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SPA TREATMENT — After a 14-year review, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has ended its environmental review of the Belleayre Resort. Above, an artist’s rendition of the Highmount Spa Resort portion of the resort.

Conservation is key to Phoenicia's water system in the extreme cold

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Phoenicia Water District is not getting the breaks it needs to be free of winter worries. Bone chilling temperatures continue to shorten the water supply for the small hamlet, and the winter’s influx of skiers in search of hot food and good cheer taxes the system even more.


Shandaken board passes resolution in support of CMRR

By Jay Braman Jr.
Admitting that the effort has had a chilling affect on his relationship with Ulster County Executive Mike Hein, Shandaken Supervisor Rob Stanley got just enough votes Monday to pass a memorializing resolution that calls for an end to the legal battle between the county and the Catskill Mountain Railroad (CMRR).


Trailways Service suspended Thursday Feb. 13

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All service between Utica, Oneonta, Delhi, Phoenicia, Woodstock, Kingston and all intermediate stops is canceled on Thursday Feb. 13, 2014. For more information and latest updates, visit www.trailwaysny.com and click on the "Important Announcements" box on the left. All NY Trailways travel information will be posted there as soon as it is available.


DEP employee charged with killing co-worker with local ties

By Jay Braman Jr.
A Gilboa man allegedly shot and killed a co-worker inside the Kingston offices of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) early Monday morning.
DEP worker murdered: Aron J. Thomas of Olivebridge was killed by a co-worker on Monday morning the the DEP office in Kingston.DEP worker murdered: Aron J. Thomas of Olivebridge was killed by a co-worker on Monday morning the the DEP office in Kingston.
Kingston City Police say David N. Reese, 53, of Gilboa in Schoharie County was taken into custody at the DEP building shortly after allegedly Aron J. Thomas, 33, of Olivebridge was shot dead.


Norman Zullin, Fleischmanns business owner, killed in snowmobile accident in Idaho

This story in last week’s News about a local man killed in a snowmobile accident in Idaho contained factual errors. Norman B. Zullin, 43, not Norman Zullin Jr., 41, was killed in the accident.
The story implies that Mr. Zullin was no longer involved in several local businesses, which is not the case. Mr. Zullin and his family own and operate Zullin’s Outdoor Furniture, Zullin’s Garage and Countryside Apartments, all located on Route 28 between Arkville and Fleischmanns. The News regrets the errors, which have been addressed in this updated story.

By Joe Moskowitz
A winter vacation to what locals call “snowmobile country,” ended in tragedy Saturday as a former Fleischmanns man was killed when his snowmobile was struck by a car.
Norman Zullin, 43, was snowmobiling in Island Park, Idaho, near the edge of Yellowstone National Park, when, according to a statement from the Fremont County Sheriff’s Department, he failed to yield to traffic on US Highway 20.


Motel owners seek tax breaks for Best Western project

By Joe Moskowitz
Proposed tax exemptions a the planned 62-room hotel on Route 28, Margaretville will be the subject of a public hearing on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at noon at the Middletown Town Hall.
The Delaware County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) will conduct the hearing. The IDA is considering whether to undertake the project, which is being by proposed by Margaretville Lodging LLC.
Principals in that corporation are Carol and Peter Molnar. They are planning to raze the current Margaretville Motel and construct a 62-room hotel on the premises.


Shandaken resolution in support of CMRR pulled to be reworded

By Jay Braman Jr.
A resolution that called for Ulster County to immediately end its legal assault on the Catskill Mountain Railroad has been pulled from to the Shandaken Town Board agenda due to concerns by two board members about the wording of the document.


County businesses receive economic development funds

By Joe Moskowitz
Winter’s a long way from being over but the region’s business climate may finally be warming up. In a very short time, maple sap will be running in the Catskills and one of the area’s largest producers of maple syrup got some sweet news last week. Roxbury Mountain Maple is going to share $107,000 in loan proceeds from the Delaware County Economic Development Agency.


Katie Horn left an indelible mark on MCS community

By Brian Sweeney
Margaretville Central School lost a part of its family on January 20 when one of the district’s most dedicated and popular teachers, Katie Horn, passed away following a brave struggle against cancer.
Katie, 37, had been a reading teacher at MCS since 2010 and quickly became a favorite among co-workers and students, displaying an infectious enthusiasm for her profession.
Katie’s passing was felt throughout the school community. Staff and students agreed that everyone with whom she came into contact admired Katie.


Delancey teen faces numerous charges after high-speed chase through several counties

Ed. note: This story augments a report which was posted earlier this week as breaking news prior to our print edition.
Staff report
A 16-year-old Delancey youth faces a daunting number of charges after he allegedly used a stolen car to lead authorities on a high-speed chase late in afternoon on Janaury 22 that began in Andes and ended 40 miles later in the Town of Olive when state troopers placed “stinger sticks” across Route 28 and shredded the vehicle’s tires.


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