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Saugerties High School’s top two

Emily Christiansen and Hilary Mulford are the valedictorian and salutatorian of the Saugerties High School Class of 2019. Both are scholars, athletes, jobholders and environmental advocates.


High taxes blamed for declining Twin Counties population

Population in the Twin Counties is on the decline, according to the latest report from the U.S. Census Bureau. The annual census data factors in birth, death, immigration and emigration rates from 2010 to 2018. Columbia and Greene counties ranked 14th and 31st in the state, respectively. Greene decr


Ash dump plan for Greene County quarry opposed

Newly purchased by Australian investors, the nation's second-largest trash incineration firm wants to dump incinerator ash inside a former Greene County limestone quarry, drawing opposition from environmentalists over a potential threat to the nearby Hudson River.


Woodstock asks businesses to avoid providing single-use items

WOODSTOCK, N.Y. – Officials are endorsing a 21st century etiquette that asks food industry personnel to withhold singe-use items such as straws, stirring sticks, to-go coffee cups and chopsticks, unless customers ask for them.


Greene County inmate accused of killing cellmate

CATSKILL — The Greene Correctional Facility inmate accused in the death of his cellmate would have been eligible for parole next week, authorities said Tuesday. Anthony Paradise, 40, of Ballston Spa was arraigned Tuesday on a sealed indictment handed down by a Greene County grand jury for second deg


Saugerties considers new noise rules

SAUGERTIES, N.Y. – Comments on a proposed town Noise Control Law largely had a supportive ring as officials began a review of a seven-page ordinance that would provide police with the ability to deal with nuisance noise.


The Woodstock Fire Department needs you

When Jessica Rose first volunteered for the Woodstock Fire Department, she took what’s called an “exterior” role, helping at accident scenes and setting up road closures. “As much as that seems insignificant,” she said, “it’s really important. Every single person offers something unique to this depa


Max V. Shaul State Park to host I Love My Park Day event

FULTONHAM — Max V. Shaul State Park will host volunteers as part of more than 130 cleanup, improvement and beautification events happening statewide May 4. I Love My Park Day is an exciting statewide event to improve and enhance New York’s state parks and historic sites and bring visibility to the e


Woodstock 50 Festival Postpones Ticket On-Sale Date

Photo: Variety — The troubledWoodstock 50 festival has run into more difficulties, as multiple sources told Variety late Friday that the April 22 on-sale date for the event has been postponed.


Andrew Cuomo arrives at the New York International Auto Show in style

Even the governor has given up on the subways. Gov. Cuomo rolled up to the annual New York International Auto Show Saturday morning in a Roush Mustang, flanked by comic actor Tracy Morgan.


New York state tax revenues plummet by $3.7 billion

New York state tax revenues fell by $3.7 billion, or 4.7 percent, last year — the largest collapse since the 9/11 attacks — but officials downplayed the significance. Trying to find a bright side, state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said things could have been worse since a surge in collections last m


HIRING 716: Governor Cuomo creates task force to train for jobs in auto industry

Hiring 716 is WKBW's new initiative committed to highlighting job opportunities, challenges and success stories in Western New York. Learn more at Hiring716.com. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday the creation of the Excelsior Automotive Technician Task Force, which will develop progr


Report: NY state agencies overtime pay highest in a decade

NEW YORK (AP) - New York state agencies paid nearly $787 million in overtime for more than 18 million extra hours worked by state employees in 2018, according to a new report released Thursday by state comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.


Stripers are here — right on time!

The spring striper run in our area has been on since the beginning of the month. It got off to a good start with 18 to 28-inch fish being caught in fair numbers well south of Catskill down just north of.


Hudson Valley Earth Day Events for 2019

Earth Day is an annual celebration to raise the public’s knowledge of ways to prevent pollution and how to protect the planet. This worldwide event reminds us why Earth Day is important.


Ahead of Woodstock 50th An­niversary, Con­struction in Bethel Causes Conflict

As the Sullivan County town of Bethel prepares for the summer tourist season, Woodstock's 50th Anniversary is on everyone's mind. Thousands of people are expected to mark the iconic music festival at Bethel Woods.


N.J. drivers could get a break on N.Y.'s congestion pricing, but state won’t get any cash

NJ Transit and PATH may not get a piece of New York City’s congestion pricing pie, said toll experts debating that plan on Friday, because they believe not many Jersey drivers will ditch their cars and get on a crowded train or bus.


74-year-old man charged with public lewdness at Hurley Rail Trail

HURLEY, N.Y. — A 74-year-old Lake Katrine man was accused of masturbating in front of a woman at a rail trail, according to state police at Ulster. Douglas H. Lackner was charged Tuesday with public lewdness, a misdemeanor, police said.


TOP 5 ways to explore nature this spring locally

After a brutal winter, springtime has finally arrived. It’s a great time to go outside and explore whatever outdoor adventure awaits you. Whether you enjoy hiking, rock climbing, bird watching or waterfalls, there’s plenty to do. Here are a few ideas to help you make this spring season a memorable o


Assistant DA: Saugerties teen’s collapse not related to opioid-laced marijuana

A Saugerties teen’s apparent drug-related collapse in Greene County last week set off a cavalcade of rumors throughout the community, but a top county law enforcement official said this week the incident had nothing to do with alleged fentanyl-laced marijuana said to be circulating in the area.