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]
  • MDI Hospital to begin contact tracing

    MDI Hospital to begin contact tracing

    BAR HARBOR — Mount Desert Island Hospital is set to begin contact tracing work to make sure that those who have come into contact with out-of-state visitors who test positive for COVID-19 are aware of the potential exposure. MDI Hospital will use the web-based Sara Alert tool to begin contacting those “close contacts” (anyone who

  • Keene appeals his 2019 murder conviction

    Keene appeals his 2019 murder conviction

    ELLSWORTH — The Bar Harbor man convicted last year of murder and gross sexual assault of a friend and classmate is appealing his conviction to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. Jalique Keene, 23, was found guilty in May 2019 of the 2018 murder of 19-year-old Mikaela Conley and sentenced in September to 58 years in

  • Visitors to Castine area later tested positive for COVID-19

    Visitors to Castine area later tested positive for COVID-19

    CASTINE — A week after reports that several people among a group visiting nearby Nautilus Island tested positive for COVID-19 after returning home to New Orleans, state officials confirmed that seven out-of-state visitors tested positive after visiting the Castine area. Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), also

  • Testing proposed as quarantine alternative

    BAR HARBOR — The details differ, but both the state and a local task force have drafted plans to use increased testing for the new coronavirus as a way to move toward easing restrictions on travel, business and other activities. The local plan, developed by the Downeast COVID-19 task force, includes funding for symptomatic testing

  • Charter operation hopes to salvage its season

    Charter operation hopes to salvage its season

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — A couple of years ago, Shane Ellis launched a new arm of his family boat company, offering a few of the Ellis motor yachts for bareboat charters. Like hotels, bed and breakfasts and vacation rentals, he had a busy season already booked when state officials announced the requirement that anyone coming from

  • Virus or no virus, spring is a busy time at boatyards

    Virus or no virus, spring is a busy time at boatyards

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — While the coming Memorial Day weekend will look different in some ways than it does other years, such as no big parades or gatherings, local boatyards are as busy as ever. Service yards store boats for customers for the winter and use the time to perform maintenance including painting, waxing, varnish, oil

  • Maguire named next CEO of MDI Hospital

    Maguire named next CEO of MDI Hospital

    BAR HARBOR — Christina “Chrissi” Maguire will succeed Art Blank as president and CEO of Mount Desert Island Hospital when he retires at the end of this year, the hospital announced today. Maguire is currently chief operating officer and senior vice president for the independent, nonprofit hospital. She joined MDI Hospital in 2011 as chief

  • Retired boat builder embraces a new challenge

    Retired boat builder embraces a new challenge

    ELLSWORTH — Fred Rea knows his way around a boat shop. The longtime member of the crew at Mount Desert Yacht Yard retired a couple of years ago and moved with his wife, Rosamond, to a house on Lower Patten Pond. After 30-some years maintaining and repairing International One Designs and all manner of other

  • Coast Guard officer got her start on MDI sailing team

    Coast Guard officer got her start on MDI sailing team

    JUNEAU, Alaska — For Nicole Auth (née Bonney), a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Coast Guard, a career in boats and sailing was jumpstarted in the spring of freshman year at Mount Desert Island High School. She and a friend decided to go out for sailing, she said, “because we were bad at tennis and

  • No cruise ships to operate until public health emergency ends

    No cruise ships to operate until public health emergency ends

    BAR HARBOR — The federal government is instructing cruise ships not to sail until the coronavirus public health emergency is over, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced late Thursday. Federal and state agencies have been doing too much of the work of responding to passenger illness on cruise ships, officials said,

  • Jackson Lab boosts virus testing capacity

    Jackson Lab boosts virus testing capacity

    FARMINGTON, Conn. — “This is a team effort,” said Governor Ned Lamont, speaking at a press conference March 19 at The Jackson Laboratory Center for Genomic Medicine, of his state’s response to the pandemic emergency. “And our health care system, the hospitals, biosciences, you’re the quarterback of this team.”  The Center for Genomic Medicine, a state-accredited clinical diagnostic laboratory,

  • Mission works to keep islanders connected, safely

    Mission works to keep islanders connected, safely

    BAR HARBOR — In some ways, residents of unbridged island communities are ahead of the curve with the changes brought by the virus epidemic, since they already rely on remote and online connections for important services.  But in other ways, they’re especially vulnerable.  On March 13, the team of Maine Seacoast Mission staff that usually visits