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Chancellor names four finalists for UMaine president

A search committee to replace University of Maine President Robert Kennedy, who is stepping down, has identified four finalists for the position.

An incredible collection of old-time stuff

Earlier this summer “Joey Green’s Incredible Country Store: Potions, Notions and Elixirs of the Past and How to Make Them Today” by, of course, Joey Green appeared on my desk. I took it home, thinking I’d take a long look at it some Sunday afternoon while I was enjoying a …

Fundraising next job for Baxter deal $11.5M, timberland trade elements of lake acquisition

Now that the political wrangling is over, the architects of a plan to add Katahdin Lake to Baxter State Park are gearing up for the next big challenge: Raising the money to seal the deal. Sam Hodder, senior project manager for the Trust for Public Land, said his nonprofit now …

Environmentalists propose coastal no-fishing zones

If you think the crop of No Hunting signs sprouting in this neck of the woods is enough to sour the chowder, brace your feet because what you are about to read will curdle your coffee. A recent Coastal Conservation Association newsletter states that environmental extremists and their bureaucratic cronies …

Longtime park chief honored Buzz Caverly worked to preserve Baxter

ORONO – Eric Baxter remembered how a parade of job candidates, some from across the country, applied to become director of Baxter State Park in 1981. The nephew of Gov. Percival Baxter, the man who established the park for the people of Maine, recalled feeling daunted by the responsibility of …
Sen. Doug Thomas, R-Ripley

LePage’s anti-park bill draws lots of support during first hearing

AUGUSTA | Describing it as a needed curb against unwanted federal intrusion into Maine affairs, a dozen people spoke Tuesday on behalf of Gov. Paul LePage’s bill apparently aimed at preventing another national park from coming to the state. Supporters of LePage’s LD 1828, “An Act To Limit Consent …
Lucas St. Clair steers a square stern canoe on the East Branch of the Penobscot River into an area where Elliotsville Plantation Inc. has opened 40,000 acres to hunting and other recreational use.

St. Clair pitches national park, invites crowd to use Katahdin Woods & Waters Recreation Area

BANGOR | Just days after the state Legislature killed a bill that could have complicated his goal of establishing a national park in northern Maine, Lucas St. Clair explained the plan — again — to a Bangor Public Library crowd on Tuesday evening. At an event organized by the …
Lucas St. Clair speaks during a meeting of the Lincoln Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday.

Talking up the national park: St. Clair answers critics, says proposal would create jobs

LINCOLN, Maine – Lucas St. Clair says if he were to turn the 150,000-acre area proposed for a national park and recreation area over to the logging industry, it would produce 53 jobs, according to a study by a University of Maine economist. But the son of environmentalist and entrepreneur …
Lucas St. Clair pitches his proposal for a 150,000-acre national park and recreation area at a Penobscot County commissioners meeting in Bangor on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2014.

Penobscot County commissioners divided on whether national park would help faltering Katahdin region

BANGOR | Penobscot County’s commissioners are divided on a proposal to establish a 150,000-acre national park and recreation area in the Katahdin region. Commissioner Peter Baldacci is vehemently supportive, arguing the park would boost the economy in a region where the historically dominant paper industry appears to be in …
POLL QUESTION
East Millinocket Selectman Mark Marston reads a statement during an anti-national park forum held by the Lincoln Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday.

Katahdin-area residents attend forum on proposed national park, skeptical of benefits

LINCOLN | Rep. Beth Turner, R-Burlington, said after a forum Wednesday on a proposed 150,000-acre national park in the Katahdin region that she doesn’t believe that the virtues of the park would outweigh its flaws. She and several of the 28 people who attended the Lincoln Lakes Region Chamber …
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Burt Shavitz of Burt’s Bees shares his photographic past

BANGOR, Maine — Most people know his face from a logo for the popular personal care product line he helped build. But before Burt Shavitz, the face of Burt’s Bees, and his business turned into a global sensation, he was a photographer living and working in New York City in …
SAM NEWS

SAM Executive Director’s Report

Good things are happening at the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine. In less than six months our membership has increased by more than 1,000 people, and the good will we have earned with our new emphasis on youth and family has earned us a new look from many sportsmen and outdoor …
Mike Michaud

Michaud opposes feasibility study of Quimby’s national park plan

The campaign for a National Park Service study of the feasibility of Roxanne Quimby’s proposed national park might suffer now that U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud has declared his opposition to such an analysis. In a statement Friday, the 2nd District Democrat questioned the utility of a study Quimby wants done …

Quimby: Snowmobile clubs can use trails this year

AUGUSTA | Environmentalist Roxanne Quimby’s land manager apparently backed off Wednesday on an implied threat to close snowmobile trails running through her lands for at least this winter if snowmobile clubs failed to support her proposed national park. “On behalf of Elliotsville Plantation, Inc. (EPI), I’m writing to inform …

Sharp words cause Millinocket to reconsider Chamber funding

The Town Council is reconsidering whether to fund the Chamber of Commerce after receiving what they considered disrespectful emails from Chamber members before the council’s 6-0 vote opposing a Chamber-supported feasibility study of a national park. Katahdin Area Chamber of Commerce President Chip Lamson, who did not …
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Why the Millinocket Town Council opposes a national park

The town of Millinocket has a long history of working on issues related to proposals for a national park in this area. RESTORE: The North Woods has wanted to create a 3.2 million-acre national park that would be almost the size of Connecticut and consume the heart of Maine’s wood …
Dormant rails lead to the shuttered paper mill in Millinocket. Photographed Friday morning, Sept, 16, 2011.

New GNP to celebrate one-year anniversary on Oct. 25

EAST MILLINOCKET | Gov. Paul LePage and his forest products advisor Rosaire Pelletier are among the key players who will be invited to help the new Great Northern Paper Co. LLC celebrate its one-year anniversary on Oct. 25, the company’s spokesman said. “It is a great achievement, and the …

Advocate promotes North Woods park

FORT KENT | There is little chance the forests and wild lands of northern Maine can ever be returned to their pristine state, but a group of conservationists sees no reason they can’t be at least partially restored and protected for generations to come. RESTORE: The North Woods has …

8,000-acre land deal in trouble Valley parcel lies east of Katahdin Lake

AUGUSTA – An 8,000-acre land deal that was key to adding Katahdin Lake to Baxter State Park is on the ropes because the property owners want more money than the state is offering. Just when state lawmakers thought they had put last year’s Katahdin Lake controversy behind them, word trickled …

Plum Creek delays tree harvest

Plum Creek Timber Co. officials said they are talking with several buyers interested in protecting a rare, 220-acre forest near Elliotsville containing trees older than the state of Maine itself.