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]
  • Rural ambulance services in crisis

    Rural ambulance services in crisis

    ELLSWORTH — For more than 50 years, Americans have taken it as a given that when they call 911, an ambulance will come to the rescue. The ride may be expensive and the hospital far, but the expectation for the better part of a century has been that an ambulance will be there. In many

  • Grohoski backs plan for consumer-owned electric utility

    Grohoski backs plan for consumer-owned electric utility

    ELLSWORTH — State Rep. Nicole Grohoski (D-Ellsworth) said she will co-sponsor legislation this session intended to replace Central Maine Power (CMP) and Emera Maine with a “consumer-owned utility.” “This is an important initiative that I’m involved in to save consumers money, improve reliability and have more power over our energy future in Maine,” said Grohoski

  • Board denies Ticonic appeal

    Board denies Ticonic appeal

    ELLSWORTH — Residents fighting to save the former Ticonic 4 Firehouse from demolition finally received a decision from a city entity on Thursday, although it wasn’t what they had hoped. Members of the Board of Appeals voted unanimously to deny resident Judy Blood’s appeal of the issuance of a demolition permit to Webber Energy, which

  • City valuation is up 1 percent

    City valuation is up 1 percent

    ELLSWORTH — The city’s valuation edged up 1 percent — a little more than $11 million — this year over last, according to numbers released this week by Maine Revenue Services. Overall, the appraised value of all property in Hancock County was up 1.28 percent and has nearly regained its 2008 peak of $13.81 billion.

  • Board eyes a working waterfront

    Board eyes a working waterfront

    ELLSWORTH — A commercial dock for aquaculture and fishing vessels to unload their catch. New fuel tanks, including diesel. A larger boat to patrol the Union River. A combined building with bath house and harbormaster’s office. These are just a few of the goals members of the Ellsworth Harbor Commission laid out for City Council

  • Ellsworth Police Log Week of Feb. 7

    Ellsworth Police Log Week of Feb. 7

    ELLSWORTH — A Hermon resident suffered cuts and bruises on his head after the truck he was driving hit a snowbank, went airborne and rolled over on the Bucksport Road on Jan. 30, according to a police report of the incident. Anthony Hamlin, 25, was heading east on the Bucksport Road just before 10 a.m.

  • “Ice eaters” allow city docks to stay in year-round

    “Ice eaters” allow city docks to stay in year-round

    ELLSWORTH — Underwater fans installed at the marina are on track to save the city thousands of dollars in future years if they continue to work as well as they have been this winter. Harbormaster Adam Wilson said the 17 “ice eater” machines installed below the docks in the fall have been working “fantastic” over

  • Tilton to step in as interim planner

    Tilton to step in as interim planner

    ELLSWORTH — Code Enforcement Officer Dwight Tilton has been tapped to take over as interim city planner after the department’s current head, Michele Gagnon, leaves the post in late February, according to City Manager David Cole. “He’s been here 15 years,” said Cole, and “knows the ordinances.” Cole said the city is advertising for the

  • Model home damaged in fire

    Model home damaged in fire

    ELLSWORTH—A fire damaged a Broughman Builders model home on Sunday evening around 7:20 p.m. “Crews were able to make a pretty quick knockdown” and save the building, said Ellsworth Fire Department Chief Richard Tupper, but there was damage to the interior. Tupper said there was fire coming out of several windows when firefighters arrived at