This year marks the 40th anniversary of the 1973 occupaton of Wounded Knee.
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The Black Hills Knowledge Network is pleased to announce a new partnership with KOTA TV's My Town website.
My Town was launched as a hyperlocal news website, giving locals a way to post news and information about the Black Hills. Watch the video below as project director Eric Abrahamson describes the Black Hills Knowledge Network's local news and information aggregation, community archives and data initiatives.
Marty Two Bulls, Sr. receives award from Society of Professional Journalists for his editorial cartoons.
From Natve Sun News
Story by Jesse Abernathy
RAPID CITY –– “Our enemies call us the Sioux.” This is the intriguing guiding mantra of talented Oglala Lakota artist Marty Two Bulls Sr., as emblazoned on the home page of his recently relaunched commercial design website, m2bulls.com.
Pow wow and Wiping of the Tears ceremony remember those who lost their lives in the flood of 1972.
Billy Good Voice Elk Junior, a Lakota spiritual advisor, consoled those who attended ceremonies at the Mother Butler Center in rememberance of the 1972 flood. Don Loudner, a member of the South Dakota National Guard in 1972 who helped rescue people that night, offered memories.
For more on this story, watch the newscast on KOTA News.
After the flood of 1972, park land in Rapid City grew substantially. Now, as more businesses and buildings are being developed in the green way some concerns are being raised.
Without the tragic Flood of 1972, Rapid City would have a much smaller amount of park land. Running through the center of town is an enormous greenway, a direct result of the devastating flood. This region now features Memorial Park, the Executive Golf Course, Central High School, and the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. Recently even more amenities have been added to the greenway such as the Rapid City Swim Center and Roosevelt Ice Arena.
Rapid City continues to restrict development in floodplain areas 40 years after the flood.
Forty years ago a massive flash flood destroyed homes and took the lives of 238 residents of Rapid City. For this reason, the city of Rapid City continues to restrict development in areas near the floodway or the area where the water would flow in a flood. If the city did not have these regulations in place, residents would not be eligible for flood insurance, according to the Rapid City Journal article.
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.
This is the brochure that lists the events of the 40th anniversary commemoration of the Flood of 1972.
This is the brochure that lists the events of the 40th anniversary commemoration of the Flood of 1972. It begins with a poem of the disasterous night, lists those who perished, and includes stories from that terrible night along with a list of the events happening this anniversary weekend. To view the commemeration article, follow this link.
Flood survivor Todd Burgess wants to ensure that the city does not pursue any development along the floodplain of Rapid Creek.
Flood survivor Todd Burgess wants to ensure that the city does not pursue any development along the floodplain of Rapid Creek. To remind the community of the flood's devastation, he has volunteered his graphic design company to make educational signs along the city's bike path that follows the creek. To read the full article, follow the link to the Rapid City Journal.
With Infant Mortality Rates in South Dakota higher than the national average and surrounding states, Governor Daugaard authorizes a task force to examine the issue.
Infant mortality rates in the United States as a whole have been dropping, but South Dakota has seen a rise in recent years. Since 2000, South Dakota has seen an average infant mortality rate of 7 (infant mortality rate defined as the number of deaths between birth and one year out of 1000 births), edging out the national average of 6.8, and considerably higher than surround states of North Dakota (5.9), Minnesota (5), Iowa (5.2), Nebraska (5.9) and Montana (6).
This is a great picture file that provides some basic information of what a TIF is, how it works, and what it is for. It provides what is not good about them as well as ways to help make improve policy towards them.
Ward 3 candidates Chad Lewis and Dan Michael both agree that the city needs to develop ways of bringing and keeping businesses. However, they differ in the way to accomplish this. Lewis favors improved infrastructure while Michael thinks improving the quality of life for residents will bring businesses to Rapid City. Read the full story from the Rapid City Journal.
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.
Building Services Division seeks new processes, more staff and the cooperation of landlords and tenants in coping with the issue.
When renters complain, Rapid City's Building Services Division staff can require landlords to make repairs if a dwelling doesn't meet code. But officials concede that they are short-staffed and do not have processes in place to track whether or not the building owner has made the required improvements. A new computer system should help, but rising demand for building permits means the city's six building inspectors are already pressed for time.
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?
Proposals have arrived from artists all over the globe who hope to sculpt the granite stones defining Main Street Square.
The Rapid City Arts Council has received artists' proposals from all over the globe for a $2 million project to sculpt the granite stones surrounding Main Street Square. A committee will select semifinalists, to be announced May 18th.
A new "zoning overlay district" would account for airplane crash zones and other hazard areas in effort to ease development.
Box Elder is working on a "zoning overlay district" to record hazard areas created by Ellsworth Air Force Base, Rapid City Regional Airport, noise from I-90 and the railroad, and flooding from Boxelder Creek.
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.
Occupation: Auditor at the Air Force Financial Services Center at Ellsworth Air Force Base.
Education: Master’s degree in human resource management
Currently on the Rapid City Urban Wildlife Committee
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