General News

The calm before the storm?

The calm before the storm?

It’s too soon to know how the pandemic that has particularly ravaged the New York metropolitan area will affect the economic relationship between America’s biggest city and its immediate Upstate neighbors. When things settle down, will there be more home-buying from downstaters seeking refuge?

National debate over public regulation in a pandemic plays out in local actions

National debate over public regulation in a pandemic plays out in local actions

Two local businessowners – a barber and auctioneer – were cited in the last week for operating in violation of the state ban on nonessential businesses. Local observers immediately took to social media to argue the case. Were businessowners like these demonstrating a recklessness that would prolong the outbreak? Or was the time ripe for rebellion against overly restrictive (or paternalistic) state guidelines?

Mohonk Preserve to reopen most trails

Mohonk Preserve to reopen most trails

Reopening on Wednesday, May 20 are: West Trapps, East Trapps Connector, Spring Farm, and Upper Duck Pond trailheads, as well as the Visitor Center. The Coxing Trailhead remains closed. Mountain climbing and bouldering won’t be permitted at this phase and horse trailer parking won’t be allowed due to limited parking (around 50 percent capacity, depending on the lot). Some parts of the preserve, such as Split Rock, won’t be open, but most trails will be, according to Mohonk Preserve Communication Director Gretchen Reed.