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 Southwest Harbor and welcomes story tips and ideas. She can be reached at [email protected]
  • LUPC approves new rules for development in the unorganized territories

    ELLSWORTH — On April 2, with little of the divisiveness that accompanied the initial hearings, the nine-member Land Use Planning Commission (LUPC) unanimously approved changes to regulations that will govern how land is managed in roughly half the state. The new rules scrap the longstanding “one-mile rule” governing development in the unorganized territories. That rule

  • Cozy quarters, but ambulance-fire partnership is going well

    Cozy quarters, but ambulance-fire partnership is going well

    ELLSWORTH — A partnership between the city and Bangor-based ambulance service Northern Light Medical Transport is going well, Ellsworth Fire Department Chief Richard Tupper told councilors on Monday evening. “This is a very, very good working relationship we’ve had with them,” Tupper said. “There have been a few learning curves and adjustments, but nothing too

  • Otis weighs wind farm ban

    Otis weighs wind farm ban

    OTIS — Wind turbines? Not in our backyard. That was the message from the Otis Planning Board on April 4, when members voted 3-2 to adopt a new wind turbine ordinance aimed at blocking commercial wind development in the town. Otis resident Teresa Davis said in an email that she and several other residents had

  • Jackson Lab to hire 300 new employees

    Jackson Lab to hire 300 new employees

    ELLSWORTH — The Jackson Laboratory has increased its minimum wage to $15.75 an hour and will hire 300 new employees over the next year, according to a press release from Senior Public Relations Manager Sarah Laskowski on Tuesday. The move comes as the Bar Harbor-based organization, which made $400 million before expenses in 2017, continues

  • Ellsworth Police Log Week of April 18

    Ellsworth Police Log Week of April 18

    ELLSWORTH — On April 1, a Clifton woman was charged with endangering the welfare of a child after police received a report in late March that medication prescribed to the child had been tampered with. Karina R. Bradely, 36, is due to appear in court on May 21. Sexual assault The New Hampshire Department of

  • EHS students visit cathedral day before fire

    EHS students visit cathedral day before fire

    ELLSWORTH — A group of Ellsworth High School students visited the Cathedral of Notre Dame a day before its iconic spire collapsed in flames. “I am so sad for Paris,” said teacher Carrie Richards Kutny, one of the group’s leaders. Kutny said in a Facebook message that the cathedral was the first site students visited

  • Bill to end non-medical vaccine exemptions advances

    ELLSWORTH — A bill to end non-medical exemptions for vaccinations has cleared a hurdle in the state Legislature. In Augusta last Wednesday, the Legislature’s Education and Cultural Affairs Committee approved the bill in an 8-5 party line vote, with Democrats voting in favor. It will now head to the Legislature for a full vote. The