Febuary 25, 2009, Phoenicia Times: Resort Moving Forward? Project ‘Alive And Kicking’ Says Gitter; DEC Reports Quiet

Resort Moving Forward?
Project ‘Alive And Kicking’ Says Gitter;
DEC Reports Quiet On The Western Front

2/25/2010 By Brian Powers
If packed houses suggest anticipation, then the overflow crowd at 7:30 in the morning seemed primed for news last week, as proposed Belleayre Resort developer Dean Gitter addressed an Ulster County Chamber of Commerce breakfast at Kingston’s Holiday Inn. It was Gitter’s fourth such update of the past decade to one of his few reliably supportive audiences, and the first time since 2007 that he’s publicly addressed the long-delayed project’s status.
"The Belleayre Resort is alive and kicking and moving nicely towards its reality," said Gitter, adding that while he’s "more enthusiastic than ever, it’s not a done deal."

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SCHEINMEDIA AND SUNY NEW PALTZ ENVIRONMENTAL TASK FORCE ANNOUNCE FORUM ON THE FUTURE OF GAS DRILLING IN NEW YORK STATE

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February 26, 2010, Propublica: New Yorkers’ Drilling Comments Are In … Now What?

New Yorkers’ Drilling Comments Are In … Now What?

Protesters against natural gas drilling in New York gather outside of the Department of Environmental Conservation's public hearing in New York City on Nov. 10, 2009. (Susan White/ProPublica)
Protesters against natural gas drilling in New York gather outside of the Department of Environmental Conservation’s public hearing in New York City on Nov. 10, 2009. (Susan White/ProPublica)

When New York State’s environmental agency came out with a draft environmental review of drilling [1] in the Marcellus Shale in September, it set off a flurry of action for environmentalists, industry advocates and the general public.

People were given 30 days — later extended to 90 [2] — to digest the highly technical 800-plus-page document and submit comments. They could also voice their opinions at four public [3] hearings [4].

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Artist Eliza Pratt Graetorex subject of Cole House Sunday Salon

At the lower end of the Catskills, in southwestern Ulster County, where the Catskills meet the Shawangunk Ridge — a mountainous-type terrain that runs from the Lake Mohonk and Minnewaska area down to Port Jervis, where it then continues as the Blue Mountains on the other side of the Delaware Water Gap — there is a small community called Cragsmoor that is nestled on top of the highest point in the Shawangunks, which enjoys scenery that rivals that from the Catskill escarpment and the old Catskill Mountain House vista.

Because of its locale, Cragsmoor — like Palenville — enjoyed an early period as an artists’ colony, with names like E. L. Henry, Frederick Dellenbaugh, George Inness, and, later on, Charles Courtney Curran bringing the attention of the nation to the raw beauty and majestic landscape that is literally perched atop Ordovician pebble soil — a distinctly different look and feel to the lay of the land than anywhere else in the Hudson Valley.

It houses the world’s only high elevation dwarf pitch pine forest and — once embraced within a 20th century tourist facility called Ice Caves Mountain — the adjoining lookout from Sam’s Point is today part of the 5,400 acre Sam’s Point Preserve, owned by the Open Space Institute and managed by the Nature Conservancy.

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NYC May Have the High Line, but the West Kaats Have the Snow Line For folks with winter attitude

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DELHI, NY (01/20/2010)(readMedia)– For folks who like walking uninterrupted above the crowds on New York City’s Highline – they should check out the Catskill Mountains uncrowded trails, ski slopes, and main streets for real winter relaxation. The Western side of the Catskills is the first mountain range east of the Rockies that accomodates a snowline at 1800 feet above sea level. Winter weather systems that move through leave a clearly delineated line on the mountain tops where there snow precipitation really cranks it up a notch. Understanding that most folks in the metro area don’t think snow if it’s not in front of them, the Great Western Catskills Facebook page now includes a Photo of the Day section so you can remember just what the white stuff looks like and be inspired to plan a visit.

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