Friday, December 11, 2015
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Thursday, May 12, 2016

After my story published this morning about the speculation that U.S. Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., is under consideration as a potential running mate for presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, a couple of other things came to my attention that I wished I had included.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Wednesday, March 16, 2016

A thought struck me this morning as I read about former Speaker of the House John Boehner’s suggestion to nominate current Speaker of the House Paul Ryan for president if the Republican National Convention devolves into an open fight.

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

A free screening of the documentary film “Crying Earth, Rise Up” will be held from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on World Water Day, Saturday, April 2, at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City, according to a news release from the film's promoters.

Monday, February 22, 2016
Monday, February 01, 2016
Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Amid all the hubbub surrounding state Rep. Lee Schoenbeck's legislative attempt to rein in the South Dakota Board on Geographic Names, there seems to be a basic lack of understanding about the effect that the legislation could have on renaming proposals.

Monday, January 25, 2016
Friday, January 22, 2016

Since the Paris terrorist attacks, it seems like the Air Force has been unusually forthcoming and specific about the activities of B-1 bombers in Iraq and Syria. The message seems to be that lest anyone doubt it, the Air Force and the broader U.S. military were conducting aggressive operatio…

Thursday, January 21, 2016
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

In a story published today, opposing stances were taken on whether timber cutting should be increased in the Black Hills National Forest. I made a chart that shows the historical amount of timber cut per year (see the chart below). It shows that after many years of lesser cutting in the 1990…

Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Thursday, December 17, 2015

I wrote a news story recently about a Forest Service proposal to ban new mining claims on 11 sites totaling 17,487 acres in the Black Hills National Forest. The areas already are designated either as Research Natural Areas or Botanical Areas, and the Forest Service is seeking to further prot…

Monday, December 14, 2015

I was talking to a former South Dakota Democratic Party operative several months ago about a topic unrelated to the 2016 U.S. Senate election in South Dakota, but since I had the operative on the phone, I asked whether the Democrats would field a challenger to Republican Sen. John Thune this…

Wednesday, December 02, 2015
Monday, November 30, 2015

Back in April, I revealed in a news story that unlike Custer State Park, which sells its excess bison to generate hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue annually, national parks give their excess bison away or receive only small donations for them.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Folks from the Calvary Lutheran Church in Rapid City tried to follow Jesus' example Thursday when they put scarves, stocking caps and other items on the presidential statues throughout downtown Rapid City with notes explaining that anyone who needed the items could take them.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

As I do every morning on my route to the office, I walked past the statue of Dwight Eisenhower this morning on the northwest corner of the intersection of Fifth and St. Joseph streets in downtown Rapid City. The statue is part of the City of Presidents, a permanent installation of life-size …

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

South Dakota Republicans are salivating over the prospect of three popular and highly qualified potential 2018 gubernatorial candidates in Kristi Noem, Marty Jackley and Mark Mickelson. Meanwhile, there's a potential candidate on the Democratic side who's flying somewhat under the radar, at …

Monday, November 02, 2015

With two months left in the year, South Dakota has already set an annual record for motorcyclist deaths (31) on roads within the state's borders. Of course, the upswing in Sturgis rally traffic is being blamed, according to an Associated Press summary of a Pierre Capital Journal report:

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Bob Mercer, the state Capitol correspondent whose stories appear in the Journal, reopened the EB-5 scandal recently with his story revealing that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services sent the South Dakota Governor's Office of Economic Development an 18-page, Sept. 28 notice of inten…

Monday, October 19, 2015

Just before President Barack Obama traveled to Oregon this month to visit Roseburg, where eight community college students and a teacher were killed by a gunman, The Associated Press published a story with a profound passage tucked deep within it.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Monday, October 12, 2015

Paul Rasporich, a Canadian teacher and artist, was in Rapid City last weekend for events held in conjunction with the Black Hills Powwow. He displayed his 2-foot-tall wax model of Nicholas Black Elk, which Rasporich would like to cast in bronze and display at the base or summit of Harney Peak. 

Friday, October 09, 2015

I get into my share of verbal tussles with bureaucrats over government records. There's just something about the culture here in South Dakota that makes some bureaucrats prone to rejecting records requests until forced to do otherwise. Not all of them, but too many of them.

Wednesday, October 07, 2015