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Sixty-four new treatment beds opened up at the Pennington County Care Campus today, as the final phase of work on the campus’ second floor was completed earlier this week. According to KEVN Black Hills Fox, the 64 beds are to be divided evenly between male and female patients, and rooms are set up with four beds and two desks apiece.…
Board member Bob Nelson, Jr. submitted his resignation to the Lead-Deadwood School Board at its October 8th meeting, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. It was accepted by the board at that same meeting. Nelson had served the school district for close to three years, after being appointed to fill another vacancy on the board left by Julie Gardner in December…
The Girls’ Inc. and Health Connections Programs, both operated by Youth and Family Services in Rapid City, have been awarded a grant of $100,000 by the John T. Vucurevich Foundation, reports KNBN NewsCenter1. David Miller, Chief Program Officer for Youth and Family Services, has said that the funds will help the two organizations meet specific goals going forward. Girls’ Inc.…
The Connect South Dakota initiative, a $5 million state-funded grant program proposed by Governor Kristi Noem in her State of the State and budget address in January 2019, was passed by the state legislature in March into the fiscal year 2020 budget. According to the Rapid City Journal, the Governor and recipients of the expanded services recently joined representatives from…
In 1920, Congress certified the 19th Amendment, giving women in the United States the right to vote – in 1971, Congress declared that August 26th would be designated Women’s Equality Day. In honor of this day, 99 years after the 1920 vote, members of the Rapid City women’s organization Democracy in Action hung informational placards about the First Ladies of…
Black Hills Energy recently donated $25,000 to the Booth Society, Inc. – the nonprofit group that supports the D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery and Archives in Spearfish, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. The donation supports the Booth Society’s campaign to help finance the purchase of a land parcel adjacent to the hatchery for future expansion. Black Hills Energy’s mission…
There have been six buffalo-vehicle collisions in Wind Cave National Park this year – three of which resulted in bison fatalities, reports the Rapid City Journal. A local woman was involved in the third fatal accident last Saturday on Highway 385, said park spokesman Tom Farrell. She had no visible injuries, but her car was totaled. This year’s accidents demonstrate…
Rapid City’s YMCA has partnered with Rapid City Area Schools (RCAS) to expand its childcare program, reports KOTA Territory News. The project, which began approximately four years ago, is now in its final stages. This partnership comes with a move for both RCAS and the YMCA into the former Black Hills Corporation building on Ninth Street in Rapid City. Each…
Republican Governor Kristi Noem announced Tuesday that Hunter Roberts, former policy adviser and current Department of Labor deputy secretary, has been named Secretary of South Dakota’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). According to the Rapid City Journal, this appointment follows the announcement that current DENR Secretary Steve Pirner will retire in August. Roberts has said that he is…
At its July 15th meeting, the Deadwood City Commission approved a $847,150 budget for the city’s Outlaw Square project for July 1st through December 31st, 2020, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. This budget is similar to one discussed by the city previously, but was never formally approved. Mayor David Ruth Jr. said that the previous budget was a working document…
The Tinton Trail system, near Spearfish, has officially been added to the National Forest System, reports KNBN NewsCenter 1. The addition was first proposed in 2018 by the Ridge Riders of the Black Hills, a local user group. Tinton Trail is classified for non-motorized use, and its addition to the NFS will allow for its management going forward. Information regarding…
The development of affordable housing in Rapid City has been a big issue for local elected officials and activists in 2019. According to the Rapid City Journal, policy towards this development, one goal of several from Rapid City’s current comprehensive plan, could be introduced as early as this fall. The City of Rapid City recently released a survey on affordable…
Following considerable rainfall and flooding in May, Butte County roads and bridges suffered extreme damage. This damage prompted county commissioners to declare an emergency in the area to bring federal relief funding to offset infrastructure repair costs, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. According to the Rapid City National Weather Service, Belle Fourche received 5.5 inches of rain in May, leading…
Eight South Dakota properties were recently added to the National Register of Historic Places, reports the Rapid City Journal. These include five in the West River region according to the South Dakota State Historical Society. The newly added properties include the Chambers Dugout and Roosevelt School in Belle Fourche,  the Jackson Boulevard Historic District in Spearfish, the Solomon and Martha…
I Am Legacy, a community organization and store located in Rapid City’s Rushmore Mall, is trying to make change in the Rapid City criminal justice system. According to KNBN NewsCenter1, I Am Legacy is assembling a Criminal Justice Community Engagement Work group to discuss criminal justice reform in the Rapid City area. Deputy States Attorney Carolyn Olson says that the…
The City of Rapid City’s Legal and Finance Committee approved a resolution Wednesday allowing $3.9 million in Vision Funds to toward the $5 million purchase of the former National American University building on Kansas City Street, where the proposed OneHeart campus will be based, reports the Rapid City Journal. Rapid City Collective Impact, the organization behind the OneHeart project, which…
As of May 29th, 2019, the Veterans Affairs (VA) Black Hills Health Care System campuses at Fort Meade and in Hot Springs are officially tobacco free. According to KOTA Territory News, this new policy applies to veterans, vendors, families, and visitors, with enforcement with staff to follow in the near future.   The goal of this policy is to encourage a…
Live music from Brandon Jones will help kick off this summer’s Summer Nights downtown concert music series in Rapid City, reports KNBN NewsCenter1. The free event will take place from 6-9pm at the corner of Seventh and Saint Joseph Streets every Thursday night this summer. Summer Nights features something for everyone, from activities for kids and families to a variety…
After several months of accepting proposals for a new name, Executive Director of the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Craig Baltzer has said that the committee has finally chosen one. According to KOTA Territory News, the new name remains a secret for now, however. Plans to break ground on the new $130 million arena have been set for October. Public presentations…
Democracy in Action hosted an introductory forum for candidates for the 2019 Rapid City Council and Mayoral Election Monday evening at Southwest Middle School, reports KOTA Territory News. Five candidates from city wards 1, 2, and 3, as well as both mayoral candidates, attended the forum. All candidates were given the opportunity to answer questions from Democracy in Action, as…
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