A month-long investigation by Delaware County police into local drug traffic has led to the arrest of a Walton man on heroin-related charges. The suspect was a recent graduate of a "boot camp" drug treatment program to which he was sentenced after a previous felony conviction, police say.
On Thursday afternoon, Delaware County investigators and sheriff's deputies arrested Parker on a sealed grand jury indictment warrant charging him with three counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance. Read more
Longtime Catskills wilderness guide Charles “Sonny” Somelofski has earned a few more gray hairs since this photo was taken — and caught countless more fish. Photo courtesy of
Catskill Outdoor Adventures (catskilloutdooradventures.com).
Charles “Sonny” Somelofski of Catskill Outdoor Adventures in Margaretville (catskilloutdooradventures.com), remembers when the licensing process to become an outdoor guide in New York state was a simple paper questionnaire with a $2 fee that asked whether he could swim, handle a boat, and read a map and compass.
“That was it, back then,” Somelofski says. “Bang! I was able to take people out and do it all.”
Today, being a state-licensed outdoor guide requires a bit more: taxable income disclosure forms, a physician’s statement, and certifications in first aid, CPR, and water safety. Those are the just the basics. Guides can be licensed in a number of different categories, ranging from camping and fishing to whitewater rafting and ice climbing, each with different licensing requirements.
The heart of guiding, however, has remained the same: proving to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) that you can reliably take paying customers out into the great outdoors and bring them back again in one piece. Read more
A cyclist takes a break for the panoramic view from Castle Point on the Shawangunk Ridge, at the southeastern edge of the Catskills. Photo courtesy of Riding the Catskills (ridingthecatskills.com).
Climb up and over the rocky Shawangunk Ridge to a spectacular vista overlooking the Hudson Valley. Meander along hundreds of miles of carriage lanes and trails through the Mohonk Preserve. Ride through rolling pastureland on 19th- century dirt roads, lined by mossy stone walls and shaded by tunnels of overarching trees. Travel winding country roads for hours without seeing more cars than you can count on your fingers.
The Catskill Mountains were made for cycling. And if you’re not here already, they’re easier to get to than you might think. From New York City, in less than two hours by car, you can leave urban sprawl far behind and discover a cycling utopia. You don’t even need a car to get here: Bring your bike on a scenic 90-minute Metro-North train up the majestic Hudson River to Poughkeepsie, cycle across the Walkway Over the Hudson, and you’re practically in the Catskills. Read more
The storm was brief, beginning at midnight and lasting roughly 20 minutes, but caused major damage, especially to the towns of Bovina and Delhi, according to Director of Emergency Services and Fire Coordinator for Delaware County Steve Hood.
Hood said the storm resulted in a large number of fallen trees throughout the area and sections of two roads in Delhi — Federal Road No. 2 and Glen Burnie Road— have been blocked off because of it.
Above: Devin Hulse, left, in his role as the "lonely kid," making snow angels after finding his imaginary friend, played by Ricky Wood, right, in the CMFF award winning music video "Imaginary Friends." Photo courtesy of The Castkill Mountains Film Festival.
Eric Webler pulled his buddy’s van into the McDonald’s parking lot and began editing what would become an award winning film.
“We’re amateurs,” Webler said. “We needed the wifi.”
Webler said he was 10 years old when he got his start in filmmaking after gaining a sizable following on YouTube from his stop motion videos of toys cars.
Seven years later, Webler, 17, is part of a crew of five Walton teenagers who produced the music video “Imaginary Friends.” In May, the video won a coveted “Catty” award for best high school music video at the Catskill Mountains Film Festival (CMFF).
Music by artist Laszlo is the backdrop for the video that tells the story of a lonely kid’s adventure.
Fifteen year-old Devin Hulse portrayed the lonely kid — a recluse who wanders the bare, snow-banked streets in search of excitement.
He finds fun in the form of a friend, played by Ricky Wood 16, who seemingly pops into existence. They venture off until confronted by two bullies, played by Webler and Robbie Phraner, 16. Read more
Forecasters are expecting over two inches of rain to fall over a period of less than three hours on Friday afternoon and evening, which could cause flooding in small streams and areas of poor drainage.
Included in the flood watch are Delaware and Sullivan counties. The watch will remain in effect until midnight.
Below: A forecast posted on Facebook by NWS Binghamton forecasters.
Strapping on your hiking shoes isn’t the only way to see the Catskills: You can also hit the trail on horseback. Trail-riding companies operate throughout the region, and they offer an alternative way to enjoy the spectacular views and fresh mountain air that make the Catskills a paradise for hikers.
Novice and experienced riders alike should have a pre-ride safety check with the trail ride leader, says Laura Phoenix, a riding coach and equestrian specialist at Country Meadows Equine in Delaware County. Before embarking, beginning riders should be shown how make their mount turn left or right — and most importantly, how to stop.
As you ride, the group should set the pace at the comfort level of the most inexperienced rider, in order to ensure a successful ride for everyone in the group.
After horse and rider have gotten acquainted, it’s time to sit back and enjoy the views.
Spring is a great time to take a trail ride, Phoenix says. Read more