Stories about Eugene Conlogue

The John A. Millar Civic Center in Houlton.

Houlton council, community still concerned about costly Millar Civic Center

By Jen Lynds on May 17, 2013, at 6:26 p.m.
There is little dispute among residents of Houlton or surrounding communities that the Millar Civic Center is a gem that enriches life in the area, particularly in the winter. But gems cost money, and for the past few years, the center has cost a lot more than …
Peggy Daigle receives the Maine Town and City Management Association's 2010 Leadership Award.

Millinocket offers Peggy Daigle town manager job

By Nick Sambides Jr. on March 06, 2013, at 3:43 p.m.
After more than 30 years in town government, the last thing Peggy Daigle wanted was another government job, she said Wednesday. “I really wanted to have a life,” said the 60-year-old grandmother of two. “I was looking forward to the next phase of my life.” But the …
Eugene Conlogue

Millinocket poised to hire temporary successor to departing town manager

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 13, 2012, at 7:37 p.m.
Town Council members expect to hire a temporary replacement for departing Town Manager Eugene Conlogue on Friday, Chairman John Davis said Thursday. Councilors voted 4-2 to accept Conlogue’s resignation, 7-0 to extend his contract to his Oct. 5 departure date and 6-0 to hire Maine Municipal Association …
Millinocket Town Manager Eugene Conlogue argues against a proposed 70,000-acre national park before the Penobscot County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012.

Millinocket town manager to leave for Houlton position

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 05, 2012, at 4:58 p.m.
Town Manager Eugene Conlogue, perhaps best known for his opposition to Roxanne Quimby’s proposed national park, will resign early next month to become Houlton’s town manager, officials said Wednesday. The Houlton Town Council will formally vote to appoint Conlogue on Monday. Councilors interviewed him for the second …
Roxanne Quimby

Penobscot County commissioners to discuss Quimby park plan

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 17, 2012, at 8:12 p.m.
MILLINOCKET, Maine – Town Manager Eugene Conlogue will ask Penobscot County leaders to oppose Roxanne Quimby’s proposed national park, even as the philanthropist’s son says he continues to search for the best use of her 70,000 acres. Speaking as a prominent member of the Maine Woods Coalition, Conlogue will address …

Millinocket leaders to meet Thursday to consider school budget

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 06, 2012, at 7:45 p.m.
Town leaders will decide Thursday whether to accept a no-frills $6.63 million school budget that holds the local taxpayer contribution to last year’s levels, officials said Monday. The Town Council will meet at 4:30 p.m. to vote on the proposed 2012-13 budget. Councilors informally reached an agreement …
Paul LePage

Millinocket rejects settling $216,000 dispute with LePage

By Nick Sambides Jr. on May 10, 2012, at 8:34 p.m.
More than an hour of torturous debate ended when the Town Council voted Thursday not to settle a dispute with Gov. Paul LePage over $216,000 in withheld state funds. With the vote, the council decided to not yet accept $504,000 in Sudden and Severe Impact funds, which …
Maine Gov. Paul LePage

LePage says Millinocket leaders broke word on landfill deal, withholds $216K

By Nick Sambides Jr. on March 07, 2012, at 2:52 p.m.
The state will withhold about $216,000 in aid from Millinocket because town officials broke an agreement to share Dolby landfill operating costs, Gov. Paul LePage’s spokeswoman said Wednesday. The spokeswoman, Adrienne Bennett, announced that East Millinocket and Millinocket will each get about $504,000 in Sudden and Severe …

Is East Millinocket’s Dolby landfill the next Juniper Ridge?

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Dec. 09, 2011, at 5:02 p.m.
Operating the Dolby landfill could cost the state as much as $46.5 million over the next 30 years but it could earn many more times that if it becomes a regional trash dump like Juniper Ridge, officials say. Exactly what to do with the landfill has …
Millinocket Town Manager Eugene Conlogue

National Park Service chief outlines goals of feasibility study

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Nov. 01, 2011, at 8:46 p.m.
MILLINOCKET, Maine – Local sentiment for and against a new national park would be considered, but Congress, the Department of the Interior and the National Park Service would determine the uses of the 70,000 acres conservationist Roxanne Quimby proposes giving to the park service in 2016, according to a letter …

With statewide ATV trail open, Millinocket leaders approve spur into downtown

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Oct. 12, 2011, at 10:14 p.m.
Now that the Katahdin region has an ATV trail linked to a statewide network, town workers will create a spur extending the trail into downtown to improve the local economy. As proposed by Town Councilor John Raymond and approved by a 7-0 council vote on Thursday, the …

Millinocket council to set TIF, taxes for potential mills buyer

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 06, 2011, at 1:27 p.m.
Town leaders hope to meet in special session on Wednesday to set a new tax incentive agreement and property taxes for a possible buyer of the two Katahdin region paper mills, Town Manager Eugene Conlogue said Tuesday. Details on the tax-increment financing deal and Cate Street Capital …
In this Jan. 28, 2011 photo, snowmobilers take in the scenery on a parcel of land sandwiched in between land owned by conservationist Roxanne Quimby in Township 5, Range 8, Maine.

Quimby says confirmation of snowmobilers’ access to her land ‘premature’

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 02, 2011, at 5:40 p.m.
MILLINOCKET | Entrepreneur Roxanne Quimby has called “premature” a report that she and her land manager had reached a settlement with regional snowmobile clubs and dropped an implied threat to close snowmobile trails running through her lands this winter if snowmobile clubs failed to support her proposed national park. …
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar

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

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 16, 2011, at 5:34 p.m.
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 …

Brookfield grants Katahdin paper mills another reprieve

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 26, 2011, at 7:34 p.m.
EAST MILLINOCKET | The Toronto-based corporation that owns the two Katahdin region paper mills is giving Gov. Paul LePage more time to close a deal with a potential buyer of the mills, he said Tuesday. “We are cautiously optimistic that a deal can be reached to re-establish the long …

Millinocket seeking ATV enforcement grants

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 14, 2011, at 9:25 p.m.
Town leaders are applying for two grants that will help pay police for ATV enforcement patrols in town and on the Katahdin region’s first multiuse recreational trail network, which tentatively is slated to open on Labor Day. The Town Council voted 7-0 on Thursday to seek two …

Millinocket to dog owners: Scoop the poop, or else

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 28, 2011, at 12:32 p.m.
People who allow their dogs to defecate on town property do not have a friend in Eugene Conlogue. Known for his genial nature and a dry, laid-back sense of humor, the town manager became animated at a Town Council meeting last week, warning residents to scoop the …
Though the word is that a deal to buy two Katahdin region paper mills is being held up by a lack of softwoods, industry insiders believe that the lack of wood at the right price is the real impediment. Here Treeline Inc. woodyard foreman Robert Bailey cuts tree trunks with a slasher at the Lincoln business on Friday, June 24, 2011.

State representative: Lack of wood preventing sale of Katahdin mills

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 24, 2011, at 6:07 p.m.
MILLINOCKET | A lack of wood is one of several logjams preventing a Chinese investor from buying both Katahdin region paper mills for $1, one of the area’s state representatives says, though industry insiders say the wood’s affordability might be the real issue. Rep. Herbert Clark, D-Millinocket, told the Town …
Millinocket resident and businesswoman Wendy Polstein speaks to the Millinocket Town Council at a meeting on Thursday, June 23, 2011. She told councilors that a national park could help forestall an exodus of town residents caused by the closure of the Katahdin region's last paper mill.

Millinocket residents argue about Roxanne Quimby’s national park idea

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 23, 2011, at 2:51 p.m.
MILLINOCKET, Maine ― Roxanne Quimby has another chance to sell town leaders on a national park. Almost 2½ hours of discussion on a resolve condemning efforts to create a park ended Thursday with the Town Council voting to table the matter until Quimby presents her national park plan at a …

Katahdin region gets $75,000 for mill closure

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 09, 2011, at 7:53 p.m.
EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine – It’s nothing like a windfall, but the closing of the Main Street paper mill leaves the region’s economic development board with an additional $75,000 to help revitalize the Katahdin area’s economy, officials said Thursday. Mill owner Brookfield Asset Management Co. gave the money to the Katahdin …