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    March 21, 2019

    Islesboro officials: New ferry rates 'certain to fail'

    Islesboro officials are objecting to plans to revisit a flat-rate ferry rate increase proposed by the Maine Department of Transportation. Commissioner Bruce Van Note on March 6 wrote to Ferry Service Advisory Board members and said while he believes “additional analysis is necessary,” he expects to present a proposal similar to Tariff No. 8 as a starting point at the end of the month. “Unfortunately, due to the …

  • Published
    March 13, 2019

    DOT expected to propose new ferry rates in April

    Maine Department of Transportation has requested an additional court delay regarding Islesboro’s lawsuit around ferry rates. In an email to island residents, the town said Maine DOT “intends to propose a new rate structure by April 1st. A public hearing and comment process will follow. In the meantime, Tariff No. 8 will remain in place.” Implementation of Tariff No. 8 led Islesboro to file a lawsuit, citing …

  • Published
    November 29, 2018

    Islanders turn out for hearing on ferry rates

    Most of the more than 150 people at a public hearing Nov. 28 expressed displeasure about changes to the Maine State Ferry Service rate structure. The only person to speak positively about the change was Frenchboro resident Duncan Bond, who also is a member of the Ferry Service Advisory Board. “We, of course, are pleased with the new structure,” he said, noting Frenchboro saw decreased fares. “I know it’s different…

  • Published
    November 9, 2018

    Island residents have new chance to weigh in on ferry rates

    A superior court judge has issued a stay of the ferry rate lawsuit filed by Islesboro against Maine Department of Transportation to allow the state agency to hold a public hearing. The hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 28, at noon, at the University of Maine’s Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Ave., Belfast. During the public hearing, Maine DOT will receive comments on the flat-rate ferry fees that have been …

  • Published
    October 11, 2018

    House District 96: Selectman challenges incumbent

    House District 96 covers southern Waldo County from Lincolnvile to Palermo. For the past two years, it has been represented by Democrat Stanley Paige Zeigler of Montville. On Nov. 6, he is being challenged for the seat by Robert Currier of Belmont, a Republican. Zeigler is a retired Merchant Mariner with a diverse range of other employment throughout his life. During his first term representing District 96, he …

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    October 11, 2018

    Voters to weigh in on home care, $200M in bonds

    In additional to local, state and national candidates on the ballot Nov. 6, voters also will decide a citizen initiative regarding Universal Home Care and four bond questions. Approval of the Universal Home Care Program will result in a new 3.8-percent tax to adjusted gross income above $128,400, according to information posted on the Maine Secretary of State’s website. Questions on Nov. 6 ballot Question 1: …

  • Published
    October 11, 2018

    Ranked-choice voting will be used only for U.S. Senate, Congressional races

    Only the following races will use ranked-choice voting in the Nov. 6 election, according to the Maine Secretary of State’s Office: U.S. Senate and U.S. Congress. Candidates in those races include Incumbent U.S. Sen. Angus King, I-Brunswick; Maine Sen. Eric Brakey, R-Auburn; and Zak Ringelstein, D-Yarmouth. Also, incumbent U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine 1st District, of North Haven; Mark Holbrook, R-Brunswick; …

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    August 9, 2018

    Peace Run makes its way through Belfast, down coast

    With a just one step, Belfast Mayor Samatha Paradis did something no other mayor has done —participate in the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run. Runners with the international torch relay were in Belfast Aug. 9 after leaving Bangor that morning. They stopped at Belfast City Hall on their way down Route 1, heading to Camden and Rockland later in the day. Paradis joined the torch run from City Hall. She said she …

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    June 12, 2018

    Islesboro lawsuit seeks to void ferry rate increase

    The actions of one island community are pitting it — and its state representative — against other island officials and the state. Islesboro filed a lawsuit against Maine Department of Transportation late in May, seeking to review a final decision by Maine DOT to increase ferry rates. Islanders in that town say the rate increases unfairly impact Islesboro, while other Penobscot Bay islands are seeing smaller …

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    May 17, 2018

    Islesboro's request for delay in ferry rate increase denied

    In a letter released May 17, Maine Department of Transportation Chief Counsel Jim Billings denied a request on behalf of Islesboro to delay implementation of a ferry rate increase. The rates, as planned, will become effective May 21. The new tariff structure approved by Maine DOT, which oversees the ferry service on Penobscot Bay, is a flat rate for all islands served. On Islesboro, according to residents and …

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