Articles by: Liz Graves

Liz Graves

Liz Graves

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Liz is an award-winning journalist who has been with the Islander since 2013. She grew up in California and came to Maine as a schooner sailor. [email protected]
  • Family firm eyes new way to collect mussel seed for farm

    Family firm eyes new way to collect mussel seed for farm

    BAR HARBOR — A proposed new 48-acre aquaculture lease in Frenchman Bay between Salsbury Cove and Lamoine Beach would be an experiment in adapting to changing environmental conditions, according to the owners of the Trenton-based family business proposing it. Acadia Aqua Farms is owned by Theo and Fiona de Koning of Bar Harbor. Their sons

  • Mouse has many lives

    Mouse has many lives

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Five years of work rebuilding a venerable old boat were finally capped off recently when Kathe and Dan Walton celebrated the launch of the 1972 Bunker and Ellis lobster boat Susan Margaret. The boat is named for Kathe Walton’s mother, Susan Bunker Newman. The late Raymond Bunker was Newman’s father and Walton’s

  • 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