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Six candidates participate in the Republican U.S. Senate candidate forum at the Franco-American Heritage Center in Lewiston on Wednesday. From left are Attorney General William Schneider, state Sen. Debra Plowman, State Treasurer Bruce Poliquin, Rick Bennett of Oxford, Scott D'Amboise of Lisbon and Secretary of State Charles Summers.

Does interest translate into votes? See which candidates people are reading about

It’s the day before the election, and as we finalize our coverage plans for the following day, talk around the office traditionally turns to who will come out on top when the polls close. This year we offer one more way to cloud any predictions: A look at the traffic …
John Malone (center) is now the United States' largest landowner

Maine’s newest big-time landowner is also the nation’s largest landowner

ELLSWORTH, Maine — A Colorado billionaire who purchased more than 1 million acres of commercial timberland in Maine and New Hampshire earlier this year has officially been crowned the nation’s largest private landowner. John Malone, who is chairman of Liberty Media Corp., edged out his friend and fellow media mogul …
Portland mayoral candidates Michael Brennan, Markos Miller, Ethan Strimling and Nicholas Mavodones line up alongside Portland Education Association President Kathleen Casasa on Tuesday afternoon at Deering High School as Casasa announces the teachers union's slate of four endorsed candidates.

Portland Tomorrow, teachers union, Quimby line up support for mayoral candidates

PORTLAND, Maine — Michael Brennan and Nicholas Mavodones claimed big endorsements for their campaigns Tuesday as the race to become Portland’s first popularly elected mayor since 1923 hit its final month. Candidates Mavodones and Brennan ranked first and second, respectively, in the Portland Education Association’s slate of four endorsed candidates, …
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 …
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, park service director to visit Millinocket

MILLINOCKET, Maine — U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis will visit Millinocket on Thursday to discuss environmentalist Roxanne Quimby‘s proposal to turn 70,000 acres she owns into a national park, officials said Tuesday. Town Manager Eugene Conlogue described the visit as “a …

Leader of SAM faults Katahdin plan State agency accused of bias against hunting

AUGUSTA – Political tensions over the Katahdin Lake land deal escalated Wednesday when the head of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine criticized the leading compromise proposal and implied that state officials were complicit in efforts to close land to hunting. Department of Conservation officials angrily dismissed George Smith’s comments and …

Panel urges more funds for land program

AUGUSTA – A state panel launched a year ago to sort out issues involving public access to private lands declined Wednesday to recommend any legislation, but pressed for additional funding of the Land for Maine’s Future Program. The panel, appointed by Gov. John Baldacci, said more money for the land …

Put a stop to the Maine land grab

John Frachella’s op-ed, “Sovereignty is not just a tribal issue” (BDN, May 27), was right on target. We are losing our state to the out-of-staters – rich individuals, investment groups and a multitude of so-called environmental-conservation organizations with deep pockets. In Washington County a group called the Downeast Lakes Land …

Philanthropist offers to buy building in Guilford for historical society

GUILFORD – A philanthropist has offered to pay the town of Guilford $80,000 for the purchase of the town-owned J. K. Edes Building on Water Street so the local historical society can restore it. During a press conference held Tuesday on the steps of the circa-1850s building, Robert Shaffer, historical …

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, Maine — 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, Maine — 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 …
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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, Maine — 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

MILLINOCKET, Maine — 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 …