DEP land acquisitions top focus at Middletown session

Lopez vows to help town get better deal with city land buys

New York State Assemblyman Pete Lopez visited the area last week and spoke with constituents at the Town of Middletown Board meeting last Wednesday evening. More...

Posted 4/19/2016 07:45 PM

New entryway improves Fairview Library access

Community will benefit from changes

The Fairview Public Library is in the midst of a renovation project that will improve access to patrons.  Director Doris Warner explained that work on the Walnut Street building is aimed at updating the library’s ability to serve all commu More...

Posted 4/12/2016 06:00 PM

Williamson honored as Law Enforcement Officer of the Year

Referring to Roxbury Constable Stephen Williamson, Tom Miner, the vice commander of the Grand Gorge American Legion Post said, “We go back a long way.” More...

Posted 4/12/2016 06:00 PM

Town of Shandaken defends police hiring practices

Police budget tops $334,000

It costs Shandaken taxpayers more money to hire another fulltime police officer instead of utilizing part timers, but it’s worth it, according to Shandaken Police Chief Chad Storey. More...

Posted 4/12/2016 06:00 PM

DEC reports no fatalities during 2015 hunting season

Albany — The 2015 New York hunting season proved to be one of the safest on record and yielded the first year without a hunting-related shooting fatality since the 1950s, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Acting Comm More...

Posted 4/5/2016 04:36 PM

Fuel truck wreck spills 2,500 gallons of heating oil on Route 23

Stamford — Delaware Coun- ty Deputies investigated a property damage auto accident in the Town of Harpersfield on State Highway 23 on Monday April 4. The accident involved a JK & Sons Oil Inc. More...

Posted 4/5/2016 04:36 PM

A look at NYCS acquisition rules

To date, in part because of the outcry from Delaware County, new rule changes proposed by regulators have not taken effect. So currently, the rules, in brief are as follows.   More...

Posted 4/5/2016 04:36 PM

County chamber outlines tourism spending plans

Budget for year tops $210,000 for promotions

As bed-tax implementation continued in Delaware County last week, the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce continued work on 2016 tourism promotion, as it has been handled for decades.  More...

Posted 3/29/2016 06:40 PM

DEP land purchases up to 138,272 acres

All parcels bought will remain undeveloped under NYC control

The numbers are staggering. Since 1995, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has taken control of 159,022 acres of land by direct purchase or by purchasing easements severely restricting its use. More...

Posted 3/22/2016 08:16 PM

Mild winter results mixed for Catskill Region residents

Savings for some, rough times for others

Anyone who has spent time in the Catskill Region knows that winter can rear its cold and snowy head well into April. In fact, small amounts of snow are forecast within the 10-day forecast.  More...

Posted 3/22/2016 08:16 PM

Cahill proposes half-million for Belleayre Mtn.

Funds targeted for resort’s upkeep

Calling the level of commitment to the state’s Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) “unprecedented” since the 2008 funding decline, Assemblyman Kevin Cahill has proposed that New York allocate $500,000 to the upkeep of Belleayre Moun More...

Posted 3/22/2016 08:16 PM

Minimal Damage

CLOSE CALL — Fleischmanns and Arkville firemen responded to a smoky chimney fire Tuesday morning at a home on Route 28, just east of Fleischmanns. More...

Posted 3/22/2016 08:16 PM

Burning ban in effect from March 16-May 14

Albany — The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) reminds New Yorkers that with warming temperatures and dry conditions, residential brush burning in towns with less than 20,000 residents is prohibited from March 16 through May 14. More...

Posted 3/15/2016 05:31 PM

County Chamber’s ‘no bid’ verbal agreement for travel guide project sparks public concerns

Agency refuses to release figures for project costs

The Delaware County Chamber of Commerce (DCCC) has issued a no-bid, “verbal agreement” for the production and distribution of a Delaware Coun- ty Tourism Guide, raising questions this week about how Del- aware County and its contracted agencies are p More...

Posted 3/8/2016 09:12 PM

DEC seeking assistance locating black bear dens

Albany — This winter, state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) wildlife biologists are seeking the public’s help to learn about new black bear dens throughout New York. More...

Posted 3/8/2016 09:13 PM

Margaretville has the only contested race in next week’s village elections

Residents of Margaretville and Fleischmanns will go to the polls next week Tuesday, March 15, to vote on members for their village boards.  The voting will force a change in the date of the regular Margaretville Village Board meeting, which will More...

Posted 3/8/2016 09:13 PM

On the Street

Each New Year’s Day begins with the idea that we should start the year by resolutions; typically vows that would bring more light, joy, and health to flourish within our lives. More...

Posted 3/1/2016 05:37 PM

DEP to rehab Pepacton Cemetery headstones

More than 300 gravestones will be cleaned, repaired or replaced in project

Andes — The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has announced plans to clean and repair more than 300 headstones this spring at Pepacton Cemetery, the location of approximately 1,000 deceased who were reinterred beginning More...

Posted 3/1/2016 05:38 PM

New York Main Street grants were topic of well-attended meeting in Roxbury

More than 50 people turned out in Roxbury Monday night for information and networking session related to a New York Main Street grants for local business owners. More...

Posted 2/23/2016 05:57 PM

Middletown Board handles appointments, acquisitions

Former attorney says there’s info to be turned over

Middletown Board members handled appointments, acquisitions, and problem solving in a brief monthly meeting last Wed- nesday, but continued to struggle with what to do about documents removed from the town hall by the former supervisor. More...

Posted 2/16/2016 04:57 PM

Shandaken fights county plan to cut sales tax

Local officials fear tax impact of revenue loss

The Ulster County legislature is mulling a plan to keep more sales tax in county coffers by reducing the amount given towns by 33%. More...

Posted 2/9/2016 07:54 PM

MARK session will detail new grant program

Public meeting planned Feb. 22 at Roxbury center

Arkville — The MARK Project will introduce details next week for one of the first ever regional Main Street Revitalization Programs ever authorized in New York State. More...

Posted 2/9/2016 07:55 PM

Most Kingston rail equipment not Phoenicia bound

Neighbors fearing junkyard situation

As Catskill Mountain Railroad officials work to secure permission to expand infrastructure within the Phoenicia Rail yard, neighbors are growing concerned about just what exactly will be going on at the location and how much train paraphernalia will More...

Posted 2/9/2016 07:55 PM

CRC welcomes Sarah King as aquatics director

Looks to assist facility’s growth and outreach

Arkville —The Catskill Recreation Center (CRC) is pleased to announce it has hired Sarah King as Aquatics Director to run programming and manage the aquatic side of the CRC in Arkville.  More...

Posted 2/9/2016 07:55 PM

Airbnb operator wins Shandaken zoning variance

Controversy arises over new business

The operator of an Airbnb establishment in Phoenicia secured a variance recently from the Shandaken Zoning Board of Appeals, despite attempts by neighbors to close him down.  More...

Posted 2/2/2016 08:26 PM

Catskill Neighbors group has focus of helping elders

Improving quality of life for seniors is members’ goal

The charms of rural living can start to fade for aging seniors. They often live alone, unable to continue driving, and struggling to accomplish routine tasks like shopping, laundry, and pet care.  More...

Posted 2/2/2016 08:26 PM

Complications continue to stall Fleischmanns bridge replacement

Nearly five years after flooding project on hold

Fleischmanns trustees and residents plowed through a long agenda at the village’s monthly meeting last week Monday night before hearing of a series of complications that could delay for at least another year, the reconstruction of a bridge dama More...

Posted 4/19/2016 07:45 PM

New York’s primary balloting is scheduled for Tues., April 19

The much-ballyhooed contest to elect a successor to President Barack Obama comes to New York next week when Democrats and Republicans will go to the polls on Tuesday, April 19 to cast ballots in a primary election for their favorite candidates.  More...

Posted 4/12/2016 06:00 PM

Route 28 bridge closing planned in Shandaken; Detour starts late April for construction project

New bridge to be installed

When completed this fall, the new bridge on Route 28 in Shandaken near the highway’s intersection with Route 42 will be longer, wider, and higher than the old one and will also eliminate the rail crossing currently leased from Ulster County by More...

Posted 4/12/2016 06:00 PM

CWC provides stream cleaning supplies

Margaretville — The Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) supports groups and individuals who clean litter and other debris from stream banks in the Catskill-Delaware Watershed and dispose of it properly. More...

Posted 4/12/2016 06:00 PM

Gary Rosa settling nicely into role as Delaware Co. Family Court Judge

Earned position with election win last November

The Honorable Judge Gary Rosa, elected Family Court Judge for Delaware County last November, was interviewed by the News during his lunch hour last week. The verdict is in. More...

Posted 4/12/2016 06:00 PM

April Weather — Or Not

PUSHING AHEAD — Margaretville Department of Public Works employee Mitch VanKeuren clears one of the village 's municipal parking lots on Monday. More...

Posted 4/5/2016 04:36 PM

Catskill region shortchanged in budget agreement

Environmentalists in the Catskills were disappointed this week when the New York State budget was passed without any dedicated funding for the Catskill Park region. More...

Posted 4/5/2016 04:36 PM

DOAS receives grant support promoting non-lead ammo use

Oneonta — Thanks in large part to a matching grant from the American Eagle Foundation, the Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society (DOAS) is launching a public education campaign designed to reduce poisoning of bald eagles by lead bullet residues and t More...

Posted 3/29/2016 06:41 PM

Margaretville write-in votes give Trustee seat to Dabritz

Longtime member Dave Budin loses village board post

A write-in campaign to elect Larry Reilly to the Fleischmanns Village Board fell short last week, but a similar campaign in Margaretville for Chris Dabritz was successful. More...

Posted 3/22/2016 08:16 PM

Flood analysis work tops CWT agenda

Members of the Coalition of Watershed Towns (CWT) met in Margaretville Monday evening to discuss the status of negotiations with New York City on Water Supply Permit (WSP) changes and to review work on various community flood analysis efforts.  More...

Posted 3/22/2016 08:16 PM

Phoenicia rail yard fight drags on

Following a second round of public input in as many months, the Shandaken Zoning Board has now scheduled a third round for next month and in the meantime must now hire an attorney to help the board’s members sort out what to do with the Catskil More...

Posted 3/22/2016 08:16 PM

Smoke Signals Trouble

TROUBLE AHEAD — The thick black smoke of the Hubbell fire on Rt. More...

Posted 3/15/2016 05:31 PM

On the Street

What do you think about the legalization of marijuana? Opinions on marijuana legalization vary widely. Such stigma is attached to the topic that many people asked were happy to talk, but not for the record. More...

Posted 3/8/2016 09:13 PM

Middletown to get new figures to counter city’s tax challenge

Town fighting NYC’s claims of overpayment

The Middletown Town Board is expected to re-engage Chazen Companies engineering firm next Wednesday to create a new report on the collection system for the Margaretville Sewage Treatment Plant. More...

Posted 3/8/2016 09:13 PM

Building up slightly in Middletown in past year

Annual report shows permits for nearly $3M

Building projects totaling nearly $3 million were initiated in the Town of Middletown during 2015, according to the Building and Zoning Department’s Annual Report.  More...

Posted 3/8/2016 09:13 PM

Phoenicia Plaza remains closed following fire

A fire that broke out in the kitchen of a recently opened restaurant in the Phoenicia Plaza last Thursday caused little to no structural damage to the building but all of the businesses within the plaza remain closed due to smoke and water damage. More...

Posted 3/1/2016 05:38 PM

On the Street

As humans, we are constantly faced with all types of trials and tribulations. But the issues that mean the most to us are where our fire and passions lie. This week, I wanted to know what issues people are passionate about. More...

Posted 2/23/2016 05:57 PM

Arkville Fire Department elects officers, lists report

Arkville — Robert Sweeney was re-elected chief when the Arkville Fire Department held its annual election of officers on February 18.  More...

Posted 2/23/2016 05:57 PM

Margaretville native, artist dies suddenly in California

The local community was shocked and saddened this week with news of the unexpected death of Jamie Hull, a popular local athlete who grew up to be a talented artist in multiple disciplines. More...

Posted 2/23/2016 05:57 PM

Story correction

On its front page last week, the Catskill Mountain News misidentified the driver of a 1997 Jeep Cherokee that crashed into the Delaware Court Motel. Matthew C. More...

Posted 2/9/2016 07:54 PM

GNH Lumber gets CWC grant to study location

Margaretville — The Catskill Watershed Corp. More...

Posted 2/9/2016 07:55 PM

Chris Plante getting rooted in new Middletown CEO duties

Experienced contractor in new role

Christopher Plante, newly appointed Code Enforcement Officer (CEO) for the Town of Middletown, once wondered why so many people living in the area “didn’t want to leave their homes. More...

Posted 2/9/2016 07:55 PM

Breaking News - 2/2/2016 7:30 PM

Farmstand owner ordered to pay $126,200 in fines

In a January 28th decision, Acting Supreme Court Justice Mary Work demanded that Al Higley and his son, Michael, pay the town of Shandaken $126,200 in fines for illegally operating their Farm stand in Mount Tremper.The decision brings to a close the More...

Posted 2/2/2016 07:29 PM

Catskill Mtn. Railroad plans Phoenicia rail yard

Catskill Mountain Railroad officials are taking seriously the possibility that they will lose their lease on the Ulster Countyowned tracks on which they operate a tourist train in Phoenicia and have begun making plans for what to do with all that equ More...

Posted 2/2/2016 08:26 PM