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South Dakota’s Department of Transportation is the first in the U.S. to employ a new road treatment in hopes of reducing road-departure crashes on winding highway curves. According to the Rapid City Journal, the process, known as High Friction Surface Treatment, increases traction by bonding a calcined bauxite aggregate to the asphalt with an epoxy. Highway safety engineer Andy Vadel…
With Phase 1 completed, Lead-Deadwood School District officials are turning to Phase 2 of their facilities update, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. Approximately $900,000 was spent on tuckpointing, retaining wall projects, and elevator installation over the summer for Phase 1. The district is set to begin accepting bids for Phase on October 4th. The estimated total cost of the next…
Construction will begin on a new solar panel awning at Mount Rushmore on October 1st, reports KOTA Territory News. The structure will cover the top floor of the Washington side of the parking garage and will power over half of the park’s restaurant and gift shop. Sustainability manager for Xanterra Parks and Resorts Kevin Crosby says that the park has…
Rapid City Central High School now offers free lunches for all students through the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). According to the Rapid City Journal, CEP is a federal subsidy through the USDA that offers a non-pricing meal-option for schools and students in low-income areas. Six Rapid City Area Schools have offered free lunches through this provision since 2014 – Beadle…
The 24th Annual Kool Deadwood Nites was held in Deadwood from August 23rd to August 26th, reports KOTA Territory News. The weekend event was a haven for classic car lovers and included parades, shows, concerts, and a classic car auction. This was the 20th year for the auctions, where 200 cars were sold between Friday and Saturday of the event.…
A brand-new middle school has started classes in Summerset, reports KOTA Territory News. The new addition to the Meade County School District, Stagebarn Middle School, will host grades 5-7 in the upcoming 2018-2019 school year, with 8th grade added for 2019-2020. The new facility has 24 general use classrooms, and everyone – faculty and students – is excited to start…
Freshman Impact, a program founded by former Pennington County Deputy Richard McPherson in 2003, recently hosted a community day to show the Black Hills community what the prevention program has to offer. According to KOTA Territory News, the program is meant to keep youth and teens out of trouble. Freshman Impact, started in the Black Hills, is now used in…
Both candidates for South Dakota’s governorship, Republican Kristi Noem and Democrat Billie Sutton, visited the Black Hills on the campaign trail last week, reports the Rapid City Journal. In remarks Thursday in Rapid City, Sutton, a self-described fifth-generation farmer and rancher, outlined his plans for agriculture in South Dakota and criticized President Donald Trump’s trade tariffs. Sutton’s agricultural plan, “Planting…
The Deadwood City Commission approved a $102,500 bid from MAC Construction, based in Rapid City, for the Upper Main Street Archway project. According to the Black Hills Pioneer, the arch is to be installed at the intersection of Pine Street and Pioneer Way, between the Silverado and Wells Fargo. The bid was approved at the August 6th Meeting of the…
Officials from the Black Hills National Forest have unveiled a new proposal process for non-motorized hiking and biking trails, reports the Rapid City Journal. The 29-page Non-Motorized Trail Strategy document released includes a five-step proposal process and a compilation of Black Hills trail statistics. Before this proposal process was outlined, there was no official process for trail advocates to submit…
The Belle Fourche School Board recently selected Julie Hatling as the new elementary principal for the district. According to the Black Hills Pioneer, Hatling has been with the district for 12 years. This hiring follows the approval by the school board of a request from Ryan Young, who served as elementary principal from 2016 to 2018 to be released from…
Rapid City’s Legal and Finance Committee recently approved a second reading of an ordinance that would increase residents’ water rates and fees, reports KOTA Territory News. The ordinance’s next step is to come before the full city council for approval. The water ordinance will get a final reading at the next city council meeting on August 20th. If approved, Rapid…
Rapid City Youth and Family Services’ chapter of Girls Inc. is in the running for a $25,000 grant from the State Farm Neighborhood Assist program, reports KOTA Territory News. The program is competing against 200 other organizations for 40 grants in a nationwide contest. Girls Inc. of Rapid City is located in a low-income area and provides afterschool and summer…
Wolf Creek School, located just outside of Pine Ridge Village, started classes Wednesday.  According to KOTA Territory News, the pre-K through 8th grade school is currently undergoing a $15 million renovation project, and construction on a new high school next door will begin soon. The current building was originally built to accommodate 350 students, but 850 attended last year. The…
A new mural has come to downtown Lead’s Prospect Park, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. “A Map to the Heart of the Hills”, a fifty-by-eleven-foot mural by local artist David Livingston, depicts the meaning of being a part of a town like Lead, according to the artist, and emphasizes the heart of the Black Hills and the community. This mural…
Ditech Financial, a mortgage lending and servicing firm based in Fort Washington, PA, and St. Paul, MN, recently confirmed that it will be closing its Rapid City call center in November of 2019. According to the Rapid City Journal, this closure will mean the loss of approximately 450 jobs. The closure coincides with the end of Ditech’s lease and is…
Spearfish’s Elkhorn Ridge Golf Club and Resort recently installed 234 new solar panels, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. The six-by-three-foot panels are meant to offset energy used by the club’s irrigation system on its back nine holes. Superintendent Greg Brandriet said that the solar panels currently provide the power for the irrigation system’s pumps that fill the irrigation pond on…
Spearfish’s City Hall and Fire Station 1 on Canyon Street will receive security updates this year following the approval of the proposed 2018 Security Upgrade Project. According to the Black Hills Pioneer, Gene’s Lock Shop presented the $41,768.90 proposal to the city council, which outlined the conversion of the two buildings to a proximity reader entry system compatible with the…
A forest fire has been burning since Saturday, August 11th, when it was reported. According to Black Hills Fox, the blaze is located between Hot Springs and Maverick Junction on Highway 18, but so far remains outside of city limits. The fire is currently estimated to cover 468 acres. Public Information Officer for the fire Joe Johndreau has said that…
Pennington County Commissioners voted 3-2 against authorizing the Pennington County Department of Health and Human Services to submit a grant proposal to the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust Tuesday morning, reports the Rapid City Journal. The proposal requested monetary support for a study of behavioral and mental health issues and care systems in western South Dakota. Commissioners…

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