Lissa Harris

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Lissa Harris is the founder and publisher of the Watershed Post.

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Apr. 23, 2010
The New York Times story on the DEC's recent announcement on gas drilling, posted this morning, has been beefed up with some more reporting since then. Here's DEC Commissioner Pete Grannis baldly admitting that the DEC's goal was to tread the narrow path... Read more
Apr. 23, 2010
The DEC's announcement that their road map for gas drilling in New York State doesn't apply to New York City's watershed caught us by surprise. (See our ongoing coverage here.) Looks like they called a bunch of beat reporters to break the story:... Read more
Apr. 23, 2010
This just in: The DEC has declared that their draft regulations on natural-gas drilling don't apply to New York City's watershed. (Or, for that matter, Syracuse's Skaneateles Lake watershed, also among a handful of water systems in the nation allowed by... Read more
Apr. 22, 2010
While battles rage over Marcellus shale gas drilling, Cornell scientist Robert Howarth has quietly released a report that could change everything. His surprising claim: Natural gas has a far greater carbon footprint than oil, and could even be more... Read more
Apr. 22, 2010
Good news, if you live next door to a giant smoke-belching outdoor wood boiler. Not so good news if you're the one heating your house with it. According to a press release, the DEC is mulling stricter regulations on the devices: In response to visible... Read more
Apr. 22, 2010
Comments aren't gone, the Daily Star tells us -- the paper has just switched to Disqus for its comment system. Old comments are gone, alas. But their new system is one many newspapers and blogs are using, and.it's got some good features for commenters,... Read more
Apr. 21, 2010
In a bold move that can best be described as the Vatican II of copyediting, the AP announced recently that the proper spelling for one of those Internet gizmoids the kids are all up on shall henceforth be "website," not "Web site." Journalists, take note...
Apr. 21, 2010
The Oneonta Daily Star unveiled its new website last night, as part of a company-wide push by its corporate parent, Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc. Webmaster Jason Whitney claims it's not that different now... Whitney said the changes to the site will... Read more
Apr. 19, 2010
Many New Yorkers are looking to halt the march of natural-gas drilling in their vast watershed. Manhattan borough president Scott Stringer has the support of dozens of NYC organizations for his "Kill the Drill" campaign. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been... Read more
Apr. 19, 2010
Peter Applebome's Our Towns column made a foray upstate to see how the Rosendale Theatre Collective was doing in its quest to buy the town's much-loved theater. Quite well, he reports: And almost immediately, as if by osmosis, the idea rose for the... Read more
Apr. 17, 2010
It's common knowledge around town that Sidney's town supervisor, Bob McCarthy, doesn't care if he gets re-elected. Indeed, one of his first acts as supervisor -- an especially plum job in Delaware County, in which the supervisors rule local government at... Read more
Apr. 16, 2010
In the New York Times today: Catskills vacation home prices are dropping. Although sellers have not all lowered their list prices to meet buyers’ expectations, brokers estimate that the price for the typical weekend retreat has dropped at least 20... Read more
Apr. 15, 2010
Comix publisher Vertigo reveals a few pages of their upcoming September title, a graphic novel inspired by the incredible true experiences of local painter Inverna Lockpez, and brought to vivid life by comic artist Dean Haspiel. The gist: From the moment... Read more
Apr. 15, 2010
The Nom Nom Good food co-op in Cooperstown wants a label to reflect that their food is farmed on land that has not been leased for gas drilling. I am looking for a symbol to put on our advertising to show that we do not support gas drilling, or more... Read more
Apr. 14, 2010
A curator at the National Museum of American History has spent three years trying to answer a question that has perplexed scientists and historians: Was Levi Hill a fake? Hill, a 19th-century Baptist minister in West Kill, claimed to have invented color... Read more
Apr. 14, 2010
No matter how you crunch the numbers on Ulster County's new middle-management union contract, it adds up to a huge lump-sum cash payout the county can ill afford. The contract -- the subject of a contentious meeting of the county Budget and Finance... Read more

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