Clear sky
Clear sky
57.2 °F
November 24, 2014
River Reporter Facebook pageTRR TwitterRSS Search

Panther Rock Creek and the Callicoon Creek, which converge in Youngsville, have flooded numerous times over the past decade, and now the state is moving to address the issue at Panther Rock.
At a public hearing on November 12, a representative from the NY State Department of Transportation (DOT) said the creek floods so often because the space below the bridge over the creek is too small. Root balls and trees get stuck in the opening and the water backs up and floods the surrounding buildings.

Sullivan County Sheriff Mike Schiff advises that the back log of pistol permit applications has eased

In February, the Sheriff’s Office encountered a log jam of pistol permit applications when a state worker took the early retirement incentive at the State Office of Mental Health in Albany. The agency is required by law to check its records to determine if an applicant for a New York State Pistol Permit has been treated for mental illness. After the worker retired, no one was hired as a replacement.  Read more

News in brief

Tusten zoning plan to expand business district
NARROWSBURG, NY — The final draft of the proposed changes to the Tusten zoning code call for an expansion of the Downtown Business District in Narrowsburg. Specifically, the district would expand to include all of Erie Avenue on both sides of the street. Currently the district includes only the lot on which The River Reporter is located, the lot of the Yard Sale building and a small stretch of the street across the street from the Narrowsburg School.  Read more

Judge rules against crematorium critics

Things look dark for the neighbors of a proposed crematorium on Route 6 outside of Milford. After a hearing last week, Pike County Court of Common Pleas Judge Joseph Kameen ruled that the case against the crematorium, presented by its neighbors, was “frivolous” and that they must post a bond in the amount of $232,500 if they wish to continue their case before a higher court.  Read more

Gas at a glance

October 21 meeting set on DRBC drilling regulations

The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) announced it has scheduled a special meeting on October 21 to consider regulations covering Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling operations in the Delaware River Watershed. The DRBC has received more than 69,000 comments on the draft regulations and held six public hearings to collect comments. The meeting will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at Patriots Theater at the War Memorial in Trenton, N.J. The meeting will not include a public hearing. Visit www.state.nj.us/drbc/newsrel_naturalgas090611.htm for more information.  Read more

Thousands of comments expected on SGEIS; parties weigh in on comment period

The proposed rules regarding gas drilling in New York State have already triggered more than 13,000 comments from the public. With the release of the final draft of the Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS) on September 7, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is expecting thousands more in the next 90 days.  Read more

Hancock opposes Scenic Byway proposal;‘ a backdoor attempt… to ban natural gas development’

The board of the Town of Hancock is not happy with the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway (UDSB). On August 22, the USDB passed a resolution urging all levels of government to adopt a ban regarding some truck uses on Route 97.  Read more

Watching water quality: part two ‘Sondes’ make continuous monitoring possible

Playing an increasingly important role in documenting water quality in the region is a device with an unusual name. Multi-probe datasondes (sondes) are high-tech monitoring devices placed in regional waterways, which will substantially enhance data gathered in the two-decade Scenic Rivers Monitoring Program (SRMP) detailed in last week’s issue of The River Reporter.  Read more

Economic council meets;‘ground up’ economic model sought

When Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the creation of 10 regional economic councils in July, he said that they would “redesign the relationship between the state government and businesses to stimulate regional economic development and create jobs statewide.” Further, he said that the councils represented a marked shift “from a top-down development model to a community-based approach that emphasizes unique assets, harnesses local expertise and empowers each region to set plans and priorities.”  Read more

Empire Resorts donates $100,000 to flood victims

Businessman Tim Lies said, “I come here from Kansas, land of the Wizard of Oz, and we certainly are not strangers to tornados and damage, but I’ve never seen anything quite like what we saw, driving down from Albany, the rivers out of their banks, the flooding, the school closings.”  Read more

World Trade Center monument unveiled

Some 300 people turned out to see the unveiling of the World Trade Center monument in Eldred on September 10. In remarks prepared for the occasion, Town of Highland Supervisor Andy Boyar pointed to several connections between residents of the town, and the events of September 11, 2001, when hijackers reigned down terror from four jumbo jets on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania.  Read more

Comments policy changing on The River Reporter website

Starting on September 16, The River Reporter online will accept only comments that are submitted under the user’s real name. If you have already registered under a pseudonym and would like to change your user name, send an email to editor@riverreporter.com with the words “real name” in the subject field and your current user name in the body of the email. Your account will be deleted and you may then reregister using your real name.  Read more

State Roads Closed Due to Flooding in Wayne, Pike – as of 10:00 a.m

Pike County

SR 1014 (Masthope Plank Road) is closed in both directions between St Vincents Point Road and SR 590 in Lackawaxen

SR 1015 (Old Milford/Mountain Ave) is closed in both directions between Blue Ridge Ave in Westfall and Tenth Street in Matamoras

SR 2001 (Bushkill Falls/Mill St) is closed in both directions between Federal Rd in Lehman and Harford/6thStreet in Milford

SR 2001 (Bushkill Falls/Milford/Mill St) is closed in both directions between Raccoon Ct and Pocono Mt. Lake Drive in Lehman  Read more

Assessing Delaware River conditions

UPPER DELAWARE REGION — Several sources of information are available to those interested in assessing current conditions on the Upper Delaware River.

The National Park Service (NPS) maintains a River Hotline at 845/252-7100 and a Visitor Information Line at 570-685-4871.

For information on closure of the Roebling Bridge due to potential flooding conditions, call the River Hotline or visit www.nps.gov/upde/index.htm .  Read more

Delaware River and Access Points Closed in Park 1:00 pm

Superintendent John J. Donahue announced today that the Delaware River corridor and all access points within the boundaries of Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area are closed due to rising water levels. Heavy rainfall from the remnants Tropical Storm Lee, combined with already heightened river levels from Hurricane Irene, has led to the latest closure. The National Weather Service has issued flood watches and warnings for this stretch of the river.  Read more

PA FBC sues Consol Energy over Dunkard Creek environmental disaster

HARRISBURG, PA – The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) has sued Consol Energy for civil damages resulting from a devastating 2009 pollution incident in which discharges from a Consol coal mine entered Dunkard Creek, contributing to a massive fish kill spanning nearly 30 miles of stream in West Virginia and Pennsylvania. The lawsuits seek compensatory damages for the lost aquatic life and lost fishing opportunities for Pennsylvania anglers and punitive damages to deter future pollution.  Read more

DEC Begins 90-Day Public Comment Period on Draft Hydraulic Fracturing Study

ALBANY, NY — The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation opened a more than 90-day public comment period on its revised draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement, DEC Commissioner Joe Martens announced today. In addition, the agency will issue its proposed regulations governing high-volume hydraulic fracturing in early October.  Read more

Flood warnings cancelled, Sullivan open for business - 2:15 Friday

Sullivan County is open for business; all flood watches and warnings have been rescinded.

Sullivan County Manager David Fanslau issued the following statement: "Sullivan County has recovered quite well from the wrath of this week's storms that brought remnants of Tropical Depression Lee. The vast majority (if not all) of the Sullivan County Catskills is clear for traveling and its businesses are open and welcoming visitors. This weekend's Farming with Kids at Applepond Farm, the Harvest Festival at Bethel Woods on Sunday, rally New York autumn rallysprint, various exhibits, several area farmers markets and much more.  Read more

Roads closed due to flooding in Wayne, Pike, Sullivan 2:00 pm

This is a list of road closures due to flooding and downed power lines caused by the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee.  Read more

DRBC will not act on gas drilling regulations at September 21 meeting; special meeting scheduled for October 21

WEST TRENTON, N.J. (Sept. 6) – Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) Executive Director Carol R. Collier today announced that draft natural gas development regulations will not be on the September 21, 2011 meeting agenda for consideration by the commissioners.  Read more

World Trade Center artifacts on display

As the 10th anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center in New York City approaches, artifacts are on display or being readied for display in at least three locations in Sullivan County.

At the government center in Monticello, there is a display of a crushed door from a fire truck that belonged to Squad 18 of the FDNY.  Read more