PIERRE — Deadwood Mayor Chuck Turbiville wanted motorists on US 14A slowed to 25 miles per hour through his city. The state Transportation Commission went partway Thursday, approving a reduction for the 30 mph zone. But the panel left the rest at 35 mph. State Transportation Secretary Darin Bergquist said a look at traffic speeds in 2017 and 2018 didn't fully support the mayor's request. For the 30 mph zone, 85 percent of motorists were at or below 28 mph last year and 26 this year.
PIERRE – The state Aeronautics Commission discussed Tuesday the potential for a program that would reimburse tuition of students who take aviation jobs in South Dakota. The commission also began organizing a study panel on state aviation laws. In other action, the commission agreed to pay state government’s 5 percent share of $3,600 for a new beacon pole at the Eureka public airport in McPherson County.
PIERRE — State regulators agreed Monday to bar interveners from introducing third-party exhibits at a permit hearing for a wind farm planned in northeastern South Dakota. The state Public Utilities Commission ruled unanimously for the Dakota Range project proposed in Grant and Codington counties. The prohibition affects several exhibits from Teresa Kaaz, of South Shore, and more than 30 exhibits from Kristi Mogen, of Twin Brooks. Mollie Smith, a lawyer for a Minneapolis law firm, sought the ban.
PIERRE — There are two important seats wide open for statewide election this year in South Dakota, but South Dakota news organizations haven't shown interest so far in investing in public opinion surveys to learn which candidates the voters favor. Common wisdom is surveys need to be conducted several times in a race to spot a trend. To my knowledge, no news organization has been in the field.
PIERRE — Different members of the state panel that oversees mining in South Dakota have different views about a company collecting data at a Black Hills gold site that its previous owners shut down because of acid rock drainage. Brohm Mining walked away from Gilt Edge mine in 1999. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency placed the site the national Superfund list in 2000. Now Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. plans to collect data on cadmium contamination of lower Strawberry Creek for EPA.
PIERRE — State government used about the same amount of ethanol-blended fuels in 2017 as in previous years, the governor's director of policy and operations said Friday. Nathan Sanderson said 2.3 million gallons were put in gas tanks of cars, pickups, SUVs and other passenger vehicles during calendar 2017. They traveled nearly 38.2 million miles, he said. Numbers for the prior three years were:
PIERRE — Violations by a company looking for gold seven miles west of Lead near the rim of Spearfish Canyon resulted from "miscommunication" between the holder of the exploration permit and the crew drilling the holes, a state Department of Environment and Natural Resources mining official said Thursday.
PIERRE — The state Board of Minerals and Environment decided Thursday to hold a public hearing Aug. 16 on how to spend $8,125,000 South Dakota gets for air-quality improvements from the Volkswagen diesel-mitigation settlement. The 10:15 a.m. CT hearing is in Pierre at Matthew Training Center in the Foss Building, 523 E. Capitol Avenue, across from Hyde Stadium. "I'm not sure there's a real protocol on this one, based on the uniqueness of it," Chairman Rex Hagg of Rapid City said.
PIERRE — The South Dakota Board of Appraisal set the stage Wednesday for possible sales of the 1950-built men's dormitory that isn't needed at the State Veterans Home complex in Hot Springs and of the sprawling School for the Deaf in Sioux Falls. The official value for the men's dorm is one dollar and other valuable considerations so a local government could better afford to renovate it, rather than state government tearing it down, according to state School and Public Lands Commissioner Ryan Brunner. Brunner and state Auditor Steve Barnett comprise the board.
PIERRE — The regional head of the Federal Railroad Administration said Wednesday the South Dakota Railroad Board would receive inspection reports on all state-owned lines. Regional Administrator Mark Daniels said providing the reports could "be advantageous" when another party operated a railroad owned by state government. The state board leases lines to regional railroad authorities, which are locally controlled and are separate from the federal agency. The authorities in turn lease sublease lines to railroad companies.