Hermosa School moves forward

A year ago the new grade school to be built at Hermosa seemed a distant dream, but actions by the Custer School District Board of Education Monday evening are evidence that today the project is much nearer to becoming a reality. In introducing the agenda item entitled “Hermosa Planning Update,” Superintendent Mark Naugle noted that […]

Access issues: To condemn or not?

The top two officials of the local offices of the U.S. Forest Service were on hand to discuss a litany of issues with the Custer County Commission at the Sept. 3 commission meeting, but the two sides stopped short of coming up with a compromise on one of the biggest issues that sees the them […]

Flood cleanup slowly continues

City of Custer officials know some in the community feel like the pace of cleanup from the Aug. 2 flood has moved...

Rape victim sues Mechaley, deputies

Custer County Sheriff Marty Mechaley and other deputies at the Custer County Sheriff’s Office are among the defendants named in a civil lawsuit recently filed federally by a rural Custer County woman who was kidnapped and raped in September 2017. In a story reported by both the Sioux Falls Argus Leader and the Associated Press, […]

Tourism numbers appear down

The summer of 2019 appeared to be a solid—although slightly down—year in terms of tourist spending in Custer, with several factors cited as the reason. One of the biggest reasons was the weather, as Custer, and the Black Hills in general, suffered through snow until nearly June, followed by two and a half months of […]

Van Every addresses county’s Forest concerns

Black Hills National Forest supervisor Mark Van Every is not interested in getting into a battle with Custer County. “I view them as a partner and we want to work together,” he said. “They are in a tought spot, too. Neither one of us has all the resources we need. We all have rules and laws we have […]

Rain reign continues

Fresh off the wettest year in the recorded history of Custer — 2018 — Custer is on pace to have ... the...

Holey [buffalo] calf

No, that wasn’t a huge prairie dog sticking his head out of a hole in the prairie of Custer State Park (CSP)...

Former county deputy charged

A former Custer County Sheriff’s Office deputy is facing multiple federal charges for allegedly having inappropriate relations with two underage females. Francis Kistler, 60, of Edgemont is charged with two counts each of attempted sexual exploitation of a minor, attempted enticement of a minor using the internet and transfer of obscene material to a minor. […]

CAEDC seeks director funding

The Custer Area Economic Development Corp. (CAEDC) is ready to expand its operation in the hope of expanding the tax base by bringing new business to Custer. In order to do that, however, it needs a full-time employee to do the work the current entirely volunteer board cannot. That was the message delivered to the […]

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