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Angry residents confront council

A pair of upset residents came before the Custer City Council at its July 21 meeting, with one upset with a lack of communication from city hall over a question he raised months ago and another incredulous at what he said was a never-ending quest to get a vacation application heard by the city.

First up was David Kamienski, who in March had come before the council to protest being charged the city minimum of 2,000 gallons per month for water and sewer, saying he rarely uses that much water each month in his home, and asked if he could be billed on an average usage basis per year, a per-gallon usage basis or have the base amount lowered. The council told Kamienski at that time it would investigate what, if anything, could be done and get back to him. The fact that the get-back-to-him part never happened had Kamienski seething at the July 21 meeting.

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Game warden Blair Waite retires

Time flies when you’re having fun, but retirement after 32 years hasn’t slowed Blair Waite down. He is just going in another direction and incorporating some of the special interests he has had over the years into new projects.

For example, Waite and his wife, Donna, have a mutual interest in longhorn cattle and while he says having several head on their Custer property is mainly her hobby, he is also involved. As game warden, Waite said he was always conscious of ranchers’ concerns when it came to predators and tried to keep a balance of that nature. Many ranchers still come to him for advice, he says.

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Burns, Green win Fun Run

Logan Burns of Custer, at a time of 18:10, and Allison Green of Sturgis, at a time of 20:36, were the overall winners of the Gold Discovery Days Fun Run last Sunday morning. Other results are as follows:

Female Master’s Division

Beth Hollick, Custer, 24:36

Male Master’s Division

Monni Karim,

Custer, 21:39

Female 13 and Under

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Local Scouts earn 50-miler award

Custer Boy Scout  Troop 25 skipped summer camp this year and opted to hike the Mickelson Trail to earn the coveted 50-Miler Award.  Three scouts—Logan Block, Miguel Martinez and Hunter Rice, along with adult leaders Bradley Block and Della Martinez, started their trek near Pringle and hiked to the Rochford area, then headed back to Custer.  Their hiking boots endured five days of 10-plus miles each day, with one day totaling about 20 miles.  What started as a creative idea last year turned into a successful adventure in their own natural surroundings.

The 50-Miler award has been a part of the Boy Scouts of America for decades, yet very few scouts complete enough miles within the minimum five-day, consecutive time period.  The 50 miles can be done by canoe, boat or hike, and a 10-hour service project completes the requirements. Troop 25 decided that rather than heading to a camp or traveling out of state, they should explore the beautiful Black Hills.

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Gov. Perry right to send National Guard to border

Somebody had to do something about the sudden influx of illegal immigrant children across the southern border of the United States. That somebody is Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a former presidential candidate. Now he is being criticized by the likes of the New York Times saying the 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to be sent to the border between the Lone Star State and Mexico would lack both training and federal oversight.

Rubbish. Perry knows what he is doing, unlike the president and his close trusted advisors who live in a bubble. The president had a golden opportunity to see for himself what was going on with these thousands of young immigrant children from Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Mexico flowing over our porous southern border. He was on another of his fund-raising missions to Texas recently when he found himself a few hundred miles from the border chaos. He chose instead to shoot an evening of pool.

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