Local producer rants about taxes

For the first time in his 64 years of life, Bob Baker was at a Custer County Commission meeting March 8. Baker, who owns a ranch east of Buffalo Gap, wasn’t on the official agenda, but was granted time to address the commission about what he feels is the never-ending taxation of county residents, and […]

Whitetail fire burns 249 acres

A fire that erupted last Wednesday afternoon eight miles southeast of Custer burned 249 acres before it was contained a couple of days later. The Whitetail Fire started on the property of Roger and Marletta Eich, who live in Madison, after a tree fell on a power line. Firefighters are unsure  when the fire started, […]

Solar power line gets thumbs up

After a great deal of discussion and public comment, the Custer County Commission approved at its March 8 meeting an application for occupation of the right-of-way on an eastern Custer County road that will allow for the transportation of electricity from Oglala Lakota County to a transmission supply line belonging to the Western Area Power […]

Exploring Custer talks purpose

It was round two of the Custer Area Economic Development Corporation (CAEDC) and Custer Area Chamber of Commerce’s “Exploring Custer’s Future” initiative, as around 50 community members gathered at the Armory to build off the Dec. 9 meeting that was held, all with the idea of furthering Custer’s vitality and economic growth. At the Dec. […]

Cruisin’ delves into live music options

Stemming from last month’s discussion on music, business owner Scott Cameron was present at the Thursday, March 9, Custer Cruisin’ Committee meeting to discuss the possibility of live music. Cameron, owner of the Bank Coffeehouse, said he would gladly offer his back patio area for bands to perform during the Rally. “There are a lot […]

Lion season strong

When a 163-pound mountain lion was harvested in Lawrence County Feb. 23, it was nearly as big a mountain lion as you’ll see in the Black Hills. But the male lion, estimated to be 4-5 years old, wasn’t the biggest lion roaming the Hills, says John Kanta, region terrestrial resources supervisor with South Dakota Game, […]

City rec plan is studied

The master plan for the city’s parks and recreation spaces is one step closer to completion. The second public meeting, which revealed the preliminary draft of the Custer City Parks Master Plan, was held Thursday, March 2, during the Parks, Recreation and Forestry Board meeting. Mike Bender of KLJ and Mike Stanley of the Stanley […]

Time to take out petitions

Those interested in running for one of the five governing bodies of Custer County towns, as well as a seat on the Custer School District Board of Education, may now take out a petition. In the City of Custer four seats are available on the council, as well as the position of mayor, as current […]

Lack of shoveling costs $1,295

A former downtown building owner’s plea for lack of snow shoveling leniency fell mostly on deaf ears at Monday night’s Custer City Council meeting, as the council voted to waive only one of eight violations he had pile up over the course of the winter. Matthew Mahutga, who until recently owned the building that most […]

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