An old switchbox sits mounted on a pole at a defunct tannery off Route 1 in Hancock. Town officials are applying for $400,000 in federal brownfields grant money to help clean up 14 acres of the 150-acre property, including the decrepit building.

Town seeks funds to remove contaminants at former tannery

By Bill Trotter on Jan. 20, 2016, at 6:38 a.m.
“We want to see something done with it. It’s an eyesore,” First Selectman Gary Hunt said. “We’re mostly concerned with cleaning up the pollution.”
Bean Island in Frenchman Bay was donated earlier this month by Sorrento resident Lisa Heyward to Frenchman Bay Conservancy.

Frenchman Bay island donated to land conservation trust

By Bill Trotter on Jan. 19, 2016, at 3:56 p.m.
An island in Frenchman Bay, located midway between Hancock Point and the village of Sorrento, has a new owner that intends to protect it from development.
Keith N. Goodrich

MDI man one of seven convicted of unemployment fraud

By Bill Trotter on Jan. 18, 2016, at 4:55 p.m.
ELLSWORTH | A Mount Desert Island man has been sentenced to serve 30 days in jail after pleading no contest to stealing more than $18,000 in unemployment benefits from the state. It is one of seven unemployment fraud cases in Maine that have ended with convictions in the past …

20 charged in underage drinking bust in Lamoine

By Bill Trotter on Jan. 18, 2016, at 1:49 p.m.
Two juveniles and 18 minors ranging in age from 18 to 20 years old are facing charges following an underage drinking bust Friday night, according to police. A party on Quail Lane came to police attention when someone called regional dispatchers in Ellsworth around 10:45 p.m. Friday …
Timothy Philpott

National Park Service ends search for missing Acadia hiker

By Dawn Gagnon on Jan. 17, 2016, at 6:35 p.m.
BAR HARBOR | The National Park Service announced Sunday that it has ended its search for a missing hiker from Ellsworth. “Based on an investigation of the circumstances and results of the search, the NPS and Maine Warden Service will resume operations as a recovery effort when conditions allow,” …
Snow falls over downtown Bangor Saturday. About a half foot or more of snow fell over much of the state Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

Storm dumps half foot of snow across much of Maine

By Dawn Gagnon on Jan. 17, 2016, at 1:29 p.m.
A winter storm that swept through Maine Saturday left behind a half a foot or more of snow in some areas and a thin skim of ice in others.

Gunfire alarms neighbors on MDI

By Bill Trotter on Jan. 15, 2016, at 7:28 p.m.
A neighbor heard several shots fired from the nearby house and called police, Trooper Chris Smith said.
Timothy Philpott of Ellsworth

Search suspended for missing Acadia hiker

By Bill Trotter on Jan. 15, 2016, at 7 p.m.
“It’s very unlikely anyone could be found [at this point], John Kelly said.

Births in Portland, Calais, Machias, Bar Harbor and Ellsworth

on Jan. 15, 2016, at 4:08 p.m.
Maine Medical Center, Portland To Tisha and Brad Kuchta, South Portland, twins, a daughter, Portia Grace Kuchta, and a son, Ryker Paul Kuchta, on Oct. 8, 2014. Calais Regional Hospital To Lexie Fitzsimmons and Matthew Record, Princeton, a daughter, Paige Evelynn Record, on Nov. 13, 2015. To Amanda Fowler and …
Tim Philpott

Park rangers, game wardens search for missing man in Acadia National Park

By CBS 13 on Jan. 15, 2016, at 1:53 p.m.
Acadia National Park officials say there is a search going on at the park for 50-year-old Tim Philpott of Ellsworth.
Kenneth Gray

Deer Isle man arrested again on drug trafficking charges

By Bill Trotter on Jan. 14, 2016, at 2:32 p.m.
Police say the man had more than 30 grams of heroin and $4,000 in cash.

Remembering Bogart

on Jan. 14, 2016, at 6 a.m.
Going Coastal: Throughout his blog, Bogart lays out a constantly shifting jumble of hope, realism, struggle, courage and acceptance.

11th annual WinterFest Jan. 14-16 in Stonington

on Jan. 13, 2016, at 11:21 a.m.
STONINGTON, Maine — With the first snow finally on the ground, winter has really and truly arrived. As the cold settles in the temptation to hibernate grows, but for Deer Isle and Stonington residents, January marks an occasion to get out of the house and join neighbors and friends for a weekend …

Franklin woman still in critical condition after crash

By Bill Trotter on Jan. 12, 2016, at 6:17 p.m.
A local woman remained in critical condition Tuesday at a Bangor hospital after suffering injuries in a Friday car crash on Route 200. Elizabeth Miller, 26, was listed in critical condition at Eastern Maine Medical Center the day after the crash. A hospital spokesman confirmed on Tuesday …

How I survived The Fairly Minor Ellsworth Blackout of 2016

on Jan. 12, 2016, at 4:42 p.m.
On Sunday, I tried to start up a new-to-me generator that my wife and I bought in November on the Facebook page Bar Harbor Barter & Swap. Eight years we have lived in our house in Ellsworth, muddling our way through occasional outages with a power inverter that I would …
A woman crosses Pearl Street in Portland on Tuesday afternoon as the snow falls.

Weather service: Up to 14 inches of snow expected

By Ryan McLaughlin on Jan. 12, 2016, at 10:40 a.m.
A fresh snowstorm is expected to bring up to a foot of snow in some communities Tuesday night and into Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

Route 9 reopened after car hits utility pole

By Dawn Gagnon on Jan. 10, 2016, at 3:42 p.m.
AMHERST | Route 9 in Amherst was reopened to traffic after being temporarily closed when a car struck a utility pole and power lines fell onto the roadway, Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said shortly before 6 p.m. McCausland said the crash occurred around 3 p.m., …
Waves were crashing over the Rockland Breakwater during high tide Sunday.

Wind, rain knock out power, cause flooding across Maine

By Dawn Gagnon on Jan. 10, 2016, at 12:41 p.m.
The stormy weather brought 30 to 35 mph winds, with gusts as high as 55 to 60 mph.
James Willis Jr.

Two MDI towns benefit from sharing police chief

By Bill Trotter on Jan. 10, 2016, at 10:34 a.m.
Such police chief-sharing arrangements are rare in Maine but not unheard of.

Franklin woman critically injured in rollover crash

By Judy Harrison on Jan. 09, 2016, at 11:12 a.m.
A 26-year-old woman was injured critically Friday night when the car she was driving rolled over into a ditch off Route 200.