The reaction of many West River legislators to Gov. Dennis Daugaard's State of the State address cited one common theme--leave Spearfish Canyon alone. The Rapid City Journal has pointed out that support for Daugaard's attempt to turn the canyon into a state park is very low among legislators who believe that the agreement in place now with the Spearfish Canyon Foundation is working and the state should not interfere in it. They also cite its current popularity and believe that making it a state park will encourage the state to charge access fees, turning away many residents.
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