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South Dakota counties could become responsible for any costs associated with future protests over the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. According to South Dakota law, counties are required to spend significant county funds before the state disaster funding become available. Nine West River counties are on the pipeline’s path, and some expect the same…
Electronic poll books that were used in June’s primary election in Pennington County will not be used in the upcoming general election, reports KOTA Territory News.  This was decided following failure of the electronic poll machines at some precincts during the primary. Instead, voters will cast their votes on paper poll books. Cindy Mohler, auditor elect with the Pennington County…
Deadwood held its first-ever Harvest Jubilee this past weekend, organized by members of the Main Street Square Initiative and sponsored by First Interstate Bank. According to the Black Hills Pioneer, event organizer Louie Lalonde said the promotions committee was looking to bring a family-friendly event to downtown Deadwood, and a Harvest Jubilee seemed to be a great fit. The event…
Anywhere between 250 and 3,900 acres of land on Badlands National Park’s Heck Table will be treated by prescribed burning under the direction of the National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service, reports the Rapid City Journal. The burn is scheduled to take place between October 20th and November 10th, weather permitting. The burn has been prescribed to restore the…
Summer 2018 saw a record number of passengers traveling through Rapid City Regional Airport, reports KOTA Territory News. With an eight percent increase over summer 2017, the airport is also on track to set a new annual passenger record in 2018. Patrick Dame, Rapid City Regional Airport’s executive director, said that the increased use of the airport is critical to…
Teachers at Rapid City Area public schools are still without contract for the 2018-2019 academic year, as no agreement was reached at an October 9th conciliation meeting. According to the Rapid City Journal, both sides will now meet with a state judge with the Department of Labor in Pierre. Average teacher pay in Rapid City is now $51,000, up from…
Deadwood’s Historic Franklin Hotel will soon rebuild a decorative parapet on its roof, reports the Rapid City Journal. Opened in 1903, the Franklin was one of the largest buildings in Deadwood and included a decorative brick and stone wall extending from the roof, accented with carved stone accents and painted wood from the Black Hills. Tom Rensch, managing partner of…
Officials from the South Dakota Department of Transportation recently closed Needles Highway and Iron Mountain Road to inspect the highways’ seven tunnels. According to the Rapid City Journal, engineers and state geologists check the tunnels routinely every two years for any signs of weathering, cracking or loose rock at the requirement of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration.…
At a meeting last night, the Rapid City School Board approved a revised gender identity inclusion policy for Western Dakota Tech reports KOTA Territory News. The decision was close, with the board voting 4-3 to adopt the controversial harassment and discrimination policy to include transgender and gender-nonconforming people. The revisions to the policy were met with some instances of stiff…
Located in Porcupine on the Pine Ridge Reservation, the Pine Ridge Girls’ School has been awarded a $10,000 Community Innovation Grant through the South Dakota Community Foundation, reports the Rapid City Journal. The grant funding, provided in partnership with the Bush Foundation, will be used to establish a evaluation system for the school’s efficacy. The school was founded in 2016…
With a 20 percent increase is use over last year, Rapid Ride’s Youth Program is kicking off the school year well in Rapid City, reports KOTA Territory News. The program provides free transportation to grade school students and was implemented in an attempt to improve student attendance. The service has proven convenient for both students and families and city officials…
Sturgis’ City Council decided at Monday’s meeting to sell the Sturgis Public Works administration building and use the surplus funds to buy a fourth home in their development on city land north of Woodland Drive. According to the Black Hills Pioneer, the city of Sturgis is currently building Governor’s homes on four residential lots which the city plans to sell…
On Monday, Rapid City celebrated Native American Day, and honored Native children who died at the Rapid City Indian School in the late 19th and early 20th centuries with a memorial walk. According to KOTA Territory News, over 200 people joined in remembering the 45 students who died there. Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender attended the memorial and said that…
District 1 County Commissioner George Ferebee will face questions regarding his residency at tonight’s Pennington County Commission meeting, reports KOTA Territory News. Ferebee represents District 1 of Pennington County and was elected while a resident in Hill City. South Dakota State law states that if a county commissioner moves from the district in which they were originally elected, their seat…
KILI Radio in Pine Ridge is now almost completely powered by renewable energy sources, reports KOTA Territory News. After a new installation of solar panels last week, KILI is the only Native-owned radio station in the nation to run on so much renewable energy. Henry Red Cloud from Lakota Solar Enterprises has been a leader on nearly three year project.…
MAC Construction of Rapid City recently won a $4.86 million contract for work to update Jewel Cave National Monument’s Scenic Tour route. According to the Rapid City Journal, MAC Construction is owned by Brett Oleson, of Rapid City, and his brother Justin, of Salt Lake City, Utah. Jewel Cave National Monument is located 13 miles west of Custer, and work…
The United States Congress has allocated funding for a new Indian Health Service (IHS) Hospital to be built in Rapid City. According to KOTA Territory News, several area tribes have requested support from the Rapid City Council in finding a location for the new campus. The Oglala Sioux, Rosebud Sioux, and Cheyenne River Sioux Tribes have requested that the hospital…
Badlands National Park has proposed renovations and new construction to improve the visitor center, headquarters, lodge, campground, and other park facilities in the Cedar Pass area, reports the Rapid City Journal. Based on a recently released concept plan and environmental assessment, visitor and staff facilities in this area do not meet the park’s needs as they are currently configured. The…
Deadwood’s City Commission approved a contract not to exceed $55,000 with Winter & Company to complete Phase One of the city’s Main Street Master Plan on Monday. According to the Black Hills Pioneer, the project is multi-faceted, and includes urban planning, event management, safety and security, infrastructure, pedestrian access, amenities, landscaping, and public space development. All of this plan must…
The new social services complex for Pennington County, known as the Care Campus, opened its doors at noon on Monday, September 24th, reports the Rapid City Journal. The 70,000 square foot complex is located inside the renovated former National American University campus at 321 Kansas City Street. The facility houses several social service programs in one building, including: Pennington County Health…
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