Bill Trotter

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A red pickup truck pulls away from the Downeast Correctional Facility in Machiasport last week. The state prison is again being proposed for closure as cost-saving measure in the proposed state budget.

Down East prison back on state budget chopping block

By Bill Trotter on Feb. 21, 2017, at 11:54 a.m.
Downeast Correctional Facility, which overlooks the local fishing village of Bucks Harbor, once again is proposed for closure as a cost-saving measure in the latest proposed state budget.
The Woodland Pulp and St. Croix Tissue mill in Baileyville, Maine.

Baileyville mill workers exposed to toxic gas

By Bill Trotter on Feb. 16, 2017, at 12:54 p.m.
A leak of poisonous gas at the local pulp and tissue mill has resulted in several people being brought to the hospital, according to a report from WLBZ.

By Bill Trotter on Feb. 13, 2017, at 1:58 p.m.
Randy Garland

House guest with extensive criminal history accused of stabbing host with steak knife

By Bill Trotter on Feb. 10, 2017, at 8:50 a.m.
A local man with an extensive criminal history is back in jail after he allegedly attacked another man with a steak knife.
Tenants Harbor fisherman and seaweed harvester Hale Miller maneuvers his barge while harvesting rockweed off the Muscle Ridge Islands in July 2016.

Maine’s coastal waters are unhealthy from carbon, acidity. Are seaweed gardens the answer?

By Bill Trotter on Feb. 06, 2017, at 6:14 a.m.
A new study from Bigelow Laboratory for Marine Sciences in Boothbay indicates growing and harvesting seaweed may be an antidote for increasing carbon and acidity levels in the ocean, which is harming a variety of marine life.
Christopher J. Kidder

Vandal who torched Ellsworth homestead, injuring firefighter, gets 3 years

By Bill Trotter on Feb. 03, 2017, at 5:47 p.m.
A man who set fire to a homestead at a bird sanctuary three years ago has been sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty this week to multiple charges.

Blue Hill woman dies in car crash

By Bill Trotter on Feb. 01, 2017, at 4:49 p.m.
Sara Wardamasky, 53, died at the scene of the crash on Route 15 in Sedgwick.
Marine harvesters dig for clams or worms in the tidal flats between Trenton and Mount Desert Island in this May 2016 file photo. Sen. Angus King and U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin are working together on federal legislation that would allow marine harvesters to work in intertidal zones owned by Acadia National Park and would give Congressional approval to a recent expansion of Acadia on the Schoodic Peninsula.

King, Poliquin team up on Acadia boundary bill

By Bill Trotter on Jan. 31, 2017, at 11:54 a.m.
U.S. Sen. Angus King and U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin are combining their efforts to address boundary issues at Acadia National Park.
GOING COASTAL

‘Alt’ NPS campaign spreads to federal Maine properties

on Jan. 31, 2017, at 7 a.m.
GOING COASTAL

‘Alt’ NPS campaign spreads to federal Maine properties

on Jan. 31, 2017, at 7 a.m.
GOING COASTAL

Hiker who fell 60 feet from Acadia cliff writes ‘thank you’ to rescuers

on Jan. 30, 2017, at 7 a.m.
GOING COASTAL

Cancer claims life of renowned Passamaquoddy birch bark canoe maker

on Jan. 23, 2017, at 7 a.m.
GOING COASTAL

Cancer claims life of renowned Passamaquoddy birch bark canoe maker

on Jan. 23, 2017, at 7 a.m.
An artistic rendering shows an aerial view of what the marine research facility Downeast Institute, located on Great Wass Island in the town of Beals, will look like after a planned expansion is completed.

Down East marine research lab expansion to begin this summer

By Bill Trotter on Jan. 20, 2017, at 5:50 p.m.
The funds for the expansion were secured over the past few years.
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This is what retail jars of LobsteRx skin care cream might look like if a Maine firm called Lobster Unlimited LLC is successful in developing it and bringing it to market. The company has developed the ointment from lobster hemolymph, or blood, which currently is discarded as waste by millions of pounds each year by Maine lobster meat processors.

Lobster blood could be the next best thing to help treat warts, shingles

By Bill Trotter on Jan. 20, 2017, at 12:45 p.m.
Lobster industry researchers in Maine say they’ve determined that uncooked lobster hemolymph, or blood, has medicinal properties that can be used to treat viruses that cause warts and shingles.
Visitors to Acadia National Park in Maine gather along the shore next to Thunder Hole on Sept. 6, 2016, to watch heavy surf kicked up by the remnants of Hurricane Hermine as the storm blew to the northeast off the coast. Acadia National Park had its busiest year last year in 27 years -- and perhaps ever -- with a record estimate of 3.3 million visits. Bill Trotter|BDN

Acadia smashes park visitation record in 2016

By Bill Trotter on Jan. 18, 2017, at 3:31 p.m.
Maine’s only national park got more than 3 million visits in 2016.
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.