HARRISBURG, PA – Today, a Pennsylvania court issued a preliminary injunction (PDF) <earthjustice.org/documents/legal-document/pdf/act-13-challenge-order> against a portion of a controversial state law – Act 13 – that sought to override local zoning laws related to the controversial process of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” The court ruled these local laws can remain on the books and in effect until they are challenged and found invalid. Read more
CALLICOON, NY — The Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce will present its 21st annual Pride Awards Gala on Sunday, May 6 at the Villa Roma Resort, honoring 19 individuals throughout Sullivan County. Town Pride Award winners this year are Carol Malek, Malek Properties (Bethel); Joseph and Mary Nosek, Community Service (Callicoon); Eileen Hennessy, writer (Cochecton); Tom Freda, Freda Real Estate (Delaware); Sally J. Read more
MILFORD, PA — Pike County Sheriff Phil Beuki announced that there would be a prescription drug take-back day on Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the sheriff’s building. No questions will be asked, according to Beuki. No illegal drugs will be accepted. Read more
UPPER DELAWARE VALLEY — In the latest County Health Ratings issued by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, Sullivan County in New York came in as nearly the least healthiest in New York, ranking 61 out of 62 in terms of health outcomes.
Across the river in Pennsylvania, Wayne County had a slightly better position, coming in at 54 out of 67 counties; and Pike County had the best ranking of the three, with a ranking of 12 out of 67. Read more
Unlike the Towns of Bethel, Highland, Tusten and Lumberland, officials in the Town of Callicoon think there may be a place for industrial activity and gas drilling in the town’s future. Read more
National Park Service (NPS) officials have taken on the important task of improved coordination of emergency response throughout the river valley, following a series of drownings and other incidents last year that highlighted the need for better communications. Read more
Unexpectedly, Brain Smith, chairman of the Wayne County Commissioners, announced that he was returning to the barn and the milking of cows. The announcement came at the commissioners meeting on March 29. Read more
It looks like all the controversies have been resolved for the proposed crematorium to be built outside of Milford on Route 6.
Milford funeral director Kevin Stroyan has been granted an air quality control permit from the state Department of Environmental Protection. This is the last step on the way to final construction. Read more
The sour economy and actions in Albany are making it painful for officials to create the 2012/13 school budget. At a meeting of the Sullivan West Central School District (SWCSD) Board of Education on April 5, superintendent Dr. Ken Hilton presented the proposed budget. Read more
MILANVILLE, PA — A detour is in place for motorists who will temporarily be unable to cross the Skinners Falls Bridge connecting Milanville, PA with Sullivan County, NY. During a routine inspection, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) officials recently identified the need for emergency closure of the bridge in order to repair the structure’s truss member cord.
PennDOT hasn’t yet determined when the bridge will reopen, but repair time is estimated to be three to four weeks, according to safety press officer, Mike Taluto.
NARROWSBURG, NY – Working with the River Management Plan for the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River was the subject of a recent training workshop targeted to town and township officials in New York and Pennsylvania.
The Upper Delaware Council, Inc. (UDC) and National Park Service Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River (NPS) co-sponsored the March 24 program held at the Tusten Town Hall meeting room in Narrowsburg. Read more
SYRACUSE, NY — The River Reporter was judged one of the five top single-flag newspapers in New York State in the New York Press Association’s annual contest at its spring conference last weekend.
The categories that netted the newspaper its top spot are listed below. Where applicable, you can click the links to read the award-winning stories.
At its meeting on March 28, the Tusten zoning rewrite committee unanimously voted to recommend that the town board approve the re-opening of the SEQRA process, including a public hearing, to make some additional changes in the ordinance passed late last year. Read more
UPPER DELAWARE REGION — The Common Waters Fund has announced that an additional dozen landowners on 8,000 acres across three states will share more than $140,000 in Common Waters Fund grants to develop forest management plans and implement sustainable management practices that protect water quality in the Upper Delaware River Basin. Read more
The NYC Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP) has completed a $12.5 million project to modernize a wastewater treatment plant located on the Neversink River at Port Jervis. Modernization work will help protect the water quality of both the Neversink River and the Delaware River immediately downstream. Read more