The special legislation session scheduled for June 22nd has been canceled due to Veterans Affairs Administration giving an extension to a federal grant the VA Black Hills Health Care System in Hot Springs is using for funding. Read more »
Hot Spring's VA Hospital Gets Reprieve
Hot Springs Movie Theater Closes Doors - For Now
The movie industry's conversion from 35mm film to digital has proven too costly for this small-town theater, the Hot Springs Star reports.
The historic building has a new roof, a new heating system and a new concession stand, so the theater manager hopes enough money could be raised to cover the costs of transition as low attendance at the 700-plus-seat theater can't pay that bill. Read more »
Mammoth Site Offers Junior Paleontology Program
The program offers both a junior paleontologists class and an advanced paleontologists class, reports KOTA's MyTown site.
Parents or gardians are required to stay at the Mammoth site, and participants need to purchase admission to the site as well as pay the program fee.
Reservations and advanced payment are required. Read more »
VA Black Hills Health Care System
Despite VA Budget, Fate of Hot Springs Facility Not Decided
An item in the 2014 Veteran's Administration budget appeared to confirm the closing of the Hot Springs facility. According to the Rapid City Journal, Senator Tim Johnson questioned VA Secretary Eric Shinseki about it during the Department of Veterans Affairs Appropriations hearings. Shinseki responded that this was an oversight, and no decision had been made. Read more »
Mammoth Site Eyes Expansion
Hot Springs Voters to Decide City Ownership of Evans Plunge
After the Hot Springs City Council tabled a motion to purchase the privately-owned Evans Plunge water attraction, citizens referred the matter to a vote, the Hot Springs Star reports.
City officials estimate they could put more than $50,000 per year into city coffers after expenses are paid. That money could go towards further improvements at the facility or to property tax reduction. Read more »
Rapid City Crackerbarrels for 2013 Wrapped Up On Saturday
Black Hills Forest Resource Association
The Black Hills Forest Resource Association provides biological information on the pine beetle and what causes these outbreaks to occur. Information presented gives a history of the beetle as well as how it attacks and kills a tree, resulting in scenes that are currently playing out in the Black Hills region.