on its back’

By Bill Trotter on July 25, 2014, at 2:48 p.m.
Nick Hawkins, a naturalist guide with a tour boat operation based in Passamaquoddy Bay, said Friday he has seen sharks in the bay before. Monday’s sighting of a great white shark, just outside the harbor of St. Andrews, New Brunswick, where the tour company Quoddy Link Marine is based, was …

Great white shark spotted in Passamaquoddy Bay

on July 24, 2014, at 7:23 p.m.
In 2012, it was squid. This summer, it’s jellyfish that seem to be showing up in unusual abundance in the historically cold water of the Gulf of Maine. And now there’s a report of another kind of visitor being spotted along Maine’s coast – one that may send chills up your …

Judge lifts 56-year-old consent decree on lobster fishing group

By Bill Trotter on July 24, 2014, at 1:50 p.m.
PORTLAND | In a ruling that was expected, a federal judge has rescinded a consent decree that had been imposed on the Maine Lobstermen’s Association since 1958. The federal Department of Justice, which had implemented the decree against the Maine Lobstermen’s Association 56 years ago after the association lost …

Man falls 30 feet after losing footing during photo op on Cadillac Mountain

By Bill Trotter on July 23, 2014, at 6:22 p.m.
ACADIA NATIONAL PARK | A California man has been taken by helicopter to a Bangor hospital after losing his footing Wednesday while posing for a photo near the top of Cadillac Mountain, according to park rangers. It is the fifth rescue by Acadia rangers of an injured or lost …
Head coach Jack Cosgrove looks on as sophomore quarterback Daniel Collins scrambles for yardage during the 10th annual Jeff Cole scrimmage at Morse Field at the University of Maine.

Members of UMaine football team accused of illegal drinking at Sand Beach

By Bill Trotter on July 23, 2014, at 5:50 p.m.
ACADIA NATIONAL PARK | A gathering Saturday at Sand Beach that included members of the University of Maine football team resulted in four players being charged with alcohol violations, according to national park rangers. Ranger Richard Rechholtz said three people were charged with underage drinking after being seen drinking …

Ellsworth to spend $95,000 on school stadium improvements

By Bill Trotter on July 23, 2014, at 2:33 p.m.
Del Luce Stadium, the track and field complex on Forest Avenue where many local high school students compete in athletic events, is about to get a facelift. The City Council voted Monday night to spend $91,909 on new bleachers for the facility. The councilors also approved spending …

Police: Bucksport man damaged cruiser while being arrested

By Bill Trotter on July 23, 2014, at 2:10 p.m.
BAR HARBOR | A Bucksport man was arrested Monday after he reportedly tried to elude local authorities and damaged a police cruiser while doing so. The damage to the cruiser was minimal, according to Sgt. David Kerns. The incident happened around 12:30 a.m. Monday morning after Officer Brad O’Neill …
Alfred Ruiz Garcia

MDEA arrests 3 in 2 heroin investigations

By Bill Trotter on July 23, 2014, at 8:47 a.m.
ELLSWORTH | Three people have been arrested on drug trafficking charges as a result of Maine Drug Enforcement Agency investigations in the Ellsworth and Bangor areas. Alfred Ruiz Garcia, 50, of Portland was arrested Monday on a Class A charge of aggravated trafficking in heroin. Garcia recently was released …

Power outage planned in Bar Harbor

on July 22, 2014, at 8:26 p.m.
The power is going to go out again early Wednesday, but this time it is a planned outage by Emera Maine. The electrical distribution company indicated in a release issued Tuesday that the outage will enable Emera crews to repair a transmission line that was damaged by a tree limb …

Ellsworth residents: Neighborhood ‘terrorized’ by backyard fireworks displays

By Bill Trotter on July 22, 2014, at 11:46 a.m.
A group of area residents who say they feel ‘terrorized’ by residential fireworks displays on Monday asked the City Council to help restore peace in their neighborhood. After hearing their concerns, the council indicated that it would schedule a public workshop at which concerned residents can discuss …
Jordan Pond is seen from the South Bubble Trail on July 6, 2014, near the summit of South Bubble mountain in Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island.

Report: National Park Service visitors spent $8.5 million less in Maine in 2013

By Bill Trotter on July 21, 2014, at 4:42 p.m.
ACADIA NATIONAL PARK | Visitors to Maine’s only national park are estimated to have generated $191.5 million for the state’s economy last year, according to the federal agency that runs the park. A new National Park Service report also indicates spending by visitors to Acadia and to the Saint …

Power goes out — again — in Bar Harbor

By Bill Trotter on July 17, 2014, at 7:57 p.m.
Another day, another power outage. For the second time this week, local residents and businesses have been disconnected from the electrical grid. On Sunday, it was a fallen tree branch that knocked out power to approximately 2,500 Emera Maine customers. On Thursday, it was a utility …
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