Black Hills

Black Hills Film Festival

Feb 21, 2020

In The Moment ... February 21, 2020 Show 758 Hour 1

The Black Hills Film Festival is underway. Films are featured in Hot Springs, Hill City, Spearfish and Rapid City. Screenings continue through next Tuesday.  Chris Van Ness is the executive director of the Festival, and she joins us  to go over some of the highlights and help you prepare for the annual event that brings fans of cinema together. 

Learn about the festival by clicking here.

Bison Escape Again From Black Hills Pasture

Jan 10, 2020

  Some bison have escaped again from their mountain-meadow enclosure in the Black Hills. 

Paul Shackow

In The Moment ... January 8, 2019 Show 729 Hour 2

Profit for good! Historian Eric Abrahamson joins us to detail philanthropy's role in economic development and how things are changing in the digital world. Abrahamson is an author and the president of Vantage Point Historical Services. 

Suicide Prevention Grant To Incorporate Native Culture

Aug 19, 2019
SD Department of Health

A suicide prevention grant is targeting Native Communities in the Black Hills. The Garrett Lee Smith grant awards more than three million dollars over five years. Recipients plan to work against suicides in Native youth by training local police departments, schools and healthcare facilities. 


The Great Plains Tribal Chairmen's Health Board is focusing prevention tactics for Native youth between ten and 24 years old. Charles Sitting Bull is the Director of Behavioral Health. He says as a population, Native youth are at high risk for suicide. 

In the Moment Black Hills Special: July 5-12

Jul 12, 2019

Stan Adelstein explains how being Jewish shaped him. Whitney Rencountre talks about how his grandfather, and Native culture more broadly, shaped him. Sam Hurst, Kevin Woster, and Linda Hasselstrom discuss about the value of the region. We hear music from the Black Hills Chamber Music Society, The Lark and the Loon, and Tiffany Johnson. Dr. Rachel Headley and Meg Manke talk building a better workplace. Rick Kahler explains financial therapy.  


Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... July 2, 2019 Show 608 Hour 2

It's time to play tourist in your own state! John and Alana Snyder of 605 Magazine roll out the July issue which features outdoor destinations in South Dakota.

In The Moment ... March 28, 2019 Show 545 Hour 2

How are the Black Hills area preparing for the arrival of the B-21's? SDPB's Lee Strubinger is with us from the Rapid City studio.

In The Moment ... November 6, 2018 Show 455 Hour 1

How has the Black Hills National Forest in South Dakota changed? Physically, yes but also the politics and laws surrounding it have changed too.

Bill Coburn is a forestry consultant. November 8th at noon, his speaking engagment is called "The Black Hills Forest: 1874 - 1908." This takes place at the Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center in Deadwood.

Modern Gold Exploration In The Black Hills

Oct 18, 2018

In The Moment ... October 18. 2018 Show 444 Hour 2

The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources is granting a third temporary water use permit for gold exploration in the Black Hills.

It allows a Canadian company to pull water from Rapid Creek, west of Rapid City until the end of the year.

Even though it's an early stage in the process, the mining exploration in the Black Hills shows potential.

1881 Courthouse Museum

In The Moment ... September 10, 2018 Show 418 Hour 2

Images of the Past returns to In the Moment.

There is no symbol of the past comparable to the stagecoach. This transportation method became essential in the 1800s, especially in the Black Hills area. The stagecoach era left a mark in almost every town and village during the “gold rush” of the Black Hills

Gary Enright, director of the 1881 Courthouse Museum in Custer, joined In The Moment for a look back at stagecoaches in South Dakota.   

Adria Botella

In The Moment ... July 24, 2018 Show 385 Hour 2

Heath Johnson is an Americana Country songwriter from Spearfish, SD. He organizes the South Dakota Songwriters group and activities around the Black Hills area and puts together songwriters rounds for other local artists. His musical influences range from classic country, to modern Americana, folk, and red dirt music. Along with his solo shows, he is also the lead in an Americana Honky Tonk band named The Ruthless West.

In The Moment ... July 5, 2018 Show 372 Hour 2

Community based and community driven. 

We brought live music and conversation with the musicians of the Chamber Music Festival of the Black Hills at SDPB's Black Hill Studio.

We talked about classical mussic connections in the Black Hills, music education in Western South Dakota, and heard music from West Side Story Suite, Vivaldi and more.

Deadwood History, Inc., Adams Museum Collection

In The Moment ... May 7, 2018 Show 331 Hour 2

For this week's Images of the Past, we turn the microphone over to SDPB's Brian Gevik as he explores the story of Black Hills pioneer Jack Hale.

The City of Rapid City is settling with Epic Outdoor over the use of full motion advertising on its billboards.

Epic will cease running full motion video and in exchange the city will allow much larger billboards along I-90.

It’s an end to one of two lawsuits between the city and outdoor advertising companies.

Lori Walsh

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

Photographer Paul Horstead discusses Custer's expedition, the changing Black Hills, his next project that focuses on South Dakota, and more.

Michael Zimny

In The Moment ... January 29, 2018 Show 265 Hour 1

A new series of classes is about to begin for those interested in geology in the Black Hills.

This will include how to use geological maps and tools along with features and fossils unique to the Black Hills. Alvis Lisenbee, Ph.D. is Professor Emeritus at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology.

Chynna Lockett

In The Moment ... January 19, 2018 Show 259 Hour 1

For 39 years , one South Dakota organization has helped people with visual impairments and mobility challenges take to the snow. John Skulborstad is on the board for Black Hills Regional Ski For Light.

We talk about the exhilaration and inspiration of the event.

2018 Black Hills Ski for Light Winter Event
January 22 - 25

In The Moment ... December 11, 2017 Show 237 Hour 2 

Gary Enright, director of the 1881 Courthouse Museum in Custer joins us for a look at this week's Images of the Past. Today we discuss efforts to bring the United Nations headquarters to the Black Hills of South Dakota.

In The Moment ... November 28, 2017 Show 228 Hour 1

As the South Dakota Hall of Fame recognizes Pathways Spiritual Sanctuary for the Acts of Excellence program, we welcome the sanctuary’s creators Dave and Jan Snyder for a conversation about stepping away from the noise of the world to find healing.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... November 22, 2017 Show 226 Hour 1

Paul Horsted has been making photographs for more than 35 years. He's hiked and climbed and crawled his way to capture images for 5 coffee table books that explore the "Beauty of Today, the History of Yesterday." His latest book is called "Treasures of the National Parks: Yesterday and Today." You can see his presentation at the Journey Museum in Rapid City on December 17 at 2 p.m.

In The Moment ... September 26, 2017 Show 185 Hour 1

Dr. Holly Downing is a professor of biology at Black Hills Sate University. She studies social insects. She joins us today to expand on what she does.

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... August 8, 2017 Show 151 Hour 1

Where should we put the state's only law school? Declining applicants, smaller classes, and concerns about life after law school are just a few reasons the University of South Dakota is taking the relocation of the Law School into consideration. While the proposed move would land the school just an hour north of Vermillion in Sioux Falls, the question resulted in a five-hour task force panel that ended in plans for the next meeting. SDPB's Jackie Hendry covered the proceedings, and she's here with highlights.

In The Moment ... July 24, 2017 Show 140 Hour 2

South Dakota yoga lovers Gather, Embrace, and Expand this weekend at the 2nd Annual South Dakota Yoga Conference. Joining us now to talk about the event and about South Dakota's thriving yoga community, we welcome Jillian Anawaty and Scottie Bruch.  Find more information here:

Smoke Covering Black Hills From Montana Fire

Jul 21, 2017
Lee Strubinger / SDPB

Smoke from several fires in Montana is blanketing the Black Hills this afternoon.

Spearfish Fire Chief Mark Sachara says the northern hills have experienced thick smoke all morning.

That smoke started creeping into Rapid City around noon.

Sachara says the smoke is from a 30,000 acre fire.

“That fire is by Miles City. That’s the one that’s predominantly sending the smoke our way. With that many fires across the whole part of Montana, the wind is aligned just perfectly. It brought the smoke our way.”

Lee Strubinger / SDPB

EPA officials are taking public comment on two permit applications by Powertech USA, which hopes to mine uranium from the southern Black Hills.
The hearings are re-igniting an over decade long dispute over nuclear resource extraction in groundwater.
Powertech USA hopes the EPA will greenlight its permits to extract uranium from portions of the Inyan Kara aquifers located near Edgemont.

Lee Strubinger

In The Moment ... May 3, 2017 Show 085 Hour 2

This week's Dakota Political Junkies features Roger Whittle, managing editor of the Watertown Public Opinion, and Seth Tupper, enterprise reporter for the Rapid City Journal. We talk about the 2018 gubernatorial primary options, the power of Pennington County Republicans, and whether or not a Sioux Falls mayor has the chance at statewide office.

In The Moment ... March 13, 2017 Show 048 Hour 2

As the number of suicides rise in Minnehaha County, we talk with Janet Kittams-Lalley, president of the Helpline Center, about he trends and resources to recognize and support those at risk for self-harm.

On this week's Images of the Past, Gary Enright returns, this time to discuss the lumber industry in the Black Hills and its role alongside mining and tourism to support the Black Hills economy. Gary Enright is director of the 1881 Courthouse Museum in Custer.

In The Moment ... March 8, 2017 Show 045 Hour 2

The 92nd South Dakota Legislative Session wraps up this week as lawmakers make their final decisions and wait for word from the Governor's office regarding vetos. The Dakota Political Junkies join us Wednesdays to explore the top political stories in the state. This week we welcome Jon Hunter (publisher of the Madison Daily Leader) and Seth Tupper (enterprise reporter for the Rapid City Journal.)


Gary Enright of the 1881 Courthouse Museum in Custer discusses Anna Donna Tallent in this week's Images of the Past segment. Tallent was the first school teacher and first white woman in the Black Hills. Her entrance into the then-forbidden Black Hills tells the story of how people of all backgrounds transcended their differences in order to seek riches in during the gold rush.

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An installment in a downtown Rapid City park that celebrates the history of 20th century Lakota, Dakota and Nakota people is one step closer to getting installed.

The group behind the First Nations Sculpture Garden says they’ll make one final fundraising push in the spring before installing the sculptures in what is now called Halley Park.

The First Nations Sculpture Garden seeks to share  tribal history through the lens of four contemporary native people from the last 100 years.