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Tuesday November 9 headlines

Nov 09, 2010 2:08 am
2.1 percent tax hike in Greene County, no layoffs
Colin DeVries in The Daily Mail and Ariel Zangla-Girard in The Daily Freeman both report the Greene County Legislature's 2011 budget includes a 2.1 percent tax increase, and no layoffs in a tentative $99.7 million budget. "A budget hearing is scheduled for Nov. 18 in the Cairo-Durham High School, 1301 Route 145 in Durham, at 6 p.m. Copies of the budget are available in the legislature office on the fourth floor of the Greene County Office Building at 411 Main St., Catskill," DeVries reports. The The Daily Mail story includes tax rates for each town.

Greene biomass study results coming
The Daily Freeman reports the results of the Greene County Forest and Agriculture Biomass Resources Study will be presented at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Agroforestry Resource Center, 6055 Route 23. "Dan Conable from Cato Analytics will present the study, which was prepared by Cato Analytics and Clark Patterson Lee. The full report is available online at www.greeneida.com," the paper reported.

Road closures
The Columbia Paper reports The Columbia County Department of Public Works closed the county bridge that carries Stone Mill Road Extension over the Taghkanic Creek (locally known as Hildebrandt Bridge, in the towns of Greenport and Claverack) November 1, after the DOT deemed it unsafe. Since alternate routes are available and county funds low, the bridge will not be rebuilt and the nearby intersection of Yates Road and State Route 9H will also be closed to traffic. The Register Star reports, "The northernmost section of Mt. Merino Road may soon be closed to traffic, Greenport Highway Superintendent Mark Gaylord said Wednesday. He has authority to close the road if travel on it is not safe. The three-mile-long road has only two outlets, the other being west of the intersection of Route 9G and Route 23." The story reports recurring flooding problems there.

Hole in the news
On Saturday, The Daily Mail reported about journalist Amy Goodman's talk and book-signing for WGXC at the Community Theatre of Catskill last Thursday without mentioning WGXC. On Monday, The Daily Mail, in a story about the Sunday showing of Tobey Carey's film “The Catskill Mountain House and the World Around" at the same Catskill theater reported, "The film was a production of Willow Mix Media, a not-for-profit arts group, and proceeds of DVD sales go to the Greene County Council on the Arts." The Goodman appearance was a production of WGXC, and proceeds from admissions at the talk went to the station. "Democracy Now!" will air live on WGXC Monday through Friday at 8 a.m.

First snow
WGXC heard reports of snow throughout Columbia and Greene counties, with a bit of accumulation on the ground in higher altitudes, with salt trucks spotted spreading in both counties.

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