Communities Divided Over Rainbow Gathering

Jun 24, 2015
Chynna Lockett

The Rainbow Family is planning a gathering in the Black Hills in July and some members have already arrived.  The group is often referred to as hippies.  Thousands of them come together once a year often on a piece of National Forest land.   A public meeting in Hill City gave local community members a chance to question the Rainbow Family about their upcoming event. The meeting became heated when several in attendance walked out.

“I’m going to ask you to move your chairs and to sit in a circle,” says Jerry Cole the Executive Director of the Hill City Chamber of Commerce.

Rapid City Police Warn Against Aggressive Panhandling

Jun 22, 2015

A group called The Rainbow Family is planning a large gathering in the Black Hills that could bring thousands of people to the area. The gathering is set for early July but local law enforcement say they are concerned about increased panhandling and soliciting that may come alongside the event.

Brendyn Medina is the community relations specialist for the Rapid City Police Department. He says the department is preparing for what could be thousands of people in the Black Hills for the Rainbow Gathering.

On Tuesday, June 2nd for the first time ever,  Rapid City voters consider opting out of the state’s property tax reduction plan.   
The opt out would increase property taxes by about $6 each month per $100-thousand of valuation.
The extra money raised goes to local schools.   Many of those backing the opt out say schools are in dire need of funding.  But many those against it don’t like the idea of higher taxes.

Chynna Lockett

Flooding over Memorial Day weekend led to road closures in Western and Central South Dakota. Dan McKemy is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Rapid City. He says the city has gotten a little more than eight inches of rain since the beginning of the year, accumulating seven inches in May.

Voters To Decide Rapid's Civic Center Expansion Tuesday

Mar 9, 2015

On Tuesday voters in Rapid City go to the polls to make a $180-million dollar decision.
A municipal election is set to decide the proposed expansion of the Rapid City Civic Center arena.  If approved the renovations would amount to the largest single expenditure of city funds ever undertaken.    
Proponents say it’s an investment in the future that will pay itself back in increased sales tax revenue and visitor spending.  But opponents say the price tag is too high and the city needs to consider alternatives.

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Storm Cleanup Costly For City And Schools

Nov 5, 2013

In Rapid City local leaders gathered this week to hear biannual addresses on the state of local governments.

The recovery effort following the blizzard that struck the area last month took up a big part of the discussion.

SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray attended the address and found that federal disaster funding requested by Governor Dennis Daugaard is critical for local governments struggling with some major expenses.