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    May 10, 2018

    Islesboro upset

    Islesboro residents are painting a grim picture of the future of the commuter island community following the unexpected flat-rate increase in ferry fees approved by Maine Department of Transportation. While an increase in some form was expected, the approved rates represent a 118-percent jump in the cost of round-trip tickets for a vehicle and driver, residents say, which could lead to an exodus of year-round …

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    April 25, 2018

    DOT commissioner authorizes possible suspension of ferry service

    In an April 19 letter to Islesboro Town Manager Janet Anderson, Maine Department of Transportation Commissioner David Bernhardt said he has “authorized the (Maine State Ferry Service) manager and our boat captains to immediately suspend ferry service to the island of Islesboro, until such time as we are assured that it is safe to resume.” Service will only be suspended if threatening and intimidating behavior …

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    April 25, 2018

    Islesboro residents shocked at ferry ticket increase

    Islesboro residents are reeling after Maine Department of Transportation officials announced that a new, flat-rate fee structure for ferry service to the islands will be implemented May 21. The new fee structure represents a 118-percent increase for Islesboro residents, who currently can purchase on-island tickets for a vehicle and driver for $13.25, according to Margaret Willcox, editor of Islesboro Island …

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    April 18, 2018

    Flat-rate ferry tickets begin May 21

    This week, Maine Department of Transportation officials announced that a new, flat-rate fee structure for ferry service to the islands will be implemented May 21. Maine State Ferry Service provides ferry transportation to the Penobscot Bay island communities of Vinalhaven, North Haven, Islesboro, Swans Island, Frenchboro and Matinicus. The ferry service proposed increased user fees to cover a projected shortfall …

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    March 22, 2018

    Ferry rate increase delayed by DOT

    A new ferry rate structure proposed by the Maine Department of Transportation has been put on hold following an outpouring of complaints from island residents and officials. The new rates proposed in January would have set different fees based on residency. Rates have not increased in nearly a decade, according to DOT, and state law requires at least 50 percent of the ferry service’s operating costs to come from …

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    February 10, 2018

    Islanders object to proposed ferry rate increases

    Town officials and residents object to a ferry rate increase proposed by Maine Department of Transportation that would charge different rates based on residency. Islesboro selectmen penned a letter to DOT Commissioner David Bernhardt following a Jan. 29 meeting with state officials, requesting a delay in implementing new rates. Following the meeting, board members wrote, “ … it is apparent to both the Select …

  • Published
    June 16, 2016

    Harmon gets nod from Republicans

    Republicans chose R. Ryan Harmon as the nominee for the House of Representatives District 96 seat being vacated by Rep. Christine Burstein, D-Lincolnville. Harmon won the majority of Republican votes in all seven towns that comprise the district. Also vying for the chance at Burstein’s seat were Robert Currier and Richard Light. Burstein announced earlier this year she would not seek re-election at the end of her …

  • Published
    March 20, 2016

    Two announce candidacy for District 96

    Two candidates have stepped forward to seek the House District 96 seat currently filled by Rep. Christine Burstein, D-Lincolnville. Burstein said she has enjoyed her freshman session as a state representative but said she does not plan to seek re-election. “I love my husband more than I love my job and I want to see him sometimes,” she told residents gathered for the annual town meeting March 19 in Liberty. The …

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    March 19, 2016

    Owls Head man identified as one of two who perished in Washington crash

    Police have released the identities of five people involved in the Washington crash that killed two people Friday but one name is still being withheld pending a positive identification. Police identified Paul Fowles, 74, of Owls Head as one person killed but the second person killed, the driver of a van, has not been identified. Just before 5 p.m. March 18, Knox County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to Augusta …

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    February 16, 2016

    Waldo County Best of the Best to celebrate 10 years

    Marking its 10th year, Waldo County Best of the Best business showcase and scholarship fundraiser gala will return to its original date in May after taking place in August for several years. The partnership between University of Maine Hutchinson Center and The Republican Journal has raised more than $55,000 for Waldo County students aspiring to higher education, according to Hutchinson Center Director Patricia …

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