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REGION — They were so committed, active and numerous that a new name had to be created to describe them—fractivists, or activists opposed to high-volume hydraulic fracturing.

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

Pike County adds to its fleet of buses

The Pike County Commissioners approved the inclusion of two 16-passenger vans and two seven-passenger minivans into the county’s transportation fleet.  Read more

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