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Upgrade underway at Stonington Lobster Co-op

The Stonington Lobster Co-op has torn down a 50-year-old lobster hatchery to make way for a new office building.

Ellsworth hospital posts $6.5 million loss

Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth had an operating loss of $6.47 million for 2017, marking the second year in a row that it's lost more than $6 million.

Ellsworth, Bar Harbor among most profitable Airbnb spots statewide

Ellsworth and Bar Harbor were among the top five busiest and most profitable Airbnb destinations statewide in 2017, with revenue up 78% in Ellsworth compared to 2016, and revenue in Bar Harbor up 84%...

LePage vetoes Bar Harbor Port Authority bill

Gov. Paul LePage vetoed a bill, An Act To Create the Bar Harbor Port Authority, that would allow Bar Harbor voters to create a local port authority.

New immigration policies could hit Downeast businesses hard

The Trump administration’s revocation of the federal Temporary Protected Status program, which allows migrants to stay in the United States when their home countries face violence or natural...

A Hancock County town lifts its ban on hard liquor sales

Eighty-five years after Prohibition ended in 1933, voters in Penobscot have decided it’s time to allow hard liquor to be sold in their Hancock County town of slightly more than 1,200 residents.

Downeast Correctional closure could cost Washington County $8M

The impact of the closure of the Downeast Correctional Facility on Washington County's economy could be as much as $8.4 million.

LePage proposes Washington County pre-release center

The LePage administration is endorsing legislation to build a new pre-release center in Washington County.

Maine company unveils $250M plan to create land-based salmon farm in Bucksport


A Maine-based company calling itself Whole Oceans announced on Thursday its plans to purchase most of the former Verso paper mill site it Bucksport and build a land-based aquafarm to raise Atlantic...

County jail closure could follow Downeast facility closure

Washington County, still reeling from the closure of the Downeast Correctional Facility in Bucks Harbor, now has to contend with the prospect of the county jail closing too.