FORT PIERRE — The state Game, Fish and Parks Commission decided Friday against making changes to the 2014-2015 hunting season for mountain lions in South Dakota and one member raised the possibility of allowing nonresident hunters in the future. Commissioner Scott Phillips, of New Underwood, asked whether it is the right time to consider making "a couple hundred" licenses available for nonresidents.
FORT PIERRE — The state Division of Parks and Recreation is starting over in its search for a new concessionaire to run the Lewis and Clark Marina and Resort near Yankton. The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission on Friday rejected the only two proposals received so far. One lacked the required financial information and the other didn't meet the appraised price of $3,037,000. The current operator, Russell Marsh, doesn't want to renew the lease he's held since 2005. GF&P concession manager Sean Blanchette said the prospectus will be revised in hope of attracting an acceptable
PIERRE — State biologists aren't recommending any changes to the next hunting season for mountain lions. The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission will consider the proposal at its meeting today and Friday in Fort Pierre. If changes aren't sought, the commission won't need to hold a public hearing next month about the season.
PIERRE -- An estimated 80 percent children who have been sexually abused never tell anyone about it, the chairman of a new South Dakota task force said Tuesday at the panel's first meeting. "We absolutely don't know what to do. And because of that, the conversation has never been opened up," state Sen. Deb Soholt said. "This is not something where there are winners and losers. There are only losers." Soholt, R-Sioux Falls, was prime sponsor of the state law creating the task force during the 2014 legislative session.
PIERRE — State government won't have to pay $15.1 million in interest and fees as the result of paying off $56.3 million of bonds ahead of schedule, an official with the South Dakota Building Authority said Monday. The $15.1 million of savings was more than the $13.2 million that was expected when the plan was first proposed, according to the authority's Dustin Christopherson. He presented an analysis to the Legislature's Joint Committee on Appropriations. Gov. Dennis Daugaard proposed the concept of using one-time revenues to pay off debts and to pay cash for new projects.
PIERRE — Three more statues, including a likeness of the late George S. Mickelson, will be added Nov. 1 to the Trail of Governors, officials said Wednesday. A statue of the late Dick Kneip is scheduled for installation in 2015. He was South Dakota's last elected Democratic governor. So far, six of the statues have been completed and placed throughout South Dakota's capital city. Bill Janklow is the only one on the capitol complex.
PIERRE — More than 40 years after then-Gov.
PIERRE -- There's no way to hunt our way out of the environmental disaster that snow geese have become. And our state's Wildlife Division biologists know it. One of their top men, Tom Kirschenmann, used the word "havoc" a few days ago to describe what's occurring. Tony Leif, the division's director, said more hunting should be attempted before "draconian" steps are taken. There should be 1.5 million to 2 million of the birds across North America. There are 10 times as many. They are tearing apart their nesting grounds in Canada. They breed every year.
PIERRE — There is a new member for South Dakota's official panel that screens applicants and makes recommendations to the governor for appointing circuit judges and state Supreme Court justices. Jim Seward will start a four-year term on the Judicial Qualifications Commission effective July 7. Gov. Dennis Daugaard chose Seward, who is Daugaard's legal counsel and aide. Daugaard's appointment of Seward comes at an important time. Supreme Court Justice John Konenkamp, of Rapid City, has submitted his official intention to retire Dec.
FORT PIERRE — Not everyone is pleased that some South Dakota licenses for hunting antelope will be available to non-residents this fall. John Simpson, of Pierre, didn't speak directly to the state Game, Fish and Parks Commission at the public hearing Tuesday, but he made his opinion known. "It makes no sense to reduce resident tags and increase non-resident tags," Simpson wrote to the commission. He said hunting guides drove the decision to designate some antelope licenses for non-residents. There will be 2,705 single-tag licenses available for South Dakota residents and 61 single-ta