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By Lissa Harris on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016 - 10:47 pm
A New York State Supreme Court judge has ruled to toss out a lawsuit by opponents of the long-planned Belleayre Resort project. The plaintiffs, an alliance of environmental advocates and wealthy neighbors of the land on which the project is slated to be... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Monday, Dec. 5, 2016 - 4:32 pm
A fire that broke out at a Main Street home in Hobart on Saturday afternoon was put out quickly thanks to local firefighters -- and a quick-thinking state trooper who grabbed a garden hose, the Daily Star reports. When [Hobart fire chief Josh] Mason... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Monday, Dec. 5, 2016 - 2:11 pm
Even above the poverty line, households across New York State aren't making enough money to get by.  That's the message of a recent report published by the United Way, which takes an in-depth look at household finances across the state and concludes that... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016 - 7:27 pm
Aided by the sudden arrival of wintry weather in the region, all three major Catskills ski resorts are slated to open for the season on Thanksgiving weekend.  Belleayre, Windham and Hunter are all gearing up for Opening Day on Friday, Nov. 25. Snowmaking... Read more
Kaaterskill Falls in 2009
By Lissa Harris on Monday, Nov. 14, 2016 - 4:32 pm
A Newburgh man fell to his death from the top of Kaaterskill Falls on Saturday, Nov. 12, New York State Police report. According to a police statement, 30-year-old Anthony Miele was hiking near the top of the two-tier falls when he slipped on ice and moss... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016 - 3:19 pm
New York State voters opted overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton in the Presidential election on Tuesday; in unofficial results, Clinton received roughly 58.8 percent of the votes cast, while Donald Trump got 37.4 percent.  In the Catskills region -- and in... Read more
Vote
By Lissa Harris on Monday, Nov. 7, 2016 - 10:25 pm
Tuesday, Nov. 8 is Election Day -- and we've put together a few resources to help Catskills voters make the most of it.  The widget below is from Google. Type in your address to see who's on the ballot in your district, and to find the location of your... Read more
Nick Bove
By Jessica Porter on Monday, Nov. 7, 2016 - 7:13 pm
Tannersville recently welcomed a new outdoors store, Hunter Mountain Outfitters. The shop celebrated its grand opening on Memorial Day weekend, and is gearing up for its first winter season. But it’s the indoor rock wall that makes the store unique in the... Read more
Now Is the Time. Now Is the Best Time. Now Is the Best Time of Your Life
By Jenna Scherer on Friday, Nov. 4, 2016 - 5:22 pm
Upstate New York and its urban neighbor to the south have always had a fraught relationship. The Catskills sends its water down to the city, the city sends its leaf peepers up to the mountains, and the Hudson River flows both ways. Now Is the Time. Now Is... Read more
Drought-stricken Esopus Creek
By Lissa Harris on Friday, Nov. 4, 2016 - 3:22 pm
New York State environmental officials have issued an emergency ban on fishing in the upper Esopus Creek, citing prolonged drought that has left water levels in the creek alarmingly low.  Fishing is prohibited in an 11.9-mile stretch of the creek, from... Read more
Catksill Park sign
By Lissa Harris on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016 - 9:17 pm
A New York State budget earmark of $500,000 to fund projects in the Catskill Park, announced earlier this year, may be a fraction of what Catskills regional advocates had originally hoped for. But it’s enough to get the ball rolling on more ambitious... Read more
Dr. Frank-N-Furter and Janet in the Shandaken Theatrical Society Playhouse production
By Anne Pyburn Craig on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016 - 8:17 am
It may be snowing in parts of the Catskills this morning, but the calendar says that it's Halloween weekend. It’s time to frolic where the goblins go; time to choose a fantasy to embody and dress up for a night. Or maybe two. Or more: With our five-county... Read more
Bollinger Mockup
By Robert Cairns on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016 - 7:06 pm
The Catskills are betting big on electric vehicles. Public electric vehicle (EV) charging stations dot the region—close enough to keep an electric car driving for a whole day of leaf-peeping—and a Delaware County designer is building a prototype for a... Read more
Bagnall-Graham
By Timothy Knight on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016 - 2:17 pm
With only weeks left until election day, Democratic New York State Senate candidate Jermaine Bagnall-Graham is flying under the radar in his bid to unseat incumbent Republican State Senator James Seward in New York's 51st Senate District. Seward is... Read more
Belleayre
By Julia Reischel on Monday, Oct. 10, 2016 - 12:23 pm
A state judge has ordered the town of Shandaken to examine whether the most profitable part of the long-awaited Belleayre Resort, over 200 real estate “lodging units” that could be sold as condos or timeshares, are allowed under the town’s zoning laws. ... Read more
Skeleton
By Anne Pyburn Craig on Friday, Oct. 7, 2016 - 12:50 pm
The idea of celebrating the discovery of an inhabited continent may have lost a good bit of its luster, but a three-day-weekend at autumn’s glorious peak is a gift nonetheless. It is boots and sweaters, pumpkins and cider, live music outdoors and lots of... Read more
Tierra L. Scott
By Julia Reischel on Monday, Oct. 3, 2016 - 12:21 pm
A 27-year-old woman who was under arrest stole a police vehicle, dragged a state trooper and then fled, prompting an eight-hour manhunt on Sunday, Oct. 2 in Schoharie County, police say. The woman, Tierra L. Scott, was being transported to the Schoharie... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Monday, Oct. 3, 2016 - 11:49 am
Gabriel Espinosa took this shot of a hot air balloon rising into the sky at the first annual Jeffersonville Festival of Balloons, which was held in the Sullivan County village on Saturday, Oct. 1 and Sunday, Oct. 2. The festival hosted about six hot air... Read more
 The view down a portion of the new 200-step stone staircase that leads up the side of Kaaterskill Falls
By Julia Reischel on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016 - 12:02 pm
Every October, right as the leaves begin to turn on the high peaks of the Catskills, outdoorsfolks of all stripes collaborate on a week-long celebration of the Catskill Park called the Lark in the Park. The Lark, which began on Saturday, Oct. 1 and runs... Read more
Hudson River Valley Jacket
By Julia Reischel on Thursday, Sep. 29, 2016 - 5:26 pm
“I think one cannot divide the Hudson Valley from the Catskills in a historic account, and I try to keep that theme alive in small ways,” said Vernon Benjamin, the author of the voluminous new book “The History of the Hudson River Valley: From the Civil... Read more

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