Tomorrow

Touring the HV by EV

Is 2021 the year electric vehicles hit their tipping point? New York dug into a $750 million EV-infrastructure expansion. States like Massachusetts banned sales of new gas-powered cars by 2035. And while Tesla had gobbled up a lot of early...
Alerts

#FlightWatch: The Valley’s Vanishing Nighthawks

BEEMPP! BOOM!!  and again  BEEEMPP! BOOOM! On a warm June evening, I would take the kids down to Coxsackie to wait. At the sound of “beeempp booom,” we would look up into the growing darkness to see a shadowy figure with...
Monitor

Valley Hemp Farming: High Potential, With Some Pitfalls

When Congress moved to legalize industrial hemp farming late in 2018, there were cheers all around. Sen. Mitch McConnell, then the Republican Senate majority leader from Kentucky, called hemp farming “a bright spot of agriculture’s future.” “Now,” said Sen. Ron...
Community

Hiking by Art

A wall-mounted phone with a rotary dial and a curly cord. A decade or two ago, an Appalachian Trail hiker like Dan Foeller could pretty safely have bet it was just another pay phone. Passing it earlier this summer, though,...
Legacy

The Mountainside Ride That Opened Up the Catskills

As far as Hudson Valley mountain rails go, the Mount Beacon Incline Railway seems to get all the glory. From 1902 to 1978, it lifted some 3.5 million passengers to the 1,540-foot summit. There — at least for a time —...
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Supporting Local Ag’s ‘Bloom Boom’

When the husband-and-wife team of Jenny Elliott and Luke Franco started their farm in 2011, the organic food movement was just blossoming. They grew veggies. But within a few years they found a niche in flowers — just as the...