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CEO of the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board Jerilyn Church and the board continues negotiations with Indian Health Services (IHS), but a tentative date has been set for the administrative takeover of Sioux San Hospital by the Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board. According to the Rapid City Journal, the change will take place in February 2019. The Oglala, Cheyenne River,…
Sierra Ward has been hired to serve as the new director of the Lead Area Chamber of Commerce, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. Ward has called the town home for the past seven years. While having roots and family in Lead, Ward has lived all over the country and the world and visited Lead often throughout her life. She is…
The Rapid City Rush came to the management of the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center last year for help with its tenuous financial situation, reports KOTA Territory News. An agreement signed in May of 2018 made the Civic Center a minor partner to the minor league hockey team – and therefore obligated to cover the Rush’s financial losses up to $350,000…
Sturgis’ City Council recently approved a zoning variance for the developers of the new Sturgis Brewing Company. According to the Black Hills Pioneer, the property where the brewery is to be constructed was zoned as General Commercial, and a variance was needed for the plans to meet parking, traffic, and green space requirements. At its October 15th meeting, the Sturgis…
Spearfish’s Matthews Opera House has named a new executive director, Becky Naccarato Eastburn, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. Eastburn is originally from Pueblo, Colorado. Eastburn will take over from Sian Young, who came on with the Matthews in 2011 as an event coordinator before becoming the executive director. Young will finish up her term November 16th, but will continue on…
Voters in South Dakota’s 31st Legislative District, which includes Spearfish, Lead, Deadwood, and other communities in the Northern Hills, voted on Tuesday to re-elect Republican incumbents Bob Ewing, Timothy Johns, and the late Chuck Turbiville, to the district’s State Senate and two State House seats, respectively. According to the Rapid City Journal, Johns earned 38 percent of the House vote,…
South Dakota voters cast their ballots on November 6th for a new slate of leadership in Pierre. U.S. Representative Kristi Noem defeated State Senator Billie Sutton in a close governor’s race, becoming the first female governor for the state of South Dakota. Read for more results from Tuesday’s election, courtesy of KOTA Territory News and the South Dakota Secretary of…
West river counties continue to prepare for the possibility of protests of the Keystone XL pipeline, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. Butte County, one of the counties the pipeline is planned to pass through, is considering an amendment to its temporary campground ordinance in anticipation of protests. Butte County State’s Attorney Cassie Wendt brought the proposal to the county commission…
The Deadwood City Commission met October 24th to fill the remainder of the term left vacant by the late Mayor Charles “Chuck” Turbiville.  According to the Rapid City Journal, Commissioner David Ruth, Jr. was appointed to complete Turbiville’s term as mayor at the emotional meeting. Ruth will serve as Deadwood’s mayor until the city’s next municipal election in April. Ruth…
Construction has begun on the railroad crossing on East Saint Patrick Street, reports the Rapid City Journal. Work began on Monday, October 29th and is expected to be completed by Saturday, November 3rd. Construction will cause daily detours that will be marked by street signs and drivers should expect delays. The project includes major reconstruction and upgrades to the railroad…
South Dakota counties could become responsible for any costs associated with future protests over the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. According to South Dakota law, counties are required to spend significant county funds before the state disaster funding become available. Nine West River counties are on the pipeline’s path, and some expect the same…
Electronic poll books that were used in June’s primary election in Pennington County will not be used in the upcoming general election, reports KOTA Territory News.  This was decided following failure of the electronic poll machines at some precincts during the primary. Instead, voters will cast their votes on paper poll books. Cindy Mohler, auditor elect with the Pennington County…
Deadwood held its first-ever Harvest Jubilee this past weekend, organized by members of the Main Street Square Initiative and sponsored by First Interstate Bank. According to the Black Hills Pioneer, event organizer Louie Lalonde said the promotions committee was looking to bring a family-friendly event to downtown Deadwood, and a Harvest Jubilee seemed to be a great fit. The event…
Anywhere between 250 and 3,900 acres of land on Badlands National Park’s Heck Table will be treated by prescribed burning under the direction of the National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service, reports the Rapid City Journal. The burn is scheduled to take place between October 20th and November 10th, weather permitting. The burn has been prescribed to restore the…
Summer 2018 saw a record number of passengers traveling through Rapid City Regional Airport, reports KOTA Territory News. With an eight percent increase over summer 2017, the airport is also on track to set a new annual passenger record in 2018. Patrick Dame, Rapid City Regional Airport’s executive director, said that the increased use of the airport is critical to…
Teachers at Rapid City Area public schools are still without contract for the 2018-2019 academic year, as no agreement was reached at an October 9th conciliation meeting. According to the Rapid City Journal, both sides will now meet with a state judge with the Department of Labor in Pierre. Average teacher pay in Rapid City is now $51,000, up from…
Deadwood’s Historic Franklin Hotel will soon rebuild a decorative parapet on its roof, reports the Rapid City Journal. Opened in 1903, the Franklin was one of the largest buildings in Deadwood and included a decorative brick and stone wall extending from the roof, accented with carved stone accents and painted wood from the Black Hills. Tom Rensch, managing partner of…
Officials from the South Dakota Department of Transportation recently closed Needles Highway and Iron Mountain Road to inspect the highways’ seven tunnels. According to the Rapid City Journal, engineers and state geologists check the tunnels routinely every two years for any signs of weathering, cracking or loose rock at the requirement of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration.…
At a meeting last night, the Rapid City School Board approved a revised gender identity inclusion policy for Western Dakota Tech reports KOTA Territory News. The decision was close, with the board voting 4-3 to adopt the controversial harassment and discrimination policy to include transgender and gender-nonconforming people. The revisions to the policy were met with some instances of stiff…
Located in Porcupine on the Pine Ridge Reservation, the Pine Ridge Girls’ School has been awarded a $10,000 Community Innovation Grant through the South Dakota Community Foundation, reports the Rapid City Journal. The grant funding, provided in partnership with the Bush Foundation, will be used to establish a evaluation system for the school’s efficacy. The school was founded in 2016…

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