Select-A-Gift Jingles All The Way in Custer Saturday Afternoon

By Herb Ryan
December 17, 2016

Custer – The Select-A-Gift program has been going on for well over 20 years in Custer. Hundreds of families have had a happier Christmas thanks to the generosity of area individuals, businesses and organizations. Select-A-Gift trees are placed in locations around town with tags for particular gifts, people and businesses donate either money or buy gifts that are suggested on the tags. The gifts are the picked up by volunteers and placed in storage until the event is held. Families and individuals sign up for gifts at the warehouse or social services and local churches. The Custer Ministerial Alliance is a large part of the organizational vetting process for family and individual gifting.

Ultimately, this event is perfect example of community involvement that will bring Christmas joy to over 90 families this holiday season.
Chairperson Juli Ames-Curtis said ” This event is a huge amount of work and I want to thank all the volunteers, individuals and businesses that purchased gifts or gave cash, and the overall support of the community to make this another successful year providing much needed gifts for local families”.

Ames-Curtis also mentioned that, inclement weather prevented 25 families from picking up their gifts. They can pick up their gifts and food baskets at the “Storehouse” this Wednesday, December 21, 2016 between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm.

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Santa’s Select-A-Gift helpers gather for a group photo Saturday afternoon in the Custer JR/SR High School after setting up the gym with gifts for families, December 17, 2016. (submitted photo)

 

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Santa’s Select-A-Gift helpers getting the ribbons and bows ready for gift wrapping Saturday afternoon in the Custer JR/SR High School after setting up the gym with gifts for families, December 17, 2016. Photo: Meg Schwartz

 

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Volunteers Kaona Hazlett and Juli Ames-Curtis work at completing paperwork before families arrive for their Select-A-Gift presents in the Custer JR/SR High School gym December 17, 2016. Photo: Meg Schwartz

 

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Select-A-Gift,Christmas Gifts await deserving families in the Custer JR/SR High School gym, December 17, 2016. Photo: Meg Schwartz

 

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Select-A-Gift, Christmas Gifts await deserving families in the Custer JR/SR High School gym, December 17, 2016. Photo: Meg Schwartz

 

 

State Awards Juvenile Diversion Funds To 25 Counties For Juvenile Justice Reinvestment Initiative

December 13, 2016

PIERRE, S.D. – The State of South Dakota is awarding funds to 25 counties for successfully diverting juvenile offenders from the criminal justice system.

The counties will share a total of $242,500 in funding under a fiscal incentive program as part of the Juvenile Justice Reinvestment Initiative (Senate Bill 73) passed by the 2015 Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Dennis Daugaard.

“Two years ago, South Dakota had the second highest juvenile commitment rate in the nation. This ranking was not in line with the number of juvenile arrests for violent crime, which was one-third of the national average,” Gov. Daugaard said. “Under the juvenile justice reforms, these counties are helping the state reverse that trend by allowing more non-violent youth offenders to stay within their communities to get the help they need.

Counties are required to submit applications to the Department of Corrections for reimbursement by Sept. 1 of each year. Requirements include data on the number of juveniles annually referred to a diversion program, as well as the number of referred juveniles that successfully completed the diversion program.

The allotment of funds is based on a rate of $250 per juvenile for successful completions of a court-approved diversion program. The amount of funds is prorated if the number of juveniles completing a diversion program statewide results in an amount that exceeds the allotted funds.

This is the first year of the fiscal incentive diversion program.

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SFY 2016 JJRI Fiscal Incentive Diversion Program Submission Summary

County

# Referred*

# Successful

# Unsuccessful

Payment Amount

Beadle

3

3

0

$750.00

Brookings

34

19

15

$4,750.00

Brown

47

31

16

$7,750.00

Butte

19

14

5

$3,500.00

Codington

31

23

8

$5,750.00

Custer

3

0

3

$0.00

Fall River

38

24

14

$6,000.00

Gregory

1

1

0

$250.00

Hughes

52

16

36

$4,000.00

Hyde

5

4

1

$1,000.00

Jackson

5

2

3

$500.00

Lake

2

1

1

$250.00

Lawrence

46

41

5

$10,250.00

Lincoln

39

23

16

$5,750.00

McCook

5

4

1

$1,000.00

Meade

30

22

8

$5,500.00

Mellette

2

2

0

$500.00

Miner

2

2

0

$500.00

Minnehaha

411

187

224

$46,750.00

Moody

4

3

1

$750.00

Pennington

595

526

69

$131,500.00

Roberts

17

9

8

$2,250.00

Stanley

10

2

8

$500.00

Tripp

3

1

2

$250.00

Union

5

5

0

$1,250.00

Yankton

6

5

1

$1,250.00

Total

1415

970

445

$242,500.00

* # Referred only includes those youth who were referred and completed (either successfully or unsuccessfully) a court approved diversion program in SFY 2016.

Verification of “0” referrals received from the following counties:

Clay, Corson, Deuel, Edmunds, Grant, Harding, Hutchinson, Kingsbury, Potter, Sanborn, Sully, and Todd.

Applications were not received from the following counties:

Aurora, Bennett, Bon Homme, Brule, Buffalo, Campbell,  Charles Mix, Clark, Davison, Day, Dewey, Douglas, Faulk, Haakon, Hamlin, Hand, Hanson, Jerauld, Jones, Lyman, Marshall, McPherson, Oglala Lakota, Perkins, Spink, Turner, Walworth, and Ziebach.

Custer Community Engages in Conversation on Economic Development

December 11, 2016

Custer, SD – The Custer Economic Development Corporation, Custer Chamber of Commerce and the City of Custer invited area citizenry to participate in a conversation to energize a stagnant local economy in the Pine Room at the Custer County Annex December 9, 2016.

Kristi Wagner, a professional connector and senior community coach for Dakota Resources did a masterful job getting the meeting into high gear after a brief Powerpoint presentation by The Custer Economic Development Corporation.

A standing room only crowd became fully engaged with the process. Breaking into groups at tables, suggesting solutions to issues and having possible solutions posted from each group to prioritize later group conversations.

There will be a follow-up public meeting the second week in January 2017 with particulars to be announced.

 

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Kristi Wagner, a professional connector and senior community coach for Dakota Resources engages the audience with economic development questions Friday, December 9, 2016 in the Pine Room at the Custer County Annex. Photo:Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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A table group discusses possibilities for economic development Friday, December 9, 2016 in the Pine Room at the Custer County Annex. Photo:Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

Custer Free Press Celebrates Successful One Year Online Presence

Custer, SD – Custer Free Press.com started publishing news online December 11, 2015 among the first articles: NASA Astronaut Kelly Lindgren Safely Returns to Earth. Since then we have published 1,027 articles. Today Sunday, December 11, 2016, Custer Free Press.com stats from December 11, 2015 – December 11, 2016 show 57,390 views averaging 2 1/2 pages per visit, with a total of 25,027 unique visitors. This does not include total Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter or Google plus stats, or people who have bookmarked the site.These are actual counts for one year, not cumulative counts over several years.
Counts are important to advertisers and Custer Free Press.com. As a result of these positive counts, Custer Free Press.com has been funded through January 2018.

Having owned an Auction Company and Antique Business among other ventures, the reality of success always presents itself in simple terms. Do people need your service, will they be repeat customers and will they tell others about your service. Having seen the one year results, for Custer Free Press.com it’s yes to all of the above.

A planned aggressive marketing schedule starting in February 2017 targeting the tourist trade will increase our visibility on-line resulting in a substantial increase in site viewership and advertiser exposure.

Custer Free Press.com is a non-subscription Local, National, International news site with verifiable news. All press releases are published with minimal edits and run full length with occasional additional comment by the editor of Custer Free Press.com.

Thank You For Your Continued Support
Herb Ryan
Editor
Custer Free Press.com

Members of Custer’s Kenneth Kuper VFW Post #3442 Serve Breakfast To “Friday Morning ICU” Students

By Mark Mills
December 9, 2016

Custer, SD – On Friday morning, 09 December 2016, Custer’s Kenneth Kuper VFW Post #3442 had the pleasure of serving hot breakfast to over 90 students, parents, faculty, and supporting staff at Custer Jr/Sr High School.  The meal consisted of breakfast burritos prepared by Maria’s Mexican Restaurant, sweet breads, fruits (apples, oranges, and bananas), and beverages (milk, chocolate milk, orange juice, and apple cider).  The VFW served breakfast at the invitation of Principal Orion Thompson as part of the school’s “Friday Morning ICU” program.

One Friday morning each month during the school year Custer High School holds an “ICU” study session.  It is conducted in the Custer Jr/Sr High School building.  And its purpose is to assist students with completing homework assignments which are troubling them.  This assistance is provided by volunteer Junior and Senior High School faculty, parents, and fellow students.

Because these sessions are conducted on a non-school day (Custer School District uses a 4-day school week), no school meals are available.  Realizing the importance of starting out study sessions with a good breakfast, and wishing to bring the school and community closer together, Principal Orion Thompson invited local organizations to provide breakfast for these sessions.

Kenneth Kuper VFW Post #3442  embraced the opportunity .  Providing all food, beverages, and eating utensils, the Post Friday served a tasty breakfast to all. And the Post members were rewarded by seeing students (and adults) with big smiles on their faces dig into their breakfasts.  Thus started another great Friday Morning ICU study session.  Who would’ve suspected completing homework could be such fun?!

Kenneth Kuper VFW Post #3442 members serving breakfast were Tony Gonsor, Rob Shay, Mike Smaydy, DD Couch, Mark Mills and Tom Burke.

 

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Kenneth Kuper VFW Post #3442 member Tony Gonsor serves burritos to students Friday morning, December 9, 2016 at the Custer High School “Friday Morning ICU” study session. Photo:Herb Ryan/ Custer Free Press

 

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Kenneth Kuper VFW Post #3442 member Rob Shay serves apple juice to students Friday morning, December 9, 2016 at the Custer High School “Friday Morning ICU” study session. Photo: Herb Ryan/ Custer Free Press

 

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Students John Anker Kaleb Deleon enjoy breakfast burritos Friday morning, December 9, 2016 at the Custer High School “Friday Morning ICU” study session. Photo: Herb Ryan/ Custer Free Press

 

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Students Paige Myrick and Jake Menken study and enjoy burritos Friday morning, December 9, 2016 at the Custer High School “Friday Morning ICU” study session. Photo: Herb Ryan/ Custer Free Press

Custer Area Book Authors Meet and Greet at The 1881 Museum Saturday

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Professional photographer and author Paul Horsted answers questions about his most recent book project ” National Parks Yesterday and Today” at the 1881 Courthouse Museum Pre-Christmas Sale, Saturday December 3, 2016. Photo:Herb Ryan/ Custer Free Press

 

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Local authors J.E “Scotty” Terrall ( ” The Valley Ranch War”), Gary Enright (” The Last Wolf”) Arley K, Fadness (Balloons Aloft”) and Dr. Lila Morton Pengra ( ” Isaiah Dorman: Interpreting The Evidence”) enjoy a book chat during a lull at the 1881 Courthouse Museum Pre-Christmas Sale, Saturday December 3, 2016. Photo:Herb Ryan/ Custer Free Press

Avoiding Comparisons

By Peg Ryan
Mile High Pilates and Yoga
November 28, 2016

Custer, SD – In recent months it has been gratifying to notice that the models featured on Yoga Journal‘s cover and the articles within are no longer exclusively pencil thin.  More sizes and shapes are being shown.  There was even a short article in the November 2016 issue that featured North Carolina-based teacher and Instagram star Jessamyn Stanley which noted that she is “changing the perception of what a yogi looks like.”  Although the magazine itself may be responding to pressure from readers to acknowledge the “real people” who do yoga, their advertisers have not gotten the same message.  The vast majority of people shown in the magazine are still overwhelmingly white, young, female and able to look like they are handling difficult poses with ease.  So they don’t yet get any real points for diversity.

Of course, the magazine wants to demonstrate the most ideal version of the poses on display.  There is something to be said for this approach since anyone using one of these images to experience a pose without the benefit of a live teacher could run the risk of becoming injured if the pose is not executed properly.  Also it’s probably safe to say that the magazine is generally geared toward people who at least have some experience with yoga.  But sometimes this can be a disservice to ordinary practitioners or prospective practitioners who view these images and think they are doing the poses wrong or, worse, that they could not possibly do a pose the way it is shown so why practice yoga at all?  Yoga must be the exclusive province of young, thin girls who look great in tights.  How many times have we as teachers tried to encourage a new participant who is discouraged before they even try?  “I can’t do yoga,” this person laments, “I’m too old and I’m not flexible”.

Please understand that I don’t mean to single out Yoga Journal. In fact, they are hardly the worst offenders.  It is clear that most magazines are equally if not more guilty of displaying images that few can emulate, with or without the product being hyped.  And in defense of Yoga Journal’s approach, they usually provide modifications in their descriptions of poses.  Also there are many articles which describe the philosophy of yoga which extends beyond physical movement, providing a guide for taking the concepts of yoga off the mat and using it to improve your life.  Many of these implore the reader to celebrate what they can do and recognize even small improvements rather than lamenting perceived limitations.  As an example, one article talks about honoring “ourselves for our small accomplishments—even for the simple fact that we have shown up on our mats—rather than berating ourselves for the things we can’t do.”  Another talks about focusing on the potential you have in your practice to learn about yourself.  These are common and important themes that take us beyond touched up photographs to the real world of our everyday lives.

Still we live in a culture that invites comparison and envy.  A concept of youth and beauty is celebrated as ideal that has a tendency to make anyone who doesn’t measure up feel inadequate.  In everyday life this can manifest as resistance to even trying.  What if I can’t actually do what everyone else can do?  Suppose I look really silly?  Will everyone think less of me? Worrying about how we appear to others can keep us from doing what’s best for ourselves.  No matter how many times I tell new attendees in my classes to avoid watching the other participants, everyone still worries about how they look to other people in the class.  The good news is that most of the other participants are so focussed on themselves that they have no interest in watching anyone else.  Because yoga and Pilates are both practices that encourage connecting the mind with the body, anyone who is truly making that effort won’t be able to notice anyone else.   There are simply too many things to pay attention to if one really wants to complete a pose or exercise.

Neither yoga nor Pilates is about comparison or competition or trying to look like some perceived ideal.  They are about making friends with your own body and recognizing it’s miraculous abilities.  Every effort you make toward this goal is an important accomplishment.  It is helpful to remember that everything is temporary.  Things you (or the person next to you in class) can do today will be different tomorrow or the next day or next week or next year.  It is best not to get too attached to any particular way of doing things since it will probably change.  There are days when I can stand on one foot indefinitely and other days when I have to brace myself with even the slightest effort at balancing.  Nothing is permanent.  Some days you may be especially tired or feel particularly sore.  There is still usually some type of movement you can do, so try to experience what’s possible today without worrying about yesterday, tomorrow or anyone else’s expectations.  We’re usually wrong about other people’s perceptions anyway, so worrying about that is just a waste of precious time.  Every moment you devote to comparing yourself to someone else is a moment that’s passing you by, never to be seen again.  Accepting and believing in who and what you are on this day at this moment is all that really matters.

An article on the Chopra Center’s website titled “How to Just Be You During Yoga Practice”  provides some additional ideas for staying in the moment including approaching your practice with an open mind and being curious rather than fearful.  Do the best you can with what you have at the time that you are doing it and it will always be the right thing.

Hazardous Weather Outlook – Custer – Custer County – Southern Foothills

Hazardous Weather Outlook

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK...UPDATED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RAPID CITY SD
1004 PM MST SUN NOV 27 2016

SDZ026-027-029>032-041>044-046-047-049-073-074-WYZ055-058-281400-
RAPID CITY-SOUTHERN FOOT HILLS-SOUTHERN BLACK HILLS-
CUSTER CO PLAINS-PENNINGTON CO PLAINS-HAAKON-FALL RIVER-
OGLALA LAKOTA-JACKSON-BENNETT-MELLETTE-TODD-TRIPP-
SOUTHERN MEADE CO PLAINS-HERMOSA FOOT HILLS-SOUTHERN CAMPBELL-
WESTON-
1004 PM MST SUN NOV 27 2016 /1104 PM CST SUN NOV 27 2016/

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR PORTIONS OF SOUTH CENTRAL
SOUTH DAKOTA...THE BLACK HILLS OF SOUTH DAKOTA...WESTERN SOUTH
DAKOTA...AND NORTHEAST WYOMING.

.DAY ONE...TONIGHT

A WIND ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FOR PORTIONS OF THE SOUTH DAKOTA
PLAINS LATE TONIGHT.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY

AN AREA OF LOW PRESSURE WILL MOVE INTO THE EASTERN DAKOTAS ON
MONDAY. THIS WILL BRING NORTHWEST WINDS OF 20 TO 35 MPH, WITH
GUSTS TO 50 MPH, ON MONDAY AND TUESDAY. SOME LIGHT SNOW MAY ALSO
FALL ACROSS THE AREA, MAINLY ON MONDAY NIGHT AND TUESDAY. THE
COMBINATION OF LIGHT SNOW AND STRONG WINDS WILL CAUSE AREAS OF
REDUCED VISIBILITY.

Custer County Sheriff’s Office Crime Log – Sunday November 13 to Saturday November 19, 2016

Deputy Heath Lowry
Custer County Sheriff’s Office
Sunday November 13 to Saturday November 19, 2016

CRIME ALERT WARNING:

Over the past several days the sheriff’s office has received several calls of a new scam that has been passing through the area.  Suspects are calling people and telling them they have issues a bad check to a local business.  They threaten them with arrest if they don’t provide credit card information to resolve the back check.  The callers are from out of state or out of the country and are trying to steal using this scam.

NEVER give personal information or credit card information to anyone over the phone who you don’t know or have a standing business relationship in place.

Call of the Week:

On November 17, a driver was going to fast on icy roads and a crash was reported at the intersection of North 5th and north 3rd Streets in Custer.  A crash report was filed and this incident was weather related. (I guess they didn’t read the local newspaper for the winter driving tips!)

Sunday November 13

Deputies checked on the report of a reckless driver coming into Custer. The deputy found the vehicle and could not identify any issues with the driver.

Monday November 14

A death was investigated in the Buffalo Gap area.

Deputies responded to the 600 block of Harney Street for the report of an unwanted guest. The suspect was gone before the deputy arrived.

The report of a mail theft was filed in the Box Canyon area.

A check the welfare was completed on Hazelrodt Cutoff.  The subject was fine.

A false alarm was reported on Playhouse Road.  It was set off accidently sent off by the homeowner.

A possible mail theft was reported on Hard Scratch Lane.  There are no suspects.

Based on an ongoing problem of a child playing in traffic, a social services referral was conducted on Bavarian Hills Drive.  Assistance is being put into place to help the family through their issues.

A 52 year old male was arrested in a trailer court east of Custer because of warrants for his arrest.  He was booked into the Fall River County Jail without incident.

Tuesday November 15

Deputies attempted a welfare check on Mill Pond Estates.  They were unable to locate anybody needing assistance.

A dead turkey was removed from Highway 385 south of Custer.  It was too soon for Thanksgiving dinner.

The investigation into harassing text messages was opened and is continuing.

Wednesday November 16

A possible burglary and protection order violation is under investigation on Windsong Valley Road. A request for criminal charges has been forwarded to the states attorney’s office regarding a 52 year old male.

Thursday November 17

Related to the recent snow storm a large semi lost traction on the hill leading northbound out of Custer.  Some sand was tossed onto the road and the truck made it up the hill and out of Custer.

Another car slid into the ditch on Leisinger Lane and north 5th street in Custer.  Also weather related.

An unknown suspect crashed into a mailbox on Elk Valley Road and left the scene.

Another vehicle slid off the icy road on Lower French Creek Road.  He was able to self rescue but bald tires might have played a factor.

A possible burglary was reported on Harney Street.  After a close examination of the fresh snow on the back deck where the screen fell off of the door, it was pretty clear wind was the suspect.  The suspect managed to slip through my net.

Friday November 18

There was nothing significant to report.

Saturday November 19

Assistance was provided to a man who owed money to the courts in Fall River County.  He was encouraged to avoid trying to conduct business when he was intoxicated.

A 911 caller reported a possible drunk driver on Highway 16/385 north of Custer.  The vehicle was stopped on Montgomery Street.  The subject was issued a warning for unsafe driving and released. He had not been drinking.