Politics

  • Legislation would clear mudflats for wormers and clammers

    Legislation would clear mudflats for wormers and clammers

    ELLSWORTH — In the topsy-turvy atmosphere of the nation’s capital, Maine’s congressional delegation displayed an almost unique bicameral, bipartisan unity introducing substantially identical legislation in the Senate and House of Representatives to preserve the rights of clammers and wormers to ply their fisheries on the intertidal flats off the shore of Acadia National Park. Last

  • Sen. Kimberley Rosen to seek re-election in Senate District 8

    Sen. Kimberley Rosen to seek re-election in Senate District 8

    BUCKSPORT — State Sen. Kimberley Rosen (R-Hancock County) announced Tuesday that she will run for a third term in the Maine Senate, representing Maine Senate District 8. Prior to serving in the State Senate, Rosen served four terms representing the people of Bucksport and Orrington in the Maine House of Representatives. Rosen is the chairwoman

  • Hamilton sworn in, Blanchette elected City Council chairman

    Hamilton sworn in, Blanchette elected City Council chairman

    ELLSWORTH — The City Council welcomed its newest member Monday morning and elected a new chairman for the coming year. Dale Hamilton was sworn in by City Clerk Heidi Grindle after finishing second in a four-way race for two council seats last week. He beat out John Phillips, who finished a close third (Hamilton got

  • Hancock County Dems to meet Nov. 16

    ELLSWORTH — The 2018 election will be the topic of discussion at the November meeting of the Hancock County Democratic Committee. The discussion will review the Nov. 7, 2017, elections across the nation and in Maine and focus on the upcoming 2018 elections. The meeting also will feature a report about the recent legislative session

  • Winter Harbor elects Hemenway to Board of Selectmen

    Winter Harbor elects Hemenway to Board of Selectmen

    WINTER HARBOR — Voters chose Robert Hemenway to fill a vacant seat on the Board of Selectmen during Tuesday’s election. Garnering 67 percent of the vote, Hemenway beat challenger Herman Faulkingham for the position by a count of 124-60. The turnout in Winter Harbor was 42 percent. Hemenway, 45, said in an interview in October

  • Powell wins Castine selectman seat

    CASTINE — Software engineer Colin Powell won the open three-year seat on the Board of Selectmen with 145 votes in Tuesday’s election. This will be Powell’s first term as a selectman. His opponents, Patrick Haugen and Arthur Layton, garnered 94 and 84 votes, respectively. Temple Blackwood ran unopposed for his third three-year term as a

  • Stewart, Eastman win Town Council seats

    Stewart, Eastman win Town Council seats

    BUCKSPORT — The votes are in: Peter Stewart and Mark Eastman won the two open seats on Bucksport’s Town Council during Tuesday night’s election. Stewart, a former state trooper and head of campus safety at Maine Maritime Academy, garnered 620 votes to secure his second term as a town councilor. Mark Eastman, a Bucksport-based Realtor,

  • Surry voters prohibit retail marijuana operations

    Surry voters prohibit retail marijuana operations

    SURRY — Surry voters in a local referendum Tuesday overwhelmingly voted to prohibit all retail marijuana operations in the town. Surry has 1,314 registered voters, according to Town Clerk Angela Smith. A total of 558 ballots were cast Tuesday. That’s a turnout of 42 percent. In five separate ballot questions, residents voted to prohibit marijuana

  • Hamilton defeats Phillips for seat on City Council

    Hamilton defeats Phillips for seat on City Council

    ELLSWORTH — There will be a new face on the City Council starting next week. The current chairman finished third in a four-way race for two seats. Dale Hamilton received the second highest number of votes in the contest for two three-year terms on the council. With 850 votes, he beat out Council Chairman John

  • RSU 24 towns approve central office purchase

    RSU 24 towns approve central office purchase

    SULLIVAN — Voters in Regional School Unit 24 approved a plan to purchase the district facilities building, saving taxpayers a projected $600,000 over the next 15 years. The measure passed with 66 percent of voters in favor of the purchase. A total of 1,977 votes were cast with an average turnout of 34 percent in