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BHP officials: EPA standards cause of rate hike

Black Hills Power has filed another rate increase request with the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) and says new regulations on coal-fired power plants handed down by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are the culprit for the request. If approved, the rate hike will be the second in two years, after BHP received a 6.4 request a year ago.

Vance Crocker, vice president of operations for BHP, said the company is building a new natural gas- fed generating station called the Cheyenne Prairie Generating Station in Cheyenne Wyo. The station construction is the last step in replacing the company’s three oldest coal-fired plants which don’t meet the new, more stringent EPA standards on emissions and would be more costly to retrofit than building the new natural gas-fired station. The three plants were retired this month after more than 50 years of service in the Black Hills region.

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Fairburn volunteer hits 1,500 hours

Every Monday, Glenda Jones does the same thing: gets up, gets ready, drives to Rapid City and visits with patients in Hospice. That’s nearly every Monday for 15 years. 

“I just do it for my patients,” she said. “I like the time I spend with them, the conversations we have and the things I learn. I love doing (what I do).”

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Four more boys hit qualifying marks

Four more Custer High School boys track team members qualified for this year’s state track meet by virtue of their performance at the developmental meet held in Rapid City last Saturday.

Brennan Witt, the three-time defending state champion in the 800, won his favorite event with a time of 1:59.50, which automatically qualified him for the meet. Also qualifying for Custer was Clayton Wahlstrom, who cleared 13 feet in the pole vault, good for second place, Logan Burns, who won the 3200 at at a time of 10:01.96, and Israel Parsons, who placed fifth in the 1600 at a time of 4:39.85.

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Wicks, Climenti are ‘Hometown Heroes’

Two local Custer High School students have been selected as 4-H Hometown Heroes of Character. Junior Billie Wicks, daughter of Tim and Tami Wicks of Custer, and senior Paul Climenti, son of Shirley and Ken Climenti of Hermosa, were chosen. They were nominated for this award by administrators, teachers and coaches.  

Hometown Heroes celebrate “The Six Pillars of Character” from the Character Counts Program. Those traits are trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.

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Not so fast, Mr. President

Barack Obama was taking a victory lap, in fact several, over the reported 7.1 million sign-up figure for Obamacare last week. This was the number of Americans that supposedly signed up for the highly tauted national health care plan by the March 31 deadline. If you have been following this debacle from the beginning, you know the law has had its share of speed bumps since passed by Democrats, and Democrats alone, and signed into law by the president March 23, 2010.

The original 2,000-plus page document that then House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi said had to be passed “so we know what is in it” has been changed by the president and his administration more than 30 times with Congressional approval or authorization. He has exempted members of Congress and unions from having to comply with its mandates, while the rest of us have been stuck with the bill.

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