Rapid City

South Dakota Students Participate In National Walkout

Mar 14, 2018
Chynna Lockett

Students around the country participated in a Walk Out this morning protesting gun violence. Rapid City’s Central High School was one of many across South Dakota to participate. At 10 a.m., the hallways filled with hundreds of nearly the two thousand high school students. They walked out during their classes and met in the theater. Five students sat on stage and explained why.

The students read off names of the victims of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Florida.

Lori Walsh

In the Moment ... March 12, 2018 Show 294 Hour 1

Tim Rangitsch is owner of Acme Bicylces in Rapid City. He joins us to discuss fat tire biking in the Hills and more.

Lori Walsh

In the Moment ... March 12, 2018 Show 294 Hour 2

Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender joins us in the studio with an update on the Barnett Arena proposal.

In The Moment ... March 8, 2018 Show 292 Hour 1

SDPB's Kevin Woster discusses the love story and tragic deaths of Connie Red Nest and Ernie Evans. Find his blog at sdpb.org/woster.

Editorial note: In this audio, Woster and In the Moment host Lori Walsh refer to "Cathie Davis," director of Lifeline Connection of the Black Hills.

This is an error. Her name is Cathie Harris.

Victoria Wicks

Rapid City is looking at ways to increase affordable housing. One proposal is to pass an ordinance permitting Accessory Dwelling Units such as mother-in-law apartments or converted garages. These units would be allowed in neighborhoods zoned for single-family houses where the property owner lives on site. Employees of Rapid City's Community Development Department hosted an open house at the downtown library on Wednesday, Feb. 28.

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

A new program is giving Rapid City high schoolers a taste of the manufacturing industry. The partnership between Stevens High School and South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is being called a modern revival of shop class.

The design for manufacturing partnership began when School of Mines mechanical engineering instructor Aaron Lalley met Stevens High School teacher Jason Reub through a manufacturing summer camp a few years ago. Lalley says Reub was already bringing some manufacturing skills into his classroom, and the partnership seemed natural.

In the Moment ... February 12, 2018 Show 275 Hour 2

When Connie Red Nest and Ernie Evans were found dead under a bridge in Rapid City last week (they had presumably died of hypothermia) a community mourned.

But it's a community divided by the ongoing challenge of homelessness and, furthermore, by the elusive solutions. As temperatures drop, some members of the Rapid City community have banded together to provide warming centers for people with no place to go.

Chynna Lockett

In The Moment ... February 9, 2018 Show 274 Hour 1

For this week's Moment in Sound we welcome Anna Robins. Her new release is called "Chronicle."

You can join her at Racing Magpie in Rapid City on February 9 for a an album release party at 5 p.m.

She's also one of the forces behind the Singing Doe Workshop and Showcase, coming up March 3 in Rapid City.

In The Moment ... February 8, 2018 Show 273 Hour 1

Kevin Woster is looking into a Rapid City project with potential impact on generations to come. It's called the Lakota Dream Museum & Monument, and it's spearheaded by basketball standout and businessman Adonis Saltes.

You can find Kevin Woster's blog online at sdpb.org/woster

In The Moment ... January 25, 2018 Show 263 Hour 1

We welcome members of Mniluzahan Okolakiciyapi Ambassadors for a conversation about the group's journey to the Museum of Tolerance. Whitney Rencountre, Karen Mortimer, Bev Warne, and Eric Dwyer join us to talk about racial disparity and racism in Rapid City, the lessons of the Holocaust, and the nature of hope as we strive to make a better community.

Plans For New Transformation Center To Combat Poverty

Jan 23, 2018
Chynna Lockett

Plans for a new facility to combat poverty and homelessness are underway in Rapid City. The Transformation Center would consolidate services and shelters into a central location. Organizers held a forum to discuss plans and address concerns from the community.


Charity Doyle is the project manager for Rapid City Collective Impact. She lead the presentation on the Transformation Center. Doyle says the facility makes services that aid in combating poverty more accessible by bringing them closer to people in need.

Hundreds Join Women’s March in Rapid City

Jan 22, 2018
Chynna Lockett

People in cities all over the country and abroad gathered for the second Women’s March over the weekend. Sioux Falls reported nearly 25 hundred people came out to protest. In Rapid city, hundreds joined a march chanting for women’s rights. Organizers spoke to a crowd of women, men and children following the march.

The crowd in Rapid City chanted the same words but many marched for their own reasons.

In The Moment ... January 9, 2018 Show 252 Hour 2

The Rapid City Police Department, working in conjunction with Rapid City Collective Impact, has been awarded a $750,000 grant from the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

The funds are slated for the development of a Rapid City Police Department Quality of Life Unit.

We welcome RCPD Assistant Chief Don Hedrick.

Community leaders in Rapid City hope a centralized campus for the city’s homeless population will both save money down the road and even reduce homelessness.

The proposed idea for a restoration and transformation center near downtown seeks to combine city, county, nonprofit and homeless services providers.

But the concept, which is still in the beginning stages, is drawing some skepticism.

Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender says addressing homelessness in Rapid City takes more than just feeding people. He says solving the issue is more complex, so he calls up an image.

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.

Lee Strubinger / SDPB

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.


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.

Lee Strubinger / SDPB

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.


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.


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.


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.