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  • Ellsworth Police Log Week of Feb. 14

    Ellsworth Police Log Week of Feb. 14

    ELLSWORTH — Officer Jon Mahon arrested Matthew O’Neill, 39, of Ellsworth on a charge of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant after a traffic stop Sunday. Burglary A woman reported Saturday that someone had broken into her business. Officer Andrew Weatherbee is investigating. Theft On Sunday, a business owner reported

  • Lobster processing coming to Bucksport

    Lobster processing coming to Bucksport

    BUCKSPORT — This former mill town still has a ways to go, but two new projects could turn the inland river city into a mecca for seafood lovers. Portland-based Whole Oceans is immersed in developing a land-based recirculating aquaculture facility that will, it hopes, eventually produce more than 44 million pounds of Atlantic salmon on

  • Government shutdown felt on Union River

    Government shutdown felt on Union River

    ELLSWORTH — The shutdown of the federal government that began just before Christmas is still having an impact in Ellsworth. Last November, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a draft environmental assessment in connection with the application by Black Bear Hydro Partners, a subsidiary of the Canadian Brookfield Renewable Partners, for a new license

  • Grohoski backs plan for consumer-owned electric utility

    Grohoski backs plan for consumer-owned electric utility

    ELLSWORTH — State Rep. Nicole Grohoski (D-Ellsworth) said she will co-sponsor legislation this session intended to replace Central Maine Power (CMP) and Emera Maine with a “consumer-owned utility.” “This is an important initiative that I’m involved in to save consumers money, improve reliability and have more power over our energy future in Maine,” said Grohoski

  • Whole Oceans hosts meeting to explain planned operations

    Whole Oceans hosts meeting to explain planned operations

    BUCKSPORT — By now, it is no secret that the Portland-based company Whole Oceans plans to build a land-based fish farm on the site of the former Verso mill that will, if all goes as expected, grow 20,000 metric tons (about 44 million pounds) of Atlantic salmon using recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) technology. Last week,

  • Board denies Ticonic appeal

    Board denies Ticonic appeal

    ELLSWORTH — Residents fighting to save the former Ticonic 4 Firehouse from demolition finally received a decision from a city entity on Thursday, although it wasn’t what they had hoped. Members of the Board of Appeals voted unanimously to deny resident Judy Blood’s appeal of the issuance of a demolition permit to Webber Energy, which

  • RSU 24 schools receive anonymous donations

    RSU 24 schools receive anonymous donations

    SULLIVAN — Two Hancock County schools recently received anonymous donations that will go toward benefiting student needs. The donations, to Cave Hill School in Eastbrook and the Peninsula School in Prospect Harbor, totaled $10,000. The Regional School Unit 24 (RSU 24) Board approved the gifts at its Feb. 5 meeting. “The Peninsula School had a

  • Car theft suspect arrested

    Car theft suspect arrested

    ELLSWORTH — An investigation into the theft of a pickup truck here in the early morning hours Monday ended with an arrest in Waltham less than two hours later, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reported. Deputy Dakota Dupuis said he located the vehicle on Route 179 around 3:15 a.m. Ellsworth Police Captain Troy Bires said

  • Gouldsboro Police Log Week of Feb. 14

    Gouldsboro Police Log Week of Feb. 14

    GOULDSBORO — On Feb. 7, police responded to a crash at the intersection of Route 1 and the Pond Road. Police said Heidi Doane of Bangor was driving north on Route 1 in a 2016 Jeep Wrangler when she was struck from behind by Melissa Hunt of Bar Harbor, who was driving a 2012 Mazda

  • Park service replacing utility line in Acadia

    BAR HARBOR — The National Park Service is set to begin replacing an overhead utility line in the Schoodic Section of Acadia National Park. Work was scheduled to begin on Feb. 11, with the first phase consisting of removing overgrown vegetation encroaching on the current lines while construction and design documents are being developed. According