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]
  • City planner takes job in Bar Harbor

    City planner takes job in Bar Harbor

    ELLSWORTH — After 17 years working with the city of Ellsworth, Planner Michele Gagnon will be leaving her job to take the job as planning director in Bar Harbor. “We just really liked her enthusiasm for the job,” said Bar Harbor Town Manager Cornell Knight. “I think she’ll be a great fit. She has a

  • Cases of whooping cough confirmed at local schools

    Cases of whooping cough confirmed at local schools

    BLUE HILL — Eleven cases of whooping cough, a highly contagious respiratory disease, have been confirmed at George Stevens Academy (GSA) since the beginning of November, said GSA School Nurse Nikki Jaffray. A case was also recently confirmed at Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School (EEMS), according to a letter to parents from EEMS school nurse, Melissa L.

  • Pay phones defy extinction

    Pay phones defy extinction

    ELLSWORTH — Since its invention in 1889, the pay phone has had a good, and interesting, run. It has served as a changing room for superheroes (Superman), a refuge from flocks of frenzied avian predators (“The Birds”) and as part of a deranged treasure hunt (“Dirty Harry”). It has also, of course, been used to

  • What you can and can’t recycle in Ellsworth

    What you can and can’t recycle in Ellsworth

    Beginning Feb. 1, Ellsworth residents will see changes to their recycling options. Here is an abbreviated list of what will and will not be accepted. The city will no longer be accepting: Glass (clear or colored). Residents can still leave bottles eligible for deposit. No. 3-7 plastics. This includes some yogurt containers, salad plastic containers,

  • Ellsworth Police Log Week of Jan. 17

    ELLSWORTH — Officers arrested a 26-year-old Ellsworth woman on a domestic assault charge after she allegedly assaulted her partner on Jan. 14, according to a police report of the incident. A man told police Cheyenne Ranco had “hit him in the face and chest” and broken a candle in the kitchen. He was not taken

  • Rural jails drive up incarceration rates nationwide

    Rural jails drive up incarceration rates nationwide

    ELLSWORTH — In 2017, the Vera Institute of Justice, a nonprofit research and advocacy group based in New York, put out a report analyzing the role county jails play in mass incarceration around the nation. The findings surprised even the group’s authors, who wrote that one of the project’s most “startling revelations” was “that the

  • Northern Light outsources ER, in-patient providers

    Northern Light outsources ER, in-patient providers

    ELLSWORTH — Beginning in February, the doctor who treats you in Ellsworth or Blue Hill may actually work for a private for-profit firm 1,100 miles away. Northern Light Health has contracted with Knoxville, Tenn.-based TeamHealth to employ emergency medicine and hospitalist providers (those who care for in-patients) at four of its hospitals, including Northern Light

  • Ellsworth Police Log Week of Jan. 3

    Ellsworth Police Log Week of Jan. 3

    ELLSWORTH — A resident reported “two Chinese lanterns floating around his house” on New Year’s Eve, according to a police report of the incident. “One landed in a tree and the candle went out,” officers wrote, and “the other was not located.” Sleep advised for disorderly patron Police responded to the Primavera Inn on New Year’s