PORTLAND — The search is on for a new owner of a ski mountain in western Maine.

The Maine Winter Sports Center recently announced it was closing Black Mountain in Rumford after townspeople voted against appropriating $51,000 for the ski area.

Supporters say they’re hopeful they can find a nonprofit organization, a group of investors or somebody else who’s committed to keeping the mountain open.

The mountain has launched a fundraising campaign to show prospective owners that there’s community support behind them. Board of directors Chairman Roger Arsenault says Black Mountain received about $25,000 in contributions and commitments within 48 hours of the announcement it was closing.

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