Pennington County Commissioners to consider $375,600 loan to local wood chip and pellet company.
On Tuesday June 19, 2012, Pennington County Commissioners will be consider a proposal to loan money to local business Deadwood Biofuels, LLC. The company would use the money to build a rail spur to its plant at 5406 Old Folsom Road, Rapid City, SD. Located at the former Dakota Craft site, Deadwood Biofuels manufactures wood pellets used in heating and grilling and wood chips used for playgrounds and parks. Currently, the pellets are trucked to downtown Rapid City for loading into rail cars. According to owner Randy Kr
On Monday in Rapid City, new city building codes changes will go into effect.
Due to building code changes, commercial and residential construction projects in Rapid City will have to abide by some new rules starting June 11th. Changes pertain to replacing siding in historic districts, residential roofing permits, and residential contractor licensing. City Council signed off on the changes in their May 7th meeting and new ordinances go into effect twenty days after publication.
Retired Rapid City lineman remembers working nearly around the clock to make sure customers were safe.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Friday, June 8, 2012
Mayor Sam Kooiker
Mutch Usera, Director of External Affairs & Sarah Folsland, Communications Manager
Rapid City and Black Hills area communities rallied to recover from the historic events of 1972, and those efforts included the Black Hills Power linemen (now referred to as line mechanics) who were charged with restoring electric power after the devastation.
Jack Naugle, retired lineman, remembers working nearly around the clock to make sure customers were safe.
As the interest grows behind the Deadwood Standard Project in Spearfish Canyon, the individuals behind the project explain their involvement and their backgrounds.
As the Spearfish Canyon mining project gains more attention, interest is growing as to who is behind the Deadwood Standard. The individuals backing the project include doctors, geologists, farmers, ranchers, business owners and miners, in which 7 out of the 10 are from South Dakota, according to the Black Hills Pioneer. For the full story, click here.
The Pine Ridge Chamber of Commerce hosted a two-day cultural training session for employees of the region's major tourist attractions.
The Pine Ridge Area Chamber of Commerce offered a two-day diversity training for more than 100 employees of various tourist attractions in the Black Hills. The event took place at Crazy Horse Memorial. The program focused on prevailing stereotypes and addressing concerns about safety on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Read the story in the Washington Post.
Pennington County Commissioners approve property tax increase.
A unanimous vote by Pennington County Commissioners will increase property tax rates. By law, the county could have raised the rate up to 5%. Instead, commisioners chose the lower figure of 2.1%. Department heads are still being asked to reduce their proposed budgets.
Rapid City citizens invited to apply to serve on new board of appeals.
The newly formed Rapid City Code Enforcement Board of Appeals is seeking citizen applicants. Working 2-4 hours per month, board members would preside over and hear appeals from people cited for code enforcement violations under Rapid City's municipal code.
The Citizen Interest Form may be completed by an on line application; deadline for application is 5:00 PM June 4, 2012.
For American Indians, 75 percent of deaths occur before age 70, while for whites, 75 percent occur after age 70.
Statistics drive how South Dakota deals with health and disease, top state health officials told Rapid City healthcare leaders. The South Dakota Department of Health uses a variety of surveys and vital records to implement public health policies and campaigns, Health Secretary Doneen Hollingsworth told the crowd May 16 at a Data Matters forum sponsored by the Black Hills Knowledge Network.
Rapid City's proposed garbage discount would follow income guidelines for senior citizens.
The Rapid City Public Works Director proposed a change to the current reduced garbage fees. The change would add an income requirement for the discount that would be identical to the one use by City Water and Sewer billing. The recommendation will be presented to City Council for the first time on Monday May 21, 2012. Proposed change is available from the Rapid City City Council agenda page.
Memorial Park Promenade was presented to the City Council Monday evening. Construction of this project will proceed after it receives Council approval at a later meeting.
Memorial Park Promenade was presented by Destination Rapid City at Monday's City Council meeting. This promenade will connect the city's downtown attractions to the the Civic Center. Destination Rapid City has raised the money necessary to build the park and the city's Park and Recreation department will maintain the crossing.
Approximately 200 people—ranging from business owners to politicians and land developers—attended the first day of the Bakken conference.
Approximately 200 people—ranging from business owners to politicians and land developers—attended the first day of the Bakken conference in Spearfish, according to the Rapid City Journal. The conference was organized for those seeking more information on the regional effects of the oil boom in North Dakota, both the good and the bad.
A "very busy and very fun" summer for the new downtown attraction will include farmers' market, musical performances, free exercise classes, car shows, street fairs and festivals.
After the opening of Main Street Square to much fanfare last October, organizers are busy prepping for its first crucial test—-attracting residents and visitors during the first summer of activities. Read the story in the Rapid City Journal.
Here's an overview of some of the statistics and data that are available on the Black Hills Knowledge Network.
Data should help us understand the world. Often, it can help us recognize problems and opportunities. Sometimes, it can lead us to solutions. But it has to be available, and it has to make sense.
On the Black Hills Knowledge Network, we work to provide access to data and statistics that help you understand what’s going on in our region. Is unemployment rising or falling. What about wages? Are we winning the fight against obesity and diabetes? Are we increasing the percentage of students who graduate from high school?
The Rushmore Plaza Civic Center board voted unanimously to endorse a landscaped path connecting the center and downtown.
A proposed promenade through Memorial Park, connecting the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center with downtown, was endorsed Tuesday by the Civic Center board of directors.Destination Rapid City has committed to funding the project, which would include a lighted, landscaped path with art installations and botanical gardens.
City council and legislative candidates participated in a candidates forum hosted by the West Boulevard Neighborhood Association.
A forum hosted by the West Boulevard Neighborhood Association featured two candidates running for the Ward 5 City Council seat and all four candidates for the State House of Representatives in District 32. Billboards and education reform dominated the debate, according to the Rapid City Journal.
The 1972 Black Hills Flood devastated Rapid City and surrounding communitities. More than ten inches of rain fell in just over six hours on June 9, 1972. Rapid Creek and several other Black Hills streams overflowed their banks. The failure of the dam at Canyon Lake sent water rushing through Rapid City.
The 1972 Black Hills Flood devastated Rapid City and surrounding communities. More than ten inches of rain fell in just over six hours on June 9, 1972. Raging waters flowed through Rapid Creek and several other Black Hills streams, overflowing the stream beds and sweeping trees, buildings and automobiles and other debris downstream. The failure of the dam at Canyon Lake sent water rushing through Rapid City. After flood waters receded, 238 people were dead and over 3,000 injured.
Rapid City has hired a business to paint the iconic Apatosaurus and reconstruct its face.
The owner of both a painting business and an art restoration business has been hired to paint the iconic Apatosaurus overlooking Rapid City, and to reconstruct its face. Work will begin May 7th and should take about two weeks to complete. Dinosaur Park, on the National Register of Historic Places, was created in 1936 as part of the Works Progress Administration.
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