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BLM seeks comment on Yellow Creek Range

The U.S. Department of Interior's Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comment on a proposed transfer of 14 acres of BLM-administered land to the city of Deadwood for the Yellow Creek Shooting Range.

Comments on the draft Environmental Assessment addressing the proposed acreage patent will be accepted through June 17.

The amended patent request involves 14 acres of BLM-managed land immediately surrounding the original 7.5 acres of the Yellow Creek Shooting Range and an additional 6.5 acres down range to serve as a safety buffer and to accommodate improvements such as enhanced shooting berms, structures, lighting and a law enforcement practice range.

“The BLM is committed to providing a high-quality recreational experience for the public,” said Field Manager Chip Kimball, of the South Dakota Field Office. “This proposal has the potential to expand on existing facilities and increase public safety and is one of five options being considered.”

More information and a venue for comments is available on the BLM e-Planning project website at https://eplanning.blm.gov. Search using the NEPA number: DOI-BLM-MT-C040-2021-0012-EA.

Comments can also be mailed to: BLM South Dakota Field Office, Attn. Field Manager Chip Kimball, 309 Bonanza Street, Belle Fourche, SD 57717.

Spearfish adds designated parking

Downtown Spearfish will soon have six additional parking spaces designated for vehicles bearing disabled parking placards, as well as two spaces for motorcycle-only parking near the intersection of Main Street and Jackson Boulevard.

Public Safety Director Pat Rotert said several areas of the downtown central core have inadequate designated parking spaces available for vehicles with disabled parking placards, a problem which has presented itself over time via observation, as well as citizen complaints.

The designated parking spaces are expected to be marked in the next few weeks.

Museum plans June 5 brunch

The Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center in Belle Fourche will hold a First Saturday Brunch on June 5 with a presentation, “Crow Dog: Courtroom Clash of Cultures.”

Crow Dog was a Lakota chief whose 1881 murder of rival Spotted Tail led to a celebrated U.S. Supreme Court ruling about tribal sovereignty. During the time Crow Dog was incarcerated in Deadwood, and while under a sentence of death, he became a much-loved local celebrity.

The presentation will be provided by Wayne Gilbert, a Black Hills historian and humanities scholar who has lectured widely on a number of topics. Gilbert appears courtesy of the South Dakota Humanities Council.

Brunch is $5 per person or free with membership and is served at 10 a.m. and the presentation is at 10:30 a.m. Reservations are required by June 3 and attendance is capped at 65. To make a reservation, call 605-723-1200.

The Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center is located at 415 Fifth Ave. in Belle Fourche.

— Nathan Thompson, Journal staff

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