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
As reported Monday by Bob Mercer, Augustana University's Emily Wanless uttered the zinger of the day Saturday at the Dakota Conference in Sioux Falls.
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
U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., invoked the spirit of Ronald Reagan in her weekly column Friday. The column was titled, "Don’t Forget States Created the Federal Government."
Monday, February 01, 2016
Mark Mickelson and Marty Jackley each appear to be in a strong financial starting position as potential candidates for governor of South Dakota in 2018, when current Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be term-limited.
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
After the publication of my story today on state Rep. Lee Schoenbeck's legislation to repeal the state Board on Geographic Names, I got a call from a reader who claimed to have known Schoenbeck since childhood.
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
An intriguing story in today's Capital Journal newspaper, of Pierre, proclaims with its headline that "SD leads nation in percentage of multiple job holders."
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
The Washington Post published a story Dec. 24 that sheds more light on the Dec. 21 death of Staff Sgt. Peter W. Taub, 30, who was assigned to Ellsworth Air Force Base.
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
According to survey results from the website Morning Consult, South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard is the second-most popular governor in the United States.
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
Following my recent story on the eviction of some petition circulators from Rapid City's Main Street Square, I received an email from retired San Diego prosecutor Robert C. Phillips, who now lives in Custer.