Let them eat broadband

While the Huffington Post gleefully declares phone calls, newspaper classifieds and letter-writing obsolete, Sullivan County blogger and news columnist Jeanne Sager frets that the world is leaving rural upstate New York behind.

As of August of 2009, Neilsen estimated there were more than 220 million Internet users, but only 69 million were broadband subscribers. Listen at a local town board meeting, and there are repeated pleas by residents for these resources - requests to resist the frogmarch toward irrelevancy. We need to get moving before another decade passes us by.

Daily News minces no words on fracking

The New York Daily News editorial department doesn't want natural-gas drilling in the New York City watershed. Really, really doesn't want it.

Absolutely, positively and inscribed in stone, Gov. Paterson must bar any thought of putting the city water supply at risk by allowing natural gas drilling a hop, skip and a jump from the banks of upstate reservoirs.

Cafe Tango owner faces deportation

Unless things change dramatically for Emilio Maya, a restaurant owner, husband and father in Saugerties, he'll be on a plane to Argentina in a few weeks. A Daily Freeman story reports that on November 17, immigration agents seized him on his way to work and shipped him to a jail in Pennsylvania.

 

From that jail, Maya said, he was brought to Manhattan to be deported. “The Argentine Embassy called my wife and said, ‘Bring a suitcase, he’s being deported,’” Maya said.

Celebs lurking in them thar hills

Adrian Greiner,star of HBO's "Entourage" and drummer for the Honey Brothers, has been hanging out in Ulster County lately, the Times Herald-Record observes. The manager of Sami's gets in touch with his inner fanboy:

"He actually gave me a hug goodbye," Rodriguez said. "He was real cool. Real cool."

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Hunter Mountain breaks ground for zipline

One word: Whee.

For those unfamiliar with Zipline, take warning, it is not for the faint of heart.

It consists of two raised platforms connected by a long cable from which hang harnesses that people strap themselves into.

Then they fling themselves off into space and gravity does the rest, whipping the joyriders at heart-stopping speeds along the track to the bottom platform.

"Albany beef" considered for endangered species list

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Life's tough when your eggs sell for $250 a pound. The Atlantic sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrhynchus), whose prehistoric shape you might recognize from road signs around the Hudson watershed, is now under consideration for the federal endangered species list. From a story in the Charleston Sun News:

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