Rapid City

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.

rapidcityjournal.com

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.

southdakotamagazine.com

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.

Chynna Lockett / SDPB

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

visitrapidcity.com

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.

cmczoo.com

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
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.

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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In The Moment ... March 30, 2017 Show 061 Hour 2

Mary Moller is an advanced registered nurse practitioner. She's certified as a clinical specialist in adult psychiatric mental health nursing and as a psychiatric rehabilitation practitioner. She's lecturing tonight at 7 p.m. at South Dakota State University’s Student Union in Brookings. Her talk is called "There is No Health without Mental Health: Our Nation in Crisis. We look at the history, the politics, and the human impact of treating brain illnesses in America.

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In The Moment ... March 29, 2017 Show 060 Hour 2

We begin hour two with the Dakota Political Junkies. Seth Tupper (rapidcityjournal.com) and Jonathan Ellis (argusleader.com) join us. We talk about how changes in immigration policies affect the tourism industry in the Black Hills, speeding statistics from the Highway Patrol, and the future of concealed carry legislation.

Kealey Bultena

In The Moment ... March 29, 2017 Show 060 Hour 1

We begin the hour by talking about the future of altruistic whistleblowers. We talk with Cody Drolc about the legacy and complexities of Edward Snowden and what advancements in insider threat detection might mean for democracy and transparency in government.

theodysseyonline.com

In The Moment ... March 23, 2017 Show 056 Hour 2

Opening day of Major League Baseball is right around the corner. Dirk Lammers is the author of "No Hit Wonders: More Than a Century of Pitching's Greatest Feats." Chuck Brodsky is a musician known as baseball's poet laureate.

The Bush Foundation has announced its 2017 Fellows this week. Tyler Read is a graffiti artist and community arts leader in who found community in an alley in Rapid City.

Kealey Bultena

In The Moment ... March 22, 2017 Show 055 Hour 1

The Bush Foundation announces its 2017 Fellows this week. Each Fellow receives up to $100,000 in order to pursue the education and experiences they believe will help them become more effective leaders. It's a program unique to our region, and this year three Rapid City residents have been honored with the distinction. Today we talk with 2017 Bush Fellow Heather Dawn Thompson.

telegraph.co.uk

In The Moment ... March 20, 2017 Show 053 Hour 1

Lee Strubinger

In The Moment ... March 16, 2017 Show 051 Hour 2

Nick Reid is a coach from Douglas High School in Box Elder. He recently was honored with his first Diamond Award from the National Speech and Debate Association. He joins us to talk about the mental clarity and stamina of high school debaters and the coaching of not only students, but citizens.

SDPB

In The Moment ... March 15, 2017 Show 050 Hour 2

The Dakota Political Junkies are a panel of some of  the top political journalists in the state. Today Denise Ross and Jon Hunter join us to explore the recently announced candidacy of current SD Secretary of State Shantel Krebs (she's running against Dusty Johnson for U.S. Representative Krist Noem's seat in the House). We'll also dig in to how to prevent scandals in state government and whether or not new legislation truly addresses the will of the voters.

In The Moment ... March 14, 2017 Show 049 Hour 1

South Dakota students send a message to Washington DC via film. We talk with Josh Koning, an education content specialist with C-SPAN about the 2017 StudentCam Competition and some winners from Rapid City and Sioux Falls. 

We preview four South Dakota State High School Basketball Tournaments that begin on Thursday. Joining us for a preview are SDPB's Gary Ellenbolt with Craig Mattick and John Seiber on KWSN Sports Radio.

Chynna Lockett

In The Moment ... March 10, 2017 Show 047 Hour 1

The state basketball tournaments are underway and, no surprise, a winter storm is making news at the same time. In the moment producer Chris Laughery caught up with meteorologist Todd Heitkamp for an update on not one but 2 systems affecting South Dakota.

Kealey Bultena is out of the office next week, but this time she's not hitting the road for SDPB. She's on a mission to deliver wheelchairs to those in need.

Chris Laughery brings you an update from this week's SDPB Arts Calendar.

Chynna Lockett

In The Moment ... March 3, 2017 Show 042 Hour 1

We begin the hour with a conversation with Dr. Mohammad Zeeshan Qamar. As director of interfaith dialog at the Muslim Community Center of South Dakota in Sioux Falls, Dr. Qamar is often asked to talk about his faith with those who are curious or even suspicious. He discusses his journey to the United States, raising Muslim children in Sioux Falls, and how conversations with Christians and non-Muslims have helped him grow the depth of his own faith.

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