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At the recent session of the Rapid City Council, concerns were brought up regarding Mayor Allender's proposed budget for 2018. According to a report from KOTA, chief among them were a number of proposed cuts to community programs and the possibility of property tax increases should more money not be found. Council members will be looking at the budget in…
The Rapid City Public Works Committee discussed waiving requirements by the developer for a plot of land, reports the Rapid City Journal.  The Rapid City Area Schools requested the waiver to forgo building a sidewalk before transferring the land to the City of Rapid City.  The lot is a drainage lot complete with a detention pond that will not be…
Two years ago, the South Dakota State Legislature passed a law requiring all incoming sixth grade students to get the T-Dap and meningitis vaccines. According to KOTA News, last year approximately 90 percent of incoming sixth graders had not received the vaccines on the first day of school. This year, the school district has partnered with Regional Health to create…
The north wall of the Historic Homestake Opera House is nearing completion, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. Workers have finished replacing the understructure for the wall as well as installing new sheetrock and decorative plaster moldings over the original moldings. The total cost for the restoration of the wall is $35,000. Previous restoration projects at the opera house include updates…
Fewer South Dakotans are requesting concealed carry permits, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. According to the South Dakota Secretary of State’s office, while there were 5,833 applications for concealed carry permits in February 2017, there were just 1,331 in July. As of July 2017, there was a combined total of over 95,000 concealed pistol permits, enhanced permits, and Gold Cards.…
The Rapid City Council opened its first 2018 Budget meeting on August 15, at 5:30 at the City/School Administration Building. Additional meetings are set for Thursday, August 17, and for August 21 and 24 on an as needed basis. The Rapid City Journal provided some additional information from the mayor on how the budget was created. Under priority-based budgeting, city…
Emily Mitchell, a graduate student at South Dakota State University, recently completed a study of the swift fox population in South Dakota. According to the Black Hills Pioneer, Mitchell sought out to learn more about the species’ genetic variation, den selection, home range and more. Swift foxes are classified as a threatened species by the State of South Dakota. In…
To date, more tourists have visited the Mount Rushmore National Memorial in 2017 than at the same time last year. According to KOTA News, attendance has increased 1.1 percent from 2016. The most-attended day at Mount Rushmore was July 3rd, which increased by 5.3 percent over last year. The increase in attendance is notable as many national parks have seen…
In October, SpartanNash will close three grocery stores in Rapid City, reports the South Dakota Public Broadcasting.  Two Family Thrift stores and a Prairie Market store will close in October. Mary Corbine with Feeding South Dakota explains realistically a person can walk one-quarter to one-half mile while carrying groceries, at most, according to national statistics.  The closing of these three…
As the 77th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally ended this past weekend, Department of Transportation officials have reported that this year's rally was nearly 4.5 percent bigger over last years event. According to the Rapid City Journal, counters indicated that over 376.000 rallygoers came into Sturgis this year, as opposed to just under 360,000 last year. While the calm and cool…
While Rapid City residents enjoy very safe drinking water, other areas in the Black Hills rank high in South Dakota's list of low quality water. In fact, the Rapid City Journal reports that 9 out of 10 of the state's biggest water violators are in the Black Hills area. Subdivisions of Black Hawk, Piedmont, Sturgis, and one just outside of…
Mayor Steve Allender gave his budget presentation last week, including cuts to arts and volunteer programs. The Rapid City Journal reported on how these cuts would affect three organizations. The Black Hills Area Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) stands to lose all $40,000 of city funding. This would also remove Rapid City as sponsor for the federal grants that provide…
Although areas unavailable for parking are marked by “do not park” signs and yellow lines, the 77th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally has seen an increase in parking violations, reports KOTA News. The Sturgis Police Department has reported an increased number of individuals who have received tickets or had their vehicles towed. This year, the department issued approximately 150 parking tickets—approximately 70…
Release by the Rapid City Collective Impact Food Security Oversight Committee:  RAPID CITY – Since April 2017, Mary Corbine, Food Security Manager at Feeding South Dakota, has been collecting baseline data on retail and charitable food access and eligibility requirements within the Rapid City area. With the recent announcement of impending closures of two Family Thrift locations and Prairie Market,…
The Community Development Block Grant program fund allocations were approved by the Rapid City Council reports the Rapid City Journal.  Rapid City was awarded $433,236 in 2017 by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.  Only 1.5 times the amount awarded in 2017 can be on hand by January 31st.  The City Council was split 5 to 4 regarding the…
Mayor Steve Allender recently made his 2018 budget proposal to the Rapid City Council. The budget continues last year's priority-based budgeting, a system where the budget is based on the cost of services and the value they provide to the community. The Rapid City Journal reported on some of the mayor's concerns,  including the city’s reliance on sales tax for…
Last week the board of the Western Dakota Water Development District voted to restore funding for two Black Hills stream gauges, reports the Rapid City Journal. Last month the board had voted to eliminate funding for the stream gauges, one above Deerfield Lake and one on a tributary above Pactola.  The data gathered by the gauges is used by the…
The Fiscal Year 2018 Budget for the Spearfish School District was recently approved by the Spearfish School Board, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. The FY18 general fund contribution increased slightly to $14.8 million from the previous year’s $14.6 million. The increased budget is a reflection of 83 new students to the district. The capital outlay allocation also increased this year,…
Although an original form of the proposal called for bicycle lanes on Jackson Boulevard from University to 11th Streets, the updated plan calls for bicycle lanes on a shorter segment of road. According to the Black Hills Pioneer, the new plan calls for the bicycle lanes to be removed from 3rd to 11th Streets due to safety concerns. Some of…
With trout densities approaching 4,000 per square mile, experts reduced the total number of brown trout in Spearfish Canyon last year, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. Trout over three years of age in Spearfish Creek, Spearfish Canyon and in portions of the creek throughout Spearfish have experienced stunted growth. After reducing the population of brown trout, which tend to behave…
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