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HALE EDDY, NY — The first-ever meeting of the Upper Delaware River Tailwaters Coalition (UDRTC) was held at the West Branch Angler Resort on September 12, drawing about 70 people concerned with trout fishing, the reservoirs, flooding and other river issues. The rivers at the center of the discussion are the main stem of the Delaware River north of Callicoon, and the West Branch and East Branch, which flow from the Cannonsville Reservoir and Pepacton Reservoir respectively to meet the main stem at Hancock.

Pike open space initiatives

The Pike County Commissioners heard several announcements about open space programs, farms and farmer’s markets at their meeting on February 1.  Read more

Forest Service rules would weaken protection

WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Forest Service today released a new proposal for the nation’s 193-million-acre national forest system that will weaken rules protecting fish and wildlife from logging, livestock grazing, mining and off-road vehicles.  Read more

Monticello fire kills six-year-old

MONTICELLO, NY — A fire in an apartment at Monticello Gardens on Sunday, February 5 took the life of a six-year-old girl.
The fire started in the kitchen of Kimberly Freer. Kimberly escaped, along with five of her seven children, one of whom had to be dropped from a balcony to a neighbor, Leon Mealing. One child was not at home at the time. The seventh, Victoria, six years old, perished in the blaze. Kimberly suffered second-degree burns on her back and shoulder trying to rescue her.

Training facility finds equipment in U.S.

The danger that a necessary piece of equipment being shipped from the nation of Jordan was going to delay the opening of the proposed Pike County training center has been averted.  Read more

Upper Delaware Council officers take oaths

Upper Delaware Council (UDC) 2012 officers took their oaths of office at the organization’s February 2 monthly meeting. Seated from left are secretary-treasurer John B. Niflot (Town of Fremont, NY); chairperson Nadia Rajsz (Town of Lumberland, NY) and vice-chairperson Jeffrey R. Dexter (Damascus Township, PA).  Read more

Pond Eddy bridge debated at UDC

Agreeing to change the start time of the Upper Delaware Council’s monthly meeting from 7:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. came easily with a unanimous vote from members present at the February 2 meeting in Narrowsburg. Approving a comment letter on the Pond Eddy bridge project, however, brought yet another lengthy discussion after which the UDC sent the letter back to committee for revision.  Read more

The humane slaughterhouse; discussion of the proposed red meat facility

When you log in to the website of Temple Grandin at www.grandin.com you enter a world with which most people are probably not very familiar: it’s all about the correct processing of cattle and other animals.  Read more

A new bidding war looming? Renewed interest in the Narrowsburg School

NARROWSBURG, NY — With the heating system now shut down and the pipes drained, the school itself has never been colder. But interest in the publicly owned building is heating up.  Read more

‘Anonymous’ letter and ‘misinformation’ alarm Lumberland residents

Tempers flared at the latest public hearing on the Town of Lumberland’s proposed zoning rewrite on February 6, where public comments were again received by the town board. While only nine individuals spoke, a large crowd packed the hall and repeatedly disrupted the process with outbursts.  Read more

Fox finds irony in his bust; committee bashes EPA report on fracking

WASHINGTON, DC — There are a couple of different videos circulating on the Internet showing the arrest of filmmaker Josh Fox. He took a camera crew to a hearing of the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Energy and Environment on February 1. The hearing concerned a draft report, issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), regarding hydraulic fracturing.  Read more

Gathering the waters above Honesdale; first phase of five-phase storm water project is funded

Honesdale’s 50-year-old storm water problem could be solved soon. The borough has just received word from the PA Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) that an application for $431,095 to install a retention pond in one of three descending streams, the first phase of a storm water management system, has been approved.  Read more

Legislature revises tourism plan

“The resolution came about because the legislators heard the public and they wanted to respond.” That was how lawmaker Ira Steingart, chair of the Community and Economic Development Committee introduced a resolution dealing with the Sullivan County Visitors Association (SVCA) on February 2. The resolution supersedes another resolution passed the previous week, which called for immediately issuing a request for proposals (RFP) from interested nonprofit organizations to promote tourism in the county.  Read more

DRBC unveils new website

WEST TRENTON, N.J. (Feb. 1) - The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) is pleased to announce that it has recently updated its web site, www.drbc.net, with a new look and organizational layout.

“We are extremely excited about the new web site,” DRBC Executive Director Carol R. Collier said. “The commission’s old site housed copious amounts of information, but navigating it was sometimes a challenge. The goal of this redesign was to continue to be a great resource for the public, but with a fresh look and enhanced functionality,” she continued.  Read more

Gas news at a glance

Brockovich, Gibbs investigate bizarre teen behavior for environmental link
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‘Convoluted’ tax cap creates confusion; ECS elementary school principal search to begin

Through most of the past year, the Eldred Central School (ECS) District has been grappling with the impacts of a contingency budget and making deep cuts in preparing the upcoming budget. Now school officials must address the impacts of the New York Tax Levy Cap approved in June 2010—and the false perception that it limits tax levy increases to two percent.  Read more

Bonacic DNA legislation passes Senate

ALBANY, NY — The NYS Senate passed legislation (S.5560a) today, co-sponsored by Senator John Bonacic, which would expand DNA testing to all misdemeanors and felony violations of New York’s penal law.  Read more

Zoning hearings set for Bethel, Lumberland

WHITE LAKE AND GLEN SPEY, NY — The Town of Bethel will hold a public hearing on a proposed amendment to the town’s zoning code that would, among other things, prohibit natural gas and oil exploration and production on Thursday, March 15, at 7 p.m. at the Duggan Community Center.  Read more

Stolen Torah recovered

A valuable Torah stolen in December from the Landfield Avenue Synagogue has been recovered. Police arrested Christopher Colvill, 41, of Woodridge, on Tuesday, January 24 morning and charged him with criminal possession of stolen property. They recovered the scroll, valued at $35,000, from his house.  Read more

College to offer free tuition to top Sullivan grads

SUNY Sullivan’s interim president, Dr. William Murabito, has announced the introduction of a new Presidential Scholars program aimed at making a college education more accessible for high-achieving students graduating from Sullivan County high schools.  Read more

Honesdale budget up for public view

The Honesdale Borough Council has made the 2012 budget available for public inspection until February 7. The copy of the tentative budget is available for viewing at the borough building at 958 Main Street. The budget must be adopted by February 13.  Read more