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LETTERS

Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011: SpongeBob, Roxanne Quimby and student voting

Your brain on SpongeBob I am writing to hopefully provide some clarification to the whole SpongeBob SquarePants issue. There have been several articles written recently, by doctors, brain development specialists and even one in the Bangor Daily News by Sarah Smiley. The brain is the fastest growing thing in the …
Roxanne Quimby

Quimby adds more Maine land to her holdings

ELLIOTSVILLE TOWNSHIP, Maine — Environmentalist and conservationist Roxanne Quimby has added to her land holdings with the purchase of 965 acres of forestland that includes Little and Big Wilson Streams in Elliotsville Township. The recent acquisition brings Quimby’s land holdings to just over 100,000 acres in the state, most of …
Roxanne Quimby

Quimby adds more than 11,000 acres to land holdings

Conservationist Roxanne Quimby has purchased another 11,000 acres east of Baxter State Park, expanding her already-sizable land holdings in the Katahdin region and potentially adding another wrinkle to the debate over her national park plan. Quimby’s nonprofit land conservation foundation, Elliotsville Plantation Inc., announced Wednesday that Quimby had bought 11,291 …
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.

Quimby says confirmation of snowmobilers’ access to her land ‘premature’

MILLINOCKET, Maine — Entrepreneur Roxanne Quimby has called “premature” a report that she and her land manager had reached a settlement with regional snowmobile clubs and dropped an implied threat to close snowmobile trails running through her lands this winter if snowmobile clubs failed to support her proposed national park. …
A snowmobile is parked outside a gate on land owned by Roxanne Quimby in January 2011. Quimby has offered snowmobile clubs five years of access to snowmobile trails on her lands in exchange for support for her national park plan.

Quimby offer: 5 years of trail access for snowmobile clubs’ park support

MEDWAY, Maine — Environmentalist and conservationist Roxanne Quimby has offered snowmobile clubs five years of access to snowmobile trails on her lands in exchange for support for her national park plan in an offer that plan opponents call coercive and divisive. At least two of the snowmobile clubs involved are …

Pine Tree State

If Roxanne Quimby continues to buy up land as fast as she is…
Roxanne Quimby during a public meeting at the Northern Maine Timber Cruisers snowmobile club in Millinocket in May 2011. Quimby's controversial proposal to donate about 70,000 acres she owns adjoining Baxter State Park to a national park looks like it will be an issue of some import in the coming local elections.

Quimby park plan to be factor in Millinocket election

MILLINOCKET, Maine — Environmentalist and conservationist Roxanne Quimby’s controversial proposal to donate about 70,000 acres she owns adjoining Baxter State Park to a national park looks to be an issue of some import in the coming town elections. Town Council candidate Charles Cirame said that part of his platform involves …

Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011: Jobs, tax breaks and the home front

Temporary better than nothing The Friday, Sept. 9 Bangor Daily News reported that President Obama’s jobs bill would have only a temporary impact. There are millions of Americans who would gladly take a temporary job now and hope the economy will be better next year. There were also questions about …
LETTERS

Saturday/Sunday, Sept. 17-18, 2011: TANF, promises and illegal immigrants

Nothing to celebrate I am writing in response to Sen. Jon Courtney’s piece, “Legislative session was successful because we worked together,” printed on Aug. 12. First of all, I applaud the senator for stressing the bipartisan successes the Legislature can celebrate this past session. Too often we hear only of …

Saturday/Sunday Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 2011: Road maintenance, death penalty coverage and potatoes

Stop dishonest practice In Ed Mazurek’s Op-Ed piece on Friday, September 23, titled, “Maine’s rough roads hurt our economy,” he omitted some very important information. For his first three terms in the Legislature, he was among the Democratic party majority and served all those years on the transportation committee. While …
LETTERS

Friday, Sept. 30, 2011: Paul Bunyan, statistical errors and Maine’s forest industry

Move Paul to river It is now time to move our beloved statue of Paul Bunyan to the Bangor Waterfront. Far too soon, he will be surrounded by the new Bangor arena complex making it difficult for tourists taking family photos and leaving little space for him to swing his …

Millinocket festival honors its end of the Appalachian Trail

MILLINOCKET, Maine — All trails lead to downtown Millinocket, Jaime Renaud says, and if you don’t believe it, just ask her. An organizer of the Trails End Festival, which runs Friday to Sunday, the co-owner of the Appalachian Trail Cafe and AT Lodge said festival backers are emphasizing how the …
"Wassataquiok Stream," Michael Branca, oil on canvas

Artists gather to uncover the unknown, Quimby’s proposed national park

“Guerrilla art” is all about making statements, often political, through public art. It might be as simple as leaving a leaflet in a library book or as illegal as adorning an abandoned building with graffiti. But for artists in central Maine, where there’s more wilderness than town, guerrilla art takes …
CONTRIBUTORS

Fearing for our future as a species

With all the recent news about the proposed Maine Woods National Park there remains one aspect that has yet to be discussed thoroughly and is literally the heart and soul of the proposed park — the ecological impact. The proposed 3.2 million acre park is situated in the 10-million acre …

Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011: Same-day voter registration, Chile’s 9/11

College voting perspective As a student at the University of Maine who has had to change residences every year, and as a result had to register under my new addresses, I would very much like to be able to register and vote on the same day. Especially this semester, as …

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MAINE SKIES

Cooperating Russian, American astronauts land safely in Kazakhstan

On Sept. 16, 2011, the Russian spacecraft Soyuz TMA-21 landed safely in the steppes of Kazakhstan with NASA flight engineer Ronald Garan among its three-man crew. The trio spent a total of 164 days in space together with 162 of these being aboard the ISS. This example of American-Russian cooperation …

Phelps back in pool, training for 2012 Olympics

NEW YORK — It’s still September, and Michael Phelps has already been training for six weeks. He couldn’t say that in any of the last three years since his record-setting Beijing Olympics. The 16-time medalist is swimming more yards per week now — 10 months before the London Games — …
EAT THIS

Making a choice — Chocolate milk better than none for kids

Today (Sept. 27) is National Chocolate Milk Day and National Crush a Can Day. Really quite ironic that the two are occurring on the same day. Many people believe that nothing of any nutritional value comes in a soda can or in a container of chocolate milk. Nothing can spark …
BY HAND

What would favorite literary characters knit, crochet or sew?

What would Jane Eyre crochet? Probably very little before she returned to the ruined Thornfield Hall and married Mr. Rochester. But after that, I’m certain she would crochet the Parisian Mitts at stitchnationyarn.com. She would choose black silk yarn, very respectable, and she would make the mitts for Mr. Rochester’s …