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Buffalo Road

Buffalo Road

My daughter is at a wildlife conservation camp in Custer State Park this week, and I had to run a “care package” of supplies down to her tonight. As we entered the park, we were greeted by a herd of buffalo on the road…and then another herd…and then another herd. Some of them stuck around to bid us farewell as we left the park, too.

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2013 Crazy Horse Volksmarch

2013 Crazy Horse Volksmarch

My son Justin and I hiked the Crazy Horse Volksmarch again today. The volksmarch affords one of those rare opportunities a visitor to Crazy Horse Memorial will get to go out onto Crazy Horse’s extended arm and see his face close up.

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New Type of Traffic Signals in Black Hills Area

New Type of Traffic Signals in Black Hills Area

The South Dakota Department of Transportation is advising motorists that newly installed traffic signals in Rapid City, Black Hawk, and Belle Fourche use the new flashing yellow arrow as part of the signal systems. A flashing yellow arrow means left turns are permitted, but drivers must first yield to oncoming traffic and pedestrians before proceeding with caution. The system replaces the solid green “ball” indication as a signal for motorists to proceed through an intersection.

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Black Hills pine beetle damage (Source: Forest Service)

Rep. Noem Introducing Pine Beetle Legislation

Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD) announced today that she plans to introduce legislation to help fight the pine beetle infestation. This legislation will prioritize rehabilitation and restoration of federal land that has been impacted by large-scale beetle infestations and move resources from land acquisition to land management for five years. Senator John Thune (R-SD) has introduced companion legislation (S. 661) in the Senate.

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Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD)

Rep. Noem Questions Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell on Pine Beetle Infestation

During a House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy and Forestry hearing today, Rep. Kristi Noem questioned U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell about grazing permits and measures to combat the pine beetle in South Dakota.

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Rep. Noem Asks Important Questions About Endangered Species.

Rep. Noem Asks Important Questions About Endangered Species.

A few weeks ago, Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD) asked some important questions about the Endangered Species Act in the Natural Resources Committee. Noem has offered an amendment which would help combat the pine beetle infestation in the Black Hills, and plans to designate the black-backed woodpecker as threatened or endangered would hinder these efforts.

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Crazy Horse Volksmarch

Crazy Horse Volksmarch

My kids and I did the Crazy Horse Volksmarch today at Crazy Horse Memorial near Custer, South Dakota. I heard that 10,000 people were expected for this year’s annual Crazy Horse Volksmarch, and by the look of traffic when we got there and on the trail, I could see that number attending easily.

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US Supreme Court Denies Environmentalist Petition Involving Norbeck Wildlife Preserve

US Supreme Court Denies Environmentalist Petition Involving Norbeck Wildlife Preserve

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the U.S. Supreme Court has denied the Friends of Norbeck and Native Ecosystem’s petition to review in the Norbeck Wildlife Preserve challenge. “We can now appropriately continue with the Norbeck forestry plan to preserve our forest,” said Jackley. “Without immediate action to counter the pine beetle infestation, our forest and wildlife remain at risk.”

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Visiting Wind Cave National Park

Visiting Wind Cave National Park

My family and I visited Wind Cave National Park for the first time today. It’s one of the many, many things to see and do around the Black Hills of South Dakota. The cave is the fifth longest in the world, coming in at over 130 miles of it mapped, and has some geological formations that are found in almost no other cave in the world. The pictures I took give you some idea of how incredible the cave is, but I’m not kidding when I say that they do not do justice to what you will see with the naked eye.

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211 Helpline Center Releases Community Trends Report

211 Helpline Center Releases Community Trends Report

The Helpline Center released its 2011 Community Trends report today, providing insight into the needs of area residents and the ability of local organizations to help meet those needs. The Helpline Center connects Black Hills area residents to non-profit, social service and government agencies through its 211 phone line 24 hours a day when they need financial assistance, health care options, mental health care, substance abuse providers, support groups and more.

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