Citizens of Spearfish will vote on the annexation of the Upper and Lower Valleys this Tuesday in a special election. According to a Rapid City Journal article, if approved, this would increase the population of Spearfish by 6% and add 658 acres. The topic has been debated heavily with passionate opinions on both sides of the issue. Read more »
Spearfish Annexation Vote Tuesday
Spearfish Voters Ponder Valley Annexation
Homestake Opera House Launches $4.2M Capital Campaign
Those in charge at Lead's fire-damaged Homestake Opera House are heading into the facility's 100th year in August 2014 and hope to raise $4.2 million before a grand re-opening in August 2015, the Black Hills Pioneer reports.
Plans are to have the facility serve as an anchor to the Lead and Northern Hills communities, in large part by offering daily theatrical performances.
The money is needed to expand the stage and do other structural enhancements. Read more »
Deadwood Hires Revitalization Consultant
The Deadwood Revitalization Committee has held two public meetings and is preparing plans to ramp up the historic city's economy, reports the Black Hills Pioneer.
More than 70 people have attended two public-input meetings where break-out groups brainstormed about opportunities, threats, strengths and weaknesses.
The committee was formed by the Deadwood Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau and the city of Deadwood. Read more »
Veterans' Organizations Work to Recruit Young Members
Leaders say young veterans are members of a busy generation, and a generation gap is a challenge, reports the Black Hills Pioneer.
One VFW post is thinking about putting computers in, while others work with veterans on college campuses. But things such as what music is playing and how much drinking takes place remain issues.
Recruitment remains challenging even for Vietnam veterans as well as those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Read more »
Coat Drive to Benefit Pine Ridge
By Karin Eagle
Native Sun News Staff Writer
RAPID CITY – The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology (SDSMT) will be helping those who are in need on a local reservation to keep warm this holiday season. Read more »
USFWS to Keep Spearfish Hatchery Open Through 2014
The historic DC Booth Fish Hatchery in Spearfish will be spared from closure, but officials offer no long-term promises in the face of Congressional budget cuts, the Black Hills Pioneer reports.
Lawrence County Gives $20,000 for School Laptops
Fourth graders in the Lead-Deadwood School District will likely have new laptops during the next school year after the Lawrence County Commission agreed to fund part of the purchase, the Black Hills Pioneer reports.
The county will kick in $20,000 towards the $55,000 needed to by 80 new computers, which will be 20 per classroom. Read more »
Why Sanford Scientists Thrilled Despite No Dark Matter Discovery
The mainstream press was at a loss to explain the jubilation at the Sanford Lab in Lead on Oct. 30 when the LUX experiment had detected no dark matter, reports the lab's Deep Thoughts newsletter.
After going online earlier this year, the lab's Large Underground Xenon experiment could prove itself the world's most sensitive dark matter detector, or, as the lead scientist said, "the quietest place on Earth." Read more »