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The U.S. Forest Service recently issued its 2017 Forest Health Survey for the Black Hills National Forest, reports KOTA News. Aerial surveys indicated that approximately 2,900 acres were impacted by mountain pine beetles last year—a slight uptick from 2,500 in 2016. However, as the species is native to the region some trees will continue to perish each year which is…
After a strong showing in January 2018, gambling numbers in Deadwood declined in February 2018, according to the Black Hills Pioneer. South Dakota Commission on Gaming data indicates that slot machine gambling dropped by 6% while table games fell by 12%, resulting in an overall 7% decline for the month of February. While gaming revenues in Deadwood were down, hotel…
Three candidates have been selected to be interviewed for the superintendent position at the Meade County School District, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. Charlene Crosswait of Menno, Charles Hanson of Hill City, and Jeff Simmons of Aberdeen will be interviewed at the end of March. An outside consultant, McPherson & Jacobson, LLC, assisted the Meade County School District in their…
In 2017, the Western South Dakota Juvenile Services Center handled 51 cases of minors using methamphetamine, reports KOTA News. The center serves Butte, Custer, Fall River, Lawrence and Harding Counties. 2017 marks a substantial increase from 34 cases handled in 2015. Western South Dakota Juvenile Services Center partners with Regional West for short-term treatment programs. However, Butte County State’s Attorney…
Following the filing of a federal lawsuit which involved Pennington County’s adherence to the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), there has been an increase in kinship placements of Native American Children in foster care. As reported by KOTA News, kinship placement is foster care with either relatives or other tribal members and is a key component of ICWA. Prior to…
Both the Hill City and Hot Springs School Districts are facing cuts in staff, reports KOTA News. This month, the Hill City School Board voted to eliminate several positions while the Hot Springs School Board voted to reduce two full-time counselor positions to half-time and eliminate a Spanish language teacher. The Hot Springs School Board is aiming to gain back…
In order to receive community feedback for a comprehensive plan, Deadwood officials have scheduled community visioning sessions for March 27 and 29, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. The meetings are intended to help create a collective vision and goals for the city. Deadwood has not updated its city plan since 2001. As the State of South Dakota requires communities to…
Rapid City recently became the first city in South Dakota to pass the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) resolution, as reported by KOTA News. Of the total 194 member states of the United Nations, 187 countries have signed the resolution. The United States is one of the seven countries that has not signed…
Adult fees for bus tours of the Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Deadwood will be increasing from $1 to $2 this year, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. A fee increase was previously implemented for Mt. Moriah visitors who chose to visit the cemetery by foot in 2016. While the fee for adults is increasing by $1, children under the age of…
PACE Strategic Development, LLC, a consultant hired to facilitate the Spearfish Community Strategic Plan, recently presented to the Spearfish City Council, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. During the presentation, members of the public, city council, city staff and others listened to and helped determine priorities for 2018-2020. Some of the highest priorities for Spearfish include a recreational path to Exit…
The Sturgis Police Athletic League is looking to deter juvenile crime by creating a professional quality bike park, reports KOTA News. The park would have attractions for bicyclists of varying skill level—from toddlers to BMX aficionados. The total cost of the park is estimated at $75,000. So far, the Sturgis Police Athletic League has raised over $31,000 at an auction…
In the month of February, Rapid City issued 166 building permits with a total valuation of $27,917,585, as reported by KOTA News. One of last month’s highest-valued permits included eight apartment buildings for Meadow Apartments on Moon Meadows Drive. The permit issued for the apartments was valued at approximately $22 million. Additional projects with high valuations included two homes valued…
The Journey Museum and Learning Center is hosting several presentations in March to commemorate Women’s History Month, reports KOTA News. The first presentation held was a play entitled Dakota Daughters and explored the accounts of several women’s recollection of the Wounded Knee Massacre. Three women who played fictional characters characterized what life for women would have been like from 1865-1890…
The City of Deadwood recently purchased a van for its paratransit services, according to the Black Hills Pioneer. The 2017 Dodge Caravan was purchased for $24,977 alongside a city commission resolution which approved a fee schedule for paratransit ridership. Passengers 60 years and older can receive transportation within Deadwood or from Deadwood to Lead at no cost. Trips to Spearfish…
The Keystone Wye Bridges on Highway 16 will soon receive an inspection by Stantec and Wood Research Development, reports KOTA News. The bridges will stay open during the inspection but lanes will be adjusted during daylight hours. WRD will look for signs of decay using stress wave timing. The South Dakota Department of Transportation aims to prolong the service life…
After conducting a five-month audit of energy usage at the City/School Administration Building in Rapid City, students from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology identified $10,000 worth of potential savings annually for the city. As reported by the Rapid City Journal, some of the recommendations made by the student team include updating the current lighting system to LED…
After a year of declining gaming revenue, the gaming handle in Deadwood was up approximately 7% in January 2018 when compared to January 2017, as reported by KOTA News. Nearly $82 million were bet on tables and slot machines last month in Deadwood, according to the South Dakota Gaming Statistics Monthly Summary.   Hotel occupancy also increased slightly in January…
Governor Daugaard recently signed legislation into law which will increase the number of barrels the state’s microbreweries can produce annually. As reported by KOTA News, craft brewers in South Dakota are currently allowed to produce up to 5,000 barrels. The new limitation will be increased to 30,000 barrels and will also allow craft brewers to sell directly to bars and…
The Deadwood City Commission recently approved nine grants for its 2018 Outside of Deadwood Grant Program, according to the Black Hills Pioneer. A total of 24 grant applications were received for the award. The selection process was made more challenging this year as the total award amount was reduced from $250,000 to $150,000. The Mystic Preservation Alliance in Mystic, St.…
The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks are planning to promote bighorn sheep in Custer State Park. As reported by the Black Hills Pioneer, GF&P will collect 10-15 female sheep from Badlands National Park and transfer them into Custer State Park, which currently has just 30 sheep after its herd suffered from a pneumonia-like disease over a decade…

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