Cuts Loom With Rapid City Budget Concerns

Apr 18, 2017
rcgov.org

For two months in a row Rapid City sales tax collections have fallen behind earlier projections.

According to the February 2017 Sales Tax Report, collections are down by two percent from last year. This year’s budget projected a two percent increase.

Alderman Steve Laurenti sits on the Legal and Finance committee with the city.

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In The Moment ... April 17, 2017 Show 073 Hour 2

Larry Zimmerman is Secretary for the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs. He joins us to talk about benefits for those who served, including free undergraduate college tuition at state institutions.

Ethan Bortnick returns to South Dakota for "Generations of Music." It's a live concert experience and filming of a national PBS special. Bortnick tells us about his affection for the state, his non-musical family, and about his passion for serving others with music.

USD Coach Is An Olympic Medalist

Apr 17, 2017
Levi Gutz SDPB

A former University of South Dakota track and field athlete is an Olympic medalist. But it’s for an event he competed in nine years ago.

A conference room is packed with USD track and field athletes and fans of university athletics. Then the room falls silent when US Senator John Thune and Derek Miles take their seats by the podium.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... April 17, 2017 Show 073 Hour 1

We begin the hour with a conversation with Superintendent Brian Maher of the Sioux Falls School District. We'll talk about efforts the district is making to increase diversity in teaching staff district wide.

Erika Oppenheimer is a college test prep coach and author of "Acing It! A Mindful Guide to Maximum Results on Your College Admissions Test." We talk with her about the second edition of her book and her Test Prep for the Whole Person methodology. 

Exterior of the Soldiers and Sailors World War Memorial
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On July 16, 1994, Chuck Anderson visited Pierre to attend an event called "South Dakotans in WWII." It took place at the newly minted Soldiers and Sailors World War Memorial Building, and Chuck got to take a tour.

He met George Summerside, the Veterans Education Program Representative for the State Office inside the building where the Robinson Museum and State Historical Society used to be.

George begins to describe the layout of the memorial.

Rapid City Local Running For US House

Apr 17, 2017
Chris Martian Twitter

One democratic candidate is throwing his hat in the ring for a run at South Dakota’s lone US House seat in Congress.

Chris Martian is a Rapid City resident. He announced his candidacy last week.

Martian has never held public office. That fresh perspective to politics is why he says he’s qualified to hold the seat…

Victoria Wicks

Earth Day activities this weekend in Rapid City will include a March for Science. A junior at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is organizing a march on Saturday from the campus to the Central States Fairgrounds. Cole Sawyer says this is a nonpartisan and diverse group coming together to emphasize the importance of evidence-based research.

Marchers will gather at the Surbeck Center parking lot Saturday morning at 9 a.m. The march ends north of the 4-H building at the Central States Fairgrounds.

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Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... April 14, 2017 Show 072 Hour 1

Cost Sharing Programs To Reduce Fire Risks

Apr 14, 2017
South Dakota Wildland Fire

There are ways the state can help people reduce fire risks around their homes. Officials say this is important to take the steps to protect homes.

South Dakota Wildland Fire reminds people that they offer the 50% Cost Share Fire Hazard and Fuel Reduction Program. The program aims to create safe conditions around homes in forested areas. The treatment removes deformed, damaged or diseased coniferous trees. This promotes new growth in the forest and less competition.

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