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  • Bucksport councilors asked to reconsider retail marijuana sales

    Bucksport councilors asked to reconsider retail marijuana sales

    BUCKSPORT — Two area residents lobbied the Bucksport Town Council Nov. 8 to reconsider allowing retail marijuana sales. Bucksport’s Land Use Ordinance allows medical marijuana dispensaries as well as growing facilities, according to Jeff Hammond, the town’s code enforcement officer. “All retail uses are prohibited at this juncture.” Bucksport resident Michael Fitch Jr. said the

  • Woodlawn receives $500,000 gift

    Woodlawn receives $500,000 gift

    ELLSWORTH — Woodlawn plans to break ground this spring on a new education and event center on its historic Surry Road property, thanks to a donation from the former owner and publisher of The Ellsworth American. Alan Baker’s $500,000 donation to the Campaign for Woodlawn was recently announced by the Hancock County Trustees of Public

  • Secretary of state pushes back on allegations of unsecured ballot boxes

    Secretary of state pushes back on allegations of unsecured ballot boxes

    ELLSWORTH — As the state’s first general election ranked choice voting count (RCV) got underway last week, the campaign of U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R-Maine) raised concerns about the security of ballot boxes and a clerk reportedly tabulating absentee ballots illegally. Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap pushed back, assuring voters that the boxes were

  • Recount scheduled in probate judge race

    Recount scheduled in probate judge race

    ELLSWORTH — One of a number of close contests in the Nov. 6 election was the race for Hancock County probate judge, which was decided by a tight margin. Republican Judge William Blaisdell IV won re-election with 13,903 votes while Democrat Lynne Williams, a Bar Harbor attorney, received 13,668. That’s a difference of 235 votes.

  • ACA health coverage a mixed bag for Mainers

    ACA health coverage a mixed bag for Mainers

    ELLSWORTH — It has been eight years since Congress passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, often shortened to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and more colloquially known as Obamacare. Four years after the law took effect in full, results are decidedly mixed. The average cost of premiums will be down this year but

  • Fired hospital employee wins in labor dispute

    Fired hospital employee wins in labor dispute

    ELLSWORTH — A federal administrative law judge has ruled that Maine Coast Hospital engaged in unfair labor practices when it fired an employee for writing a letter to the editor that was critical of the hospital. The judge also ruled that the hospital must offer the former employee, Karen-Jo Young, her job back and compensate

  • Upset in county commission race

    Upset in county commission race

    ELLSWORTH — A contested race for a four-year term as Hancock County commissioner from District II resulted in an upset Tuesday. Challenger John Wombacher of Bucksport beat out longtime commissioner Percy “Joe” Brown of Deer Isle by 385 votes. Democrat Wombacher took 4,590 votes to Republican Brown’s 4,205. Wombacher is a political newcomer and owns

  • Luchini wins Senate District 7 seat

    Luchini wins Senate District 7 seat

    ELLSWORTH — Maine Democrats rode their own statewide blue wave to control of the 35-seat state Senate and 151-seat House Tuesday night, although the results were somewhat more even in Hancock County. In State Senate District 7, which covers much of Hancock County, Democrat Louie Luchini soundly defeated Republican Richard Malaby. Luchini, currently a four-term

  • Congressional race has not yet been decided

    Congressional race has not yet been decided

    ELLSWORTH — Maine voters did not have to wait long to put ranked choice voting to the test in a congressional election. On Wednesday morning, two-term Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin of Oakland and Democratic challenger Jared Golden of Lewiston were virtually tied with 46 percent of the vote in the race for Maine’s 2nd