SETH TUPPER / Rapid City Journal
STURGIS — Officials from the Black Hills National Forest, Black Hills Trails and the city of Sturgis gathered Monday, July 1, to celebrate the latest addition to the region’s official recreational trail network. A decision recently signed by Steve Kozel, the national forest’s Northern Hills district ranger, allows 16 miles of non-motorized trails in the Sturgis area to be constructed and maintained on Forest Service land. Another 5.3 miles of new trails are on land owned by the city of Sturgis, bringing the total new mileage to 21.3.
New federal legislation seeks to “Remove the Stain” from the Medal of Honor by rescinding 20 medals that were awarded to soldiers who participated in the 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre. Three members of Congress, along with a group of Native American activists and descendants of Wounded Knee victims, announced the introduction of the Remove the Stain Act during a news conference Tuesday morning, June 25, in Washington, D.C.
ROCKERVILLE, S.D. - The staff of the Black Hills Children’s Home should have called 911 immediately rather than waiting one hour and 41 minutes after a girl ran away from the facility, according to reports from two regulatory agencies.
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Brandenburg Drainage filed 23 mechanic's liens totaling $1.01 million against Meade County landowners in mid-March, leaving recipients shocked and upset. Seven of the liens were released Wednesday, March 27, without any public explanation, after a flurry of communications during preceding days among landowners, lawyers and the three companies involved in the situation. The three companies are Brandenburg Drainage; Diamond Willow Energy in New Town, North Dakota; and TransCanada in Alberta.
RAPID CITY, S.D. — The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has decided to uphold a company’s license to mine for uranium near Edgemont, even though a federal judge has declared that the existence of the license without an adequate cultural resources survey is illegal. The commission’s decision to leave the license in place does not mean mining will immediately begin. Powertech, a subsidiary of Canada-based Azarga Uranium Corp., still needs other permits from local, state and federal agencies.
RAPID CITY, S.D. — South Dakota regulators are considering several water permit applications for the proposed construction of the Keystone XL crude-oil pipeline. TransCanada, the Canadian company seeking to build the pipeline, recently applied for three permits to withdraw water from the Cheyenne, Bad and White rivers in western South Dakota. Additionally, at least two sets of western South Dakota landowners recently applied to use existing wells as backup water supplies for pipeline construction workforce camps.
RAPID CITY, S.D. -- Legislation from U.S. Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., would allow more guest workers into South Dakota and other states with low unemployment rates. Earlier this month, Thune reintroduced his Prioritizing Help to Businesses Act, after it failed to advance through the previous session of Congress. The bill — which so far has no cosponsors — would allow up to 2,500 additional guest workers per year into states that have unemployment rates of 3.5 percent or less.