Articles by: Staff



  • Balancing the budget

    OUR VIEW: “It’s a lucky break in Monopoly to draw the “Bank error in your favor, collect $200” card. But that’s small change compared to finding $760 million,” writes the editorial board this week. “In August, the state’s nonpartisan Revenue Forecasting Committee issued a grim projection: a budget shortfall of $527.8 million for the current fiscal year and $883.2 million for the 2022-23 biennium. But in December, the committee revised its projections and the numbers, by comparison anyway, are looking up. The forecasters now anticipate a $255 million general fund shortfall this year (roughly half the original projection) and a $395.8 million shortfall for FY22-23…What Maine people need — and the Legislature should deliver in the budget process — is stability. A budget delivered on time and drawing wide bipartisan support would be welcome news indeed.”

  • Hancock County divorces

    =The following divorces were granted in Ellsworth District Court: Marcia B. Jude, Ellsworth and Patrick A. Jude, Ellsworth. Married July 8, 2000, at Ellsworth. Shared parental rights for two minor children. Harry K. Lounder III, Hancock and Sarah A. Lounder, Franklin. Married July 28, 2007, at Hancock. Shared parental rights for two minor children. Lorraine

  • Hancock County Court Nov. 1 – 31 2020

    The following cases were adjudicated, reviewed or continued in Hancock County Court, according to official records:  Michael A. Ames, 33, Sullivan. Aggravated assault at Ellsworth. Oct. 17, 2015. Probation partially revoked; no sentence imposed. Timothy L. Roberts, 35, Franklin. Negotiate a worthless instrument at Ellsworth. Aug. 3, 2016. Jail three months. Negotiate a worthless instrument

  • Hancock County Court Dec. 1 – 31 2020

    The following cases were adjudicated, reviewed or continued in Hancock County Court, according to official records: Christopher Charles Butler, 38, Hancock. Unlawful Possession of scheduled drug at Bucksport, March 17, 2018. $400. Jail 121 days. Two counts of Unlawful Possession of scheduled drugs at Bucksport, March 17, 2018. Dismissed. Violating Condition of release at Bucksport,

  • Death Notices

    Washington County Nedra A. Colbeth, 84, of Cherryfield and Ellsworth, Jan. 17 at home. Celebration of life at later date. Donald R. Newell, 57, of Indian Township, Jan. 11 at Bangor. Service at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan 16, at Indian Township Bingo Hall. Rena Stackhouse, 83, of Calais, Jan. 14. Elmer Stevens Jr., 74, of

  • Real Estate Transfers Week of Jan. 21

    BAR HARBOR White Deer Investments, Ellsworth, to Karri L. White and Shawn P. White, Hartford, land with improvements. Patricia J. Grove, Bar Harbor, to Gregory R. Duperey, Candice N. Lataille and Karen Duperey, Bar Harbor, as joint tenants, land with buildings and improvements. Sarah M. Britton, Orrington to Tsvetomir M. Nikolov and Diana Chiriac, Bar

  • Hancock County Jail Log Week of Jan. 21

    Hancock County Jail Log Week of Jan. 21

    The following were arrested or booked into the Hancock County Jail between Jan. 11 and 18: Bailey A. Bryant, 24, Albion, violating conditions of release. Kirsten M. Jacobsen, 47, Lamoine, unlawful drug possession. Jessob D. Hayward, 22, Gouldsboro, failure to appear. Matthew S. Gauthier, 48, Ellsworth, violating conditions of release. Rachelle M. Welch-Nickerson, 35, Bangor,

  • McKay named U.S. Cellular area VP

    McKay named U.S. Cellular area VP

    ELLSWORTH — U.S. Cellular has named Tabatha McKay as area vice president/general manager of retail sales and operations for its New England region.  This is a new role for the company to lead sales and operations of both corporate-owned and agent retail locations in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. McKay and her husband will be

  • A civics lesson, please

    “The level of civic education in this country is woefully inadequate if people can reach adulthood without the basic knowledge of the three branches of the United States government,” writes the editorial board this week. “Furthermore, those same folks will be ill equipped to adequately engage in a participatory democracy and be more susceptible to misinformation. Without a clear understanding of how government works, conspiracy theories and untruths are able to run rampant.”

  • Picking up steam

    While the COVID-19 vaccination effort lurches forward nationwide, Maine is doing well with what it’s got — at least compared to other states. So far Maine has used roughly half of the 96,475 doses it has been given. As of Sunday, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported 48,937 people in Maine (roughly

  • Real Estate Transfers Week of Jan. 14

    BAR HARBOR Norman Porcupine LLC, Newtown Square, Pa., to Travis B. Tripp and Marianne E. Tripp, Bar Harbor, joint tenants, land. Estate of Tristram C. Colket Jr. to Trust U/A Tristram C. Colket Jr., land with any improvements. Trust U/A Tristram C. Colket Jr. to Martial Trust U/A Tristram C. Colket Jr., land with any

  • A backward approach

    The editorial board weighs in on the search for city manager: According to the city charter, a city manager “must be appointed solely on the basis of executive and administrative qualifications” and that, with council consent, the city manager may serve as the head of one or more departments “provided there is no incompatibility of office.” Should the city police chief report to his or herself as city manager? Are the positions compatible? Can they effectively be performed at the same time long-term?

    Those are questions that demand thorough public vetting. The council should initiate the discussion before negotiating to hire someone for a role the community has not indicated it wants.

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