In This Issue

Wasted, Chapter 1: Emergency 911

This is Chapter 1 of Biff Thuringer's novel "Wasted," an angry thriller that tears the tumor-infested skin off of the toxic underbelly of the American Dream.

Biff Thuringer • September 10th, 2013

As much as she had been looking forward to it, Sheila McNally was mortified that her death was turning out to be such a public spectacle. She knew the entire Western world was watching on TV as she girded herself to go down in a slow-motion reverse mushroom cloud of twisted steel, plaster and burning [...]

Music Is The Thing …

Steve Hopkins • April 17th, 2013
Biff Thuringer 2

As you may or may not have noticed, the Hudson Valley Chronic hasn’t been what you could call “active” for some time. I sincerely apologize for having let this experiment in regional journalism fall into a prolonged sleep, and confess that I don’t know at this point whether I have the passion to keep it [...]

Lynn (Lyndsey) Watson, nee Hopkins

The official obituary of a great singer and spiritual leader with roots in the Hudson Valley

biffthuringer • December 20th, 2012

LYNN (LYNDSEY) H. WATSON, 62, of West Roxbury, Massachusetts, died peacefully at home on Monday, December 17, after a short, unexpected illness. She was in the presence of her mother, eldest brother and dear friends Evelyn Lisitzky and Mardi Bolton. Lynn was born on May 28, 1950 in Bronxville, New York. She is survived by [...]

The Trillion-Gallon Loophole: Lax Rules for Drillers that Inject Pollutants Into the Earth

Thanks to ProPublica for sharing this important story with readers of the Hudson Valley Chronic

Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica • September 20th, 2012

  On a cold, overcast afternoon in January 2003, two tanker trucks backed up to an injection well site in a pasture outside Rosharon, Texas. There, under a steel shed, they began to unload thousands of gallons of wastewater for burial deep beneath the earth. The waste – the byproduct of oil and gas drilling [...]

Executive indecision


Steve Hopkins • November 3rd, 2011
Dan French vs Marcus Molinaro Dutchess County Executive race 2012

Whatever happens on November 8, come January at least two of the Mid-Hudson region’s county executive offices will be managed by a relatively young, dark and toothsome gentleman sporting a haircut you can set your watch to. Call it a trend. The greater Hudson Valley, and particularly this region, is becoming renowned for fast-tracking young, [...]


Farmers, Families & First Responders Kick-Off Event

Scott Patrick Humphrey • September 22nd, 2011
Scott Patrick Humphrey

Hurricane Irene tore its way up the East Coast in late August, ravaging local communities in its wake. The Hudson Valley was hit extremely hard by Irene, and many towns, local farms, and individuals’ lives were devastated. The region’s citizens are gathering and offering their help to those who need it most. Ulster County was [...]

Magnificent obsession

Intrepid hikers’ quest to scale Catskills’ 35 tallest peaks … dressed to kill in ball gowns

Steve Hopkins • July 16th, 2011
The Gowns for Greenbacks crew atop Wittenberg Mountain, the third peak in their 35-peak quest. From left to right: Melissa Bean, Tom Rolland, Heather Rolland, Bill Lewis, Judy Mann, Suzanne Provenzano and Edward Moran.

The Catskill Mountains, those shadowy blue-green humps that undulate mysteriously across New York State’s pie-shaped lower extremity, have always had a transformational effect on human psychology and behavior. Stories abound of people wandering into the mountains and emerging years later, changed beyond recognition, their outlooks softened and feminized, their facial features calmed and beatific, like [...]

Fracking our lives away

Study by the Center on Global Change at Duke University outlines the many toxic consequences of horizontal hydraulic fracturing

Scott Patrick Humphrey • June 28th, 2011
A rally at the state capitol in early May brought a few hundred people. It was not nearly enough of a crowd to make its voice heard.

Whether anyone has heard of it or not, there exists unequivocal proof concerning the environmental and human health risks associated with horizontal hydraulic fracturing (hydrofracking). The study on horizontal “Hydro-Fracking” by the Center on Global Change at Duke University outlines all of the contamination of well water from methane and other chemicals that occurred within the [...]

For once, history doesn’t repeat itself

Steve Saland puts Marriage Equality over the top in New York

Steve Hopkins • June 25th, 2011
Supporters erupt in victory Friday as the Marriage Equality bill passes the New York State Senate

Last fall when I loudly endorsed State Sen. Steve Saland’s opponent, Didi Barrett, and subsequently publicized my failure to vote for him in his landslide victory, I had no idea that he was a changed man. I had no idea that he was going to have a soul transplant a few months later and use [...]

The Weiner vs. the Tornado

Viewers of CNN can be confident that when it comes to national news priorities, a good penis joke will beat a developing regional disaster, hands down --- so to speak. A video report from our partners, After the Press.

Steve Hopkins • June 14th, 2011
Weiner CNN

It’s been a very bad year for tornadoes, and nothing this year can compare to the devastation in Joplin, Missouri, an event that was covered extensively by the national press as it was happening. But on June 1, 2011, almost the entire East Coast of the U.S. was under a tornado watch, including NYC and Boston. Tornadoes are not [...]