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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

Neighbors may sue DEC over Belleayre Resort

Above: An interactive timeline of 15 years of Belleayre Resort review.

The staff of the New York Department of Environmental Conservation say that they have thoroughly vetted the environmental impact of the proposed Belleayre Resort on a Catskills mountaintop. But two families who weren’t part of the project’s marathon 15-year review process may sue the DEC if the agency allows the resort to go forward.

The Gould family, prominent Catskills philanthropists who are descendants of the 19th-century Catskills developer Jay Gould, own large amounts of land in Ulster and Delaware counties.

Ben Korman, a New York City real estate developer, and his wife have owned the Galli-Curci mansion, a historic property on Route 49A, since 2002.  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

Gift Ideas For Lovers of the Outdoors From a Lover of the Outdoors

If you’re scratching your head wondering what to get that special someone who spends most of his or her time outside, you can stop worrying now. Take it from me, outdoorspeople love gear almost as much as they love the mountains, and there’s always a neat new piece of equipment they’d be happy to welcome into their collections. Read on for a few prospective gifts available at Storehouse in Phoenicia, that are sure to please even the pickiest of adventurers.

Sierra Designs Dri-down Pillow $39.95

Who says you can’t sleep comfortably while camping? This ultra-comfy pillow is light and compressible enough to take on most backpacking trips and will make for one amazing sleep under the stars.

Zippo 4-in-1 Woodsman $74.95

It’s an ax! It’s a saw! It’s a whole lot of awesomeness that would be sure to impress anyone who makes campfires far off into the woods.

Farm to Feet socks $16-$25  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

This Weekend: Community pantry fundraiser at the Peekamoose

Above: Photo by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, via Flickr. 

This Sunday, the Peekamoose Restaurant & Tap Room is throwing a fundraising bash for the Community Pantry, the food pantry that serves the Delaware County town of Middletown.

The Community Pantry was founded three years ago in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene. Since then, it's grown from serving 40 families to serving 360 families, according to its organizers.

Help them help feed even more folks by buying a ticket to the Peekamoose's buffet dinner and an afternoon of promised "musical surprises."  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

Man charged with injuring passenger in Shandaken rollover

A rollover motor vehicle incident on Monday, Dec. 8 on Silver Hollow Road in the Ulster County town of Shandaken left one man in critical condition, according to the New York State Police.

The driver of the vehicle, 24-year-old Brendan M. Bailey of Shandaken, was treated for minor injuries, while his passenger, who is not being named by police, was transported to Albany Medical Center with serious physical injuries and remains in critical condition, police say.

Bailey, the driver, was charged with driving while intoxicated and with felony vehicular assault. He was ordered to appear in the town of Shandaken Court. 


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