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Thanks to a partnership among Deadwood History Inc., the city of Deadwood, and archaeologist Laura Floyd, Archaeology Camp returned to Deadwood this summer, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. Almost fifty children from grades 3-7 enrolled in the camp, which excavated a piece of Gordon Park currently under construction. Deadwood History Inc. has held camps like this in previous years, but…
The 24th Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson will be giving a lecture at the Journey Museum on June 25th, at 7PM. According to the Rapid City Journal, the lecture will be on the topic of “War and Computers” and will be free and open to the public. Secretary Wilson is the former President of South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.…
A new trail is available to visitors to Spearfish Canyon, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. Savoy Trail, which was started in the fall of 2017 by the South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks, is a two-mile stretch of trail between Roughlock Falls and the Savoy Ponds in Spearfish Canyon. Together with the Spearfish Canyon Lodge and Latchstring Restaurant and the…
South Dakota’s Primary Election was held last Tuesday, and with it came a myriad of problems for polling places and South Dakota voters. According to the KOTA Territory News, some voters were unable to vote for their preferred candidate due to registration errors and an electronic voter identification problem delayed some polling locations. Meade County Auditor Lisa Schieffer says that…
The city of Deadwood received a transfer of $531,337.86 from the Days of ’76 Museum board last week, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. The funds are holdovers from previous expenditures made between 2006 and 2012, during the construction of the museum. The Days of ’76 Museum is a city property and City Finance Officer Mary Jo Nelson says that the…
In last Tuesday’s primary election, Dusty Johnson defeated Shantel Krebs and Neal Tapio in the race for South Dakota’s lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Johnson garnered 47 percent of the vote, followed by Krebs’ 29 percent and Tapio’s 24 percent, according to the Argus Leader. Johnson previously served as chief of staff for Governor Dennis Daugaard after…
Rapid City residents voted Tuesday on a $130 million proposal to replace the Barnett Arena in the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, reports KSFY News. This is after citizens rejected a previous $180 million proposal three years ago. 17,034 people voted on this proposal Tuesday, with 10,968 (64 percent) voicing their support for the measure. Had this measure failed to pass…
Kristi Noem was victorious in last week’s primary election in South Dakota’s latest race for governor, according to KSFY News. Noem defeated South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley by a margin of approximately 16 points. Noem has served as South Dakota’s Representative in the U.S. House of Representative for seven years, since her election in 2011. She hopes to use…
The City of Deadwood recently completed a Community Planned Assistance for Wildfire (CPAW) document, according to the Black Hills Pioneer. Deadwood was selected by CPAW to receive assistance in the development of a wildfire management document for 2018. Professional land use planners, risk modelers, researchers and foresters helped to develop the document, which will assist Deadwood officials in their development…
The Spearfish City Council held off on reading an ordinance pertaining to food trucks, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. The ordinance would create city code to regulate mobile food and beverage vendors. Currently, the city does not have any regulations on food trucks. The proposed ordinance would require mobile food vendors to obtain an annual permit for $150. Rules concerning…
Classes concerning mental health, money management, education and more are being offered by Rapid City’s Youth and Family Services (YFS). These classes are open to anyone in the community and are geared to help families communicate and find a common ground, reports KOTA News. Classes are primarily geared toward teens and adults, but staff are adaptable to working with families…
Gambling numbers fell 4% in April 2018 when compared to the same point last year, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. A total of $80.6 million was played across machines and tables, representing a 3.9% decrease when compared to April 2017. Slot machines produced the bulk of coin in, accounting for $75.2 million compared to just $5.3 million for table games.…
Individuals interested in archery will soon have a new range in west Rapid City, reports KOTA News. Outdoor Campus West will soon construct an additional hunter education and archery complex close to their current campus. An indoor facility will provide educational space for bow hunting, game cleaning and BB gun shooting instruction. The primary archery range will be outdoors under…
The City of Deadwood’s operating budget increased to $16,921,526 with the approval of $569,100 in supplemental funding items, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. An additional $465,000 was allocated to the public buildings fund to assist with the demolition of the Deadwood Pavilion; $54,000 went to the streets department for knuckle truck and barrier handle; and $5,600 went to a building…
Lawrence County officials are looking to find ways to make their grant applications to the state’s Bridge Improvement Program more competitive, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. Although there are 82 preliminary engineering grants completed across South Dakota, just 8 have been awarded replacement grants. Last year, Lawrence County was awarded a preliminary engineering grant for the Whitewood Valley Road bridge,…
The Deadwood City Commission recently awarded the Lead-Deadwood School District a $50,000 historic preservation not-for-profit grant, according to the Black Hills Pioneer. The grant will be used to update tuck pointing and masonry work in the 1924 portion of the district’s elementary school. This is not the first time the Lead-Deadwood School District has received funds from Deadwood’s Historic Preservation…
The men’s dormitory at the state veterans home in Hot Springs was recently appraised at one dollar, reports KOTA News. The appraisal followed a decision by state officials which determined the building to be a surplus now that a new veterans complex was construct nearby. An initial appraisal determined the building to be worth -$125,000 which resulted in calls for…
While Rapid City residents take time to consider a new arena, Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender tackled a key concern of many: parking options for the new arena. According to KOTA News, current parking for the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center along with a proposed lot north of the arena will total 1,260 parking spaces. However, 300 spaces may be lost…
Officials from the Oglala Lakota County School District recently broke ground on a new high school, reports KOTA News. The new school will not only be the county’s first high school, but it will also be the first to focus on vocational and technical education. Currently, the Oglala Lakota County School District educates students from kindergarten through eighth grade. After…
The Spearfish City Council has reduced lot setback for certain residential lots, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. Residential lots abutting 100-foot public rights-of-way will be reduced from 25 to 12 feet. The ordinance will also require garage doors facing the street to be at least 20 feet from the public sidewalk. The ordinance will primarily impact residential zoning districts from…
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