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Amtrak Pulls Plan to Fence Off Parts of Hudson River

Amtrak announced Friday it would withdraw an application seeking to fence off more than a mile-and-a-half of Hudson River shoreline. The emailed announcement ended for the moment a battle between Hudson River municipalities and Amtrak that started last winter when the federally-subsidized rail company sought permission from the New York State Department of State (NYSDOS)…

The Hudson Valley vs. NYC – A Day In TOHV

While cruising up the Hudson River from NYC on a rarely-punctual Amtrak last Monday, I was able to reflect on the positives of the city, an unusual moment for someone who generally squints angrily when people go on extended raves about the place. I’m a rabid Hudson Valley fan, and there is little room left…

Smoking and Staggering Up Balsam Mountain

“You don’t have spikes?” The middle-aged man had planted himself in the center of the trail, hands clenched around his hiking poles at stomach level like he was really excited to be asking Morgan this. “Nah…” Morgan was not wearing spikes, the hiking boot attachment that gives one traction in the snow, and in fact…

New Paltz Takes on ICE

Kevin Halcott was friends with Matthew Rojas for a year-and-a-half before he got a call from Rojas’ roommate telling him the 23-year-old had been arrested by ICE agents outside the New Paltz Town Courthouse. Halcott tells me this at a back table in Mudd Puddle, a local coffee spot squatting among two rows of eclectic…

A Litany of F***-Ups – A Day in TOHV

Sometimes, it’s necessary in life to be objective. I find this extra-helpful when something ridiculously unpleasant is happening — you just picture yourself as an actor in some ribald comedy and laugh along with the audience. It’s how I got through most of my 20s. I was forced to apply this coping mechanism a couple…

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Hudson Seeking ‘Branding Consultant’

The City of Hudson’s Tourism Board is looking for a ‘branding consultant’ to create a plan for marketing the city. The request for proposal (RFP) was sent out in mid-November and seeks a contract with a consultant to “assist the (Tourism) Board in developing a tourism branding and marketing strategy that encompasses strategic research and…

Here’s How Climate Change Could Affect the Hudson Valley

Temperatures are expected to rise in the Hudson Valley and Catskills more drastically than most of the U.S. due to climate change, with the region seeing temperatures four-to-five degrees higher by 2050 when compared to the late 20th century. These predictions come from the Fourth National Climate Assessment, a voluminous report produced by the National…

The Fight to Save Tillson Lake

Jaqueline Ahl and Eric Roth take full advantage of their proximity to Tillson Lake in Gardiner, swimming the 25-acre lagoon in the warm months and hiking the trails curling around it. They also own a canoe. Gliding a few inches above the water gives them a unique perspective. “Part of it is…being able to be…

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Delgado’s Win Decided by Surge in Voter Participation

The “Blue Wave” hit the 19th District in the 2018 midterms — hard. Antonio Delgado’s victory in the midterms was helped by a surge of voter participation, with the number of voters turning out in some parts of the 19th District looking more like a presidential election. This increase in voting numbers went to the…

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My Predictions for Today’s Elections

It has been a particularly intense midterm season. I should know, because I’ve been covering it since September 2017, before (self-props) anyone else was. Now, 13 months later, it is election day. I just left my local polling place after voting (no, I’m not going to tell you who for), and there was a 15-person…

Protestors Hope This Is The Last ‘Faso Friday’

About 150 activists braved the drizzle Friday to rage against the policies of Republicans John Faso and Donald Trump mere feet from Faso’s office. Protestors have been gathering at Rep. Faso’s offices in Kingston, Kinderhook and Delhi since Faso and Trump were elected two years ago, hoisting signs, playing music and leading chants about what…

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Booing and Allegations at Final Faso-Delgado Debate

Congressman John Faso and Democratic challenger Antonio Delgado traded barbs and attempted to call each other out for lying during NY-19’s final debate before the midterm elections next week. The debate, hosted by The Times-Herald Record and held on the SUNY Sullivan campus, was pierced by cheers, hisses, boos, clapping, derisive laughter and occasional yelling,…