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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…
The Spearfish City Council has initiated an update to the city’s code that would allow small wind energy systems within city limits. According to the Black Hills Pioneer, Spearfish city code currently allows for solar units but discussion on wind units stalled after an initial ordinance was brought to the council nine years ago. The previous ordinance was tabled by…
Rapid City’s Community Development Department will host a Q&A and informational meeting May 2nd regarding the proposed revisions to downtown parking policy, reports the Rapid City Journal. Currently there is an ordinance in progress that would authorize the installation of 620 new parking meters downtown. The new meters could be installed as early as June and would cover Main and…
Liv Hospitality has made a commitment to use 50% renewable energy at several of its hotels by the year 2020, depending on the approval of a proposed Black Hills Energy wind facility. According to the Black Hills Pioneer, these properties include the Tin Lizzie Gaming Resort, Hampton by Hilton, Cadillac Jack’s Gaming Resort, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, and…
The South Dakota Wildland Fire and Game Fish and Parks worked together to plan and implement a 107-acre prescribed burn in the Southern Hills Wednesday, reports KOTA Territory News. The burn was located in the Southern Black Hills near Angostura Reservoir. The main objective of the burn was to reduce growth of brome grass and encourage native grasses, said Game…
The old Sioux Nation store building has recently reopened its doors in Pine Ridge Village, as Buche Foods was awarded the contract to operate the store by the Oglala Sioux Tribe in November of 2018 after Sioux Nation was shut down. According to KNBN NewsCenter1, Buche Foods, which also sells hardware and auto parts, opened officially on Tuesday. RF Buche,…
Rapid City residents and school officials attended the first of a series of public forums Rapid City Area Schools (RCAS) are hosting to hear feedback regarding a proposed facilities plan for the district, reports the Rapid City Journal. Superintendent Lori Simon spoke to attendees about the proposal, which includes the construction of five new schools over the next three to…
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