Environment
No-bid wood chipper targets invasive beetle

No-bid wood chipper targets invasive beetle

The town’s highway superintendent hopes a bigger, better wood chipper will help eradicate the devastating force of the Emerald Ash Borer. The board unanimously approved the purchase of a 2014 Morbark 15R wood chipper from A. Montano Company Inc. of Saugerties at a cost of $47,068. The price includes a $4,000 trade-in allowance for a...
Hudson River bald eagles defend their turf

Hudson River bald eagles defend their turf

Binoculars are standard gear for birdwatchers and ship-spotters. They are worth their weight on a hike, especially to the Lighthouse where there is plenty to see, and especially during the spring thaw when so much is happening along the river corridor. With a bit of magnification, the obscure dark silhouette in a distant treetop becomes...
Food security: Where do we stand?

Food security: Where do we stand?

We don’t give much thought to food security here, where we’re only a short drive away from pretty much anything we could think of buying to eat. From supermarkets to farmers markets, our tables are laden with comestibles from near and far. But as blizzards and hurricanes exacerbated by climate change have shown, we’re really only...
Opinion: Pilgrim Pipeline needs to come clean

Opinion: Pilgrim Pipeline needs to come clean

In a letter to the editor of this paper, George Bochis, vice president of development for Pilgrim Pipeline Holdings LLC, recently tried to dismiss the concerns of New Yorkers who are questioning the need for a new oil pipeline. Bochis failed to provide sources of information to back up his claims. This has been a...
Opinion: Green energy for all Saugerties

Opinion: Green energy for all Saugerties

How many people aren’t anxious about rate increases on their electric bills? Who didn’t get concerned over the Fortis takeover of Central Hudson in 2013? And among those who have taken matters into their own hands and installed solar panels and photovoltaic, there’s a lot of confusion around net metering. It seems like consumers just...
Remaking the power grid

Remaking the power grid

The last couple of years have seen some changes for electricity consumers in the Hudson Valley — changes not necessarily kind to their pocketbooks. First there was the takeover of Central Hudson by Fortis, a Canadian-based holding company, which took away local control of gas and electric for the first time in over a century....
Letters: Turn your back on fossil fuels

Letters: Turn your back on fossil fuels

Though we appreciate Mr. Bochis taking the time to write to our humble small town newspaper, we find it interesting that it takes the vice president of the Pilgrim Pipeline to come up with the talking points needed to defend their position to the people of our town. The threat of Mr. Bochis’s Pilgrim Pipeline...
Saugerties holds off on anti-pipeline resolution

Saugerties holds off on anti-pipeline resolution

The Town Board got an earful from opponents of a proposed oil pipeline, but decided against passing a resolution to oppose the project until it receives more information. Sue Rosenberg of Citizens Against Pilgrim Pipeline delivered an anti-pipeline petition to the board signed by 100 Saugerties residents at the Jan. 21 meeting. Pilgrim proposes building...
Opinion: Pilgrim Pipeline offers a safer way to transport oil

Opinion: Pilgrim Pipeline offers a safer way to transport oil

A complex energy routine currently takes place in the Hudson Valley corridor. Every year, more than three billion gallons of critical refined products such as gasoline and heating oil are loaded onto river barges in New Jersey for delivery to points along the Hudson River Valley. And every year, roughly the same amount of crude...
Driftwood for artists

Driftwood for artists

  The New York City Department of Environmental Protection will offer a limited supply of free driftwood from Ashokan Reservoir to artists and craftsmen Friday, Jan. 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at a staging area on Beaverkill Road in Olivebridge, near the intersection with Route 28A. DEP staff will be on hand to...
Opinion: Oppose Pilgrim Pipeline

Opinion: Oppose Pilgrim Pipeline

By now readers of this paper should be aware that Pilgrim Pipeline Holdings, LLC would like to build a 178-mile pipeline along the Thruway to carry crude oil from Albany to refineries in New Jersey and refined petroleum products in the other direction. We can’t let this happen. Many residents of towns along this route...

Pilgrim Pipeline opposition meeting in Saugerties

A public meeting organized to rally opposition to the oil pipeline proposed by Pilgrim Pipeline Holdings, LLC, to carry fracked crude oil through the town of Saugerties will be held on Saturday, Jan. 10 at 3 p.m. at the Senior Center on the corner of Robinson and Market streets. The proposed pipeline would carry crude oil...

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