Articles by: Liz Graves

Liz Graves

Liz Graves

Managing Editor at Mount Desert Islander
Liz Graves is managing editor of the Islander. She's a California native who came to Maine as a schooner sailor.[email protected]
  • Lobster industry group lays out objections to whale proposal

    Lobster industry group lays out objections to whale proposal

    KENNEBUNK — It’s not just that proposed federal rules intended to protect endangered right whales from entanglement with fishing gear will be expensive and difficult to implement, industry representatives say. It’s also that they won’t work. That’s the argument Patrice McCarron, executive director of the Maine Lobstermen’s Association, made in a letter sent to NOAA

  • Bar Harbor-Nova Scotia ferry start postponed

    Bar Harbor-Nova Scotia ferry start postponed

    BAR HARBOR — Bay Ferries, the company planning to provide ferry service between Bar Harbor and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, announced Friday the service will not be up and running by June 21, the first day the company had sold tickets for the route, because the terminal facility here will not be ready. “The earliest date

  • Mother whale, washed ashore on Cape Cod, will wind up at COA

    Mother whale, washed ashore on Cape Cod, will wind up at COA

    SANDWICH, Mass. — When a group aboard a whale watch vessel spotted a dead humpback whale floating in the Stellwagon Bank National Marine Sanctuary off Scituate, Mass., May 4, whale experts around New England sprang into action. They identified the whale as a female known as Vector, first seen and cataloged in 1984. They made

  • Newspaperman Jeremiah Hacker focus of book

    Newspaperman Jeremiah Hacker focus of book

    BAR HARBOR — Jeremiah Hacker was a 19th-century Maine newspaperman, activist and preacher. His life and writings are absent from all but the most specialized histories of newspapers and social movements of the day, but a new book by Mount Desert Islander reporter Becky Pritchard aims to change that. Hacker was the editor and publisher

  • Island boat builder, captain Steve Spurling remembered

    Island boat builder, captain Steve Spurling remembered

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Anyone who regularly drives Main Street here will know the shingled house that, in the summer, often has skiffs for sale out on the lawn. That’s the house where yacht captain and boatbuilder Steve Spurling, who recently died hours shy of his 98th birthday, lived with his wife, Arlene. When he retired

  • Emera sued in fire deaths of two

    Emera sued in fire deaths of two

    BAR HARBOR — The lone remaining survivor of a house fire that killed a woman and her adult son here last April is bringing a wrongful death lawsuit against power company Emera Maine. The suit alleges that the fire was caused by an electrical surge. Raymond Harding and his father, Percy Harding, escaped from the

  • Island school’s boatbuilding  enlivens history, math studies

    Island school’s boatbuilding enlivens history, math studies

    CRANBERRY ISLES — This school year, Ashley Bryan School students on Little Cranberry Island are doing some of their history and math in a boatbuilding shop. The independent, nonprofit Islesford Boatworks has been leading summer boatbuilding programs for more than a decade. Last fall, Tony Archino, former executive director of Boatworks, led the first school-year

  • Whale rule changes coming on two tracks

    Whale rule changes coming on two tracks

    BAR HARBOR — Maine lobstermen and their representatives, along with state fisheries regulators, continue in the trenches of debates about how much the Maine lobster fishery is implicated in the decline of the North Atlantic right whale. Ongoing efforts to protect the whales from entanglement with fishing gear may result in two different new sets

  • Young MDI sailors compete at national championship

    Young MDI sailors compete at national championship

    ELLSWORTH — Coach John Macauley said he was pleased with both the performance and the sportsmanship of the Mount Desert Island High School sailing team at the high school national championship regatta for keelboat racing sailed in St. Petersburg, Fla., on the weekend of Dec. 7. “I’m always impressed by these guys,” Macauley said of

  • Blue Hill playwright weaves addiction tale

    Blue Hill playwright weaves addiction tale

    TREMONT — Hancock County theatergoers know Patrick Harris of Blue Hill from roles he has played at the New Surry Theatre, The Grand and elsewhere. This past winter he wrote his first play, “An Intervention.” It will be performed at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Barn Arts Collective in Bass Harbor. The play