September

Non-profits duke it out over land dispute - The legal battle between IRAM/Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary and The Nature Conservancy will go to the state Supreme Court after a decision on Thursday, Sept. 14, went against IRAM. The civil court case could have a major impact on Fall River County’s largest tourism venue, the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary. The case is a land dispute between two non-profits – the Institute of Range and the American Mustang/Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary and The Nature Conservancy that goes back 20 years.

Making Trails - Hot Springs city crews work to remove debris and foliage from Hot Brook Creek between Evans Plunge and Chautauqua Park to make space for a bridge that will cross the creek as part of a new walking trail. The community of Hot Springs’ outdoor recreational opportunities will soon be expanded as the city began work on the Freedom Trail North Expansion project. The current project encompasses approximately 1,600-feet from the north parking lot of Evans Plunge to Chautauqua Park.

October

Advancements in local healthcare - In with the new, out with the old! Fall River Health Services purchased a new Omnicell unit which is used to order and retrieve medications for patients. The new technology is an automated system that allows providers to manage medications and other medical supplies on open shelves or secure automated dispensing cabinets through convenient and secure access for those who need it - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

November

New business owners introduced, announce plans - Several new business owners were introduced at an open house hosted by the Southern Hills Economic Development Corporation with more than 60 attendees.

Julie Stephens held a grand opening for Juju’s Naturals, Justin Stephens opened High Mountain Outfitters, and Mike and Tavi Sommer, who purchased the former Smith Fargo Mercantile building, will be reopening the upstairs guest suites with plans to open a new retail sports nutrition store called Juxtinutrition on the main level.

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December

Hot Springs superintendent disappointed by governor’s state budget proposal - The message delivered by South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard in his budget speech was frustrating to Hot Springs School Superintendent Kevin Coles because it failed to include an increase in state per pupil funding to account for inflation. Coles feels the governor’s budget address generally doesn’t include good news for education and that citizens should let the legislators know that education does need adequate funding.

Wind Cave continues efforts to limit CWD in elk herd - Efforts continue to address the prevalence of Chronic Wasting Disease in the Wind Cave National Park elk herd. Current estimates indicate there are around 260 elk located in the park. To learn more about CWD 24 elk were captured and fitted with GPS radio collars. The collars record the elk’s location every seven hours, while several elk have their location recorded every 15 minutes. The goal of the study is to determine whether or not it is possible to reduce the prevalence of CWD by reducing the herd’s density.

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