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
Rapid City Council Postpones Decisions on Parking and President's Plaza
The Rapid City Council held off on making decisions over downtown parking or President's Plaza at their December 2nd meeting.
For parking, Destination Rapid City had pledged $2 million in matching funds for construction of new parking in the downtown area. The issue will return at the January 14th Public Works Committee meeting, for discussions of location and if the city can afford it. Read more »
Pledge Now Required in RCAS
Judge Rules Against Ifrit's
Judge Jeff Davis ruled that hookah smoke fell under the state's Smoking Ban, ending the lawsuit from Ifrit's Hookah Lounge. The case started after Rapid City police starting enforcing the ban, so Ifrit's could allow smoking, or sell alcohol, but not both. The owners of Ifrit's had argued that hookah smoke was different from cigarette smoke, and shouldn't be covered by the ban. Read more »
Destination Rapid City Offers Matching Funds for Parking
Dan Senftner, president of Destination Rapid City, proposed to the Rapid City Council that his company would match funds for new parking. According to a KOTA news report, Senftner offered up to $2 million if the city would build a new parking ramp or parking spaces in the downtown area (the space bounded by 4th and 9th Streets, and Omaha and Quincy Streets, as seen in the proposal) Read more »
Winter Storm Atlas Declared Disaster
South Dakota will receive federal financial aid for clean-up of the early October blizzard. A Presidential Disaster Declaration was signed November 8th, according to a KOTA-TV news report. Fourteen counties are covered, and up to 75% of eligible costs may be covered.
Follow coverage of the Operation Atlas Recovery in our archive.
Threat Assessment Presented to County Commissioners
Rapid City Seeks Measures to Stop Speeders
New Library Director Announced
Library board Chairperson Rod Pettigrew announced the successful end of a five month search for a new director for the Rapid City Public Libraries. Out of 24 candidates, James McShane, formerly director of the Kent Memorial Library in Suffield, Connecticut, was chosen. He will start in December, bringing 30 years of experience to the position. Read more »