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The city presented a new plan to make Rapid City a more bicycle and pedestrian-friendly area on Tuesday, pleasing local cyclists. From the Rapid City Journal: "A plan to make Rapid City friendlier to bicycles and pedestrians would be an excellent step forward as long as it includes more than just new sidewalks and bike lanes, local cyclists said at…
The second lowest bidder for the Jackson Springs project has accused the city of favoring the lowest bidder before the bidder had met all of the criteria for building the water treatment plant.  For more information, click here.
Babies were healthier and born to fewer single teen mothers in Pennington County between 2005 and 2009. Violent teen deaths also declined, although the child death rate increased according to statistics provided by the 2010 South Dakota Kids Count report. Pennington County Report - Interactive Map of South Dakota Counties
The Trust for America’s Health, a non-profit, non-partisan research institute provides a wide range of statistical data in its state profile, comparing South Dakota to the nation in a host of different categories. HealthyAmericans.org
Most residents of the Rapid City area report few significant health risk factors according to the National Center for Disease Control (CDC). Compared to the nation, however, area residents report above average rates of smoking, obesity and binge drinking. On the other hand, they are more likely to get vaccinated for the flu and generally feel better about their health.…
A new nationwide study ranks most Black Hills school districts near the bottom for how much learning a district produces for every dollar spent. Spearfish and Hot Springs school districts were noteworthy exceptions. To access an interactive map highlighting Black Hills results from the Center for American Progress report (released January 19, 2011) click here. To view the full report,…
  Sustainability means meeting present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. Sustainability applies to the economy, society and the environment. The Mayor's Ad Hoc Task Force on Green and Sustainable Cities worked from October, 2009 through January 2011 to create a roadmap for a greener, more sustainable Rapid City. Final Report: January 30, 2011…
Rapid City has long been known as the “Gateway to the Black Hills.” The second largest city in South Dakota with a population of 67,956 in 2010, it is also the center of a metropolitan area that includes Pennington and Meade Counties with 120,279 residents. The city’s wholesale and retail trade and service economies cater to the needs of a vast…
Good health and access to health care ensure a high-quality of life. Not everyone can be a marathon runner or mountain climber. Genes, finances, environment and behavior all influence how a person feels and performs at home, school, work or in the community. With an affinity for outdoor and active living, residents of the Black Hills generally enjoy longer life spans…
Deck:Native Population Confronts Health IssueTeaser: The percentage of adults with diabetes in Shannon County declined from 16 percent in 2004 to 14.7 percent in 2008... The percentage of adults with diabetes in Shannon County declined from 16 percent in 2004 to 14.7 percent in 2008. Rates fell in Lawrence and Fall River counties as well. But adult diabetes remains high…
An open house has been scheduled for the City of Rapid City's Regional Airport Master Plan Land Use Compatibility Plan. It will be held: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 – 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. City/School Administration Center Council Chambers 300 Sixth Street – Rapid City, South Dakota   This will be an informal one-on-one discussion around the maps to receive…
  An informal open house for input from Rapid City's bicycling and pedestrian community will be held on April 12, 2011.  The draft fo the Rapid City Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan will be available for review.  Inrerested parties may stop in the first floor community room of the city administration building between 4:30 and 6 pm on April 12. …
Generations of neighbors, mothers and fathers, schoolchildren and teachers, workers and entrepreneurs have shaped the history and communities of the Black Hills more than the gunfighters, warrior chiefs and cavalry that make the region famous. The fabric of our history is woven with the stories of families, businesses, service clubs, churches, and community organizations. Memories of disaster – the blizzard…
Two resident-driven initiated measures to ban new digital billboards were accepted by the Rapid City Council Monday and set for a citywide vote June 7.   The ban would also restrict the proliferation of other billboards within city limits. Opponents say litigation will be certain. Click here for additional information on this and other topics.
While improvements to the Rapid City Regional Airport continue, the local hub is asking area cities and counties to beef up their zoning restrictions in the area to prevent what it sees as future problems. Included in the request is a ban on wind farms and tall buildings within a 5-mile radius of the airport. From the Rapid City Journal:…
Seen from the air, cattle and buffalo ranches, wheat farms, timber lands and various mining operations color the quilted landscape of the Black Hills region in western South Dakota and eastern Wyoming. In 2010, the seven South Dakota counties in the region were home to 189,485 residents. Nearly half the population lives in rural areas or in small towns nestled…
In a meeting on April 1, 2011, the Historic Preservation Commission recommended the allowance of a rooftop venue on top of the Native American Office Product building at 502 Main Street in downtown Rapid City. Rapid City's Historic Preservation Commission recommended the allowance of rooftop dining and lounge space at 502 Main Street, on the Native American Office Products building…
The Rapid City Area school district administrators are in search of other health care plans to help them offset the almost $2 million increase they see in 2012. From the Rapid City Journal "Administrators at Rapid City Area Schools are looking at other health care benefit plans after officials said the district will absorb an estimated $1.8 million increase in…
This summer's election will have not only the discussion of electronic billboards in the city, but will feature fifteen candidates for city offices, including three for mayor. There are also three candidates running for Ward 2 City Council seat, including incumbent Deb Hadcock. The Rapid City Journal has the story and a full list of candidates and seats. From the…
The city of Rapid City Finance Office validated the signatures on two petitions submitted by Scenic Rapid City to limit billboards. The petitions will next go to the Legal and Finance Committee and city council may set public vote for the June 7 municipal election or decide on a special election at least 30 days from now. For more information…

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