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HALE EDDY, NY — The first-ever meeting of the Upper Delaware River Tailwaters Coalition (UDRTC) was held at the West Branch Angler Resort on September 12, drawing about 70 people concerned with trout fishing, the reservoirs, flooding and other river issues. The rivers at the center of the discussion are the main stem of the Delaware River north of Callicoon, and the West Branch and East Branch, which flow from the Cannonsville Reservoir and Pepacton Reservoir respectively to meet the main stem at Hancock.

Second hearing on drilling zoning amendment

Of the 20 citizens who spoke at the second public hearing on proposed amendments to the township’s zoning ordinance affecting gas drilling, only two spoke in favor of the changes.  Read more

Gas battle gets personal

“This has to stop,” said local filmmaker Josh Fox, whose highly publicized efforts to enhance awareness of the impacts of natural gas extraction have drawn the attention of detractors, increasing character attacks and escalating incidents of vandalism at his family property in Milanville.  Read more

Narrowsburg gas drilling sign: It’s not the message, it’s the size

Members of the appeals board repeated several times that it was not the content that was being objected to, but rather the size of the sign, which clearly is larger than the four square feet allowed by town code.  Read more

DEP ‘clarifies’ drilling inspections

A memo leaked on March 30 seemed pretty clear. Notices of violation (NOV) could not be issued by gas drilling inspectors without first getting approval from headquarters.  Read more

Nursing students sue college

A group of nursing students, who were dropped from the nursing program at Sullivan County Community College (SCCC) after inadequate performance on “skillings,” have brought a lawsuit against the college seeking re-admittance to the program.  Read more

Nursing students sue college

A group of nursing students, who were dropped from the nursing program at Sullivan County Community College (SCCC) after inadequate performance on “skillings,” have brought a lawsuit against the college seeking re-admittance to the program.  Read more

First cast at Junction Pool

For many who pursue the sport, fly-fishing is as much about quietly communing with nature as it is about landing the big one.  Read more

Crowd flocks to ‘FRACK!’

Even the air seemed energized with possibility and impassioned activism at a special event held in the Town of Lumberland on April 2. Organized to raise both awareness and funds, the event drew a large crowd who turned out to view “FRACK!,” the new drilling documentary by David Morris, which examines multiple aspects of natural gas extraction.  Read more

It’s not the message, it’s the size

Members of the appeals board repeated several times that it was not the content that was being objected to, but rather the size of the sign, which clearly is larger than the four square feet allowed by town code.  Read more

News briefs

Damascus barn burns

DAMASCUS, PA — An abandoned bard on de Court Road was burned to the ground on April 4, with dozens of firefighters responding to the scene at about 4:15 a.m.  Read more

Which way for the world?

Regional activists have responded to the April 11 cover of TIME magazine with this image. The original cover depicts a shale clump and declares: “This rock could power the world: Why shale can solve the energy crisis.” The proposed cover depicts a glass of water and declares: “This water will save the world: Why water can solve the moral crisis.”

Pot growing operation may be linked to organized crime

Sullivan County’s largest pot-growing bust began late last Tuesday, and has expanded to reveal operations at seven locations in the towns of Highland, Lumberland and Mamakating.  Read more

Golf course gets new owner

The former Port Jervis Golf Course comes with a bit of history. It sits on a spot that once housed Fort Van Auken, which, according to a plaque, was the site of an Indian attack that was successfully resisted in 1779.  Read more

Duke’s foil photos

The opening of an exhibit featuring the photographs of local photographer Dana Duke resulted in a very large turnout at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance on March 25.  Read more

Eagle Scout Project to benefit Highland

Boy Scout and Eldred Central School freshman Peter Vorstadt presented his plans for the Eagle Scout project he will oversee in the Town of Highland during its meeting on March 15. Vorstadt proposes to beautify and landscape the new Highland Lake Fire House at 144 Highland Lake Road.  Read more

Pike County primary logs four for commissioner

Since incumbent Democrat Karl Wagner will be the only candidate for commissioner for his party this year, he will be unchallenged in the primary and the general election.  Read more

Bethel passes cell tower law

Everybody who has addressed the issue had agreed that the town needs better cell phone service and, by extension, more cell towers, but there have disagreements about how far the town can or should go in regulating them.  Read more

Lawyer calls for change

Type the name William A. Brenner into the Google search engine and the first site you’ll find is the one Brenner set up for his run for the senate against Hillary Clinton in 2005. A lawyer from Grahamsville, he has also run for the House of Representatives and the New York Assembly.  Read more

Surviving on a small farm

The three farmers on the panel agreed: making a success of a small farm today is a lot of work and requires adaptability. The matter was discussed at the day-long convention called Farm to Market Connection held at the CVI Building in Ferndale on March 27.  Read more

Proposed regs provoke impassioned responses

As the new deadline to comment on the Delaware River Basin Commission’s Draft Natural Gas Development Regulations approaches on April 15, responses are arriving in droves and few are supportive.  Read more