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. - Sunday’s death at Falling Rock is at least the ninth fatal accident at the popular spot near Rapid City, where officials have resisted installing preventative safety measures. The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office said Monday afternoon, April 1, that Sunday's victim was 6-year-old Sadie Whitetwin of Pierre.
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.
SILVER CITY, S.D. -- A Minnesota company plans to conduct exploratory drilling for gold near Silver City in the central portion of the Black Hills National Forest, while two other companies have withdrawn proposals to drill on forest land.
RAPID CITY, S.D. — A controversial tweet by President Donald Trump could be a catalyst to rescind medals that were awarded for the 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre, a South Dakota organization hopes. Four Directions Inc. sent letters last week to Trump and other federal officials. The letters ask for the removal of 20 medals of honor that were awarded to soldiers who participated in the massacre, which killed 250 or more Native Americans, including many women and children.
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.
PIERRE, S.D. - A pending legislative effort to allow the carrying of concealed handguns without a permit would reverse 155 years of state and territorial policy, historical records show. The state’s policy of concealed-carry restrictions dates to at least the winter of 1864-65, when the Dakota Territorial Legislature approved an outright ban on concealed weapons. The ban remained in effect until 1935, when South Dakota law was changed to allow for the carrying of concealed weapons with a license.
RAPID CITY, S.D. — A fatal November shooting of a criminal suspect by a Pennington County sheriff's deputy was justified, according to Attorney General Marty Jackley. Jackley and the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation released findings Wednesday, Dec. 26, from an investigation into the shooting. The findings include the name of the deputy, Christopher Plawman, and a disclosure that the shooting victim, Matthew Lorenzen, had been reported to authorities for making suicidal threats.