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Deadwood’s City Commission approved a contract not to exceed $55,000 with Winter & Company to complete Phase One of the city’s Main Street Master Plan on Monday. According to the Black Hills Pioneer, the project is multi-faceted, and includes urban planning, event management, safety and security, infrastructure, pedestrian access, amenities, landscaping, and public space development. All of this plan must…
The new social services complex for Pennington County, known as the Care Campus, opened its doors at noon on Monday, September 24th, reports the Rapid City Journal. The 70,000 square foot complex is located inside the renovated former National American University campus at 321 Kansas City Street. The facility houses several social service programs in one building, including: Pennington County Health…
The U.S. Forest Service is working on the largest reforestation project in Black Hills history to help regenerate the area damaged by the largest forest fire in Black Hills history – the 2000 Jasper Fire. The soil from the burn area is rocky and trees have not been regenerating as expected, reports KOTA Territory News. Therefore, the Forest Service has…
Over the summer, negotiations between the Meade School District and its teachers reached an impasse on district salary structure. According to the Rapid City Journal, the Meade Education Association rejected the district’s contract offer due to its collectively paying teachers less than the previous year. Teachers in the district have backed down on their request for an equitable salary structure for…
Recommended reductions to the 2019 proposed Rapid City would reduce monies allocated to the Cornerstone Rescue Mission by 41 percent, reports KOTA Territory News. The Mission’s revenue would drop from $175,000 to $100,000 if the budget cuts are approved. The budget reductions, recommended by Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender, will come before the city council at their September 17th meeting.…
U.S. Forest Service officials are considering formalizing parts of the popular unofficial trail known as Devil’s Bathtub. According to the Rapid City Journal, segments of the trail that are on Forest Service property may be used to designate a single route, which would reduce potential resource damage by users and could help ease navigation. Currently, there is no official trail…
The first Native-owned and operated Rapid City museum, Lakota Dream, opened last weekend, reports KOTA Territory News. Twenty-three year old president and founder Adonis Saltes hopes that this museum will reach the minds and hearts of visitors. The museum, located at 629 Main Street in Rapid City, is home to sacred Native relics and regalia and allows visitors to experience…
Belle Fourche’s Action for the Betterment of the Community (ABC) coalition has been awarded $125,000 annually over the next five years to support its substance abuse prevention and treatment services in Butte County. According to the Black Hills Pioneer, ABC was one of fifty organizations selected nationwide to receive a Drug-Free Communities Support Program grant. This grant is funded by…
Piedmont celebrated the 100-year anniversary of its city park last weekend, in conjunction with its annual Fall Festival, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. Charles “C.V.” Gardner originally donated the land for the park in 1918. The Piedmont Fall Festival ran from 9am to 3pm Saturday, September 8th, and included over forty vendors – from quilters to woodworkers to potters. City…
Originally opened in Hill City in 1997 by Brian and Janet Boyer, Mt. Rushmore Brewing Company has opened its doors once again, reports the Rapid City Journal. Owner Brian Boyer said that their original venture may have been ahead of their time, but the couple is getting back into the brewing business now that the craft-beer craze has truly arrived…
Teachers and paraprofessionals in the Rapid City Area Schools (RCAS) district are still waiting in the midst of contract negotiations with the district, despite classes already being in session. According to KOTA Territory News, salaries for district teachers and paraprofessionals remain a point of contention. Vice President of the Rapid City Educators Association (RCEA) Dana Livermont told KOTA that RCAS…
In a recent budget workshop, the Belle Fourche City Council preliminarily approved 100 percent of applications for funding allocation in 2019. According to the Black Hills Pioneer, this follows last’s years drop in allocations by 89 percent from 2017, when the 2018 process ended in 15 tied votes and only $25,000 in allotted subsidies to area organizations. The proposed allocations…
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…

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