Murphy sees ‘clear mission’

Congressman spends two days meeting with military, Afghan officials

WASHINGTON, D.C– Congressman Scott Murphy (D-20th) returned last week from a two-day visit to Afghanistan, stressing repeatedly in remarks to the press that the United States and NATO forces now have a “clear plan” for defeating al Qaeda and bringing some measure of peace and stability to that country.

Mr. Murphy spoke with reporters from his district by phone last Friday, February 19, the day after he returned to Washington from Afghanistan. He had made stops in Kabul, the Afghan capital, and in Kandahar, the country’s second largest city and once the headquarters of the Taliban. He said he had met with U.S. military personnel, including troops from his district, and with General Stanley McChrystal, the commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, as well as other U.S. and Afghan officials. Read more…

Taconic Hills student excels at state Winter Games

CLAVERACK–Amara Steenburn, an 8th grader at Taconic Hills, competed last weekend in the 2010 Empire State Winter Games in Lake Placid and won three gold medals in the 100 Amara Steenburnmeter, 200 meter and 400 meter snowshoe racing events.

Amara competed in the scholastic (12 to 18 years old) division–but the official results (www.empirestategames.org/winter/results/snowshoe.htm) noted that she would have been competitive in the open division (18 to 29 years old.)

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Town will hear comments on mine moratorium

TAGHKANIC–The Town Board will conduct a public hearing Monday, March 1, to hear residents’ opinions on a moratorium on all mining applications. The board voted to impose the moratorium at its January meeting, but the moratorium has not yet taken effect, because the board must first hold a hearing on the measure

The stated reason for the moratorium is to give the town time to resolve a discrepancy identified in the town’s zoning code governing whether mining is allowed in R2 and R3 zones. The R2 and R3 zones are designated for two- and three-acre residential use. Read more…

Taghkanic firehouse shelter closed

GREENPORT–Columbia County Emergency Management Director William Black said in a press release that the Taghkanic Firehouse, which was open since 7 a.m. February 25 as a place for people without electrical power to go to stay warm, is now closed.

Mr. Black said there are still power outages in some areas of the county.

To contact the Emergency Management Office call (518) 828-1212.

Weather may hamper power crews’ work, shelter available

GREENPORT—Currently there are 5,000 customers throughout Columbia County without power, according to an advisory from Columbia County Emergency Management Director William Black .
The affected areas are covered by three power companies, which are working to restore service.
The National Weather Service says there is a potential storm for today (Thursday) that could slow the power restoration process in these areas.
Anyone who needs shelter to stay warm can go to the Taghkanic Firehouse at 631 Old Route 82 in Taghkanic, which will be open beginning at 7a.m.Thursday.
To contact the Emergency Management Office call (518) 828-1212.