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On private property

We owned 140 forested acres in upstate New York and now possess about 225 forested acres in Washington County. My experience with individuals invading my property is that hunters in New York and Maine, with dismayingly few exceptions, are simply licensed vandals. If Roxanne Quimby has experience similar to mine, …

Katahdin-area snowmobile plan focus of public forum in Bangor

Officials with the Maine Department of Conservation will be in Bangor on Wednesday to hear public comments on current and future snowmobiling opportunities in the Katahdin region. The Bureau of Parks and Lands is in the process of developing a comprehensive plan for snowmobiling in an area that stretches from …

Quimby purchase concerns panel Sale ‘disappointing’ for recreation fans

AUGUSTA – A working group that is expected to follow up on a land deal expanding Baxter State Park convened Monday and immediately took up a more recent development – a 25,000-acre purchase nearby by conservationist Roxanne Quimby. Members of the ad hoc group brought together by Gov. John Baldacci …

Manage state’s wildlife

I noted with interest the article (BDN, Sept. 14) about Roxanne Quimby’s potential plan to put 23,000 more acres of land off-limits to hunters and trappers. This amount of land, to go along with the land she has already purchased, is a stag-gering amount to be off-limits. An article of …

Quimby’s Maine life

Thank God for people like Roxanne Quimby, who can afford to buy enough land to ensure that the Maine woods aren’t completely used up by the minority of Mainers who would shoot, trap and harass our wildlife and what remains of our forests. Conservation Commissioner Pat McGowan long ago showed …

HUNTING FOR ACCESS

The state’s effort to acquire land around Katahdin Lake, specifically a parcel north of the lake for hunters, has hit a snag, and hunting and snowmobiling advocates are suggesting that the whole arrangement should be reconsidered, even scuttled. This is premature and ill advised. Early this year, the state reached …

Baldacci to discuss Quimby land purchase

MILLINOCKET – Gov. John Baldacci will meet with Katahdin Region leaders today to discuss conservationist Roxanne Quimby’s recent purchase of a 23,000-acre chunk of Maine’s North Woods. Council Chairman David Nelson said he hoped the meeting with Baldacci, at 11 a.m. at American Legion Post 80 on Central Street, would …

Road to skirt Quimby lands State plan retains ‘traditional’ uses

MILLINOCKET – A state-built road will connect state and privately owned parcels to preserve hunting, fishing, snowmobiling and other traditional uses threatened by conservationist Roxanne Quimby’s recent land purchase, Gov. John Baldacci said Friday. Meeting with Katahdin region leaders at American Legion Post 80 on Central Street, Baldacci called the …

Quimby land deal angers hunters

A representative for conservationist Roxanne Quimby on Wednesday defended her decision to buy a 23,000-acre chunk of Maine’s North Woods, arguing that the scenic land was prime for development. But the explanation is not likely to stifle anger among sportsmen and Millinocket-area officials who accuse Quimby and other conservationists of …

Moosehead, North Woods study needed

Conservationists, we are told, may be defined by the concern they have for the kind of world they’ll leave their great-grandchildren. If that’s the case, Plum Creek Timber Co.’s plan for developing thousands of acres of Moosehead Lake wilderness should give them much to be concerned about. Seattle-based Plum Creek, …

State lobstermen oppose changes to fishery rules Public hearing held in Ellsworth

ELLSWORTH – If the opinions of 15 or so lobster fishermen who attended a public hearing Wednesday reflect those of others throughout the state, Maine fishermen are not keen on changing the rules that they say have helped make their regional fishery healthy. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission is …

Illusions of grandeur A UMaine psychology and art professor gains international acclaim for his optical illusions

Think seeing is believing? Think again. Alan Stubbs teaches many important lessons in his art and psychology classes at the University of Maine, but the most crucial may be this: Don’t believe your eyes. Stubbs should know. He long has been fascinated with optical illusions, and in recent years he …

Bangor horses to vie in 33rd stakes finals Season championships will be decided

Two Bangor horses will be carrying impressive streaks into the 33rd annual MSBOA Stakes Finals races at Scarborough Downs Sunday afternoon. The richest day of the Maine harness racing season has more than $190,000 in purse money on the line. The feature events – the season championships for 2-year-old colt …

ROHMAN ARCHITECTURE Working together, a Queen City couple create a ‘distinctive presence’ in the heart of historic Bangor

On a recent afternoon, the sweet perfume of phlox filled the air in the garden at John and Lyndy Rohman’s house. It was one of those perfect late-summer days, when the rains from earlier in the day gave way to dazzling sunshine. The grass, lush from a rainy spell, still …

‘One of Maine’s best sports stories’ Mike Bordick achieves prestigious honor as university retires ‘No. 3′

ORONO – The man who was able to replace major league baseball iron man and Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr., establish an MLB record for errorless chances (544 straight), play in a record 110 straight games without making an error, and play 14 seasons in the majors suddenly found …

NFL Network access imperiled Time Warner set to drop channel

Barring a two-minute drill that would impress even Tom Brady, former Adelphia and Comcast cable television subscribers will be tackled for a loss this weekend. Today is the Federal Communications Commission-imposed deadline for both the NFL Network and Time Warner Inc., to negotiate a deal that would keep NFL Network …

Sea Dogs earn playoff spot on final day of regular season

The ice had long since melted for the celebratory champagne/beer/soda that the Portland Sea Dogs hoped to spray in celebration over securing an Eastern League playoff spot. The Sea Dogs’ magic number for their playoff countdown was stuck on 1 all weekend as Mother Nature combined with a 13-inning loss …

Mix of veterans, newcomers could make Lions roar

The season ended a little more abruptly last year than players, coaches and fans are used to at Belfast High School. The fourth-seeded Lions hosted a Pine Tree Conference Class B quarterfinal against newly transplanted Class A power Waterville and the Purple Panthers shocked Belfast 40-20. This season, the Lions …

Final victory could spark more wins for Bapst

BANGOR – Looking back, the end of the 2005 season may serve as the unofficial start of the 2006 season for the John Bapst Crusaders. The Crusaders expected to be in the thick of the playoff chase last fall, but early struggles took them out of it. However, a 21-20 …

Versatility, conditioning are pivotal for Madison

The 2006 preseason started out with a good news-bad news scenario for Madison High School head football coach Joe Hayden. The good news is the cupboard wasn’t completely bare, as has been the case more than once the last few seasons, with six starters back. The bad news is there …