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Rapid City Area Schools (RCAS) are hopeful that the district will be approved for a federal grant that would offset the costs of ten new school buses, reports KOTA Territory News. The grant would be issued through the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Diesel Program, if approved. The district will not know whether it has been approved until January. The…
The South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks (GF&P) Commission approved amendments to an October deer hunting allocation change last week with the intention of attracting younger hunters and limiting non-resident licensing. According to the Rapid City Journal, the proposal hopes to even the playing field so that more hunters are able to get their first choice of license. Currently, hunters…
The Zonta Club of Spearfish hosted its 27th annual Festival of Trees at the Spearfish Park Pavilion November 28th through December 1st. According to the Black Hills Pioneer, the event raised approximately $56,000 and collected about 2,000 pounds of food for the Spearfish Community Food Pantry. Co-chair of the event, Pattie Parrett reports that all of the profits will go…
Lead-Deadwood paramedics will soon be able to help assess potential health risks for discharged patients, with an expansion of their role thanks to a new community aid program. The Black Hills Pioneer reports that this program is meant to fill gaps in the quality of care for patients after they are discharged from Lead-Deadwood Regional Hospital and help keep patients…
Black Hills State University (BHSU), South Dakota School of Mines & Technology (SDSM&T), and Western Dakota Tech (WDT) have teamed up to allow all three institutions’ students more choice in their course of study. According to KOTA Territory News, students taking part in the program will be able to transfer credits among the three institutions to take advantage of each’s…
A fire started Saturday morning at the Pine Ridge Oil and Pine Ridge Trading Company building in Pine Ridge Village, reports the Rapid City Journal. Area fire crews, with help from some Nebraska crews have been battling the structure fire since then. The cause of the fire is unknown, but had spread to approximately half of the building, which serves…
A new multipurpose learning center and greenhouse will be built on the Oglala Lakota College He Sapa campus in Rapid City, thanks to a grant from the Ford College Community Challenge. According to the Rapid City Journal, Oglala Lakota College (OLC), Purdue University, and the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology (SDSM&T) were awarded $250,000, which will be used…
With a third month of positive growth in Deadwood’s gaming numbers, October 2018 saw a 12.31 percent increase over October 2017, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. According to monthly gaming revenue data released by the South Dakota Commission on Gaming, patrons in Deadwood spent a combined $103 million on gaming machines and tables last month. Executive Director of the Deadwood…
Saturday night, crowds lined the snowy streets of downtown Rapid City, as a parade of floats rolled down East Boulevard and Main Street before turning up 7th Street and culminating on St. Joseph Street for this year’s Festival of Lights. According to KOTA Territory News, audience members young and old enjoyed the display. Participants included floats decked out in holiday…
During the first year of the state’s deal with vacation rental website Airbnb, rentals in South Dakota generated $568,000 in tax revenue, which the company remitted to the state, reports KOTA Territory News. The agreement between Airbnb and the state went into effect September 1st of 2017. This agreement with Airbnb went into effect while the state was still in…
CEO of the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board Jerilyn Church and the board continues negotiations with Indian Health Services (IHS), but a tentative date has been set for the administrative takeover of Sioux San Hospital by the Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board. According to the Rapid City Journal, the change will take place in February 2019. The Oglala, Cheyenne River,…
Sierra Ward has been hired to serve as the new director of the Lead Area Chamber of Commerce, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. Ward has called the town home for the past seven years. While having roots and family in Lead, Ward has lived all over the country and the world and visited Lead often throughout her life. She is…
The Rapid City Rush came to the management of the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center last year for help with its tenuous financial situation, reports KOTA Territory News. An agreement signed in May of 2018 made the Civic Center a minor partner to the minor league hockey team – and therefore obligated to cover the Rush’s financial losses up to $350,000…
Sturgis’ City Council recently approved a zoning variance for the developers of the new Sturgis Brewing Company. According to the Black Hills Pioneer, the property where the brewery is to be constructed was zoned as General Commercial, and a variance was needed for the plans to meet parking, traffic, and green space requirements. At its October 15th meeting, the Sturgis…
Spearfish’s Matthews Opera House has named a new executive director, Becky Naccarato Eastburn, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. Eastburn is originally from Pueblo, Colorado. Eastburn will take over from Sian Young, who came on with the Matthews in 2011 as an event coordinator before becoming the executive director. Young will finish up her term November 16th, but will continue on…
Voters in South Dakota’s 31st Legislative District, which includes Spearfish, Lead, Deadwood, and other communities in the Northern Hills, voted on Tuesday to re-elect Republican incumbents Bob Ewing, Timothy Johns, and the late Chuck Turbiville, to the district’s State Senate and two State House seats, respectively. According to the Rapid City Journal, Johns earned 38 percent of the House vote,…
South Dakota voters cast their ballots on November 6th for a new slate of leadership in Pierre. U.S. Representative Kristi Noem defeated State Senator Billie Sutton in a close governor’s race, becoming the first female governor for the state of South Dakota. Read for more results from Tuesday’s election, courtesy of KOTA Territory News and the South Dakota Secretary of…
West river counties continue to prepare for the possibility of protests of the Keystone XL pipeline, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. Butte County, one of the counties the pipeline is planned to pass through, is considering an amendment to its temporary campground ordinance in anticipation of protests. Butte County State’s Attorney Cassie Wendt brought the proposal to the county commission…
The Deadwood City Commission met October 24th to fill the remainder of the term left vacant by the late Mayor Charles “Chuck” Turbiville.  According to the Rapid City Journal, Commissioner David Ruth, Jr. was appointed to complete Turbiville’s term as mayor at the emotional meeting. Ruth will serve as Deadwood’s mayor until the city’s next municipal election in April. Ruth…
Construction has begun on the railroad crossing on East Saint Patrick Street, reports the Rapid City Journal. Work began on Monday, October 29th and is expected to be completed by Saturday, November 3rd. Construction will cause daily detours that will be marked by street signs and drivers should expect delays. The project includes major reconstruction and upgrades to the railroad…
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