Nicholas Sambides Jr.

Katahdin Bureau

 
The newly redone "Painted Rock" of Lincoln drew raves from people who enjoy the 60-plus-year-old informal community bulletin board and monument.

Iconic Lincoln boulder gets a new paint job, mysteriously

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 07, 2016, at 4:45 p.m.
In case you missed it: The Painted Rock has been scraped down and totally repainted, possibly for the first time in decades.
People display signs both supporting and opposing the proposed national monument before a congressional field hearing on Wednesday in East Millinocket.

Utah lawmaker: Maine will suffer if Obama designates national monument

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 01, 2016, at 6:31 p.m.
“There is a terrific diversity of people for it and against it.”

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 01, 2016, at 3:43 p.m.
Westerman: My question is, why would the fed govt want to take on a liability and change the culture of the area? #fieldhearing — Nick Sambides Jr. (@NickSam2BDN) June 1, 2016 Story continues below advertisement.

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 01, 2016, at 3:42 p.m.
Hearing closes with no one speaking on behalf of the proposed monument. Westerman: Why would fed govt want to take monument? #fieldhearing — Nick Sambides Jr. (@NickSam2BDN) June 1, 2016 Story continues below advertisement.

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 01, 2016, at 3:41 p.m.
Meyers: White House promised response to FOI on July 29. Why that date? Meyers doesn't know. #fieldhearing — Nick Sambides Jr. (@NickSam2BDN) June 1, 2016 Bishop: Would monument work under state management, such as BSP? #fieldhearingStory continues below advertisement. — Nick Sambides Jr. (@NickSam2BDN) June 1, 2016 $2 million not …

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 01, 2016, at 3:32 p.m.
Sannicandro: Quimby staff professed a lack of awareness of conservation easement that would have allowed for multi-use trail. #fieldhearing. — Nick Sambides Jr. (@NickSam2BDN) June 1, 2016 Story continues below advertisement.

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 01, 2016, at 3:31 p.m.
Traham: Quimby pushed out sportsmen's access. #fieldhearing. — Nick Sambides Jr. (@NickSam2BDN) June 1, 2016 Trahan: Most landowners permit traditional Maine uses of lands. Monument "crushes that model" with replacement that denies access.Story continues below advertisement. — Nick Sambides Jr. (@NickSam2BDN) June 1, 2016

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 01, 2016, at 3:26 p.m.
Meyers: 99 percent of Maine snowmobile trails on private lands, thanks to great cooperation with landowners. #fieldhearing. — Nick Sambides Jr. (@NickSam2BDN) June 1, 2016 Story continues below advertisement.

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 01, 2016, at 3:19 p.m.
Meyers: I have a real hard time getting my hands around how these roads can be shared by two pretty incompatible uses. #fieldhearing. — Nick Sambides Jr. (@NickSam2BDN) June 1, 2016 Bishop, committee chairman: @Lucasstclair gave conflicting locations of roadways to proposed national monument. #fieldhearing.Story continues below advertisement. — Nick …

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 01, 2016, at 3:12 p.m.
#fieldhearing crowd observation: Very good mix of monument fans here. Many are wearing t-shirts saying so. — Nick Sambides Jr. (@NickSam2BDN) June 1, 2016 Quimby worked outside national park designation process to help create park momentum, Trahan says. #fieldhearing.Story continues below advertisement. — Nick Sambides Jr. (@NickSam2BDN) June 1, 2016 …

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 01, 2016, at 3:07 p.m.
Trahan: Opposition to monument is "swift and overwhelming." No feasibility study done to examine monument lands. #fieldhearing. — Nick Sambides Jr. (@NickSam2BDN) June 1, 2016 Trahan: Of 12M acres of north woods, 3M protected by conservation easements. A "mistake" to believe national park needed to protect Maine.Story continues below advertisement. …

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 01, 2016, at 3:06 p.m.
Trahan: 92 percent of his organizations members oppose the park/monument. Maine doesn't need national park to access forests. #fieldhearing. — Nick Sambides Jr. (@NickSam2BDN) June 1, 2016 David Trahan of Sportsmen's Alliance of Maine speaking now. His organization opposes the monument. #fieldhearing.Story continues below advertisement. — Nick Sambides Jr. (@NickSam2BDN) …

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 01, 2016, at 2:58 p.m.
Sannicandro: How can region get 300K in visitors annually with a monument smaller than Acadia or Baxter State Park? #fieldhearing. — Nick Sambides Jr. (@NickSam2BDN) June 1, 2016 Sannicandro criticizes monument claims that it will draw some of the Acadia National Park traffic despite being a fraction of the size.Story …

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 01, 2016, at 2:52 p.m.
Stanley: Solutions to Katahdin region problems must come from within the region, not "outside forces" who oppose local will. #fieldhearing. — Nick Sambides Jr. (@NickSam2BDN) June 1, 2016 Stanley: Listing supporters of LD-1600 a bill that would limit federal ability to create monuments in Maine. #fieldhearing.Story continues below advertisement. — …

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 01, 2016, at 2:49 p.m.
Stanley: Monument promises jobs but Baxter State Park's returns don't show many jobs created. #fieldhearing. — Nick Sambides Jr. (@NickSam2BDN) June 1, 2016 Story continues below advertisement.

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 01, 2016, at 2:47 p.m.
Stanley: The forest products industry is critical to Maine. Monument would take 10s of thousands of acres out of growth. #fieldhearing. — Nick Sambides Jr. (@NickSam2BDN) June 1, 2016 State Rep. Steve Stanley, D-Medway, Millinocket Town Councilor Paul Sannicandro, #fieldhearing.Story continues below advertisement. — Nick Sambides Jr. (@NickSam2BDN) June 1, …

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 01, 2016, at 2:45 p.m.
Committee Chairman Rob Bishop calling up five witnesses to testify unsworn: Bob Meyers of Maine Snowmobile Association #fieldhearing. — Nick Sambides Jr. (@NickSam2BDN) June 1, 2016 Story continues below advertisement.

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 01, 2016, at 2:42 p.m.
"There is no threat to this land. The real threat is an ambitious, wealthy family seeking to create its own legacy" — LePage. #fieldhearing — Nick Sambides Jr. (@NickSam2BDN) June 1, 2016 Story continues below advertisement.

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 01, 2016, at 2:39 p.m.
LePage: "No way to check" presidential power, which is distortion of Antiquities Act. #fieldhearing. Quimby land already under conservation. — Nick Sambides Jr. (@NickSam2BDN) June 1, 2016 Story continues below advertisement.

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 01, 2016, at 2:39 p.m.
LePage: Says monument campaign has spent millions in focus groups to convince one person — the president. Calls it a "cut over" forest lot. — Nick Sambides Jr. (@NickSam2BDN) June 1, 2016 Story continues below advertisement.