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Fight to protect water continues

A mining company called Mineral Mountain Resources has withdrawn its request to the S.D. Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to use water from Rapid Creek to conduct exploration for gold. This is a clear victory for the environmental and tribal groups who wrote hundreds of letters to the DENR, surprised one of its employees with unexpected questions, and testified at the Pennington County Commission meetings as to the danger to land and water that gold mining and exploring for it represents.

However, citizens should continue to be vigilant regarding the threats to the Black Hills watershed that all forms of mining present. For instance, a proposed uranium mine near Edgemont threatens aquifers (water-bearing layers of rock) that source the wells used by thousands.

The groups responsible for this victory include The Clean Water Alliance, Dakota Rural Action, Indivisible Rapid City, and Save Pe’Sla/Rochford and Rapid Creek. Individuals who opposed the exploration include citizens from the immediate impacted area, citizens from Pine Ridge, birders, anglers, hunters, and others who treasure the Black Hills environment.

Carol Hayse

Rapid City

Scott has right stuff state senate

If there was only one adjective I was allowed to use to describe Amanda Scott, it would be: fearless. Although there are so many other desirable qualities she possesses. Amanda Scott is currently running for state senator District 33, while she's still active on the Rapid City Council serving Ward 4, as well as working a full-time job.

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Her drive, passion and energy are endless. But it's the fact that she isn't afraid of anything ever standing in her way that impresses me most. And though she's extremely intelligent and confident, she really listens to others' viewpoints, and she takes into consideration all the facts before making a decision. When it comes to government issues, she told me she looks to the Preamble of the Constitution and she looks to God. A "Reagan" Republican, she describes herself as a practical Republican whose business experience and leadership will serve the state well in reducing government regulations and promoting economic growth.

Do District 33 a favor and vote for Amanda Scott on June 5. We in District 33 will surely benefit by electing Amanda Scott to represent us.

Valerie English

Rapid City

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