Become a WGXC Town Recorder and add to the coverage of the towns you see listed above. Can you go to your town's meetings and record the proceedings? We can train and lend equipment to trained volunteers who want to help report on their town's meetings. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Lady Moon and the Eclipse (including Evan Randall, Peter Lindstrom, and Milandou Badilla) performed at the "Feed the Radio" fundraiser at Germantown Community Farm, May 15, 2010. Click on the image to listen to the mp3 recording.
WGXC is a community-run media project, re-envisioning radio as an innovative platform for local participation. Our inclusive programming connects diverse voices, and distributes information across the public spectrum in New York's Greene and Columbia counties.
We will launch a 3,300-watt community radio station on 90.7-FM throughout Greene and Columbia counties in 2010, and an online radio station currently playing local recordings around the clock. The WGXC project will be much more than just a radio station, including media training for youth and other members of the community, and a blog, local calendar of events and meetings, photography, and more. This will be an interactive multi-media project engaging the community to report about what's going on in Greene and Columbia counties.
Kinderhook's Chris Gibson announced he won the Republican nomination to face incumbent Scott Murphy for NY's District 20 in Congress in the photo above at the Desmond Hotel near the Albany airport. Click on image to listen to an mp3 recording of an interview Gibson did with WGXC at the opening of his campaign headquarters in Kinderhook, May 12, 2010.
Click here to listen to mp3 audio recording of the hearing, or paste the following url into your computer’s media player:
Review the complete LaFarge application documents at this link: http://www.dec.ny.gov/dardata/boss/afs/draft_atv_l.html. The DEC will be accepting written comments until May 21. Please mail or email your comments & include the application number so your comments aren’t lost.
Sarah H. Evans
NYSDEC Region 4 Headquarters
1130 North Westcott Rd.
Schenectady, NY 12306
Application ID# : 4-0124-00001/00112
Several hundred people turned out for a hearing Tuesday on the proposed state air pollution permit for the Lafarge cement plant, and nearly all gave the same message — the state must do more to limit the amount of mercury and other toxins coming from the smokestack. “I think we are splitting hairs here over just how much they are poisoning us,” said Leigh Jamison, who lives about seven miles downwind of the Route 9W plant in Stuyvesant, Columbia County. Nearly 30 people spoke during the three-hour hearing held across from the plant at Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School by the state Department of Environmental Conservation. Read the entire story in the Times-Union.
WGXC’s Sam Sebren was at the hearing, and made a recording we will upload on Wednesday.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has announced a legislative hearing for renewal and modification of the existing Lafarge Title V Air Permit application on May 11, 6 p.m. at the Ravena-Coeymans Selkirk High School Auditorium. All New York State contaminant-emitting facilities must have either a Title V Air permit, a state facility permit or a registration certificate. Lafarge’s permit expired in 2006 and it has been running under an extension since then. The company, which manufactures Portland cement and operates a limestone quarry, has extensive plans for modernizing the plant, the kilns and for reducing emissions. Administrative Law Judge Richard A. Sherman will preside over the hearing session and will accept unsworn statements on both the Title V application and the draft permit. Any member of the public potentially affected by the proposed project is invited to attend and provide oral or written comments. DEC originally gave public notice for the project in November 2009 and provided a 30-day comment period, later extended to 68 days, which ended on January 11, 2010. Rick Georgeson, DEC Region 4 spokesman, said the agency scheduled the May 11 hearing based on 44 comments, all in written or e-mail form, received during the public comment period. He also said 32 individuals expressed interest in further hearings. Georgeson said that after the May 11 hearing, “DEC will issue a response to the public comments. Going forward DEC can either issue or deny the Lafarge permit or issue a permit with added conditions.” The final decision can take anywhere from months to years. Read the entire story in The Daily Mail.
The Hudson-Catskill Newspaper Corp. — the company that runs the only daily newspapers in each county (The Daily Mail and Register-Star) as well as weekly papers in Chatham, Windham, and on the mountaintop — bought Greene County’s only remaining weekly, the Greene County Local Courier, and The Ravena News-Herald, from George McHugh, today’s issue of the Courier reports. The story names frequent contributor Melanie Lekocevic as new editor, and says H-CN plans to continue publishing both weeklies. The story does not say whether the purchased papers will now get web sites. Earlier this year The Greenville Press ceased publication.
[A] multistate settlement, just announced by the office of Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, includes 11 other states and affects operations at 13 cement plants — including the Ravena facility that’s been the subject of controversy for years.
According to the Attorney General’s press release, the settlement requires LaFarge to take the following steps:
* Eliminate a total of over 9,000 tons of nitrogen oxide and 26,000 tons of sulfur dioxide each year from its plants, including those in upwind states whose pollution impacts New York. * Either construct a new Ravena plant – as the company has proposed – or retrofit the existing facility with aggressive air pollution reduction technology. In either case, Ravena’s air pollution emissions will be cut by roughly 2,000 tons of nitrogen oxide and 10,000 tons of sulfur dioxide each year – equivalent to reductions of more than 30% and 80%, respectively. * Pay a civil penalty and provide funding for environmental benefit projects totaling $5.07 million, with $3.38 million of that amount going to the federal government and the coalition of states receiving $1.69 million. Of that amount, New York State will receive $490,000 to fund energy efficiency and pollution reduction mitigation projects in communities near the Ravena plant.
Sat., June 19, 9 p.m.: J.P. Harris and the Tough Choices (above), The Weight, and Happy Birthday perform for WGXC fundraiser at Club Helsinki, Hudson.
Tickets: $10 advance for WGXC Founding Members; $12 advance for non-members; $15 everyone at door. Click link below to buy advance tickets until June 18. WGXC Founding Members type in "wgxc" when asked for discount code.
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WGXC town meeting
WGXC volunteer Sam Sebren recorded the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation legislative hearing for renewal and modification of the existing Lafarge Title V Air Permit application, May 11 at 6 p.m. at the Ravena-Coeymans Selkirk High School Auditorium. Click on the LaFarge logo to listen to an mp3 recording of the hearing.
Liz LoGiudice led an "Amphibian Adventure" sound walk about frogs and salamanders May 21, 2010 at the Agroforestry Center and Siuslaw Model Forest in Acra. Click on the photo to listen to an mp3 recording of the sound walk.
Click on photo to hear Rep. Scott Murphy speak with constituents at a town meeting at the Palenville Fire Department April 19, 2010. Recording by Debra Kamecke. Photo is of Murphy at town meeting in Coxsackie on April 1, 2010.