DCNR’s Pilot Connector program starts later this month in region….see story below.

DUI charges are being filed against a 21 year old Eldred resident…NY driver arrested for drug possession in McKean County….young Eldred girl received obscene pictures…ID theft probed in Elk County….ATV pilot connector program starts in region May 27…








DUI charges are  being filed against a 21 year old Eldred resident following a rear-end collision last Friday night on Main Street in Eldred. State police claim the suspect, whose name was withheld, was driving a 2011 Toyota Camry which ran into the back of a 2017 Buick Encore driven by a 64 year old Eldred man causing disabling damage.

Troopers at Lewis Run are charging a 20 year old Allegany, NY with drug possession after stopping his 2011 Chevrolet Malibu on Bolivar Drive in Foster Township early Saturday morning. Authorities claim they found the driver, whose name they did not reveal, in possession of a controlled substance and related paraphernalia. After being placed under arrest, the suspect was taken to Bradford Regional Medical Center for chemical testing.

The name of a New York City driver charged with drug possession was released by troopers at Lewis Run after stopping his vehicle on Congress Street in Bradford early Sunday morning. State police claim 44 year old Cory Mead was found in possession of a controlled substance when they stopped him for a traffic violation.

McKean County authorities are continuing to investigate a report of someone sending intimate images to a 10 year Eldred girl last week.

State police at Ridgway are probing another ID theft. Someone used personal information belonging to 38 year old Ronnie Stebick of Weedville to illegally apply for unemployment benefits.

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) HAS announced year two of the ATV Regional Trail Connector Pilot program in the North Central region of the state that will provide opportunities for riding enthusiasts to traverse many miles of roads opened to all-terrain vehicle use and trails in Potter, Tioga, Clinton, and Lycoming counties.

The ATV Regional Trail Connector program is in response to growing ATV purchases, registrations, and public demand for increased riding opportunities. Through collaborations with public and private partners, the pilot aims to offer long-distance riding opportunities and contribute to local economies, while maintaining the many uses and values of the state forest system. DCNR recently revised its ATV trail policy, which lifted the moratorium on new trails that had been in place since 2003.

The area will open for use on May 27, 2022, and will remain open until Sunday, September 25, 2022.

The trail route categories are as follows:

397 miles of township roads (currently designated open to ATVs)

22 miles of PennDOT roads (previously not designated open to ATVs)

6 miles of state forest roads (previously not designated open to ATVs)

6 miles of state forest snowmobile trails (previously not designated open to ATVs)

45 miles of existing state forest ATV trails (previously designated open to ATVs)

ATV riders will need to purchase a Regional ATV Connector Pass permit to use the designated PennDOT and State Forest ATV Connector Roads, the cost of which will serve to offset implementation and management of the program. Permits for the 2022 will cost $40 for Pennsylvania registered ATVs and $60 for non-Pennsylvania registered ATVs.

Permits will be available for in-person sales only between the hours of 8:00 A.M and 4:00 P.M. Monday through Thursday, 8:00 A.M to 6:00 P.M. Fridays, and 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Saturdays at Tiadaghton, Susquehannock, Sproul, or Tioga State Forest district offices. Permit purchase began Monday, May 2. District office hours are subject to change throughout the riding season.

Permit applications will be accepted by mail by sending a properly completed permit application form available on DCNR’s website to Penn Nursery, 137 Penn Nursery Road, Spring Mills, Pennsylvania 16875. Permits will be processed according to the date they are received and will be postmarked within three to five business days of receipt.

Though the pilot areas will be marked, riders will be expected to familiarize themselves with the portions of road and trail that are open to ensure they are operating in legal areas. The official pilot area map is available on the DCNR website.

DCNR will be gathering public input throughout the two-year period through a variety of methods, including webinars, surveys, comment cards, public meetings, and advisory committees. To comment on the ATV Regional Trail Connector Pilot, please send an email to: RA-NR-ATV-Pilot@pa.gov

To gauge the impact of the ATV pilot, the Bureau of Forestry is implementing a comprehensive monitoring program that will evaluate the impact of the trail to local communities; ecological values; other state forest users and recreational values; Bureau of Forestry operations, staffing and law enforcement capacity; public safety; and impacts to adjacent public lands and natural resources; and have partnered with researchers from Penn State to evaluate social, sound, and economic impacts of the pilot.

The monitoring program will also evaluate the effectiveness of the special permit, the adequacy of funding for continued operation of the trail, and the need for additional education, outreach, and trail marketing. DCNR will publish a report about the pilot project for further evaluation and stakeholder input by December 2023.

The PA Department of Health reports, there have been 44,733 (+20) Covid 19 deaths in the state to date. Deaths  in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service area  to date are holding steady.

Cameron 21 (+1)

Elk 101

McKean 141 (+1)

Potter 92

Tioga 193

All 154

Cat 221