SETH TUPPER / Rapid City Journal
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.