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2 Slate Belt towns considering new regional police force

Portland and Upper Mount Bethel Township are studying how feasible it would be.

Two Slate Belt municipalities would like to determine the feasibility of creating a new regio…

Contractor sought after ripping off customers, police say

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Slate Belt communities celebrate 1st-ever Independence Day parade (PHOTOS)

At 11 a.m. July 4, Upper Mount Bethel Township and Portland worked together to hold their first-ever Independence Day parade.

In 1945, Barrett Transue watched as his community r…

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The other driver was briefly trapped in her vehicle, police say.

An Upper Mount Bethel Township man was badly hurt in a three-vehicle crash late Wednesday afternoon in Oxfor…

Love a parade? These Slate Belt communities will be marching

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For many, watching flags, firetrucks and Little League baseball players marching down the street is a grand way …

Body of missing biker found after 5-day search

Kevin M. Woolf, 32, had been the subject of a search in Northampton and Monroe counties.

The body of a man last known to be off-road riding his motorcycle was found Saturday…

Pa. state police open satellite office to speed up response times

Troopers will have a new place to write reports, do paperwork and make calls in Upper Mount Bethel Township.

Don’t be alarmed if you regularly see Pennsylvania State Police …

‘Hooked and suffocated’: PETA chastises Minsi Lake fish salvage program

PETA asks that the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission not restock the lake when it’s refilled in 2019.

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An effort by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission to salvage fish from Minsi Lake before it was completely drained this week is coming under criticism from an animal rights group. 

People for Ethical Treatment of Animals sent a letter to the commission urging it to not bother restocking the Upper Mount Bethel Township lake with fish when the lake is refilled in 2019 following a dam replacement project.

PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk signed the letter, which says the group’s call to cease restocking the lake comes after reports that “hundreds of fish were hooked and suffocated by anglers, relocated to be used for catch-and-release fishing, and killed in the salvage effort.”

The letter launches into a general attack on fishing and notes that “fish are capable of feeling fear and pain, especially when chased down, hooked through their sensitive mouths – which are alive with nerve endings – and yanked out of the water.”

A commission spokesman on Wednesday acknowledged the commission is in receipt of the letter and will respond after staff further researches some of the assertions in the letter. 

“I’m not sure if we’ve received letters like this in the past,” spokesman Steve Kralik said. 

Fishing draws thousands each year to Minsi Lake, which the commission has historically stocked with walleye and trout. Other species in the lake include bass and white perch.

The commission in September announced it was lifting restrictions on how many fish anglers could pull from the lake, excluding trout. The lift was in anticipation of the lake draining, which started this spring and ended this week.

Commission officials at the time said the goal was to reduce the fish population as much as possible to minimize the number of fish that needed to be removed from the lake and relocated at the end of the draining.

Those salvage efforts drew to a close on Monday with several anglers casting lines into what remained of Minsi Lake, a deep puddle near the dam’s drainage valve into a tributary of Martins Creek.

A crew on the other side of the dam netted as many remaining fish as it could. Those fish were bound for a new home in Carbon County’s Beltzville Lake, a commission official said.

Kralik, the spokesman, said the crews had to come back on Tuesday morning to finish up because of rain later Monday. 

Slate Belt lake reduced to a fish-filled puddle

The dam is nearly 50 years old and was deemed structurally deficient to the point that it threatened flooding in the surrounding area. A $3 million project to replace the dam is getting underway this summer now that the lake is drained. The lake will be off limits until it’s refilled after the work is complete. It should reopen by late summer 2019.

The park surrounding the lake will remain open throughout the work for picnicking, hiking and other recreational activities.

PETA’s letter says the commission should promote those activities that don’t harm fish and other animals “instead of restocking the water with more live animals for the sole purpose of providing people with the opportunity to engage in such insensitive acts.”

“Angling doesn’t just hurt fish,” the letter says. “every year, anglers leave behind a trail of victims that includes millions of birds, turtles and other animals who suffer debilitating injuries after swallowing fish hooks or becoming entangles in fishing line.”

Kralik said the PETA letter included links to news stories about studies into the behavior of fish. Commission staff members will review the stories as part of their research for crafting a response, he said. 

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This Slate Belt lake will be nothing but a hole in the ground in 2 months

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has set May 8 as a tentative starting date for draining Minsi Lake.

The draining of Minsi Lake, a popular fishing and boating destinati…