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Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Boot Hill wants to give prairie dogs the boot
Published: Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Why did the prairie dog cross the road? Possibly to get to Boot Hill Ranch Estates.

At the April 9 meeting of the Custer County Commission, Les McClanahan, a Boot Hill resident, came before the commission to express his and his neighbors’ uneasiness with a prairie dog town that has grown on land south of Hwy. 16 across from Boot Hill. The land is sandwiched between American Presidents Resort and Granite Heights Drive. McClanahan wondered if the county had any authority to eliminate prairie dogs on private land.



Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Chronicle wins 26 awards
Published: Thursday, April 17th, 2014

For the ninth year, and the eighth consecutive year, the Custer County Chronicle received the prestigious Sweepstakes Award at the South Dakota Better Newspapers Contest which was held last weekend in Pierre. The Chronicle was entered in the Weeklies 1,151 to 2,000 circulation category.

Carrie Moore, reporter, photographer and social media coordinator, received first place for Best Headline Writing. “Your headlines are sure to catch the attention of local readers! Great job!” the judge wrote. Moore also received a first place for Best Local Humor Column. “These truly made me laugh. Great job of entertaining,” the judge wrote.



Thursday, April 17th, 2014

School nixes soccer program
Published: Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Monday night was the end of the road for parents, supporters and athletes of the soccer program after the Custer School District Board of Education decided not to add the sport back. 

“John (Pedersen, interim superintendent) talked with other coaches about the soccer program and they felt since numbers had dropped in student population and with the cutbacks, we’re not at that level yet,” said Tom Martin, board president. “We need to be careful about adding another sport and make sure we have adequate numbers and funding.”

Soccer coach Craig Black was directed by the board to survey soccer players who would be interested in playing this coming school year. In his survey, he found that eight would like to play this year, with one on the fence. Last year’s team had 18 athletes.



Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Texting ban should make roads safer
Published: Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Starting July 1, South Dakota will join dozens of other states that ban text messaging while driving after Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed a bill banning it at the end of this year’s legislative session. 

The new law bans drivers from using a hand-held phone for writing, sending or reading text messages while behind a wheel while the car is in motion. The ban, which carries a $100 fine if violators are found guilty, was proposed in the 2013 legislative session, but did not pass. After an outpouring of support from voters, the ban passed this year. 



Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Will investigators ‘making progress’
Published: Thursday, April 10th, 2014

As the investigation into the death of Meshell Will continues, Willie Whelchel, chief deputy for Pennington County, said investigators working the case have made “good progress” and recently conducted more interviews in Custer.

“We have received some more leads and we’re following up on those,” he said. “We are trying to tie it all together. We are definitely making progress. We have some good leads. We believe we will have a conslusion to this.”



Thursday, April 10th, 2014

BHP officials: EPA standards cause of rate hike
Published: Thursday, April 10th, 2014

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.



Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Trandem is Teacher of the Year
Published: Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

It was just another ordinary day for Eve Trandem and her fourth grade class. Forty of the school’s 49 fourth grade students were in her room doing an art project when superintendent John Pedersen walked into the room, announcing that Trandem was named Custer School District’s Teacher of the Year.

“It was a bit crazy with the art project,” Trandem recalled. “Mr. Pedersen explained the award to the kids and what it meant. As he left, many of the kids came up to hug me, so we had a spontaneous group hug. That and all of the kids’ comments were very touching.”



Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

8th Street bridge nearing completion
Published: Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

After over a month of delays, the reconstruction of the 8th Street bridge in Custer is almost complete.

At the March 26 meeting of the Custer County Commission, county highway superintendent Gary Woodford gave the commission an update on the bridge, saying the bridge structure itself is in place and the only work left to be done is to tie the road into the bridge, which the county must pay for.

The contractor for the project, Corr Construction of Hermosa, was slowed down in the project by the harsh temperatures and constant snow Custer experienced this winter. The bridge was initially expected to be completed by the end of January.



Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Sheriff, school board races on tap
Published: Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

A school board race that will see seven different candidates vying for three seats on the Custer School District School Board of Education will be among the most hotly contested races in this June’s election primary.

Among the seven candidates who filed by the deadline for three-year terms are two incumbents, Denny McConnell and Tanya Olson. The five other candidates are Robert Morgan Jr., Fred Netz, Robert Parsons, Daniel Sedlacek and Peter Thorp. The third incumbent, Brian Lintz, opted not to run again this year.

The primary race for sheriff of Custer County will also be hotly contested, as Republican incumbent Rick Wheeler seeks another four-year term and is being challenged by two former sheriff’s department deputies, Joe Bawdon and Seth Thompson.



Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Here come the zombies
Published: Thursday, March 27th, 2014

While they may look like zombies, the Custer County Dance Team moves just fine as they dance to a mashup of songs with a monster theme during the Cat-R-Acts variety show on Thursday, March 20. The show was put on by Nate Riley, who kept the show running for his senior project. There were a number of other acts, including singing, instrumental music and dancing.



Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Drama dept. performs spring play
Published: Thursday, March 27th, 2014

The Custer High School Drama Department is putting on the final touches of the spring performance, “Radio Daze.” 

Written by Shirley McNichols, “Radio Daze” takes place in 1943, when radio broadcasting was at its peak. “Radio Daze” centers around “Dreams and Delusions,” a radio soap opera, and the end of World War II.  The pretentious star Connie Carol demands that the script for the story be changed to center around her own life while, at the same time, an agent is looking for a spy selling secrets to foreign governments.



Thursday, March 27th, 2014

‘Losers’ struggle in second month
Published: Thursday, March 27th, 2014

With two months of the Custer County Chronicle’s “Biggest Loser” contest completed, many contestants are finding it hard to shed the pounds. Two competitors dropped out of the competition this month.

Just as he had last month, Bryan Woodhall led the losers in the competition, shedding 5.82 percent of his weight. In second place was John Woodhall, who lost 5.56 percent of his weight, with Richard Murphy rounding out the top three with a 4.58 loss.

These top three losers for the month will each receive a coupon for a free six-inch Subway sandwich, courtesy of Mark and Karol Bennett. The coupons may be picked up at the Chronicle office.



Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Kirk’s senior project to help area ranchers
Published: Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Even though it’s been five months since Winter Storm Atlas hit the Black Hills, many people are still picking up the pieces. The hardest hit is the ranching community, who lost large amounts of cattle, horses and other stock.

Myles Kirk hopes to change that. 

Kirk, a senior at Custer High School, is required to do a project for his senior project class that will benefit the community. 

“I wanted to go above and beyond from just a normal senior project,” he said. “This storm hit a lot of people hard and every little bit counts,” he said. “We always say that ‘somebody’ should do something about it. I realized that I am somebody and I can help.”



Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Lawmakers reflect on legislative session
Published: Thursday, March 20th, 2014

“This session went by faster than normal for me,” Rep. Mike Verchio said. “The somewhat lighter bill load made it much easier to study and research bills.”

The final days of the session saw legislators spending leftover funds in the budget on a variety of projects, including $500,000 to The Ellsworth Air Force Base authority, whose members work to preserve the future of the base, and $464,000 for a shale research program at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology in Rapid City.



Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Temporary shelter site looked at
Published: Thursday, March 20th, 2014

The future home of a temporary animal shelter was discussed at Monday night’s Custer City council meeting, with some concern expressed regarding having the shelter in a residential area.

The task force assigned to look into animal shelter locations met last week to explore options. City council member Corbin Herman said everyone on the task force was satisfied with the way things are going.



County commissioners get scoop on JSC
Published: Thursday, March 20th, 2014

The Juvenile Services Center (JSC) in Rapid City has juveniles as young as 10 years old and four of the current 25 juveniles are incarcerated for either murder or alleged murder.



Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Lion harvest on par
Published: Thursday, March 13th, 2014

The mountain lion hunting season in the Black Hills of South Dakota is on par with a year ago, South Dakota State Game, Fish & Parks (GF&P) officials say. It’s so on par, in fact, that on March 5 there were exactly as many lions killed—47—as there were this time last year.

Of the 47 that have been taken overall so far during the season, 28 of them are female, and 13 have been shot in Custer County.



Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Death probe ongoing
Published: Thursday, March 13th, 2014

The criminal investigation into the death of Meshell Will of Custer continues, but Pennington County Sheriff’s Department officials say they still have not received key forensics lab work back from the Department of Criminal Investigation lab in Pierre that will shed more light into how Will died.

After months of avoiding labeling the death of Will of Custer as anything other than “suspicious,” law enforcement officials stated in January the case was being treated as a criminal investigation.



Thursday, March 13th, 2014

School re-instates music, co-curricular
Published: Thursday, March 13th, 2014

For the first time in years, the Custer School District Board of Education was presented with a new problem: debating what positions and programs to add back from general fund monies. 

“The recommendations I am making are based on staff and administrator input,” said interim superintendent John Petersen. “We’re not adding staff or new programs to the 2014-15 school year. We are bringing back positions that were cut.”



Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Cruisin’ discusses advertising options
Published: Thursday, March 6th, 2014

With less than six months until the Rally, the Custer Cruisin’ committee got down to business on Friday, finalizing vendor contracts and discussing the advertising budget. 

The vendor contracts and letters are near completion, said Kim Conwell, city liaison, which will include amended operation hours and set-up times. Vendors must set up Thursday, July 31, and cannot leave before 5 p.m. the last Saturday of the Rally. Vendors must remain open until 8 p.m. every night.

“I heard grumbling about (staying open until 8 p.m.),” committee member Cherish Baker said. “I heard a couple vendors mention if it’s slow they close down.”



Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Water rates said ‘unfair’
Published: Thursday, March 6th, 2014

David Kamienski of Custer rarely uses 2,000 gallons of water in a month at his home. The fact he is still being charged for that amount has his dander up.

At Monday night’s regular meeting of the Custer City Council, Kamienski came before the council to protest the charges, saying he noticed the minimum cost the city charges after coming home from a vacation only to find his bill was the same, despite the fact he hadn’t used any water while he was away.

He contacted city hall and was informed the city has a minimum cost of 2,000 gallons per month for water, regardless of whether or not a consumer uses that amount.



Thursday, March 6th, 2014

New superintendent hired
Published: Thursday, March 6th, 2014

After a two-month search, the Custer School District will have a new superintendent at the start of the next school year.

On Wednesday, Feb. 26, at around 10:30 p.m., the Custer School District Board of Education approved to hire Mark Naugle as superintendent. 



Thursday, February 27th, 2014

City’s animal control to undergo changes
Published: Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Microchipping impounded animals and required licensing of house cats are just two of the more noticeable changes being considered in a revision of the city’s animal control ordinance. 

At its Feb. 18 meeting, the Custer City Council discussed the possible changes with Custer County Sheriff’s deputy Slade Heeb, but did not pass a first reading of the revised ordinance. Instead, the council sent the ordinance back to committee for further study.



Thursday, February 27th, 2014

City searches for lot solution
Published: Thursday, February 27th, 2014

As the City of Custer searches for a way to both eliminate the creation of new non-conforming lots within city limits while protecting those who already have such lots, the Custer City Council heard from a handful of those with such lots at its Feb. 18 meeting.

During a public comment period on non-conforming lots, city community development director Rex Harris said some changes are still planned for the existing code on non-conforming lots, and that there are other things that may need to be investigated, such as the legality of the city’s existing zoning ordinance.



Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Most like fund separation
Published: Thursday, February 27th, 2014

This is the third in a series looking at how education funding works in South Dakota, how the current system came about, and how it affects local school districts.

While the Custer School District is seemingly in a constant struggle to keep its head above water where its general fund is concerned, one area with no such problems is its capital outlay fund.

Capital outlay funds, which are collected entirely through local revenue through mil levies requested by the Custer School District Board of Education and collected by the county, are used for building new schools, maintaining those schools and equipment, such as computers. 



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