Lissa Harris

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

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Feb. 8, 2010
Tuthilltown Spirits is looking for a part-time tour guide. We are looking for someone gregarious, engaging and quick-witted to lead tours of the distillery. Experience or knowledge of distilling, brewing or spirits industry a HUGE plus.
Feb. 6, 2010
Seeing Greene blogger Dick May has the latest. Highlights: an upcoming county judge election is looking spicy, a local bank is raking it in, and the town of Catskill is gearing up for another big fiberglass cat festival this summer. Among the catidates... Read more
Feb. 5, 2010
A rumor is flying around Capitol news types that the New York Times is working on a potentially devastating story about the Governor. The Times-Union has more: Someday, a sociologist might be able to use an analysis of the rumors currently flying around... Read more
Feb. 5, 2010
Capitol Tonight reports that a poll shows over 70 percent of New Yorkers in support of legalizing medical marijuana. (Click the link for a video report.) Assemblyman Richard Gottefried, who introduced the bill, argues marijuana shouldn't be treated... Read more
Feb. 5, 2010
Ulster County political types really like the Internet. Comptroller Eliot Auerbach has a blog. So do legislator Mike Madsen and former Kingston mayoral candidate Rich Cahill. There's Jeremy Blaber, a Democratic campaigner with a lively blog on the Ulster... Read more
Feb. 5, 2010
Congressman Maurice Hinchey just announced funding for a food business incubator project in the Hudson Valley. The goal: creating a strong Hudson Valley brand to market to NYC consumers. Hinchey obtained $350,000 from Congress as part of the fiscal year... Read more
Feb. 5, 2010
Not all of the social costs (or, as the economists like to say, "negative externalities") of horizontal natural-gas drilling are related to the actual fracking process. For instance: wear and tear on rural roads from dramatic increases in heavy truck... Read more
Feb. 5, 2010
The NYT reports that the National Animal Identification System, a proposed program for tracking all US livestock with implanted microchips, has been scrapped. This is welcome news for a lot of small farmers: ...the system quickly drew the ire of many... Read more
Feb. 4, 2010
White-nose fungus has decimated bat populations in the Northeast over the last few years. Bucknell University bat ecologist DeeAnn Reeder isn't holding out much hope for most of our native bats: I think within several years there will be practically no... Read more
Feb. 4, 2010
The AP has a really good story on horizontal natural-gas drilling that's been making the rounds of many newspapers, both in and out of the Marcellus Shale. Explained: why "fracking" creates more waste than conventional techniques, why getting rid of the... Read more
Feb. 4, 2010
The New York Times paints a devastating portrait of Dean Pierson, the Copake dairy farmer who shot and killed 51 of his cows and then himself last month. George Beneke, the family vet for 40 years, said Dean Pierson was a good farmer, just as his father... Read more
Feb. 3, 2010
Delaware County Board of Supervisors chairman Jim Eisel submitted a grievance today to the Watershed Protection and Partnership Council. **Update: It has come to our attention that the letter below is a draft. ***Update 2: The county has sent it to the... Read more
Feb. 2, 2010
The Oneonta paper has a story in today's edition about Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's crackdown on hospitals in the New York City watershed. Assemblyman Clifford Crouch (R-Guilford) raises the looming spectre of the hospitals losing their $1 million... Read more
Jan. 30, 2010
Flanked by local officials at the offices of the Catskill Watershed Corporation, State Senator John Bonacic and Assemblyman Clifford Crouch call on Attorney General Andrew Cuomo to fire watershed inspector general Philip Bein. (Left to right: Hamden... Read more
Jan. 29, 2010
At an emergency meeting yesterday, watershed leaders scrambled to respond to a surprise attack by New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo on local hospitals that have been disposing of drugs by flushing them down sinks and toilets. “I feel the action was... Read more
Jan. 29, 2010
On the face of it, the situation in Delaware County looks like a straightforward case of polluters brought to justice. Hospitals and nursing homes have been disposing of drugs by flushing them down sinks and toilets, a practice of dubious legality that... Read more
Jan. 25, 2010
Recipe for New York State politics: 1. Take a rural county where almost a fifth of residents are under the poverty line. 2. Extract from it the nation's second-highest tax burden, preferably with a citrus reamer. 3. Stuff with massive prisons. Re-inject... Read more
Jan. 25, 2010
[img_assist|nid=16156|title=|desc=|link=url|url=http://chickenhillfarmhandmadesoap.blogspot.com/2010/01/we-are-donating-...|align=left|width=213|height=320]Delhi soapmakers (Soapmasters? Soapeteers? Sudscraftisans?) Chicken Hill Farm Handmade Soap report... Read more
Jan. 23, 2010
Sometimes it pays off to sit at home on your computer on a Saturday night like a big dork. Because awesome things happen. Like dairy farmers posting live pics on Twitter of their cows giving birth. @NYFarmer tweets: http://twitpic.com/zh719 - Calf is... Read more

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