Rapid City

In The Moment November 30, 2017 Show 230 Hour 2 

If something is pure genius, it probably looks a little crazy. Of course crazy looks a little crazy too.

NASA Engineer Adam Steltzner is the author of the book "The Right Kind of Crazy." He's chief engineer for the Mars 2020 project. He's also the NASA engineer who led the Entry, Descent, and Landing team that designed a way to deliver the Mars Rover Curiosity safe and sound to the surface of the Red Planet.

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The Rapid City mayor is mailing out a survey to residents to understand what they want city dollars to go toward.

It’s another part of the mayor’s priority-based setting budget process.

Three thousand survey’s will drop into the mailboxes of Rapid City residents. City officials randomly selected an equal number of residents from each of the city’s five wards.

Rapid City mayor Steve Allender says the surveys will help the city understand better what citizens want funded, but with a finite amount of dollars.

Rapid City To Consider Water And Sewer Rate Hikes

Oct 31, 2017

The Rapid City Common Council is considering raising water and sewer rates for the first time in several years.

The increase in rates comes after the first utility rate study the city conducted since 2008. The increase in sewer and water rates will rise over the next five years.

Dale Tech is the Public Works Director for Rapid City. He says increasing rates will help maintain the city’s water infrastructure…

Chynna Lockett

In The Moment ... October 26, 2017 Show 207 Hour 2

The face of a community can change when one of its members has a simple idea. Bill Casper had an idea about banners in downtown Rapid City and how they might be used to honor veterans of World War II. That vision is about to be displayed for the city. He joins us from SDPB's Black Hills Bureau with more.

Lee Strubinger

In The Moment ... September 19, 2017 Show 180 Hour 1

Rapid City officials are looking again at the Barnett Arena in the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center complex. The facility is no longer compliant with disability requirements. Two years ago, Rapid City residents voted against building a new arena. SDPB's Lee Strubinger joins us to talk about what the mayor and city are considering.

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In The Moment ... September 13, 2017 Show 176 Hour 2

Do divisions within a state political party impact you? What's the definition of conservatism? The Dakota Political Junkies join us today to dig in to a few of the state's top political headlines. Today we welcome Seth Tupper, enterprise reporter for the Rapid City Journal, and John Hunter, publisher of the Madison Daily Leader.

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... September 7, 2017 Show 172 Hour 1

Should the Law School at the University of South Dakota relocate to Sioux Falls? A committee continues to seek input about the option, and SDPB's Jackie Hendry was in the room for the second meeting, yesterday in Sioux Falls.

Rapid City Experiments To Provide Affordable Housing

Sep 6, 2017
Lee Strubinger / SDPB

Rapid City has a new housing development in the works that will provide five affordable new homes.

It’s a city hall experiment that allows higher density in a neighborhood, which in turn drives down the price of each house.

Over the past few years, the cost of housing has risen faster than wages.

Robert Graham is standing on the lot where his new home is going up.

The 51 year old spent more than a decade in the marines during the Gulf War. He recently decided it was time to buy a house, but it was harder than he thought.

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Construction is set to begin shortly on a special, high density workforce housing development in Rapid City.

City officials and developer Neighbor Works broke ground Wednesday for the Village On Monroe affordable housing project.

Five homes are set for construction on one city lot at the corner of Dilger and Monroe. The homes are either one bedroom or two bedroom. The density of homes on one lot are expected to drive the cost down.

City officials say the project is an experiment in housing development and the permitting process.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... August 24, 2017 Show 163 Hour 2

What makes a city thrive in 2017? Hani Shafai is the president of Dream Design International. He joins us to talk about development in the private sector in Rapid City. It’s a conversation about affordable housing, how a new generation lives and works, and overcoming hardship.

Dr. Richard Holm is the Prairie Doc. See his program on SDPB-TV. Today we talk about eye health.

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In The Moment ... August 21, 2017 Show 160 Hour 1

The South Dakota Board of Technical Education was formed July 1st after the passage of Amendment R. Dana Dykhouse serves as board president. He joins us for a conversation about workforce development in the state and about how the technical school grads of today just might become the small business owners and entrepreneurs of South Dakota’s tomorrow.

Rapid City Mayor Says City Is Too Reliant On Sales Tax

Aug 16, 2017
Lee Strubinger / SDPB

The Rapid City Common Council held the first of at least two fiscal year 2018 budget hearings last night, which calls for a three percent increase in city spending.

That increase is coupled with Mayor Steve Allender’s push for the city to diversify how it is funded. According to city documents, forty three percent of the city’s revenue comes from sales tax collections.

Allender says the city is too reliant on that funding stream, which he says is volatile.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... June 28, 2017 Show 124 Hour 1

A biospecimens working group for a national children's health program has a new co-chair. This group is part of the Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes, or ECHO. Amy Elliott is a Sanford researcher and was appointed by her ECHO colleagues. ECHO is an initiative of the National Institute of Health that studies how environmental exposures affect child health and development. Dr. Elliott joins us with more.

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In The Moment ... June 7, 2017 Hour 1 Show 109

This week marks 45 years since Rapid City Flood of 1972. Don Barnett remembers the tragedy in detail, and he writes about it in his upcoming memoir. The book is called "Thorns and Roses: Rapid City in the 1970s." Now you can read an excerpt of the memoir in the summer issue of "South Dakota History." The issue is devoted to Barnett's recollections of heroism and loss, grief and rebuilding. Don Barnett joins us.

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In The Moment ... June 6, 2017 Show 108 Hour 2

From Alexander Hamilton's Church in the Hills to a new green space in Rapid City, Paul Higbee covers the territory for the May/June issue of "South Dakota" magazine. Joining us for the conversation is journalist/columnist Paul Higbee.

It's time to shake off the memory of school, lose the remote control under the couch, and launch your family into the great outdoors of South Dakota. Lynn Spomer is a Division Staff Specialist with South Dakota Game Fish & Parks. She joins us to talk about Great Outdoors Month.

Rapid City Expanding Methane Capture In Landfills

Jun 5, 2017

Rapid City officials are expanding the capture and use of methane produced from city landfills.
 
Karl Merbach is the Superintendent of Rapid City’s Solid Waste Division.
 
He says the city is expanding its methane capture production to other parts of the landfill.
 

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In The Moment ... June 5, 2017 Show 107 Hour 2

Vernon Patterson writes poetry about personal growth, his experiences with loss, addiction and war. He recites his poetry on the streets of Minneapolis to anyone who will listen. He's known as The Street Poet. In The Moment producer Steve Zwemke fist heard The Street Poet while standing in line for a concert outside a local venue in Minneapolis and brings you more.

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In The Moment ... May 23, 2017 Show 099 Hour 1

Steve Bannon made a career as a voice for the anti-establishment. Now he's chief strategist for President Donald Trump. For FRONTLINE's "Bannon's War," producers drew on nearly 30 in-depth interviews with political insiders, Bannon's former associates at Breitbart, authors, and journalists. It tells the story of one man's quest to transform America. You can see it tonight on SDPB-TV at 9 central, 8 mountain. Joining us today to talk about "Bannon's War," producer Gabrielle Schonder.

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All 170 seats were filled in the Journey Museum in Rapid City to hear about an inconvenient truth… what happened to the Indian Boarding School Lands. At least 20 were turned away, as the theatre was at capacity.

The presentation dives into federal legislation that transferred 8 square miles of what is now West Rapid City.

The Mniluzahan Okolakiciyapi Ambassadors presentation “An Inconvenient Truth: The History Behind Sioux San Lands and West Rapid City” documents exactly how Indian Boarding School land became City of Rapid City land.

Chynna Lockett

In The Moment ... May 2,2017 Show 084 Hour 2

As Rapid City continues to struggle with relations between Native and non-Native people, the Mniluzahan Okolakiciyapi Ambassadors present an in-depth look at the history of land transfers in West Rapid City. The Ambassadors believe history matters and relationships matter. They present

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In the Moment ... May 1, 2017 Show 083 Hour 1

May is National Bike Month. Rapid City has been selected as one of 13 cities across the country as a flagship community for Life is a Cycle. Alex DeSmidt and Jay Scott Corbin Baschemin join us to discuss biking as transportation and the potential for Rapid City as a bike-friendly town.

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... April 28, 2017 Show 082 Hour 1

Singer/songwriter Maddie Todd joins Moment in Sound today. She recently entered the NPR Tiny Desk Contest with her song "Paradox" and was selected as a South Dakota fan favorite. She's a student at Augustana University, studying religion and sociology.

Two Eisenhower Fellows are traveling the country with a stop in South Dakota. The Fellowship is an exchange program for international leaders. Anita Ahmad from Malaysia and Chevaan Daniel from Sri Lanka spoke with SDPB's Chynna Lockett about their travels.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... April 24, 2017 Show 078 Hour 1

April is National Testicular Cancer Awareness Month. Today we bring you insight from a new theatre company in Sioux Falls. It's called the Good Night Theatre Collective. The company presents their first full-length production this weekend at the ICON Lounge in Sioux Falls. It's called "Ball: a Musical Tribute to my Lost Testicle." It's creator survived testicular cancer and wrote the musical during chemotherapy treatment. Ruth Sturm and Max Wotjanowicz join us.

In the Moment ... April 20, 2017 Show 076 Hour 1

We continue our look at how shifting populations impact South Dakota communities. SDPB's Kealey Bultena is in Harrisburg. She's joined by Harrisburg school superintendent Jim Holbeck. 

Art is often a selling factor for businesses looking to expand to a community. Organizations around the state are taking action to measure the economic impact of art. SDPB'S Chynna Lockett has more.​

Lee Strubinger / SDPB

Rapid City is not hiring city employees starting May first. The City is implementing a temporary freeze to save money after sales tax collections came in lower than expected.
 
In a letter to city aldermen, Mayor Steve Allender says people simply aren’t traveling or spending as much money this year. That’s prompting a revenue shortfall in city coffers.
 
City departments will have to wait at least thirty days to replace people who resign, retire, or get promoted… depending on the department, some positions may remain open for three months.

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In The Moment ... April 18, 2017 Show 074 Hour 2

Meghann Jarchow is coordinator for the Sustainability Program at the University of South Dakota. Earth Day events across the nation bring awareness and action to today’s environmental challenges as well as highlighting solutions. Jarchow joins us to preview community Earth Day efforts in Vermillion.

Cuts Loom With Rapid City Budget Concerns

Apr 18, 2017
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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.

Victoria Wicks

In The Moment ... April 5, 2017 Show 065 Hour 1

Can understanding algorithms change your life for the better? Ali Allmosawi is the creator of "An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments." His new book is called "Bad Choices: How Algorithms Can Help You Think Smarter and Live Happier. He joins us to talk about using the fundamentals of problem solving to lead you to better choices every day.

Chynna Lockett

In The Moment ... April 5, 2017 Show 065 Hour 2

Dakota Political Junkies Dana Ferguson and Denise Ross join us to talk about recreational marijuana and its potential as a ballot measure, which lawmakers might deserve a “furniture” rating in Pierre, and other top South Dakota political headlines of the week.

Steve Zwemke

In The Moment ... March 31, 2017 Show 062 Hour 1

In a recent report, UFO sightings are at an all-time high (https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/02/24/ufo-sightings-have-reached-an-all-time-high/21721159/) with the USA in the lead, by far.

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