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Highway will ruin state

So, there we have another promise of economic prosperity, backed by a federally funded $1 million (taxpayer) study (“Maine may be central to ‘Atlantica’; east-west corridor could secure economic region’s growth, experts say,” BDN, Jan. 21-22). Needless to say the current administration strongly encourages oil-driven economy, big corporations and cuts …

Quimby purchase concerns panel Sale ‘disappointing’ for recreation fans

AUGUSTA – A working group that is expected to follow up on a land deal expanding Baxter State Park convened Monday and immediately took up a more recent development – a 25,000-acre purchase nearby by conservationist Roxanne Quimby. Members of the ad hoc group brought together by Gov. John Baldacci …

Manage state’s wildlife

I noted with interest the article (BDN, Sept. 14) about Roxanne Quimby’s potential plan to put 23,000 more acres of land off-limits to hunters and trappers. This amount of land, to go along with the land she has already purchased, is a stag-gering amount to be off-limits. An article of …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Quimby’s stated policy

Regarding the article, “Maine forestlands in times of change/Conservationists at state bar meeting share views on North Woods” (BDN, Jan. 21). I must respond to certain remarks by Roxanne Quimby. She states that a nationalpark would “sell” environmental values to Americans, and that residents of northern Maine would reap the …

East Millinocket school leaders deadlock on park feasibility study

EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine — 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 …

Guilford native to build on Braeburn Block

GUILFORD – It was the cooperative spirit, the financing and the use of local services that convinced selectmen on Tuesday to accept unanimously a California couple’s proposal to develop the Braeburn Block. That proposal, one of two submitted, also was the one recommended by the local economic development board. Guilford …

Burt’s Bees deal clears hurdle

WASHINGTON – Clorox Co. has received antitrust clearance to acquire personal-care product company Burt’s Bees for $925 million, U.S. regulators said Wednesday. Burt’s Bees, which was founded in Maine and is now based in Morrisville, N.C., makes lip balm and beauty products that contain at least 95 percent natural ingredients. …

Generous Plum Creek

As I write this letter, one of my sons, Arthur, is now somewhere up in the St. John River area setting up a tent for the upcoming moose hunt. He said to me that this area requires $12 a night just to be in this country. It’s not like when …

Popular Hancock restaurant changes ownership

HANCOCK – A popular local restaurant will be under new ownership when it opens for the season in a few weeks, but it’s likely diners will notice nothing different. Longtime owner Nicole Purslow has sold Le Domaine Inn & Restaurant on Route 1 to Winter Harbor native and Philadelphia philanthropist …