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Roxanne Quimby talks about her plans for the land she owns in the Millinocket and surrounding region during a public meeting at the Northern Maine Timber Cruisers snowmobile club in Millinocket Thursday.  Over 100 people attended the meeting where Quimby took questions from the audience.

Roxanne Quimby discusses her plans for her wildlands

MILLINOCKET, Maine — Roxanne Quimby, a conservation philanthropist who wants to donate more than 70,000 acres she owns next to Baxter State Park to establish a national park, met face to face Thursday with more than 100 park supporters and opponents. Quimby told residents she wanted all the public and …
EDITORIAL
Roxanne Quimby talks about her plans for the land she owns in the Millinocket region during a meeting at the Northern Maine Timber Cruisers snowmobile club in Millinocket recently. Over 100 people attended the meeting where Quimby took questions from the audience.

Quimby’s land plans reasonable, sensitive

Mainers believe deeply in the rights of individual property owners. Unless the property owner is Roxanne Quimby. Quimby has become as important a player in the Maine North Woods as any paper company executive. But to many of those who enjoy snowmobiling, riding ATVs, fishing, canoeing and hunting in those …
EDITORIALS

Is paper in Katahdin region’s future?

With state and local officials struggling to come up with a deal to save the paper mills in Millinocket and East Millinocket, this is a pertinent, if harsh question. Join the discussion on the Opinion page at bangordailynews.com live from 10 to noon, or at your convenience. Legislators are currently …
EDITORIAL
The Dolby landfill along the banks of Dolby Pond near GNP's former East Millinocket facility.

Katahdin Region’s Uncertain Future

For lawmakers considering a state purchase of a landfill in hopes of spurring the purchase of paper mills in the Katahdin region, there are no easy answers. Will a state takeover of the landfill ensure the mills are purchased? No one knows for sure. If the mills are sold, will …
LETTERS

May 17, 2011: Action without facts, LePage’s bad medicine

Action without facts LD 1333 proposes huge changes that could undermine our current health care and consumer protection laws. Unfortunately, the Legislature is being asked to vote on this without a current, non-partisan, actuarial study by the Maine Bureau of Insurance (MBI). Without that MBI study Maine voters are as …
EAT THIS

Rhubarb: The pie plant

The tomato is often mistakenly referred to as a vegetable and rhubarb as a fruit. For rhubarb, the confusion may stem from the trivial fact that in 1947 the United States Customs Court in Buffalo, NY, decided that rhubarb, “whilst being a vegetable, would be forever known as a fruit, …

Senior drivers and road safety: having the conversation

Driving equals independence. For teenagers, having a driver’s license means no longer relying on parents for rides. For the elderly, it means not relying on adult children for transportation. If a question arises regarding unsafe driving, parents can take away the teenager’s car keys. But when driver is elderly, with …

If you’re ready for a zombie apocalypse, then you’re ready for any emergency.

Cameras trained on Boetsch as he fights for UFC renewal

When some late schedule changes shuffled the lineup for UFC 130 in Las Vegas two weeks ago, Lincolnville native Tim Boetsch suddenly found himself preparing for a prime time fight. Boetsch’s middleweight matchup with Kendall Grove Saturday night is still on the undercard, but it’s also now the leadoff fight …
CONTRIBUTORS

Republicans doing what needs to be done

It’s rumpled and wrinkled from 40 years of overuse, yet Democrats are determined to drag their tired, tattered cloak of fiscal policy out once again — tax the rich. While liberals can garner points for predictability and zealous adherence to dogma, the results of their 40-year tenure is not a lesson …

Bangor student wins prestigious state Stockholm Water Prize

BANGOR, Maine — For the third straight year — and four of the last five — a Bangor High School student has been chosen Maine state winner for the annual U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize. Leila Musavi, a 16-year-old graduating senior, will be one of 51 — Puerto Rico is …

Kitchen fire damages one-story house in Brewer

BREWER, Maine — A fire that appears to have begun in the kitchen left a one-story home on Park Avenue West with significant damage Sunday afternoon. Units from the Brewer, Bangor, Holden and Orrington fire departments responded to the fire or covered for Brewer. The home at 35 Park Avenue …

Bangor Arthritis Walk doubles proceeds from last year

BANGOR, Maine — Gray skies, dark clouds and intermittent showers failed to keep a record turnout from raising a record amount of money to fund arthritis research, education and support programs Saturday. Almost 80 people turned out to walk either 1 or 3 miles along the Bangor Waterfront on Saturday …
Airplane enthusiast sit in a hangar and talk aviation as rain falls at the Old Town Municipal Airport on Saturday, May 21, 2011 during International Learn to Fly Day sponsored by the Penobscot Valley Chapter 827 of the Experimental Aircraft Association.

Weather grounds Learn to Fly Day in Old Town

OLD TOWN, Maine — Learn to Fly Day organizers’ high hopes for a break in the extended string of cloudy, rainy days were grounded Saturday. Intermittent rain and dark skies — and particularly a low ceiling for flying — kept everyone on the ground and indoors for the second annual …
Meghan Ireland (left) and her mother, Julie Ireland of Hampden, walk past the Charlie Howard Memorial (foreground) at Kenduskeag Plaza in downtown Bangor in 2009.

Defying this month’s vandalism, Charlie Howard Memorial rededicated

BANGOR, Maine — Gray, cloudy skies and intermittent rain failed to deter approximately 75 people from gathering near the State Street bridge Saturday morning to rededicate the Charlie Howard Memorial in the wake of recent vandalism. Howard was a 23-year-old, openly gay man who was thrown to his death off …
Hairstylist Tracey Nason of Old Town puts the finishing touches on Sarah Frick's new haircut after Frick donated about eight inches of her hair to Pantene's Beautiful Lengths campaign during the 2011 Penobscot Relay for Life on Saturday at Morse Field at the University of Maine in Orono. Beautiful Lengths utilizes the hair to make wigs for women who have lost their hair due to cancer treatment. Saturday was the third time Frick, who is from Eddington, has donated her hair and the second time she has participated in the Penobscot Relay for Life.

Relay for Life of Penobscot exceeds its goals

ORONO, Maine — Despite nearly steady precipitation, a stagnant economy, and a move from its home of 17 years, the 18th annual Relay for Life of Penobscot exceeded its fundraising goal by at least $16,000 in the battle against cancer. “Our net amount raised last year was $173,000, so the …

Bangor Raceway looks to lock up barn door after horses are gone in offseason

BANGOR — Citing increased operating costs and a decrease in the number of horses stabled at Bangor Raceway’s main barn over the winter/offseason, parent company Penn National and the harness horsemen have tentatively agreed on a plan to close all track facilities down for two months. The new barn, which …

Brewer holding line on taxes for 10th straight year

BREWER, Maine — As it has for the previous nine years, the city of Brewer has held or lowered its mill rate, but unlike last year, it was able to do so without any painful cuts of services or personnel. “Last year we had a very difficult budget. We did …

Demolition, transfer to city recommended for Brewer schools

BREWER, Maine — The official report and recommendations are in, and they call for the demolition of two Brewer public schools and transferring the other two to the city. A City Council ad hoc committee formed almost two years ago to evaluate and recommend the best possible future use of …

TV TIMEOUT: Bay State native Dave Eid at home in ‘Vacationland’

Dave Eid has been a sportscaster for 21 years, the last 15 at Portland television station WGME (Channel 13). He wasn’t sure his sports broadcasting career would even last more than the internship period at a small station in Rhinelander, Wis., where he also worked as a banquet server for …