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.

Rapid City Opt-Out Fails

Jun 3, 2015
Chynna Lockett / SDPB

Rapid City voters turned down a measure to opt-out of the state’s property tax freeze. The plan would have increased property taxes and given more money to local schools.
Voters turned down the opt-out 58 to 42 percent.    
But, those on both sides of the issue now say more work can be done to help education funding in the future.

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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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