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Piscataquis County panel urged to fund development

DOVER-FOXCROFT – A regional official encouraged Piscataquis County commissioners Tuesday to fully fund the Piscataquis County Economic Development Council. Philomena Marshall, chairman of the Moosehead Development Council, which represents Moosehead Lake-area businesses and community leaders, advised commissioners in a letter that the wood composites incubator center proposed for Greenville would …

Windmill waiting

Your July 10 front-page article featuring Roxanne Quimby’s one-woman pursuit of a national park in northern Maine made me think, what a shame that Piscataquis County’s only daily newspaper would be willing to make such a big deal out of something which will never come to pass. Quimby’s purchase of …

Officials bash plan for visitors center

GREENVILLE – Local officials on Wednesday sent a message to Roxanne Quimby, who reportedly intends to open a visitors center in Monson for a proposed national park and preserve in northern Maine. “We told her to take a hike,” Greenville Town Manager John Simko said Thursday. Quimby, a self-made millionaire …

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 …

Grant allows for more field trips to UMaine

A $15,000 Quimby Family Foundation grant will allow more children enrolled in schools in Penobscot, Piscataquis, Washington, Waldo, Hancock and Aroostook counties to visit the Hudson …

North Woods park unhealthy for Maine’s forests and economy

Since 1881 my family has owned and operated a white pine sawmill in Searsmont employing 110 men and women. Much of our log supply comes from Northern Maine, so naturally we are concerned about future supply. There has been a lot of talk about wood supply regarding the proposed national …

Quimby’s views of Maine, for Maine are flawed

As a representative of the “very tight-knit group of industry people who own, manage and call the shots,” as described by Roxanne Quimby in her recent interview with Forbes, I find myself insulted but no longer surprised by her accusations (“Roxanne Quimby calls Maine a ‘welfare state,’” BDN, Oct. 8). …
Corey Smith of Orrington weighs his 190-pound, 11-point buck at the Kozy Korner store in Orrington on Saturday, October 29, 2011. Smith says he spotted the buck emerging from a cedar swamp in Orrington before he dropped it.

Readers unite in favor of residents-only opening day

On Saturday, I did what we columnists often do: I stuck my neck out. It didn’t take long before readers did what they often do in response: They lopped my head off (fortunately, only figuratively). If you missed the column and the resulting online melee, here’s all you need to …

Baldacci heralds forestland initiatives

DOVER-FOXCROFT – Solutions to problems that face Maine’s natural resource-based industries must come from a concerted effort that not only involves the state, but also the forest products industry, conservation groups and those connected to outdoor recreation, Gov. John Baldacci said Wednesday. To bring all the key players involved in …

Robber barons in Maine

My wife and I recently returned from our camp on Moosehead Lake near Seboomook Landing where we spent an idyllic two weeks. No boats or tourists – just loons, mergansers, moose and susurrus lap of the waves. I could fish at my favorite spots along the West Branch without worrying …

Winter Harbor bistro plans to reopen

WINTER HARBOR – An upscale restaurant that has become a local landmark will open this summer after all. Bar Harbor restaurateur Michael Boland has agreed to lease Mama’s Boy Bistro from owner Roxanne Quimby. He plans to open Friday, July 1. That gives Boland about two weeks to choose a …
Charles Pray

Millinocket offers former Senate president job as interim town manager

MILLINOCKET, Maine – Former Maine Senate President Charles Pray will be interim town manager if he accepts an offer the town has made, Town Council Chairman John Davis said Friday. A Millinocket resident and one of three finalists to replace departing Town Manager Eugene Conlogue, Pray was a state senator …
The trench and blockage on the old Quarry Brook Road.

Quimby gates more of her land in Piscataquis County

BARNARD PLANTATION | Millionaire philanthropist and landowner Roxanne Quimby has apparently gated more logging roads on Piscataquis County land she owns near Northwest Ridge Road in Barnard Plantation, a county official said Wednesday. Brad Smith, a resident of Sangerville who owns a camp in the area, said Quimby’s workers …

Maine should hold its fire on North Woods park

A Maine Woods National Park isn’t going to become a reality any time soon. The National Park Service doesn’t have the resources to manage the properties it already owns and vocal opposition in Maine has kept the state’s congressional delegation lukewarm, if not outright cold, toward the idea. But, rather …

Baldacci, conservationists celebrate land deal

AUGUSTA | Gov. John Baldacci joined Millinocket area representatives and conservation groups on Friday to celebrate the completion of a conservation deal to protect more than 2,400 acres …

LePage mistakenly goes after Stephen King. King responds.

Gov. LePage has been claiming that people move away to places like Florida because they want to reduce taxes. That flies in the face of the reality that people in cold climates, throughout the United States, no matter their state taxes, have been moving south for the winter. I mean, …
Cynthia Dill, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, pets a puppy while campaigning in Auburn on July Fourth.

Dill brings in $66,000 in second quarter

Democrat Cynthia Dill brought in $66,000 in contributions to her U.S. Senate campaign between April 1 and June 30, according to the latest finance report the campaign has filed with the Federal Election Commission. Dill’s campaign spent almost $47,000 during the reporting period, leaving the organization with $28,000 in cash …

Newly opened Cabela’s store in Scarborough worth the trip

New Cabela’s worth the trip For sporting shoppers, browsersDuring the month of November, outdoor enthusiasts in these parts are likely to hear one question, over and over, from fellow members of the blaze-orange fraternity. “Get your deer yet?” other hunters will ask. This spring, another question has become equally popular, …

Boundary plans please Baxter group

WATERVILLE – Baxter State Park has been protected forever as “the people’s park.” But hundreds of thousands of acres of land around the park’s border – most of which are visible from atop Mount Katahdin – could be transformed into clear-cuts or housing developments at any time. Friends of Baxter …

Quimby could better use her money investing in Katahdin region economic development

The noose is getting tighter. I attended the recent meeting in Millinocket where I listened to Roxanne Quimby extol the virtues of a Maine Woods or North Woods National Park. Mayors from Estes Park and Grand Lake, Colo., were part of a three-hour show like no other I have attended. …