• Ordinance would make ecosystem a plaintiff

    ELLSWORTH — A public hearing for a proposed water protection ordinance for the unorganized territories will be held Thursday, Feb. 7, at 6 p.m. The hearing is being held despite legal concerns about the proposed ordinance and its implications. More than a year ago, District Attorney Matt Foster shared those concerns with the Hancock County

  • 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,

  • 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

  • Japan will resume commercial whaling in July

    ELLSWORTH — Japan will resume commercial whale hunting next summer for the first time since the International Whaling Commission imposed a moratorium on the fishery more than 30 years ago. On Dec. 26, Yoshihide Suga, Japan’s chief cabinet secretary, announced that the country would withdraw from the IWC on June 30, 2019, and resume commercial

  • Grant to preserve Hog Bay property

    FRANKLIN — The Frenchman Bay Conservancy (FBC) announced last week that it has been awarded a grant for $94,500 from the Maine Natural Resource Conservation Program. The money will be used to preserve and restore waterfront property on Hog Bay in Franklin beginning in 2019. “It’s a 17-acre property,” said Kat Deely, a land protection

  • Land trusts team up on Caterpillar Hill purchase

    Land trusts team up on Caterpillar Hill purchase

    SEDGWICK — A trio of land trusts have purchased a 32-acre parcel on Caterpillar Hill, which preserves an iconic view of Penobscot Bay and nearby islands. The purchase was a fundraising collaboration between Blue Hill Heritage Trust (BHHT) Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT) and Island Heritage Trust (IHT). The trusts closed on the property Tuesday.

  • Downeast Community Partners going solar

    FRANKLIN — Downeast Community Partners (DCP) is switching to solar. The organization recently installed an array of solar panels in Franklin that will power its facilities from Calais to Ellsworth. The juice is expected to start flowing within a week. “It was something we started working on a couple of years ago,” said DCP Executive

  • Maine Master Naturalist Program launches Ellsworth course

    ELLSWORTH — The Maine Master Naturalist Program is accepting applications for its 2019-20 program session to be held in Ellsworth. The course provides over 100 hours of classroom and outdoor experience, focusing on field natural history: geology, identification of flora and fauna, wetland and upland ecology, ecological principles and teaching methods. By the end of

  • Forum scheduled on plastic bag plan

    ELLSWORTH — The public is invited to a forum on a proposed ordinance regarding single-use carry-out plastic bags. The forum will be held in Ellsworth at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12, in the City Hall auditorium. The Ellsworth Green Action Team, a subcommittee of the Ellsworth Green Plan, has drafted an ordinance for the