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Courtesy of Interior Fire Department

The volunteer fire department in tiny Interior is struggling with the cost of search and rescue operations in Badlands National Park and on other federal lands, the town’s firefighters told legislators Wednesday. 

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... October 24, 2019 Show 686 Hour 1

SDPB blogger Kevin Woster bundled up for the recent bison release in Badlands National Park. He writes about the historic event on his blog On the Other Hand.

In The Moment ... October 8, 2019 Show 675 Hour 1

On Friday, a Return of the Bison Celebration is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. at the Pinnacles Overlook in Badlands National Park. The public ceremony marks a large expansion of the Park's bison range.

Blaine Kortemeyer, Chief of Resource Education at Badlands National Park, detailed the expansion and the ceremony as he spoke with In The Moment producer Steve Zwemke.

Eden Bhatta

An engineering student from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology has developed a large social media following…for his photography. He has nearly 25 thousand followers on Instagram. His feed features crisp, detailed images of the night sky.

The sun has set over the Badlands National Park and now the scene feels like a different planet. Headlights illuminate hundreds of tan, sandy pillars and hilly formation.

Rapid City based photographer Eden Bhatta fills his arms with camera gear. He hikes up a hill then sets his up his tripods.

Lee Strubinger

In The Moment ... June 1, 2017 Show 105 Hour 1

Judd Hoos is an American rock band based in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The band has been fine-tuning a full-length album set for release tomorrow. It's called “Music in the Dark.” Their single "Breathe In" charted number 23 on the iTunes New rock charts when it was released a year ago. Tyler Bills, Andy Young and Chris Hornick join us from the SDPB studios at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City.

Badlands National Park Battles The Plague

Nov 7, 2016
Badlands National Park

Both black footed ferrets and prairie dogs live in Badlands National Park in and around the Conata Basin.

But prairie dogs are carriers of the sylvatic plague. It’s similar to the disease that devastated Europe’s population during the Middle Ages.

National Park Service Celebrating 100 Years

Aug 12, 2016
National Park Service

The National Park Service is celebrating 100 years of preserving nature. Parks across South Dakota are planning festivities for the milestone.

August 25th marks the Parks Service’s centennial birthday. Park managers are throwing celebrations at the Nation Grassland, the Minuteman Missile Historic Site and Badlands National Park. Park officials plan to celebrate the whole weekend. Visitors can enter the Badlands National Park for no charge.

Mike Pflaum is the Superintendent at Badlands Park. He says the centennial celebrates the past, but hopefully the future as well.

Buffalo Could Roam Wider Range In Badlands

Jul 28, 2016
Courtesy Badlands National Park

Visitors to Badlands National Park could see more roaming bison as early as next summer. Park officials are taking public comments on a proposal to expand the bison range in the North Unit of the park by 20,000 acres or more.

Two Lost Hikers In Badlands Found

Jul 28, 2016
Courtesy Badlands National Park

Authorities have found a pair of hikers who went missing last night in the Badlands.  The two women from Vermont got lost near the Sage Creek Campground.

A search party found the women unharmed about two miles from their campsite. Patty Garland is with the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office. She says authorities with the Pennington County Search and Rescue Team, Sheriffs Office and the National Park Rangers found the hikers Thursday morning. 

Garland says the women tried to use their cell phones to contact help, but coverage was not reliable.

South Dakota Public Broadcasting

The National Park Service‘s 100th anniversary is this August. South Dakota is home to five sites in the National Parks system.

Each location is doing something different this summer to celebrate 100 years of service, and many are looking ahead at what the next 100 years holds.

Concerts, museum exhibits and handmade quilt displays are just a few of the events during the centennial celebration at the National Parks across South Dakota.