Summer season brings billionaires’ yachts to MDI

on July 25, 2017, at 7 a.m.
Maine Forest Ranger Zach Monroe dousing the wildfire near Brandy Pond.

Lightning strike sparks fire in Hancock County

By CBS 13 on July 23, 2017, at 1:15 p.m.
The lightning struck Saturday afternoon in the woods near Brandy Pond in northern Hancock County, near the town of Great Pond.
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.

Auction and indoor yard sale at Ellsworth Church

on July 19, 2017, at 10:45 a.m.
Four adults and three children escaped serious injury Friday when the van they were riding on took a 30-foot plunge down an embankment off Park Loop Road in Acadia National Park Friday afternoon, a park spokesman said Saturday. The crash happened about half a mile south of the entrance to the Cadillac Mountain Road shortly after noon, when a Honda Odyssey traveling north veered across the oncoming lane, hit a coping stone and then left the roadway.

Van plunges 30 feet at Acadia National Park

By Dawn Gagnon on July 08, 2017, at 7:32 p.m.
Four adults and three children escaped what could have been serious injury when the van in which they were riding plunged 30 feet down an embankment.
Tim Rich

Bar Harbor restaurateur to run for 2nd District seat

By Mal Leary on July 06, 2017, at 11:56 a.m.
Rich will formally kick off his campaign next month.
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.
Maine Department of Transportation's Luke Lorrimer tests the crisis phones at the Penobscot Narrows Bridge on the Prospect side.

State rep: Suicide fence on Penobscot Narrows Bridge too expensive, ugly

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 30, 2017, at 1 a.m.
Rep. Karl Ward said committee members told him that suicidal people simply “would find another way” if jumping from the Penobscot Narrows Bridge were impossible.

Toxic algae considered possible cause in whale deaths

on June 28, 2017, at 7 a.m.
This crisis hotline phone and three others located on the Penobscot Narrows Bridge will be repaired this week after intermittent problems over the last few months.

State to replace handsets on bridge crisis hotline phones after months of problems

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 26, 2017, at 6:16 p.m.
The state has had trouble with the phones for months, MDOT spokesman Ted Talbot said.

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.”
A crisis phone is seen on the Penobscot Narrows Bridge from Verona Island. The bridge connects Verona Island to Prospect.

Most crisis phones on Penobscot Narrows Bridge out of order as crews search river for body

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 23, 2017, at 4:54 p.m.
“[The phone] offers a connection,” said Greg Marley, clinical director for National Association on Mental Illness of Maine. “A suicidal crisis usually lasts a short time. And helping someone through those darkest hours can save a life.”
The Penobscot Narrows Bridge bridge, linking Verona Island and Prospect over the Penobscot River.

Search underway after vehicle was found abandoned on Penobscot Narrows Bridge

By Nick McCrea on June 23, 2017, at 10:22 a.m.
The Maine Marine Patrol is searching the Penobscot River after a vehicle was found parked on the Penobscot Narrows Bridge.

Tree falls over, knocks out power to 2,500 in downtown Bar Harbor

By Nick McCrea on June 21, 2017, at 10 a.m.
The outages mostly affected businesses and homes on Main, Eden and Cottage streets and surrounding areas.


By nancy boothby on June 19, 2017, at 10:51 a.m.
A man rides a bike through the pouring rain on Marginal Way in Portland, Sept. 30, 2015.

Inland Maine under flash flood watch ahead of Monday’s thunderstorms

By Dawn Gagnon on June 18, 2017, at 1:16 p.m.
Numerous showers and thunderstorms capable of producing as much as 1 to 2 inches of rain an hour could cause flash floods.
The Downeast Salmon Federation says hundreds of dead fish have been seen floating downstream in the Union River. The fish were killed passing through the Leonard Lake Dam.

Hundreds of dead fish prompt call for changes at Ellsworth dam

By Nick McCrea on June 16, 2017, at 5:40 p.m.
Some of those fish appeared to have parts chopped off, while others suffered slashes across their sides or were missing eyes, indicating they struck turbines in the dam.
A sea gull stands on a large rock on the sand bar in Bar Harbor, April 29, 2016. Bar Harbor voters approved taking over a defunct ferry terminal and turning it into a cruise ship terminal.

Bar Harbor to turn defunct ferry terminal into new cruise ship terminal

By Alex Acquisto on June 14, 2017, at 8:14 a.m.
In Bar Harbor, voters approved a proposal from the town to acquire a defunct ferry terminal for development into a new cruise ship terminal.
Patrick Mocarsky (from left), Hallie Sumner and Amber Walls graduated from 8th Grade at Longfellow School on Great Cranberry Island on Saturday. They're the first students to graduate from that school, which had 11 students this school year, in 17 years.

Maine island school holds first graduation ceremony in 17 years

By Nick McCrea on June 12, 2017, at 3:38 p.m.
On Saturday, three students celebrated completing 8th grade in the first graduation ceremony on Great Cranberry Island in 17 years.