• Hancock County Dems meeting March 21

    ELLSWORTH — The March meeting of the Hancock County Democratic Committee will focus on the refugee crisis in Central America, the roots in past U. S. policy and actions, and the resulting push for asylum. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, in the Theater Room of the Moore Center on

  • New budget proposal includes $1 million for Maine’s bicentennial celebration

    ELLSWORTH — Maine’s Bicentennial Commission could receive a significant increase in state funding under Governor Janet Mills’ new supplemental budget proposal. That spending plan, which is intended to run through June of this year while the Legislature debates her proposed $8-billion biennial budget, includes $1 million to help fund the upcoming celebration of Maine’s statehood.

  • Flare disposal bill is a hot topic online

    Flare disposal bill is a hot topic online

    ELLSWORTH — A bill in the Maine Legislature aimed at establishing a safe way to dispose of expired marine flares has become a hot topic on the internet. On Monday, the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee was scheduled to hear testimony on LD 430 sponsored by Rep. Joyce “Jay” McCreight (D-Harpswell), who chairs the

  • Panel discussion at Moore Center

    ELLSWORTH — The League of Women Voters – Downeast will present a panel discussion on journalism and democracy on Saturday, March 2, from 2-4 p.m. at the Moore Community Center in Ellsworth. The discussion is titled “Free Press: Enemy of the People?” and will focus on the importance of a free press in a functioning

  • Proposed legislation riles, cheers wormers

    Proposed legislation riles, cheers wormers

    AUGUSTA — The age-old conflict over access to Maine’s tidal flats got another airing last week during a public hearing on proposed legislation in the Legislature’s Marine Resources Committee. Rep. Stanley Zeigler (D-Montville) filed a bill that would prohibit operation of a motor vehicle other than “authorized emergency vehicles” in the intertidal zone except to

  • 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

  • Workshop to focus on civil discourse

    Workshop to focus on civil discourse

    ELLSWORTH — While the Legislature was in session, former Republican state Representative and Senator Brian Langley ate dinner most Wednesday evenings with a group of Democrats. “People didn’t understand that,” Langley said. To some, it might have seemed he was “fraternizing with the enemy,” he said. But, Langley’s end goal was education. “I spent a