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Roxanne Quimby talks about her plans for her land  in Millinocket recently.

Maine Snowmobile Association slams Quimby’s park effort

AUGUSTA | The state’s largest snowmobiling organization accused environmentalist Roxanne Quimby’s land manager on Wednesday of using coercive tactics to get support for a federal feasibility study of her proposed national park. Bob Meyers, executive director of the Maine Snowmobile Association, said that at meetings at snowsledding clubs in …
Councilor Michael Madore holds a map illustrating environmentalist Roxanne Quimby's land holdings during a meeting on Thursday, July 28, 2011.

Quimby should launch her national park privately, councilor says

MILLINOCKET | Environmentalist and millionaire businesswoman Roxanne Quimby should create her own park on the 70,000 acres she wants to donate to the National Park Service to show whether the concept can work, one of her proposal’s leading critics said Friday. Town Councilor Mike Madore, who spoke out against …

Don’t ‘Short-cut’ Park Process

Gov. Paul LePage’s decision to not take sides in the debate about a proposed Maine Woods National Park is the most rational thing that’s been done about the plan and its opposition recently. What the administration can’t stay out of are efforts to rebuild and diversify the economy of the …

Why a national park feasibility study is needed

The possibility of a national park in the greater Katahdin region has been discussed for decades. Historically it was very controversial and opposed by many who live in the region. But things are very different now. The downward spiral of our economy coupled with huge changes in landownership has forced …

National parks draw more than just visitors

I’d like to provide some economic perspective on Roxanne Quimby’s national park proposal near Baxter State Park. First, some background on myself. I have a home in Livingston, Mont., near Yellowstone National Park. I first moved to Livingston to be near Yellowstone, and later I started a business that operates …

Millinocket a town under siege

I read with interest, two recent Op-Ed columns in the Bangor Daily News. One was written by John Davis, Millinocket’s town council chairman; the other written by Marsha Donahue and R. Wayne Curlew. Both articles had to do with the proposal by Roxanne Quimby to establish a national park in …

Quimby to discuss national park plan in Medway

Town leaders have approved of it already and now they want residents to decide for themselves whether to support a feasibility study of environmentalist Roxanne Quimby‘s proposed 70,000-acre national park. The Board of Selectmen will host Quimby at a town meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, …

Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011: First Wind, gay marriage and bath salts

Embarrassing proposal The Republican congressional redistricting proposal is reminiscent of the tactics and behavior often seen when the alpha dog emerges in a game of Risk or Monopoly. This is not why our representatives were sent to Augusta and hopefully enough voters will realize that this game playing needs to …

Medway panel pushes for national park feasibility study

Several town officials have formed a committee that will work in tandem with environmentalist and entrepreneur Roxanne Quimby to push Congress to authorize a feasibility study of her plan to turn 70,000 acres adjoining Baxter State Park into a national park, they said Wednesday. The committee, co-chairman …
Amanda Austin, manager at Central Street Market, said Monday, Aug. 1, that the market almost closed, but owner Tim Darling opted to keep the store open and scale back its hours.

Millinocket business ‘just trying to hang on’

Reports of the demise of Central Street Market are exaggerated, but not by much, its owner said Monday. Tim Darling said he finds himself in the same position most Katahdin region businesspeople are in. His customer traffic and profits are declining and his costs are rising. He …
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, park service director to visit Millinocket

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis will visit Millinocket on Thursday to discuss environmentalist Roxanne Quimby‘s proposal to turn 70,000 acres she owns into a national park, officials said Tuesday. Town Manager Eugene Conlogue described the visit as “a …

Quimby: Snowmobile clubs can use trails this year

AUGUSTA | Environmentalist Roxanne Quimby’s land manager apparently backed off Wednesday on an implied threat to close snowmobile trails running through her lands for at least this winter if snowmobile clubs failed to support her proposed national park. “On behalf of Elliotsville Plantation, Inc. (EPI), I’m writing to inform …

Why the Millinocket Town Council opposes a national park

The town of Millinocket has a long history of working on issues related to proposals for a national park in this area. RESTORE: The North Woods has wanted to create a 3.2 million-acre national park that would be almost the size of Connecticut and consume the heart of Maine’s wood …
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar takes question from people gathered at Stearns High School in Millinocket on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011 concerning the proposed national park in the north woods of Maine.

Federal official says Mainers would determine scope of Quimby’s national park

MILLINOCKET | Federal feasibility studies recommend against 50 percent of the proposed parks they study, and the dimensions of Roxanne Quimby’s proposed North Woods National Park would be controlled by laws and legislatures, not bureaucrats bent on controlling northern Maine, the federal government’s top land manager said Thursday. Speaking …

LePage won’t take sides on Quimby’s national park plan

AUGUSTA | Gov. Paul LePage is watching the debate over Roxanne Quimby’s proposal to turn 70,000 acres adjacent to Baxter State Park into a national park, but has no plans to stake out a position immediately, Conservation Commissioner William Beardsley said Wednesday. “I think he feels that the dialogue …

Twins on a tear

Q: I am the grandmother of adorable two-year-old twins — a boy and a girl — who have distinct personalities and a bad case of the Terrible Twos. They are loving, intelligent and inquisitive, however, and their parents are attentive and do many interesting things with them. They also have …
A brightly-colored fish craft made alongside reading “The Rainbow Fish” can help teach kids about friendship.

Rainbow fish project teaches kids about friendship

International Friendship Day, which was celebrated on Saturday, encourages people all across the world to become friends and acknowledge how much your friends contribute to your life. But no one is born knowing how to make and keep friends. Parents and teachers need to teach youngsters the skills to get …

In search of ‘The Judge’

It took me 60 years, but I finally found “The Judge” this week. I have had nightmares about “The Judge” ever since I was 10 years old and saw a movie about a faceless killer who stalked Los Angeles when it rained. All right, it wasn’t a great movie, maybe …

Nintendo DS could help daughter overcome social hurdle

Q: Please help my husband and me decide on a present for our daughter’s ninth birthday, which is only a few weeks away. She is a strong and enthusiastic reader, a good student and a dancer and a soccer player, too, but she recently told me that she only wants …

A need for speed and efficiency

The time has come for a serious decision. A very serious decision. I love my galumping V8, four-wheel-drive Tundra, not only for its roomy interior but also for its ability to haul heavy loads, such as David Grima, across the country. When I make my annual pilgrimage to spring training, …