Articles by: Kate Cough

Kate Cough

Kate Cough

Kate covers the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. She lives in Bar Harbor and welcomes story tips and ideas. She can be reached at [email protected]
  • City Council temporarily bans most short-term rentals

    City Council temporarily bans most short-term rentals

    ELLSWORTH — The message from the City Council on Thursday evening was clear: We welcome visitors and those with seasonal homes to the area. Just not right now. “We don’t have the health care resources,” said Councilor Michelle Kaplan, who works as a physician’s assistant at Mount Desert Island Hospital. “We have limited hospital beds,

  • Crisis creates challenges for domestic violence organizations

    Crisis creates challenges for domestic violence organizations

    ELLSWORTH — Calls to domestic violence helplines have been down in recent weeks. That’s not a good thing. “We believe we’re not seeing an increase in calls because if you are home with someone who’s abusive to you it’s probably not safe to make that call,” said Dorathy Martel, executive director of The Next Step

  • City Council to hold emergency meeting Thursday

    City Council to hold emergency meeting Thursday

    ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth City Council will hold an emergency meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 2, to take possible action on several items related to the outbreak of COVID-19. Those items include an ordinance that would limit hotel, motel and short-term rentals to those deemed essential workers, General Assistance clients and those taking

  • COVID-19 cases  reported at  area hospitals

    COVID-19 cases reported at area hospitals

    ELLSWORTH — Patients at Northern Light Blue Hill and Mount Desert Island hospitals have tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. “I can confirm we have admitted a patient who had tested positive for COVID-19 at Blue Hill Hospital yesterday,” said hospital spokeswoman Kelley Columber on Wednesday morning. Columber declined to

  • Mainers ordered to stay home

    AUGUSTA — Mainers joined the rest of New England and more than a billion others around the world as Governor Janet Mills announced in a press conference on Tuesday that she would order residents to “stay healthy at home” beginning at 12:01 a.m. Thursday in an effort to curb the spread of coronavirus. The news

  • Ellsworth Police log week of April 2

    Ellsworth Police log week of April 2

    ELLSWORTH — Officers responded to a report of a domestic incident on March 30. Officers found the altercation to have been “verbal only” and separated both parties for the day. Children returned home Police spoke to two children who ran into the woods on March 28. They were returned home. Staggering man warned Officers checked

  • Statewide coronavirus cases up to 275

    Statewide coronavirus cases up to 275

    ELLSWORTH — The number of cases of confirmed coronavirus cases in Maine has risen to 275, up 22 compared to Sunday, Dr. Nirav Shah of the Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced at a briefing in Augusta on Monday morning. “That is a snapshot of a very fast-moving train — a train

  • State reports first coronavirus death; cases up to 168

    State reports first coronavirus death; cases up to 168

    AUGUSTA — A man in his 80s from Cumberland became the first person in Maine known to have died who tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced on Friday, shortly before a scheduled press conference. “It’s a sad day,” said Governor Janet Mills, who joined CDC

  • City Council tables further discussion on solar panels

    City Council tables further discussion on solar panels

    ELLSWORTH — Add this to the list of things that will have to wait as officials around the county and state deal with coronavirus: solar panels in Ellsworth. City councilors voted on March 16 to table discussing a proposed ordinance on solar panels in light of limited public access to City Hall because of coronavirus

  • Crisis sparks surge in first-time gun buyers

    Crisis sparks surge in first-time gun buyers

    ELLSWORTH — It’s not quite as busy as the period surrounding the 2016 election, but local gun stores have seen a surge in first-time buyers, many motivated by fears that law and order will break down in the face of coronavirus. “Last week was just a phenomenal week,” said Jason York, manager at Willey’s Sport

  • EFD gets a new ally in fighting cancer

    EFD gets a new ally in fighting cancer

    ELLSWORTH — Firefighters face a lot of risks in their profession, but it turns out that the deadliest enemy for firefighters isn’t fire. It’s cancer, which caused 61 percent of career firefighter deaths in the line of duty between January 2002 and March 2017, according to the International Association of Firefighters. But the Ellsworth Fire

  • Ellsworth Police log week of March 26

    Ellsworth Police log week of March 26

    ELLSWORTH — Two East Machias residents suffered possible injuries and their car was towed after it went off the Bangor Road “into a rock-covered ditch” on March 7, according to a police report. Maurice Bragg, 68, was driving a 2002 Lincoln north on the Bangor Road around 11:20 a.m. Bragg told officers he moved to