WASHINGTON— U.S. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), and Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) issued the following statements after the U.S. House of Representatives passed their bill, the Black Hills National Cemetery Boundary Expansion Act (S. 35), legislation that will facilitate a permanent land transfer of approximately 200 acres of Bureau of Land Management land to expand the Black Hills National Cemetery outside of Sturgis, South Dakota. The bill, which the senators reintroduced during the first week of the 115th Congress, passed the Senate by voice vote in December 2017. Their bill now heads to the president for his signature.
“Our veterans deserve a resting place as majestic and solemn as the Black Hills National Cemetery, and I’m glad this important, years-long initiative that will help to continue honoring our heroes – now and for generations to come – is finally nearing the finish line,” said Thune. “It’s a small yet meaningful gesture for the men and women who gave far more than we’ll ever be able to repay.”
“It’s important that South Dakota’s veterans know there will be space for them to rest peacefully at the Black Hills National Cemetery,” said Rounds. “I am pleased that our commonsense legislation to expand the Black Hills National Cemetery passed the House today, and will now head to the president’s desk to be signed into law.”
“Wyoming is one of the few states without a VA National Cemetery, so I am glad that Congress was able to pass this legislation to ensure we are working to provide a resting place for Wyoming’s veterans,” said Enzi. “Veterans and their families deserve to know that there will always be a place where their families can honor their legacy for generations to come. I look forward to President Trump signing this legislation into law soon.”
Under current law, the Federal Land Policy and Management Act limits transfers like this one to a lifespan of 20 years. The Black Hills National Cemetery Boundary Expansion Act will make this particular transfer permanent.
CUSTER STATE PARK, S.D. – Custer State Park will be offering winter snowshoe hikes again this year in the months of January, February, and March.
The Game Lodge Snowshoe Hike will be held Saturday, January 13 and will guide participants through a pine forest overlooking Game Lodge Campground, near Grace Coolidge Creek. The two-mile hike is considered easy and will take nearly two hours to complete.
The hike will depart at 10 a.m. from the Peter Norbeck Outdoor Education Center. If there is enough snow, snowshoes are provided; however, reservations are required to checkout snowshoes by calling 605-255-4515. If the amount of snow does not allow for snowshoeing, a guided hike will still be held.
There is no cost for participation in the hikes or snowshoe checkout; however, a park entrance license is required.
Participants should dress appropriately for the weather, as temperatures in the Black Hills can be unpredictable. Any footwear can be used with snowshoes; however, waterproof hiking boots are recommended.
Custer State Park will host two other snowshoe hikes this winter. The Lover’s Leap Snowshoe Hike will be held twice on February 10 at 10:00 a.m. and Noon. The Sylvan Lake Snowshoe Hike will be held March 10 at 10:00 a.m. Reservations for these hikes can also be made by calling 605-255-4515.
There is a snowshoe checkout opportunity until April 1, 2018. Those interested in checking out a pair of snowshoes and hiking in various areas of the park can stop by the Custer State Park Visitor Center. There is no charge to check out snowshoes. The hours of the visitor center are 10am-4pm Monday – Friday and 9am-4pm on Saturday and Sunday. Snowshoes are not checked out the day of scheduled guided hikes.
CUSTER STATE PARK – Due to more accurate mapping, the Legion Lake Fire is now at 47,312 acres, (reported at December 13, 6:30 pm )making it the fourth largest fire in the history of the Black Hills. However, containment increased as well going from seven to now 10 percent contained.
Fire behavior remains active as burnout operations around Blue Bell Lodge and State Game Lodge areas remain successful. Fire managers expect to be done with both operations on Thursday and will begin mop up, locating hot spots and extinguishing them, upon completion.
Night resources will continue burn out operations Highway 87 South and along Highway 16A.
A heavy air tanker was used today laying five loads of retardant over the south end of the fire. The fire line appeared to hold, but latest reports detail that the fire jumped the lines of retardant and continues to push south toward Fusion Canyon on the west side of Highway 79. Firefighters will continue to hold lines west of Highway 79 and north of Fusion Canyon.
Firefighters are taking into concern Thursday’s predicted early morning wind potential blowing from the north, northwest at 10 to 20 miles per hour with gusts up to 30 miles per hour. Spotting Fires remain a concern at this time. Fire fuel remains extreme even with the dip in temperatures in the coming days.
RUN FOR THE RANGERS 2017
Sunday, March 26th, 2017
Sure, you could procrastinate and register the day of the event, but then you wouldn’t be guaranteed to get your official 2017 Run for the Rangers race t-shirt! We only have limited quantities & sizes available, so REGISTER NOW to make sure you get one!
Race-Day Check-In/Registration: 11:45am – 12:45pm at Granite Sports
.WINTER STORM TO IMPACT THE REGION LATE TONIGHT AND TUESDAY...
.A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL BRING ACCUMULATING SNOW TO THE REGION
LATE TONIGHT AND ESPECIALLY TUESDAY. MOST AREAS WILL RECEIVE 2 TO
5 INCHES OF SNOW WITH THIS STORM...BUT SOME AREAS COULD RECEIVE IN
EXCESS OF 6 INCHES...ESPECIALLY ACROSS THE NORTHERN BLACK HILLS
AND SOUTH CENTRAL SOUTH DAKOTA. IN ADDITION...GUSTY NORTHERLY WINDS
ARE EXPECTED ON TUESDAY... WHICH WILL LEAD TO BLOWING AND DRIFTING
SNOW IN OPEN AREAS. LISTEN TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO OR YOUR LOCAL
MEDIA FOR THE LATEST UPDATES ON THIS STORM SYSTEM.
...WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM THIS EVENING THROUGH
LATE TUESDAY NIGHT...
* SNOW IS EXPECTED FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY NIGHT.
* TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS IN EXCESS OF 6 INCHES ARE
POSSIBLE...ESPECIALLY OVER SOUTH CENTRAL SOUTH DAKOTA.
* GUSTY NORTHERLY WINDS ARE LIKELY... SUPPORTING BLOWING AND
DRIFTING SNOW AND LEADING TO DIFFICULT TRAVEL.
A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT SNOW…SLEET OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL. CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.
Bennett; Custer Co Plains; Fall River; Haakon; Hermosa Foot Hills; Jackson; Mellette; Oglala Lakota; Pennington Co Plains; Rapid City; Southern Black Hills; Southern Foot Hills; Southern Meade Co Plains; Sturgis, Piedmont Foot Hills; Todd; Tripp
Motor vehicle use maps (MVUMs) are the official map for designating all roads, trails and areas available for public motorized travel on the National Forest. Visitors should not rely on any other maps for making decisions about motorized travel on the Forest.
MVUMs are available from local Forest Service offices and local vendors. The Forest Service office in Custer, SD will also mail the maps per request. The MVUM is availablefor download directly to your Smart Phone from Avenza. The MVUMs are compatible with iOS mobile devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) and Android (4.0.3 or newer) mobile devices. Instructions for downloading the MVUMs online and for Smart Phones can be found on the Black Hills National Forest webpage at:http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/blackhills/maps-pubs/?cid=STELPRDB5203036. Users are responsible for ensuring that the most current MVUM is installed on their device, including the new 2017 map.
Riders are reminded of the following before taking off on over 650 miles of designated motorized trails:
All motorized trail permits are non-refundable and non-transferable.
A permit is required for each vehicle on the trail system.
Users should check with their local Forest Service office if they have further questions about the map and/or permits.
Black Hills National Forest Slash Pile Burning Information
December 6, 2016
Northern Hills is burning piles that are located behind the Nemo Workcenter today in Nemo, SD and piles located approximately .5 miles east of Vanocker Canyon and the Dalton Lake Road Junction.
Northern Hills is also planning to burn piles located west of HWY 85 off of Forest Service Road (FSR) 237.1 and 658.1. Piles will be burned on the east side of HWY 85 off of FSR 730.1, 740.1 and 198.1.
Hell canyon will be burning piles south of Six Mile Road to Limestone Road for the remainder of the week, weather / snow conditions permitting.
Travel Caution Due to Strong Winds and Blowing Snow
November 30, 2016
PIERRE S.D. – State officials have reopened Interstate 90 to traffic between Spearfish Exit 14 and Piedmont Exit 44 in both directions.
I-90 was reopened from Exit 44 to Exit 55 Tuesday evening and there are some No Travel Advisories in place in the north central part of the state, west of the Missouri River.
U.S. Highway 85 remains closed from the Wyoming state line to Highway 14A due to a hazardous spill from an overturned tanker truck.
Drivers are reminded that winter driving conditions still exist on I-90 and on many highways especially in western and central South Dakota. Motorists can expect snow packed and slippery areas, possible blowing and drifting snow, and low visibility at times as the expected 20-40 mph winds continue across the state today.
If you are travelling, you should reduce speed, turn off cruise control, wear your seat belt and leave extra space between you and other vehicles. High-profile vehicles such as semi-trucks and campers should use extreme caution.