Vacation rental saga continues

The latest word on the continuing saga of vacation rentals in residential areas of Custer is that the can will continue to be kicked down the road by the city council. Jason has covered this topic since it first came to light at a city council meeting last September, and here we are almost a […]

Welcome to The Best!

When you picked up this week’s newspaper you might have noticed that it is a little different from our normal weekly editions. Besides being just a little bit heavier (make that a lot heavier) it has some really interesting advertising and editorial content. Credit goes to Southern Hills Publishing’s general manager Jason Ferguson for the […]

Is the FBI failing America?

I think we are all getting tired of seeing and hearing about public shootings in our country, including one of the worst school shootings that happened in Florida last Wednesday. When each one occurs the cry goes out that “something has to be done. There has to be more gun control!” Well, I for one, […]

Park fire was perfect storm

Mix extremely dry weather conditions and high winds gusting to 50 miles per hour over a period of several days and add a tree falling on electrical wires sparking a wildland fire and you have the Legion Lake Fire in Custer State Park. The fire began Monday, Dec. 11, and was 95 percent contained this […]

The history of George Custer

Our complex historical relationship with the many Army officers and others whose names dot the map of the Black Hills is more puzzling as time goes by. We’re actively fighting over Gen. Harney and his name on the highest peak between here and the Pennine Alps to the east, while ignoring other luminaries, particularly George […]

What’s up with the Boy Scouts?

Last Wednesday the Boy Scouts of America announced it is becoming Scouts BSA in February 2019 to reflect its decision to include girls. The...
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Reflections on past 45 years

Permit me a personal privilege this week as we ponder the past 45 years. On June 20, 1972, just after the devastating Rapid City flood, an SDSU journalism graduate and newly-separated Army first lieutenant began his journalism career as a jack-of-all-trades at the Hot Springs Star in South Dakota. Newspaper publisher E.E. Hanssen needed some […]

Where are the real honest people?

When you look at the current state of national politics and this entire Obama administration fiasco in Washington, D.C., you have to ask yourself if there are any honest people left in the world. Even at the state level in South Dakota we have had fraud and abuse in things like the EB-5 Program involving […]

Harney was flawed process

The U.S. Board of Geographic Names (USBGN) made a unanimous decision Aug. 11 to change the name of nearby Harney Peak to Black Elk Peak. This decision by a federal  board went directly against an earlier 4-1 decision by the South Dakota Board of Geographic Names (SDBGN) to retain the name of Harney Peak. We […]

Hot weather and sheriff’s log

First-time readers of this newspaper last week must think we live in the middle of the Wild West with people pulling guns in a family argument and fist fights in downtown bars at night. Needless to say, this hasn’t been a normal month in Custer County for this type of activity. I really think the […]

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