A Cairo man was recently charged with off-season poaching for shooting a 150-pound black bear near his house on May 29, according to officials from the Department of Environmental Conservation.
Joseph Budz, 40, admitted to shooting the bear, and agreed to pay $752.50 to the Cairo Town Court to settle the misdemeanor charge in a civil compromise.
According to DEC officials, a necropsy showed that the bear was killed while moving away from the shooter, and died from a single gunshot wound. The bear was reportedly not acting in an aggressive or destructive manner.
Above: Detail from a map showing the route of the proposed Constitution Pipeline, a 122-mile, 30-inch natural gas pipeline that will connect gas from hydrofracked wells in Pennsylvania to a larger network of pipelines serving New York and New England. From an application filed by pipeline developers with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on June 13, published in the Federal Register on July 2. The entire application is available from FERC's eLibrary; follow the instructions in the Federal Register notice linked above to find the documents. Anyone who wants to comment on the application -- or file to be considered as an "intervenor," a status that allows more input on the process to parties affected by it -- can do so until July 17.
Planning to spend Independence Day in the Catskills? You'll have your pick of festivals, parades, and demonstrations of explosive exuberance. (We've updated these listings -- thanks for the suggestions! -- Ed.)
Events featuring fireworks are listed first -- read on, and you’ll find other celebrations of all sorts. Unless otherwise specified, fireworks happen at dusk.
Trailbuilders of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference spent their Saturday rebuilding a bridge on the Long Path in Platte Clove. For more photos of the rebuild -- and an idea of how badly the bridge needed an upgrade -- see the NY-NJTC's photo album of the rebuild.
Happy Monday, Catskills! We hope your sump pumps are working.
So far, last week's rain has shown no sign of going away. It was a soggy weekend across the Catskills, with a few outbreaks of flash flooding around the region.