Telephone town hall meeting will discuss national park

MILLINOCKET, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Those who still have questions about the long debated proposed Katahdin Woods And Waters National Park will have the chance to get answers at a teleconference town hall meeting on Wednesday night.

The national park and recreation area would be located on lands east of Baxter State Park, much of which is owned by Roxanne Quimby, who's been trying to bring another national park to Maine for some time. The plan includes 75,000 acres for the national park and another 75,000 acres for hunting, snowmobiling and other recreational activities. Quimby also wants to put $40 million in a trust for the park's future.

Chairlift failure at Sugarloaf; several injured

CARRBASSETT VALLEY, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Four people were injured Saturday after a chairlift incident on the King Pine chairlift at Sugarloaf Mountain.

Multiple witnesses tell NEWS CENTER the lift came to a stop, and then started moving backwards, causing people to fall from it.

Sugarloaf officials say the incident happened around 11:30 a.m.

Mountain safety personnel are at the scene and working to get everyone off the lifts safely.

We will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.

EMCC introduces new outdoor tourism program

MILLINOCKET, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Eastern Maine Community College in Millinocket is embracing the region's natural beauty with a new program that could bring more people to the area to live and work.

The new Outdoor Recreation and Tourism program is a two-year associate degree program. Students will be trained in guiding and outfitting of outdoor excursions along with management, customer service and hospitality.

The goal is to attract people to the area and promote year round outdoor tourism in the region, as well as attract new residents and business owners.

Pay It Forward: Become a Pine Tree Hospice Volunteer

Pine Tree Hospice will offer its CORE training for volunteers during the week of April 12-18th.  The 11 hour training prepares individuals to support hospice clients in their home or at a healthcare facility.  The training is free and open to both men and women in the community.


There are 450,000 hospice volunteers in the United States.  Hospice programs care for 60 percent of all dying patients each year, a total of 1.5 million.  Because of lack of information, patients and their families seldom take advantage of all the hospice services that are available.  This is unfortunate, since hospice can enrich the end of life experience, creating a way to live out our lives with dignity and purpose.  


Former mill workers go back to school

EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The people of East Millinocket are not strangers to the struggle that comes after a paper mill closes. The mill there has opened and closed several times over the years, but, for those former mill workers, the hope of a restart is now replaced by a desire to seek other opportunities.

Going back to school can be extremely intimidating, especially if it's to learn an entirely new career when you're only about a decade from retirement, which is the case for many ex-mill workers in East Millinocket.

East Millinocket to vote on national park, again

EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- East Millinocket is giving the town's residents another chance to vote on creating a national park on 75,000 acres of nearby forested land owned by Roxanne Quimby and her son Lucas St. Clair.

In 2011, the town rejected the proposal of the North Woods national park in a private vote. Now the town's Chairman of the Board of Selectmen said changes to the proposal would allow snowmobiling, hunting, fishing and other traditional outdoor activities that many people might not know about.

Those opposed to the plan fear that federal regulation of the park would affect the area's forest product industry, ruin any potential for the paper mill to reopen, and only create seasonal jobs. However, the chairman said the town needs to start taking steps towards rebuilding the local economy.

Economic Analyst suggests school consolidation

MILLINOCKET, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A consultant letter to the town of Millinocket said that if officials don't consolidate their schools, the community is putting another nail in the town's coffin.

A Virginia economic development firm offered free services to help refocus Millinocket's future and associated visited in late October and early November. The company sent a letter to the town and CZB Associates said Millinocket needs to increase taxes, beautify downtown, seek grants promote public land and tourism. It also said the town has to consolidate their schools.