IN THE ZONE... The Esopus Creek
hosted the annual kayak slaloms the first weekend in June, with
high waters from a portal release making for fun times, as well
as a bit of cleansing of what had been a red river last issue...
One Review Or Two?
Resorts Ties To DEC's Ski Center Sought As Towns Line Up
By Paul Smart
& Brian Powers
The Catskill Preservation Coalition, representing eleven national,
regional, and local environmental groups in the Belleayre Resort
issues conference, has filed a motion to "stay" the
current hearings being held by the State Department of Environmental
In a Motion for Discovery filed by CPC attorney Marc Gerstman
on June 2, the Coalition asserts that the current review needs
to include growth plans for DEC's own Belleayre Mountain Ski Center
in order to properly assess the full cumulative impacts of the
ski area expansion and the resort proposed to surround it.
Onteora Trots Out Its Latest Budget Seeking To Avoid Contingency
By Violet Snow
On Tuesday, June 22, Onteora school district voters will accept
or reject a second budget proposal totaling $41,967,769, down
by more than $700,000 from the budget defeated by the voters
last month. The new proposal represents an increase of 4.14
percent over this year's budget, with an estimated average
6.54 percent tax levy hike. If this budget fails, the district
will go to a contingency budget, limited by law to a 2.76
percent increase, resulting in a 4.72 percent tax increase.
Between Two Rocks
Looking Ever-more Deeply Into The Sad Truths Of The Large Parcel
By Gary Alexander
An Onteora teacher with many years of experience says it's
the worst thing that's ever happened to the school district
and wishes it would just go away. The school board finds that
the politics of it have put them in a position to learn all
the intimate details of the origins of the expression "between
a rock and a hard place." Taxpayers of Olive find themselves
faced with the most precipitous tax hike in the history of
the town because of it.
Joyce Grant's Memory Business
By Brian Powers
In the realm of internet-based businesses, Joyce Grant has definitely
found her niche. When the Today Show recently needed a pet rock,
they found that niche easily enough; so did the folks from the
Drew Carey show when they needed a set of 1960's lawn darts.
And if you've secretly yearned for the therapeutic touch of
some Rock -Em Sock -Em Robots or a really nice Batman lunchbox,
you might just find what you need at Joyce's TimewarpToys.com.