January-April

Another year has come to a close in the Southern Hills, and over the next three weeks we will take a look back through the pages of the Hot Springs Star at some of the stories that shaped our lives.

January

Dewey Burdock project takes another step

While many were unsettled with the idea of a toxic waste dump being in the community, Mark Hollenbeck of Powertech said- “ignoring the science behind the effort is a scare tactic.” The Powertech head was ready for the go ahead from the federal and state agencies to move forward with the uranium project.

Reactions to the VA’s ‘Preferred Alternative’

The fight to keep the Hot Springs VA continued, despite the decision by Department of Veteran Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald to grossly reduce the services offered by the VA. The long fight continued to keep the historic Battle Mountain Sanitarium alive.

February

City Administrator vindicated in suspension appeal

City Administrator Schroeder was vindicated at the City Council meeting upending his suspension and restoring his pay along with his retirement fund pay from the suspension period. The motions were approved by a six-to-two council vote.

March

VA Scandal: Hot Springs Call Center is more ruse than reality

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A federal whistleblower outed serious problems within the VA Call Center. Battle Mountain has been serving veteran for 110 years, but according to Scott Davis, a VA whistleblower, the failure of the VA to keep its promises about the Hot Springs Call Center is creating a 24,000 health care application backlog.

Kotti chosen as interim mayor

Hot Springs City Council President Georgia Holmes swears in interim Mayor George Kotti following Mayor Cindy Donnell’s resignation. While there was five people up for consideration for the interim mayor position, with six votes Kotti was chosen.

April

County to buy ambulance building for $330,000

Fall River County Commissioners formally voted to honor their bid of $330,000 to purchase the former Hot Springs Ambulance Service building on Fall River Road. There has been discussion on what the county intended to turn the building into; previous meetings had suggested a new jail or justice building. Bob Engebretson felt the building should generate a tax income to better serve the county’s interests as a taxable property instead of a tax exempt county property.

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