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Cuomo celebrates with anti-fracking activists

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is basking in the celebratory mood of his constituents this week. On Wednesday, Dec. 17, his administration announced that New York State will ban hydraulic fracturing natural gas drilling and also gave a green light to a casino resort in the Catskills.

Cuomo has travelled the state to glad-hand with supporters of both moves. He gave a speech in Bethel on Thursday, Dec. 18 to a cheering pro-casino advocates in Sullivan County.  Read more

New York state bans fracking

 

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At a cabinet meeting that was open to the public today, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York State Department of Conservation Commissioner Joseph Martens and New York Department of Health Commissioner Howard Zucker announced that the practice of natural gas drilling called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, will be prohibited in New York State.   Read more

$15 million in grants go to Catskills organizations

Above: Americorps team members work on the storefront of Catskill Mountainkeeper in Livingston Manor in June 2014. Mountainkeeper received a $1.8 million grant from the state of New York on Dec. 11, 2014.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo handed out early Christmas presents on Thursday, Dec. 11 in the form of $709.2 million in economic and community development funding to hundreds of organizations across New York state. Several Catskills organizations, including MTC Cable, Catskill Mountainkeeper and the village of Sidney, received over a million dollars each. 

Through the program, called the Regional Economic Development Council initiative, New York State issues grants to businesses, community groups, nonprofits, and municipalities. The Catskills did well this year, picking up over $15 million overall, according to our back-of-the-envelope math.   Read more

This Weekend: Catskills holiday shopping guide

Above: A window display at Ragtime Clothing Exchange in Callicoon, which hosts its first Dickens on the Delaware event this weekend. Photo via the Dickens on the Delaware Facebook page. 

The snow is on the ground, just in time for the fourth installment of our holiday shopping guide. (Want even more things to do? Check out our ever-updating Catskills events calendar.) 

Here's what's happening over the weekend of Dec. 13 and 14: 

Delaware County

Santa comes to the town square in Delhi on Saturday, Dec. 13 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., along with horse and wagon rides and hot cocoa. The town's holiday lights contest ends the next day  Read more

Prattsville bridge over Schoharie Creek to be replaced

Above: The Route 23 bridge over the Schoharie Creek in Prattsville. Photo by Doug Kerr.

The steel truss bridge that carries Route 23 over the Schoharie Creek in the Greene County town of Prattsville is slated for replacement in 2016, according to the New York State Department of Transportation, which is holding a public meeting about the bridge on Thursday, Dec. 11 at the Prattsville Community Church at 6:30 p.m.

The bridge, which was built in 1949, has been repaired several times in the past decade, most recently in 2012 after workers found a crack in its steel, according to the Mountain Eagle.  Read more

Website goes down, local news publisher says unprintable things

Above: Benton, the kitten that took over the front page of the Chicago Tribune for 16 minutes on July 30, 2013, thanks to a website goof. We feel your pain, Trib.

If you visited the Watershed Post today and got an error message instead of a piece of juicy Catskills news, it's not you, it's us. Thanks to a site update that went awry, most of the links on our site were down throughout the morning and early afternoon.   Read more

Along pipeline route, dozens of landowners receive letters threatening eminent domain

Above: An excerpt from a letter sent to to landowners along the route of the Constitution Pipeline on Dec. 3. Read the full letter at the bottom of this story or by clicking here

The day after receiving federal approval, the Constitution Pipeline sent letters threatening to use eminent domain authority against dozens of landowners who are reluctant to allow the 124-mile natural gas pipeline across their land.

The pipeline, which has been in the works for two and a half years, will run from Pennsylvania through New York's Delaware, Schoharie, Broome and Chenango counties. It received conditional approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Tuesday, Dec. 2.

On Wednesday, Dec. 3, the pipeline’s law firm, Saul Ewing, began playing hardball with landowners who have not accepted the pipeline’s offer of compensation in exchange for pipeline access.  Read more

Slippery roads and a winter weather advisory

A winter weather advisory is in effect for Delaware, Greene, Schoharie, Sullivan and Ulster counties today, Friday, Dec. 5, beginning this afternoon and lasting through tomorrow morning.

The high roads in the Catskills will be icy tonight, according to a weather advisory issued by the National Weather Service in Binghamton:  Read more

This Weekend: Holiday shopping in the Catskills

Above: A festive bovine bust at Lucky Dog Farm Store in Hamden. 

Challenge: Spend every holiday shopping dollar at a Catskills merchant this month. To help you do it, here's the third installment of our holiday shopping guide. (Want even more things to do? Check out our ever-updating Catskills events calendar.) 

Here's what's happening over the weekend of Dec. 5 to 7: 

DELAWARE COUNTY  Read more

December is Safe Toy & Gifts Month

Safe toy checklist Too often, accidents involving children and toys occur and may result in eye injuries. Each year, thousands of children age 14 and younger suffered serious eye injuries, even blindness, from toys. There are three important ways you can protect your child's eyes from injuries while playing with toys: 1. Only buy toys meant for their age. 2. Show them how to use their toys safely. 3.  Read more

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