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It’s not unusual to see large numbers of people floating down the Upper Delaware River on a summer’s day, but some in the group that were floating through Skinner’s Falls on August 14 were clearly distressed.

DEP tells gas drillers to stop giving wastewater to PA treatment facilities

At the direction of Governor Tom Corbett, acting Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Michael Krancer today called on all Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling operators to cease by May 19 delivering wastewater from shale gas extraction to 15 facilities that currently accept it under special provisions of last year’s Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) regulations.  Read more

Conservation groups plan Earth Day rally for 'sensible' Delaware River water plan

A coalition of conservation groups will hold an Earth Day rally in the Catskills on Friday, April 22, in support of a what they call a sensible alternative to the upper Delaware River reservoir water-release plan, that the groups say has had negative environmental consequences.  Read more

Spring turkey season coming

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens reminds hunters that the 2011 spring turkey season opens on May 1 in all of upstate New York lying north of the Bronx-Westchester County boundary, and that the annual Youth Turkey Hunting Weekend is set for April 23-24.  Read more

Hinchey and Marino take opposite sides on budget

When you look at a map of Congressman Maurice Hinchey’s district, which runs along the New York side of the Upper Delaware River, it seems to have been deliberately designed to include the cities of Binghamton and Ithaca, which would tend to make it more progressive than it would otherwise be.  Read more

Damascus students visit supervisors

Each year the Damascus supervisors invite sixth-grade students to spend the day with them, and learn about the functions and responsibilities of local government officials.

This year the Damascus student supervisors for a day were,front row from left, Shannon Crum, Brittany Maronna, Sam Conley-Vaverchak and Alex Esselman. In the back row are Howard Schuchman, Supervisors Joe Canfield, Jeff Dexter and Chuck Grady.

New York attorney general threatens lawsuit over fracking

New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today pledged to sue the federal government if it doesn’t commit in 30 days to conducting a full environmental review of proposed regulations that would allow natural gas drilling – including the potentially harmful "fracking" technique – in the Delaware River Basin.  Read more

County manager roots for Roscoe

Sullivan County Manager David P Fanslau is urging Sullivan County residents to support the County's tourism and economy by voting in an online contest to have Roscoe, New York named as the Ultimate Fishing Town.  Read more

Sabrina Artel to be honored with “Fabulous Sainthood” this weekend

The Church of Earthalujah, featuring Reverend Billy and the 35-voice “Stop Shopping Gospel Choir” will honor local artist/activist Sabrina Artel with “Fabulous Sainthood” on April 17, beginning at 7:30 p.m.  Read more

CEO of Catskill Regional Medical Center resigns

According to a press release from the Greater Hudson Valley Health System (GHVHS), Steve Ruwoldt, CEO of Catskill Regional Medial Center (CRMC) resigned effective April 13.  Read more

Tusten bookkeeper battle rolls on

The power struggle over who will appoint the town bookkeeper moved into a new phase on April 11, when the board rejected the idea of changing the position from that of a bookkeeper to that of a comptroller.  Read more

New CVS pharmacy planned for Main Street

Things are suddenly looking up for lower Main Street. With several large buildings empty over the last few years, the outlook for growth had seemed bleak.  Read more

News briefs

Deerpark to perform code review

HUGUENOT, NY — Deerpark Town Supervisor Karl A. Brabenec has assigned councilman David M. Hoovler and town attorney William Bavoso to do a comprehensive review of a majority of the town codes within the next few months. The purpose of the review is to identify any local laws and ordinances that have not been updated and recommend changes that would benefit the residents of the community. The review would include all of Deerpark’s local code, except for the zoning code, which will be addressed at a later date.  Read more

Open Space Institute issues report on development

While development in the Catskills is often controversial, a new report from the Open Space Institute (OSI) says there is room for substantial development in the region without causing negative impacts to the environment.  Read more

Millennium money management; debate continues on pipeline corporation’s tax breaks

Back in 2006, when officials decided to grant tax abatements to the Millennium Pipeline Company, the company agreed that as a way to help the affected communities it would commit $100,000 a year for 10 years to spur economic development.  Read more

A water walk for awareness

A beautiful vessel holding water from Buttermilk Falls in New York’s Catskill Mountains will be borne by five women on a 90-mile trek beginning at the Neversink Reservoir near Liberty, NY and concluding at Salt Springs State Park in Susquehanna County, PA. The women will walk 15 miles daily to accomplish their mission to raise awareness of the sacredness of the water and the land upon which life depends.  Read more

Supervisors react to proposed change of government

If in November voters were asked to decide whether to stay with the current form of legislative government or to return to the Sullivan County Board of Supervisors approach, voters might vote to go back. At least that’s the opinion of Dan Sturm, supervisor of the Town of Bethel, because, with the many serious challenges facing the county, voters might jump for any kind of change.  Read more

Gas at a glance

New study: hydraulic fracturing ‘worse than coal on climate’
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Superior site for Sullivan’s first Habitat ‘Passive House’

Michael Chojnicki, left, Stephen Stuart and Dick Riseling consult a Solar Pathfinder to assess the solar qualities of the site where Sullivan County’s third Habitat for Humanity (HFH) house will be built in Fallsburg.  Read more

UDC nominates new chair; Keesler praised despite controversy

“We’ve had a few changes,” said Nadia Rajsz, as she opened the April 7 meeting of the Upper Delaware Council (UDC). Rajsz, who is the UDC vice chair, was referring to the vacancy created in the position of chairman that resulted when the Damascus Township supervisors abruptly removed Dolores Keesler from her post as the township’s UDC representative at their meeting on March 21.  Read more