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Tappan Zee bridge build puts sturgeon under stress

Tappan Zee bridge build puts sturgeon under stress

Each spring, Atlantic sturgeon, a species dating back more than 120 million years to the era of the dinosaurs, swim up the Hudson River to spawn. These ocean-dwelling behemoths, which measure six feet or more at maturity, vacuum up mollusks, crustaceans, plants and small fish from the river bottom with their snout-like mouths and lay...
Anti-Trump vandalism mystery brings pastor under police scrutiny

Anti-Trump vandalism mystery brings pastor under police scrutiny

A Kerhonkson family’s home has been vandalized numerous times over the past two months, with the pastor of a Kingston church questioned by state police as a potential suspect. The Rev. Darlene Kelley, pastor at the Clinton Avenue United Methodist Church and the coordinator of the Caring Hands Soup Kitchen, is widely regarded as one...
Hugh Reynolds: Donald who?

Hugh Reynolds: Donald who?

Republican congressional hopeful John Faso probably isn’t the only down-ticket candidate giving Donald Trump wide berth this year. He’s just the only one I could reach by phone. I rang up the former state Assembly minority leader to ask if he’d gotten any lift from the “Trump bump” after last month’s GOP national convention in...
Letters: Barge anchorages; high-speed Internet

Letters: Barge anchorages; high-speed Internet

The public’s right to know The U.S. Coast Guard is moving forward, full steam ahead, with plans to build multiple anchorage sites along the Hudson River. I am deeply concerned that there has been such a short, and poorly publicized open comment period and that there are zero plans to hold public hearings to inform...
Cops: Samaritans foil robbery spree

Cops: Samaritans foil robbery spree

A hapless bandit’s effort to rob two women in the heart of Kingston’s Uptown nightlife district was foiled by civilians who took action, police said. According to Kingston police, the incident began around 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 9 when Catskill resident Christopher D. Hasenflue snatched a purse from a woman eating at an outside...
Two years of police-community efforts to engage bearing some fruit

Two years of police-community efforts to engage bearing some fruit

Two years after a police shooting and subsequent violent protests in Ferguson, Mo. led to the creation of the “Black Lives Matter” movement and sparked a nationwide conversation about policing and race, Kingston Police Chief Egidio Tinti said his department is working to come to terms with the issues and forge a stronger bond with...
Hugh Reynolds: After the conventions, yuk

Hugh Reynolds: After the conventions, yuk

I’ll confess I was not glued to the tube for every minute of the party conventions last month. As they appeared from my lounger, both went beyond the usual bellowing to the choir, even unto fresh-scrubbed offspring reading teleprompters on the virtues of their parents. Both major-party candidates came out of the conventions with high...
Hugh Reynolds: Hit the road, Jack

Hugh Reynolds: Hit the road, Jack

Owing to a monumental headquarters snafu by county Republicans, Assembly candidate Jack Hayes of Gardiner may lose the GOP designation, all but guaranteeing easy reelection for 10-term Democrat Kevin Cahill of Kingston. Snafu is a World War II acronym by service members for “Situation Normal, All Fouled Up” (to be polite). Under election law in...
Who killed Michael? Eight-year-old slaying remains mystery

Who killed Michael? Eight-year-old slaying remains mystery

On July 25, 2008, police and firefighters responded to a report of a vehicle fire 1,000 feet down a narrow, weed-choked lane connecting Route 32 and First Avenue at the site of the former Hudson Cement plant. When they arrived, they found a gray 2004 Nissan pickup truck engulfed in flames. Inside the cab, emergency...
Millions for Wurts Street Bridge, Kingston Rail Trail

Millions for Wurts Street Bridge, Kingston Rail Trail

Assemblyman Kevin Cahill on the afternoon of Thursday, July 28 announced a pair of state initiatives for Kingston – $37 million for “a complete rehabilitation” of the Wurts Street Bridge – or, if it’s deemed necessary, a complete replacement – and an as-yet-unspecified sum for the Kingston Rail Trail. “This investment of $37 million will allow...
Letters: Irish center concerns; a ghost mall is born?

Letters: Irish center concerns; a ghost mall is born?

No vetting for cultural center? I’m a neighbor of the proposed Irish Cultural Center (ICC) on Abeel Street in the Rondout. I’ve been voicing my concerns about the size and location of the project for some time, and I will clarify what those concerns are, but first I want to say that I am actually...
Kingston loses out on $10 million state grant, but mayor says experience was valuable

Kingston loses out on $10 million state grant, but mayor says experience was valuable

Kingston’s bid for $10 million in state money fell short following a secretive and fast-paced competition with dozens of Mid-Hudson communities orchestrated by state economic development officials. But Mayor Steve Noble said this week that the surprise scramble for state aid has helped bring new focus to efforts to revitalize Midtown Kingston. Earlier this month,...