As work, travel, and other chaos took over my year, there's a lot I missed. These are some highlights of stories I've covered here in the past but haven't managed to focus on recently:
Anschutz dropped out of appealing its loss in its lawsuit contesting the Town's right to ban gas drilling through zoning. They passed it to Norse Energy, who promptly filed for bankruptcy, but the appeal goes on. This press release from Earthjustice, who are representing the Town pro bono, is a good summary of the state of play. (Update: This description of an amicus brief includes convenient links to the filings in the case.)
I haven't seen details, but it sounds like gas companies, especially Anschutz, are letting leases expire much more easily than they were in the past. I suspect this map is now significantly lighter, though it seems to take property owner action to make a lease actually go away.
Republicans blasted this during the 2011 election, and a core of angry residents seem to have brought the creation of Critical Environmental Areas to a halt.
Conifer's Poet Landing development on Route 38 in Dryden is approaching completion. It will have 72 units when it opens.
The New York State Department of Transportation has finally begun heavy work on the replacement of the Route 13 bridge over Fall Creek by Lower Creek Road. They will be putting in a temporary bridge to let traffic pass while they build a replacement bridge.