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Millinocket Town Council Chairman John Davis speaks during a
meeting on Thursday, July 28, 2011.

Millinocket council says no to Quimby, park feasibility study

Profound anti-federal government sentiments and fears of imperiling paper mill revitalization efforts were among reasons town leaders cited Thursday for opposing environmentalist Roxanne Quimby’s proposal to create a national park. Against the wishes of a downtown business group and the region’s Chamber of Commerce, the Town Council …
Roxanne Quimby (from left); Bob McIntosh, a retired national park official; Mark Leathers, land manger for Eliotsville Plantation; and Dan O'Leary, CEO of Eliotsville Plantation listen to a citizen's question during a National Park Service feasibility study meeting at Schenck High School in East Millinocket.

East Millinocket voters reject national park feasibility study

Voters overwhelmingly opposed a National Park Service feasibility study of Roxanne Quimby’s proposed 70,000-acre national park, voting 513-132 against the idea in unofficial totals compiled late Tuesday, Town Clerk Erica Ingalls said. Five voters left blank ballots. As part of a nonbinding referendum on the subject, …
Rep. Cynthia Dill, D-Cape Elizabeth, gestures while talking with fellow lawmakers in the House chamber at the State House in Augusta in 2010.

Quimby opponents criticize new national park advocacy group

MILLINOCKET | When he heard that a Cape Elizabeth state senator had organized a citizens group to advocate for a 70,000-acre national park proposed by businesswoman and environmentalist Roxanne Quimby because a park would create jobs, Town Councilor Michael Madore immediately thought of a counterproposal, he says. “I will …

Dunk Tank

The recent comments by Roxanne Quimby about Mainers reminded me of dunk tanks used at fairs, events and so forth…
Roxanne Quimby (left)

Quimby parks post stirs controversy

The term “natural resources” means different things to different people. In Maine, the dividing line often falls between the state’s forest products industry and those with a …
Roxanne Quimby presents "Economic Benefits of National Parks on Gateway Communities" on Monday, July 18, 2011, at Stearns High School in Millinocket. Quimby, a conservationist and founder of Burt's Bees, is hoping to develop a Maine Woods National Park in the region and cites the economic success of communities in Colorado and Alaska as incentive for Millinocket residents to embrace the idea of reinventing itself as a national park gateway communitiy.

Snowe, Collins skeptical of Quimby’s park proposal

MILLINOCKET | Roxanne Quimby sees a national park as part of her potential legacy and hopes to make a gift of 70,000 acres for a park to the federal government in 2016. But the millionaire co-founder of Burt’s Bees and noted environmentalist said during a meeting at Stearns High …
Gov. Paul LePage

Twelve Maine newsmakers to watch in 2012

What will dominate the headlines in Maine now that 2011 is over and 2012 is beginning to unfold? Count on reading plenty about the latest developments in the administration of Gov. Paul LePage. There will undoubtedly be ongoing controversy regarding the proposed national park in the Maine woods. Ditto the …
EDITORIALS
In this Jan. 28, 2011 photo, clouds hide the summit of Mount Katahdin in Baxter State Park, in this view from land owned by Roxanne Quimby in Township 3, Range 8, Maine. Quimby, the founder of Burts Bees, wants to donate 70,000 acres east of Baxter to the federal government with the aim of creating a Maine Woods National Park.

Park study would help Katahdin region identify opportunities

State government and Maine’s congressional delegation are loathe to show support for a national park plan for the Katahdin region, probably because doing so would risk political opposition with little gain. The federal government, likely in the early years of an extended lean era, will not readily take on the …

Maine

If you are trying to sell the people of Maine the idea of a state park…the quotes Roxanne Quimby had attributed to her won’t help.
Wassataquoik Stream flows through Township 3, Range 8, Maine, on land owned by Roxanne Quimby, in January 2011. Quimby has offered to donate a 70,000-acre parcel she owns to create a national park adjacent to the state's Baxter Park. Former state Senate president Charles Pray wants a study that looks beyond the scope of a national park's possible effects on tourism and looks at its broader implications.

Former Maine Senate president calls for broader study on proposed national park

MILLINOCKET | As a public debate over a northern Maine national park becomes politicized, a former Maine Senate president is calling for a broader look at the future uses of the region. Charles Pray, who represented the region encompassing the park for nearly two decades, said he wants a …

Correcting the record

A story on Page One of Thursday’s paper regarding the termination of leases on land owned by Roxanne Quimby contained the wrong dateline. The correct dateline is Township 5, Range 8.

Quimby’s fortune

As a staunch advocate of property rights, I wholeheartedly support Roxanne Quimby’s right to set the rules for the use of her property. That notwithstanding, what is one to think of an individual who makes a fortune through the development of natural resources, then uses that fortune to deny others …
Linda Bean holds a hat from The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida which features a lobster in her Freeport restaurant in October 2011.

11 to watch in 2011 — where are they now?

On Jan. 1, 2011, the Bangor Daily News named 11 people to watch in the coming year. Some of them were household names, others were newcomers to the state’s political and economic landscape, a handful worked relatively quietly in their fields of endeavor. Not all of them fared well as …

Lucky Maine

My wife and I visit Maine when we can and love it. We eat lobsters on the coast and relax by the lakes. Having a large national park in Maine would be wonderful thing. The eastern part of the US needs more parks for recreation, wildlife habitat and forest preservation. …

Burt’s Bee co-founder to be speaker at Unity

UNITY – The WE Lead Program, a women’s environmental leadership organization at Unity College, will host Burt’s Bees co-founder Roxanne Quimby from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19, in the school library. The presentation, part of Unity’s Distinguished Speaker series, will be an intimate fireside chat as Quimby will …

Preserve Maine Traditions Camden discussion to be held March 6

CAMDEN, Maine — Preserve Maine Traditions (PMT) will present a panel discussion at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, at the Camden Public Library. The discussion is in opposition to the park proposal for Northern Maine put forth by RESTORE and Roxanne Quimby. PMT is a citizens group committed to preserving …

Shares Quimby’s views

I applaud Roxanne Quimby’s vision and purchases of land for a national park. There is certainly enough land for a conservatorship and for the lumber industry. Our state is beautiful and we want to have it to enjoy for perpetuity. Quimby is joining the company of Percival Baxter, John Muir, …
POLL QUESTION
Gov. Paul LePage, with his wife, Ann LePage, gives a thumbs-up while being introduced as Maine's next governor during his inauguration in Augusta, Maine, on Jan. 5, 2011.

AP’s top Maine story for 2011: Gov. LePage’s first year in office

PORTLAND | Gov. Paul LePage’s first year in office was filled with a whirlwind of controversy and blunt talk as the tea party favorite, backed by the first Republican-controlled Legislature since the 1960s, sought to overhaul government. The Republican governor’s first year in office, along with the GOP’s return …

Give Quimby a break

Every time I read another letter from a detractor of Roxanne Quimby, I can be sure it will be filled with half truths designed to mislead and misinform. Being part of the human race, I believe there is no perfect business. One can argue that the business I am in, …
MOWING THE ASTROTURF (blog)

Maine Draft GOP Platform Opposes National Park

Over the last few weeks, the draft proposal for the “new” Maine GOP Party platform statement has raised a few eyebrows, but one of the most remarkable things about the new document is a minor addition from the Mane “Tea Party” backed platform approved in 2010. 5. Oppose all attempts …