Two victims identified in fatal Route 9W crash

A head-on collision between two BMWs on Route 9W in Highland claimed two lives early Saturday morning. The crash, which was widely reported by local media outlets, shut down 9W for hours. 

Today, the Town of Lloyd Police Department identified the two victims: 50-year-old Wayne Donaldson of Highland, who was driving a 1995 BMW, and 51-year-old Tracey Krug, who was driving a 2005 BMW SUV. Neither driver had any passengers in the vehicle at the time of the collision, which occurred around 6:50 a.m. Police say Krug, who was driving southbound, had crossed into the northbound lane at a high speed when her SUV collided with Donaldson's car.

Donaldson was pronounced dead at the scene. Krug was taken to St. Francis Hospital by Mobile Life Ambulance, where she also was pronounced dead.  Read more

Sleet and ice accumulating across the western Catskills

Roads in the higher elevations of the Catskills are dangerously slick tonight, especially in the western Catskills counties of Delaware and Sullivan, where the National Weather Service's Binghamton office has issued a special weather bulletin about bands of snow and sleet moving through the area

Citizen reports coming into the NWS are indicating many accidents on the roads. Earlier this evening, Delaware County Fire Wire and Emergency News reported that first responders were on the scene at Exit 87 off Route 17 in Hancock, where a car went over the bank.   Read more

Flood watches in effect across the Catskills

A mix of heavy rains in the forecast, late-spring snow still clinging to mountain slopes, and still-frozen ground could be a recipe for flash flooding in the Catskills region Saturday night through Monday, forecasters warn. 

Heavy rain is expected to move into the region late Saturday, and continue through Sunday. Hudson Valley Weather is predicting two to three inches of rain across the Catskills and Hudson Valley  Read more

The 2014 Catskills Outdoor Guide

There are just a few days left to reserve your ad in the 2014 Catskills Outdoor Guide. For info on how to reserve a slot, see below. The deadline is April 1. 

Some exciting developments: 

- We're printing a pull-out map in the guide, featuring awesome outdoors activities throughout the region. 

- The guide will be distributed at REI stores in Connecticut, New Jersey, and NYC (and in over 100 other locations upstate and downstate).

- If you hike a fire tower or paddle a reservoir in the Catskills this summer, you can earn real-deal embroidered badges, including the brand-new Catskill Reservoir Paddler Badge and the super-cool Catskill Fire Towers Badge.

- We've got lots of fabulous entries in our Photo Contest. Submit by April 3! 

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Four-year-old struck in Kingston hit-and-run

Police are looking for the driver of a car that struck and critically injured a four-year-old child in a Kingston street on Thursday evening, then fled the scene of the accident. 

Around 10:10 p.m. on Thursday night, the four-year-old was crossing Koenig Boulevard near Spring Brook Village when he was struck. Police say that witnesses on the scene saw a dark-colored vehicle pulling away from the scene, headed southbound on Koenig Boulevard, but are unsure whether the vehicle was involved in the accident. 

The child is currently in critical condition at Westchester Medical Center, Kingston city police said in a news release.  Read more

Two caught using heroin in Jeffersonville parking lot

Two young Pennsylvania residents were arrested on Wednesday after state troopers caught them doing heroin in a Jeffersonville parking lot, according to a police news release

The pair -- 19-year-old Andrew Ott of Equinunk and 20-year-old Chelsey Metz of Beach Lake -- were charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminally using drug paraphernalia, and criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument. They were both arraigned in Liberty town court and remanded to the Sullivan County Jail, in lieu of $3,500 cash bail. Both are scheduled to appear in Callicoon town court on April 1. 

The image of heroin as an urban problem is eroding in upstate New York, as the drug makes new inroads into even the tiniest towns and villages; Jeffersonville, a village of just over 350 people, is about as rural as it gets. Many locals involved in healthcare, social services and law enforcement believe that heroin use is a growing epidemic in the rural Catskills.  Read more

Power outages strike in Delaware County

More than 3,100 households in Delaware County were without power this morning, across an area that included most of NYSEG's customers in the towns of Stamford, Kortright and Harpersfield. 

As of around 10:45 a.m., a NYSEG power outage map was reporting that 2,452 of the utility's Delaware County customers were without power, including all 706 customers in the village of Stamford, all but a handful of houses in the village of Hobart, and over 90 percent of customers in the towns of Stamford and Harpersfield. By the time of this post, power had already been restored to many households, leaving 1,033 still without power. 

The Stamford Fire Department was without power this morning, but they are back online now, Delaware County Emergency Services director Steve Hood told the Watershed Post. 

A NYSEG spokesperson could not be reached for comment. Hood said he did not know what had caused the power outages.  Read more

Homeowners hit by flooding face April 11 deadline for NY Rising help

A year after it was begun, a New York State program to help homeowners pay for damage inflicted by Irene, Lee and Sandy is coming to a close. The NY Rising Housing Recovery Program, which funds repair, mortgage assistance, flood mitigation and buyouts of damaged homes, has declared a deadline of April 11, 2014 for homeowners to apply for assistance.

The program has already paid out over $280 million to 6,388 homeowners around the state whose homes were damaged, according to a press release announcing the deadline.

Catskills residents interested in applying to the program are encouraged to attend one of NY Rising's upcoming outreach events, scheduled in several locations around the region for this Saturday, March 29. The events will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the following locations:   Read more

Maple Weekend isn't over yet

Above: The entries in the "traditional" category of the Fleischmanns First Maple Festival's annual Maple Bake-Off, which was held last Saturday. Photo by Michelle Sidrane. 

The great thing about Maple Weekend is that it's actually two weekends.

Yes, you've got another chance this Saturday and Sunday to taste the first syrup of the 2014 maple season at sap houses and sugar bushes around the Catskills region. Try it fresh out of the evaporator, poured over pancakes, or baked into cookies, cakes, and doughnuts.

Pick up a free copy of the Catskills Food Guide while you're at it: our partners at Shaver-Hill Farm, Roxbury Mountain Maple, and the Frost Valley YMCA all have copies onhand to browse during the maple festivities.  Read more

Hurley standoff ends in arrest

A man who allegedly barricaded himself in his estranged wife's house in Hurley, threatening to shoot anyone who came in after him, was arrested Wednesday after a three-hour standoff with police.

The man, 45-year-old Edward Dixon of Sawkill Road in the town of Kingston, was wanted by police for an incident that occurred at his wife's house the previous day, according to a news release from the Ulster County Sheriff's Office.

Around 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday night, Ulster County police responded to a report of a domestic disturbance at the house on Kovacs Drive in Hurley. Dixon was not there when police arrived, but an investigation found that he had entered the house without his wife's permission, fought with her in front of two children, and taken her phone to prevent her from calling 911. Deputies got a warrant for Dixon's arrest.   Read more