Environment
Saugertiesians urges to oppose Ulster bottling plant

Saugertiesians urges to oppose Ulster bottling plant

Upwards of two dozen gathered at Inquiring Mind bookstore on Friday evening, Dec. 12 to watch “Tapped,” a documentary film which takes a critical stance on the bottled water industry. The film alleges significant environmental and health damage, as well as an improper use of the common public resource of water for private corporate profit....
Poll: New York Bans Fracking

Poll: New York Bans Fracking

New York State banned the natural gas retrieval procedure known as High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing during a televised cabinet meeting presided over by Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday. The decision cited a variety of concerns raised by the state Department of Health and the fact that, “In New York State we’re protective of our natural...
Picking the perfect Christmas tree

Picking the perfect Christmas tree

  The narrow gravel road up to the Mountain View Tree Farm had water filling the ruts after Saturday’s rain, but Sunday dawned clear, if a bit cold, and the would-be lumberjacks had to pull to the side to pass without getting stuck. The tree farm was well populated with customers wielding bow saws as...
Opinion: Ulster bottling plant an environmental issue for Saugerties

Opinion: Ulster bottling plant an environmental issue for Saugerties

Should Saugerties care about the proposed town of Ulster Niagara Bottling plant? The plant will be creating new jobs, which we need. However, when it is fully built, it will also be disposing 345,000 gallons per day of wastewater. The town of Ulster wastewater treatment plant would receive 2,500 gallons of this wastewater daily; the...
Scenic Hudson to purchase Falling Waters in Glasco

Scenic Hudson to purchase Falling Waters in Glasco

The riverside park known as Falling Waters has become a favorite spot for walkers and joggers since opening to the public in the summer of 2011. Scenic Hudson, together with Esopus Creek Conservancy, has managed the property since obtaining access from the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill. Now, after three years of successful management, Scenic Hudson...
County, Saugerties crews to remove thousands of infested ash trees

County, Saugerties crews to remove thousands of infested ash trees

In the coming months, county road crews will begin clearing 200 ash trees along county-owned roads in Saugerties. That’s the number of trees found to be infected with the emerald ash borer beetle, according to Amanda LaValle, director of the Ulster County Department of the Environment. Recently LaValle and Aaron Bennett, deputy coordinator for the...
Eldridge and Gibson to debate energy issues at SUNY tonight

Eldridge and Gibson to debate energy issues at SUNY tonight

Congressional candidates Sean Eldridge and Chris Gibson will debate energy issues at SUNY New Paltz tonight, Oct 1, at 7 p.m. in Lecture Center room 100. Free and open to the public. Elridge, the challenger, is a Democrat. Gibson is a Republican. Likely issues include renewable energy and fracking. The forum is hosted by the Center...
Who cares about climate change?

Who cares about climate change?

Who cares about climate change? A lot of residents of Saugerties, judging from the turnout for the People’s Climate March in New York City on Sunday, Sept. 21. A special bus from Saugerties carried a couple of dozen to New York, and at least that many went by car or train to join the estimated...
Get ready for the next disaster, urges Red Cross

Get ready for the next disaster, urges Red Cross

Red Cross presenter Rebecca Lee did not elaborate on what “space weather” is or why it poses an immediate danger to New York State residents, which is a shame because it sounds like the kind of thing that could wipe Saugerties or most of the continental United States off the map. It’s also one of...
Take the bus to People’s Climate march

Take the bus to People’s Climate march

World leaders are coming to New York City for a UN summit on the climate crisis and Ulster County residents are gearing up to fill buses to participate in a large climate march on Sunday, September 21. To reserve a seat on the bus making pick-ups in Woodstock, Saugerties and Kingston, visit www.pcmmhv.eventbrite.com. Tickets cost...
Discussion: The future of fracking in NY State

Discussion: The future of fracking in NY State

The status and future of shale gas development in New York State will be the focus of a talk with journalist Tom Wilber, author of “Under the Surface: Fracking, Fortunes and the Fate of the Marcellus Shale,” on Thursday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Center for Environmental Innovation and Education at Denning’s Point...
Village wants to ‘fix’ stubborn feral cat problem

Village wants to ‘fix’ stubborn feral cat problem

Despite the best efforts of local volunteers and village officials over the last several years to eradicate the problem of feral cats, a Woodstock group has found that colonies of the animals still exist. To help alleviate the situation, village trustees at their Aug. 18 meeting hired the Woodstock Feral Cat Project. The village will...