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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…
While a half-cent sales tax increase provided higher wages for teachers in the Rapid City Area School District, a new funding formula instituted by the South Dakota State Legislature changed how local school boards can spend revenues in their general funds, according to KOTA News. Under the previous formula, districts were allowed to spend revenues from their general funds at…
A new structure located near the Sturgis Harley-Davidson Rally Point will provide shade and additional power to the city’s library, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. The idea was sparked through concerns raised by citizens requesting additional shade at the Rally Point. While canopies were originally intended to be included at the Rally Point, they were nixed due to the $250,000 cost…
The Deadwood City Commission recently approved a request for qualifications for a main street master plan, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. The deadline for submissions is May 23, 2018. City officials hope to examine aging infrastructure including street lights, public gathering spaces and make updates to bring the city into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. A projected cost…
Officials from Lawrence County have stated that they were not informed of scoping comments concerning the Black Hills Resilient Landscapes project, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. The Black Hills Resilient Landscapes project will outline the United States Forest Service’s goals for the next ten years on Black Hills National Forest Land. Nearly have of Lawrence County is comprised by forest…
When compared to March 2017, gaming revenue in Deadwood declined by 5% in March 2018, as reported by the Black Hills Pioneer. A total of $89.3 million was played by patrons to Deadwood’s casinos in March, generating approximately $8.3 million in taxable revenue. Of the total revenue, about $750,000 was collected as state tax. While gaming revenue was down in…
The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish & Parks (GF&P) has begun a four year study to examine key characteristics of some of the state’s walleye population. As reported by the Black Hills Pioneer, GF&P will tag approximately 500 walleye across the Angostura, Belle Fourche, and Shadehill reservoirs. Biologists will study the population age, mortality rates, and size of the…
Three tribal nations in western South Dakota recently passed resolutions in an effort to transfer control of the Sioux San Indian Health Service (IHS) facility to the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board, reports the Rapid City Journal. The federal government would continue to fund the IHS facility, but the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board would be responsible for…
Rapid City Chief of Police Karl Jegeris is considering the addition of a police substation, reports KOTA News. The new addition would be located on the west side of Rapid City in order to reduce police response times on calls and to accommodate the city’s population growth projected over the next 5-10 years. Chief Jegeris discussed the need for a…
The Deadwood City Commission recently approved purchasing tracking mechanisms for the city’s trolley system, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. The commission hopes the new products and services will help the city provide better transportation. The new tracking system will cost approximately $39,000 and will be implemented by mid-June. The city will purchase a GeoEvent server for $19,000 as well as…
Although Deadwood city staff have recommended awarding a bid for the demolition of the Deadwood Pavilion, Deadwood City Commissioners voted to allow two more weeks for consideration. According to the Black Hills Pioneer, he plan recommended by city staff includes demolition of the Deadwood Pavilion and construction of a parking lot for $416,503 to be completed on June 14 or…
The Meade County Director of Equalization recently proposed a reduction in agricultural land values due to drought conditions, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. A recent report from the United States Drought Monitor indicated that over half of Meade County is in a severe drought category while the other half is listed under moderate drought. Last summer, much of Meade County…
The physical education classes at the Newell middle and high schools gained additional, alternative topics in recent weeks, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. Topics addressed ranged  from environmental health, maintaining a healthy relationship, and careers in outdoor science and emergency medicine. Students were visited by a variety of professionals with careers related to health. Jason Boerboom, a district conservationist with…
The Lawrence County Commission is seeking to update its comprehensive plan with the help of the Black Hills Council of Local Governments, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. Lawrence County’s last comprehensive plan was completed in 2005 based on information from 1997, according to Lawrence County Commissioner Brandon Flanagan. Commissioners hope to place emphasis on resident engagement in this iteration of…
A $3 million art studio is in the works for the Pine Ridge Reservation, reports KOTA News. The 8,500 square foot studio will be located across from Oglala Lakota College next to the Pine Ridge Area Chamber of Commerce on BIA Highway 2. The space is a collaboration between First Peoples Fund and Lakota Funds and will be focused on…
Rapid City Collective Impact is currently laying the groundwork for the operations of the OneHeart Campus, reports KOTA News. Stakeholders are considering how multiple care providers can collaborate to achieve the shared goal of assisting individuals in transitioning out of poverty and homelessness to independent living. Project Manager Charity Doyle hopes that the OneHeart Campus will be able to partner…
The City of Rapid City settled its years-long lawsuit with Epic Outdoor Advertising concerning digital billboards, as reported by KOTA News. The two entities were at odds after the city passed an ordinance banning full animation and motion billboards after Epic already had been utilizing the new technology. Under the settlement agreement, the current billboard ordinance will remain, but an…
Two new rule changes were approved by the South Dakota Commission, according to the Black Hills Pioneer. One rule pertains to the notification of the legal age to gamble while the other concerns policies involving individuals under the age of 21 in casinos. Gambling establishments must now prominently display the legal age required to gamble. The signs must be permanently…
Two B-1 bombers from Ellsworth Air Force Base recently departed to Qatar, reports KOTA News. The B-1 bombers will support missions that are currently battling against terrorist organizations. B-1 bombers have not assisted in combat since 2016, when the fleet was pulled for substantial upgrades. Prior to 2016, the bombers had been in continuous combat since 2001. While over half…
Jeff Simmons, a former principal at Sturgis Brown High School, was recently selected to serve as the Meade County School District Superintendent, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. In his cover letter for the position, Simmons addressed his work at the high school and his strong, personal connection to the school district. Simmons will return to Sturgis this July. In a…

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