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I read with empathy and concern about the tribulations of the Mingo family (“Millinocket braces for layoffs”, BDN, Aug. 6) as they struggle with the grim economic realities of Northern Penobscot and Piscataquis Counties. Millinocket, with its reliance on the rapidly diminishing forest products industry, is a particularly hard hit …

Old timber not unique

I have read numerous articles in the BDN about the 220-acre area of old timber near Big Wilson Stream in Elliotsville Township that is owned by Plum Creek Timber Co. In the July 25 BDN, Kevin Miller writes about the issue of protecting versus harvesting this area and notes that …

Mainers are fed up

Karen Woodsum, in her op-ed piece of July 28-29, thinks it is unfortunate that meaningful discussion of options for Maine’s forests is lost in the polarizing and inflammatory reaction to every private land transaction. She is, of course, trying to defend Roxanne Quimby’s purchases of land in Piscataquis County. Woodsum …

North Woods park focus of Brewer forum

BREWER – Roxanne Quimby, co-founder of Burt’s Bees and a private landowner with visions of establishing a national park in the North Maine Woods, will be the guest speaker at the next Industrial Forestry Forum Northeastern Technical Division meeting on Thursday, Dec. 4 at Jeff’s Catering. The topic will be …

Harsh lesson for L-P

It is unfortunate that the Louisiana-Pacific OSB plant in Baileyville is being closed because of a lack of wood supply. Demand and price for their product is sky high at this time; not the time to be closed down. This situation should serve as a lesson to L-P and all …

What part of ‘no’ …?

When my children were small, they used to try to sneak things by my wife and me. Seeing this coming, we would look at them in disbelief and say, “… and exactly what part of ‘no’ don’t you understand?” This came to mind after reading Will LaPage and Roxanne Quimby’s …
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ClickBack on Tax Votes

  This week, a proposal to put tax hikes before state voters tops the list of ClickBack questions for editorial page readers. We also want your thoughts on limits to the presidential power to wage war, Roxanne Quimby’s park plan and Geraldine Ferraro. To participate, visit bangordailynews.com and select the …

THE QUIMBY BYPASS

Last month, the state’s plan to acquire land around Katahdin Lake to add to Baxter State Park became more complicated when preservationist Roxanne Quimby bought adjacent land. The state quickly put the project back on track by deciding to build a road across state land to access the Katahdin Lake …
<h4 class="blackHed"><a href="http://bangordailynews.com/2011/03/25/news/maine-warden-service-pilot-crashes-plane-in-piscataquis-county/">25. Maine Warden pilot crashes in Piscataquis County</a></h4>
Daryl Gordon, a 25-year veteran of the Maine Warden Service, died in March when <a href="http://bangordailynews.com/2011/03/25/news/maine-warden-service-pilot-crashes-plane-in-piscataquis-county/">his plane crashed in a remote section of Piscataquis County</a>. The National Transportation Safety Board, which investigated the incident, said <a href="http://bangordailynews.com/2011/04/14/news/ntsb-report-notes-lengthy-debris-field-in-crash-that-killed-longtime-warden-pilot/">debris was scattered across 350 feet</a> and that there was extensive damage to the main cabin.

The 25 most-read stories of 2011

For many communities in Maine, 2011 was a year of tragedy, with death shocking small towns such as Dexter, Frankfort, Winterport and Dover-Foxcroft. Stories involving children, such as the ongoing search for 20-month-old Ayla Reynolds, who disappeared from her father’s residence in Waterville, hit especially close to home for many people. …
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National park information overload

What transpired at the Millinocket Town Council meeting on June 23, came as somewhat of a surprise. On that night, four councilors decided they needed more information about a potential national park. One after another, those who were in favor of the park said they needed more information, though their …

Fools and their money

The July 10 article regarding the purchase of land by Roxanne Quimby for a possible national park in northern Maine is unwelcome and not supported by the people in this part of the state. In addition to the general populace, 10 counties, 32 communities and three agencies plus Gov. King, …

East Millinocket school leaders deadlock on park feasibility study

The school committee will take no position on having a feasibility study done on environmentalist Roxanne Quimby’s proposal to create a 70,000-acre national park next to Baxter State Park, but not willingly. With very little discussion, committee members voted 2-2 on whether to support a feasibility …

Company official defends Irving’s recent land sale

MILLINOCKET – A J.D. Irving Ltd. official said Wednesday that the company’s recent sale of more than 70,000 acres west of Baxter State Park was spurred by the land’s value beyond traditional timber activities. In November, two Maine logging contractors inked separate deals with the Canadian company for 47,000 acres, …

RESTORE: Park idea gaining energy

LEWISTON – The leader of a move to create a federal park in Maine’s North Woods says the cause is gaining momentum and the time is near to take the plan to Washington. Jym St. Pierre, the Maine director of RESTORE: The North Woods, said his goal is to persuade …

Quimby paid her way

As the owner of a modest parcel of undeveloped land on Brewer Lake, I am confused as to what all the fuss is over Roxanne Quimby’s proposed use of her own land. Is there a law in Maine that requires her to give access to loggers, hunters, trappers or recreation …

UMM honors former president

MACHIAS – Amid the celebration of the 93rd commencement at the University of Maine at Machias on Saturday, a sad occurrence was remembered. President John Joseph collapsed moments before the graduation ceremony and died of a heart attack just a year ago. Joseph was honored alongside 82 students who received …

Joy entitled to publicity

Regarding the article, “Section of Rep. Joy bill just a publicity stunt” (BDN, Jan. 25), I have to suggest that this is unfortunately the only way the opposition of the national park plan can get attention. Unlike many bills that go through the Legislature, with an abundance of laws and …

Quimby’s Maine life

Thank God for people like Roxanne Quimby, who can afford to buy enough land to ensure that the Maine woods aren’t completely used up by the minority of Mainers who would shoot, trap and harass our wildlife and what remains of our forests. Conservation Commissioner Pat McGowan long ago showed …

Piscataquis panel limits ATVs on 2 key roads

DOVER-FOXCROFT – The saying that persistence pays off certainly hasn’t been the case for the Bodfish ATV Riders. For the fourth consecutive year, the all-terrain vehicle club sought permission from Piscataquis County commissioners to use the Borestone Mountain Sanctuary Road to Bodfish Valley and the Onawa Road as connectors to …

Honey of a deal: Clorox to acquire Burt’s Bees

MORRISVILLE, N.C. – Clorox Co., looking to expand into the natural beauty products business, said Wednesday it would purchase lip balm maker Burt’s Bees for $925 million. Burt’s Bees, which got its start in Maine and is now based in Morrisville, N.C., makes beauty products that contain at least 95 …