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  • Atlantic salmon still in trouble

    Atlantic salmon still in trouble

    ELLSWORTH — The North American stock of wild Atlantic salmon is in trouble, according to the International Council for the Exploration of the Seas (ICES). In a recent report, the group said data collected last year indicated that the number of young salmon returning to Maine and Canadian rivers to spawn during 2016 was extremely

  • Library hosts events to mark 200th year of Tisdale House

    Library hosts events to mark 200th year of Tisdale House

    ELLSWORTH — The historic heart of the Ellsworth Public Library turns 200 years old this year, and the library is planning a series of events to mark the milestone. The Tisdale House, named after businessman Seth Tisdale, was built in 1817 by Col. Meltiah Jordan. In 1897, George Nixon Black Jr. purchased it and gave

  • Search under way in Penobscot River after abandoned car found on Narrows Bridge

    Search under way in Penobscot River after abandoned car found on Narrows Bridge

    VERONA ISLAND — Officials are searching the Penobscot River off Bucksport and Verona Island this morning after an abandoned vehicle was found on the Penobscot Narrows Bridge overnight. Maine Department of Marine Resources spokesman Jeff Nichols said an abandoned vehicle was found on the cable-stay bridge between Prospect and Verona Island at approximately 3:30 a.m. Friday.

  • City Council sets July 11 as George Nixon Black Jr. Day

    City Council sets July 11 as George Nixon Black Jr. Day

    ELLSWORTH — George Nixon Black Jr. has been dead for almost 90 years, but the legacy he left behind for citizens of Ellsworth and Hancock County lives on. For that reason, the City Council Monday night presented a resolution proclaiming July 11 — his birthday — as “George Nixon Black Jr. Day” in Ellsworth. The

  • Woman killed in Sedgwick crash

    Woman killed in Sedgwick crash

    ELLSWORTH — A Deer Isle woman died after her car struck a sport utility vehicle on Caterpillar Hill Road in Sedgwick Wednesday evening, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reported. Samantha R. Hutchinson, 31, died at the scene, police said. Hutchinson was not wearing her seat belt and was ejected from the car, police reported. The

  • Update: Missing kayaker located

    MILBRIDGE — A kayaker who overturned while paddling near Bois Bubert Island on Wednesday was found safe on Thursday. The kayaker, Adrian Cerezo, made a mayday call at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday after a wave knocked him out of his kayak. That call prompted an 18-hour search over 456 square miles. The Coast Guard, Canadian Coast

  • Lease renewal is the end of long story

    Lease renewal is the end of long story

    TREMONT — Four and a half years is a long time. It’s longer than an initial active duty enlistment in any of the U.S. armed forces. It’s more time than most students spend getting a college degree. In Maine, it’s only a few months less than the maximum sentence for a Class C crime such

  • Secretary of State announces $50-million bond issue passed handily

    Secretary of State announces $50-million bond issue passed handily

    AUGUSTA — The official tabulation of votes from the June 13 special referendum election shows that the bond issue on the ballot was approved by Maine voters, Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap announced Wednesday. The Elections Division has certified the results and Governor Paul LePage signed the official vote proclamation Wednesday morning. The certified election

  • 911 outsourcing proposal takes a beating at hearing

    911 outsourcing proposal takes a beating at hearing

    ELLSWORTH — Police chiefs, fire chiefs and dispatchers unveiled a host of potential issues and concerns about Hancock County possibly outsourcing the answering of its 911 calls to Penobscot County during a public hearing Tuesday. The Hancock County Commissioners listened to nearly 90 minutes of testimony from more than 24 public safety officials and selectmen

  • Council OKs banning medical pot caregivers from commercial spaces

    Council OKs banning medical pot caregivers from commercial spaces

    ELLSWORTH — The City Council voted unanimously Monday night to enact a six-month moratorium that blocks medical marijuana caregivers from operating outside of their homes. City officials brought the moratorium forward after seeing “a growing number of requests for the establishment of caregiver operations outside the primary residence.” One registered caregiver, for example, recently opened