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Roxanne Quimby

Katahdin mills CEO: We don’t support Quimby’s national park plan

Great Northern Paper Co. LLC does not support environmentalist Roxanne Quimby’s proposed 70,000-acre national park, company leaders announced Thursday. Seeking to remove what they felt was ambiguity from Great Northern Paper President Peter Hanson’s statements Tuesday at a Katahdin Area Chamber of Commerce dinner, Great Northern CEO Richard Cyr and …
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Roxanne Quimby

Poll: 60% of Mainers support national park feasibility study

An independent poll conducted by a Portland research firm shows that 60 percent of Mainers statewide support a National Parks Service feasibility study of Roxanne Quimby’s proposed national park. The Critical Insights poll, which covered many topics, was done in October. The Friends of the Maine Woods mentioned the poll …
The gate Roxanne Quimby erected near Wilson Stream in Elliotsville Township.

Piscataquis County commissioners to re-examine validity of Roxanne Quimby’s gate

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — The Piscataquis County commissioners said they will look into the archives to see if Wilson Stream Pond Road in Elliotsville Township is a legal right-of-way. Philanthropist Roxanne Quimby erected a gate on the road earlier this year and it has been a sore point with residents. The …
Snowmobilers take in the scenery on a parcel of land sandwiched in between land owned by conservationist Roxanne Quimby in Township 5, Range 8 on Jan. 28, 2011.

Warm December might imperil snowmobiling season

Bob Meyers isn’t worried — yet. The executive director of the Maine Snowmobile Association, one of the prime engines to the state’s $300 million to $350 million snowmobile industry, isn’t particularly concerned about the state having its warmest November on record last month or being on track for its rainiest …
In this Jan. 28, 2011 photo, snowmobilers take in the scenery on a parcel of land sandwiched in between land owned by conservationist Roxanne Quimby in Township 5, Range 8, Maine.

Lack of snow delays northern New England snowmobile season

MONTPELIER, Vt. — With the ground bare and temperatures in the 40s in the days before Christmas, the head of the New Hampshire Snowmobile Association wasn’t checking the forecast anymore. Why bother? “There’s nothing I can do about it. Why get more discouraged?” said Gail Hanson, the association’s executive director. …
Great Northern Paper Co. LLC President Peter Hanson discusses the future of his two mills during a Katahdin Area Chamber of Commerce dinner meeting at River Driver's Restaurant outside Millinocket on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011.

Katahdin paper mills president says Quimby’s proposed national park doesn’t pose a threat

TOWNSHIP 1 RANGE 8, Maine — The owner of the two Katahdin-region paper mills doesn’t think Roxanne Quimby’s proposed national park would threaten his industry’s wood supply unless it grew far beyond 70,000 acres. Speaking before about 75 Katahdin Area Chamber of Commerce members at River Driver’s Restaurant just outside …
Wassataquoik Stream flows through Township 3, Range 8, Maine, on land owned by Roxanne Quimby, in January 2011. Quimby has offered to donate a 70,000-acre parcel she owns to create a national park adjacent to the state's Baxter Park. Former state Senate president Charles Pray wants a study that looks beyond the scope of a national park's possible effects on tourism and looks at its broader implications.

Former Maine Senate president calls for broader study on proposed national park

MILLINOCKET, Maine — As a public debate over a northern Maine national park becomes politicized, a former Maine Senate president is calling for a broader look at the future uses of the region. Charles Pray, who represented the region encompassing the park for nearly two decades, said he wants a …
Linda Bean holds a hat from The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida which features a lobster in her Freeport restaurant in October 2011.

11 to watch in 2011 — where are they now?

On Jan. 1, 2011, the Bangor Daily News named 11 people to watch in the coming year. Some of them were household names, others were newcomers to the state’s political and economic landscape, a handful worked relatively quietly in their fields of endeavor. Not all of them fared well as …
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Gov. Paul LePage, with his wife, Ann LePage, gives a thumbs-up while being introduced as Maine's next governor during his inauguration in Augusta, Maine, on Jan. 5, 2011.

AP’s top Maine story for 2011: Gov. LePage’s first year in office

PORTLAND, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage’s first year in office was filled with a whirlwind of controversy and blunt talk as the tea party favorite, backed by the first Republican-controlled Legislature since the 1960s, sought to overhaul government. The Republican governor’s first year in office, along with the GOP’s return …

Quimby sells proposed artist-in-residence building in Portland

PORTLAND, Maine — A 125-year-old Queen Anne Victorian that philanthropist Roxanne Quimby once planned to use for an artist-in-residence program has sold to a new owner who plans to create apartments and commercial space. Quimby, co-founder of Burt’s Bees, purchased the building in 2009 for $350,000 but ran into problems …
<h4 class="blackHed"><a href="http://bangordailynews.com/2011/03/25/news/maine-warden-service-pilot-crashes-plane-in-piscataquis-county/">25. Maine Warden pilot crashes in Piscataquis County</a></h4>
Daryl Gordon, a 25-year veteran of the Maine Warden Service, died in March when <a href="http://bangordailynews.com/2011/03/25/news/maine-warden-service-pilot-crashes-plane-in-piscataquis-county/">his plane crashed in a remote section of Piscataquis County</a>. The National Transportation Safety Board, which investigated the incident, said <a href="http://bangordailynews.com/2011/04/14/news/ntsb-report-notes-lengthy-debris-field-in-crash-that-killed-longtime-warden-pilot/">debris was scattered across 350 feet</a> and that there was extensive damage to the main cabin.

The 25 most-read stories of 2011

For many communities in Maine, 2011 was a year of tragedy, with death shocking small towns such as Dexter, Frankfort, Winterport and Dover-Foxcroft. Stories involving children, such as the ongoing search for 20-month-old Ayla Reynolds, who disappeared from her father’s residence in Waterville, hit especially close to home for many people. …
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Saturday/Sunday, Dec. 10-11, 2011: Green construction, Israel and health care

Borrow at 0.01 percent? Now that Wall Street, the auto industry and the savings and loan people are solvent why can’t we (government) borrow a couple of trillion from them, at the same interest rate, 0.01 percent, so that we can pay off some of our debt and lower the …

Saturday/Sunday, Dec. 3-4, 2011: Maine Woods National Park, Gov. LePage and coyotes

Keep exchanging ideas The Bangor Daily News has done a wonderful job of presenting both sides of the argument for a study of the Maine Woods National Park. What I have noticed in my reading of the BDN’s stories online is that it seems to be more of an argument …

Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011: A season to help, politicians’ wealth

Strange change of heart Strange. Until recently, the GOP members of the U.S. House of Representatives did not want to pass the payroll tax deduction extension for any period of time. However, when the Senate recently passed a two-month extension, the GOP members decided that they would not agree to …
Peter Hanson

‘Philosophical differences’ led to Great Northern Paper president’s resignation, company says

EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine — Exactly a week after he said that Great Northern Paper Co. LLC didn’t regard Roxanne Quimby’s proposed 70,000-acre national park a threat to his industry, Peter Hanson is no longer GNP’s president, company officials announced Tuesday. Hanson resigned on Monday as a result of what company …
PINE TREE POLITICS (blog)

The 25 Most Influential People In Maine Politics

Measuring influence is an inexact science, to say the least. It is by its very nature a highly subjective thing. But that shouldn’t stop us from having a little fun at the end of the year. As such, Pine Tree Politics is starting a new tradition, something that we will …
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Sarah Smiley

Special deployment feature: Dinner with the Smileys

When Dustin is gone, I get creative with ways to count down the time. The standard way, of course, is with a paper chain. But a chain with 390 paper links could probably wrap around our small house three times and still have length left over for the dog to …

Fat is a relative thing

Yes, it’s true. I am a fat pig. But somehow, I have lived to be 71 years old, while many of my fellow road warriors dropped out of the race last year. My favorite doctor tells me that my blood pressure is acceptable, even though not as low as he …
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The fully jeweled Santa evening bag by Katherine Baumann brought $1,553.50 in a recent sale of luxury accessories at Heritage Auctions in Dallas.

Research pays off to value vintage vase

Q: Can you help me identify this vase? I’ve tried to find the pattern and maker for years. I call it Drape, but can’t find the real name. Where can I learn about the vase? I’ve bought tons of reference books but no luck. Is it art glass? A: The …

Do we need health insurance?

Do Americans need health insurance? The short answer is no — at least not in the form it currently exists in America. It is true that in many wealthy countries private insurance companies are used in the financing of universal health care systems. But they are nothing like American companies. …