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DIFW releases e-mail addresses

Posted Jan. 22, 2010, at 7:19 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Some Maine hunters and fishermen are upset the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife released their e-mail addresses to a sportsman’s organization.

The Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine obtained a list of 100,000 e-mails after filing a Freedom of Access Act request with the department.

The Maine Attorney General’s office ruled the alliance should get the addresses.

The e-mails are on file because of online hunting and fishing licensing procedures.

WMTW-TV says the organization wanted the list so it could provide information to hunters about coyotes.

The DIFW on Tuesday sent an e-mail to its online customers explaining what had happened. The e-mail said the agency initially told SAM that its customer e-mail address list was not a public record.

However, the Attorney General’s office ruled otherwise.

“We wanted you to know that we did everything in our power to protect your privacy and apologize in advance for any issues this may cause you,” the DIFW told online customers in its e-mail.

The DIFW pointed out the list contains only e-mail addresses and that no other personal data is included.

Snowstorm benefits Sugarloaf

The region’s most recent snowstorm will pay dividends for skiers at Sugarloaf in Carrabassett Valley, according to a resort news release.

The area received 12 inches of snow this week, and Friday the resort opened its backside snowfields to skiers and riders for the first time this season.

The snowfields offer vast open areas of above-treeline skiing and riding, and feature dramatic pitches the resort says are unlike any other terrain in the east.

So far this season Sugarloaf has received 88 inches of snow.

The backside snowfields provide a wilderness experience that should only be attempted by the most skilled skiers and riders. The resort’s ski patrol asks those who have never experienced the backside snowfields to stop by the summit building for tips on the most navigable way down.

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