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RIVER VALLEY — Is the wild turkey more noble than the bald eagle? Ben Franklin thought so, or at least he expressed that view once in a letter to his daughter.

Legislative steering committee called illegal; Sorensen to stop attending

County legislator Alan Sorensen is asking his colleagues to consider some major changes. In an email sent in the wake of a vote by the legislature to change the way tourism dollars are awarded in the county, Sorensen posted on his blog, www.legislatorsorensen.com, a suggestion that the county do away with the legislative steering committee, which is made up of the county chair, the vice chair, and the leaders of the majority and minority parties, who meet weekly with the county manager.  Read more

Visitors association compared to Halliburton;Democratic chair responds to change in tourism money (updated story)

MONTICELLO, NY — Darryl Kaplan, the chair of the Sullivan County Democratic Committee, issued a press release on January 31, defending the decision of five of the newly elected Democrats of the legislature to change the way tourism dollars are awarded.  Read more

From the road to the faucet: a sip of sodium?

Managing regional roadways during winter conditions is a balancing act that involves weighing the pros and cons of various products, their cost-effectiveness and their impacts on human and environmental health. Ironically, the same products that can harm plant, animal and human life are also the ones that increase human safety when it comes to driving during ice and snow events.  Read more

Pond Eddy Bridge up for discussion; byway committee wants decision re-examined

The bridge that runs over the Upper Delaware River from Pond Eddy, NY to Pond Eddy, PA, serves about 50 cars per day and a community with 24 properties and 12 full-time families.  Read more

Gun theft in Honesdale

The Honesdale Borough Police Department is investigating a theft of a firearm and an undisclosed amount of money from a residence in the Sunrise Mobile Home Park, located off Rt. 191 in the Borough.

The victim indicated the burglary occurred sometime between 01/13/12 and 01/20/12 while he was away from his residence. During that time frame a person(s) entered his residence and stole a Ruger 9mm Semi-automatic pistol and an undisclosed amount of money.  Read more

New process for tourism dollars; critics call it a political payoff

The newly-seated Sullivan County Legislature on January 26 voted to change the way it awards about $700,000 in room-tax revenue to promote tourism in the county. For the past 12 years, the legislature has negotiated with and awarded a yearly contract to the Sullivan County Visitors Association (SCVA).  Read more

New Forest Planning Rule seeks to restore nation’s forests: Final Environmental Impact Statement by US Forest Service released

WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today signaled the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s intent to issue a new planning rule for America’s 193-million acre National Forest System that seeks to deliver stronger protections for forests, water, and wildlife while supporting the economic vitality of rural communities, by releasing online a Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for the National Forest System Land Management Planning Rule. (See the PEIS at www.fs.usda.gov/planningrule).  Read more

Liberty holds school budget forum

The Liberty Central School District, in coordination with Sullivan County BOCES, will hold a community budget forum to discuss the 2012-2013 school budget on Thursday, February 2, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Liberty High School.  Read more

Public comment period extended on water withdrawal

ALBANY, NY — The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has extended the public comment period for the proposed water withdrawal regulations that will amend Parts 601 and 621 of Title 6 of the New York Codes, Rules and Regulations. Comments will be accepted until 5 p.m. on February 6.  Read more

Pisano to fill borough vacancy; Honesdale council defends budget

At their second meeting of the year, the Borough of Honesdale Council appointed Juanita Pisano to replace former council member Lee Garing who resigned, and selected Ed Langendoerfer, a former council member, as mayor of Honesdale.  Read more

Damascus couple plan fiber mill

Adam and Elizabeth Thumann plan to open a fiber mill in Calkins and sought a conditional-use permit from the Damascus Township Board on January 16.  Read more

Engineer position eliminated from conservation district; Pike’s ‘environmental protection will suffer’

PIKE COUNTY, PA — The Pike County Conservation District (PCCD) is “trying to regroup” following the recent loss of several employees from the leanly staffed agency. While resource conservationist Marci Barrows left to take work elsewhere, Glenn Eby learned on December 20 that his position as District Engineer would terminate by December 31 as a result of budget decisions made by the Pike County Commissioners.  Read more

Citizens’ group makes presentation on Narrowsburg school building, survey offered

A new organization, The Solution Project, has emerged from the Take Two citizens’ committee, formed in December to come up with a plan to purchase and develop the Narrowsburg school building in a way that will best enhance the community.  Read more

Upper Delaware Scenic Byway Visitor Center to feature roof with a view

If and when it is built, it will have a sloping roof that will provide visitors with a good view of Fort Delaware and the Upper Delaware River below. The proposed design of the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway (UDSB) Visitor Center was unveiled at a meeting in Narrowsburg on January 23.

Along with the specialized roof, which will be made of recycled rubber pavers to handle the foot traffic, the 2,400-square-foot building will have a gallery, a multi-use space to be used as a theater or classroom, two offices for the UDSB and Fort Delaware, a gift shop, a warming kitchen and public restrooms.  Read more

Walls indicted by grand jury; Fluhr and Hoeper 'vindicated'

The much-awaited grand jury report has finally arrived after nearly two years of bitter rumor and speculation in Shohola Township with two sides lining up in favor or against the Walls.  Read more

Congressman Hinchey to retire; future of district uncertain

KINGSTON, NY — Congressman Maurice Hinchey, who served the NY 22nd Congressional District for 20 years, and who served in the New York State Legislature for 18 years before that, announced that he is retiring. At a packed and emotional event in Kingston on January 18, Hinchey noted that he recently suffered a bout with colon cancer.  Read more

Initiatives for energy, organics and high tunnels offered

PENNSYLVANIA — Several major conservation initiatives offering technical and financial assistance through the United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) Environmental Quality Incentives Program are currently available to farmers nationwide.  Read more

EPA gets water to Dimock—finally

DIMOCK, PA — A number of residents from our area, including Narrowsburg, NY’s Brandi Merolla, who snapped this photograph, visited Dimock on January 20 to see a tanker truck sent by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) deliver water to families on Carter Road. Residents on the road have complained that the water in their wells is still tainted by the natural gas drilling operations of Cabot Oil & Gas, but the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently ruled that Cabot could cease making replacement water deliveries to them.

Sullivan residents protest Supreme Court decision; is a constitutional amendment against corporate personhood possible?

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Members of the group MoveOnSullivanNY travelled in a caravan around the county on January 22 spreading the word about their opposition to the Supreme Court decision known as Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.  Read more

New York & Pennsylvania officials react to the State of the Union Address

Below are statements issued by Congressman Tom Marino, Congressman Maurice Hinchey, Senator Pat Toomey, Senator Bob Casey and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.  Read more