A SHORT DRIVE-ABOUT IN THE BLACK HILLS BEFORE IT BECOMES CONGESTED

Pre-tourist season, a great time to mosey around the Black Hills without very much traffic. All images taken Monday, April 16, 2018 in the early afternoon. Actually, tourist are coming into the area–Spoke to a few Czechoslovakian tourist near Mt.Rushmore and a few Canadians down by Sylvan Lake.

 

The boys at Mt. Rushmore are none the worst for our South Dakota winter weather.

 

Hoodoos near Mt. Rushmore…..

 

Android cell phone shot on Palmer Gulch Creek Road. Black Elk Peak tower is way out there near the snow mass.

 

Black Elk Peak Tower shot around the corner from picture above with my long lense. B&W because exposure was way off, bright sunny day with lots of haze around the peak…

 

Progress continues on the arm of the Crazy Horse Sculpture in Custer, SD.

CRAZY HORSE MEMORIAL – Admission Price Change

October 13, 2017

Custer, SD –  After four years without an increase in admission prices, Crazy Horse Memorial has announced a change, effective Saturday, October 14, 2017, to include:

$12.00 per person, $24.00 for two people per car, $30.00 per carload with three persons or more, $7.00 per person on Motorcycles, and $7.00 per Bicyclist/Walker. Children the age of 6 and under are admitted free of charge.

Admission is always waived for Native Americans, Active Duty Military, and Boy and Girl Scouts in uniform. In support of regional food drives, Crazy Horse Memorial will continue to waive admission with three cans of food per person at select times throughout the year.

The public is encouraged to enjoy the Holidays at Crazy Horse Memorial with waived admission with three cans of food per person every weekend (Friday through Sunday) December 17, 2017 through January 7, 2018.

Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation’s mission is to honor, protect, and preserve the culture, traditions, and living heritage of the Indians of North America. The Memorial fulfills its mission by continuing the progress on the world’s largest mountain sculpture, acting as a repository for Native American artifacts, arts and crafts through the INDIAN MUSEUM OF NORTH AMERICA® and the NATIVE AMERICAN EDUCATIONAL & CULTURAL CENTER®; by establishing and operating the INDIAN UNIVERSITY OF NORTH AMERICA®, and when practical, a medical training center for American Indians.

Crazy Horse Memorial – Memorial Day Weekend Open House

May 24, 2017

Crazy Horse, SD – Crazy Horse Memorial will host their annual Memorial Day Weekend Open House. The public is invited to Crazy Horse Memorial May 26th through the 29th. Visitors will enjoy waived admission with the donation of 3 cans of food per person for the KOTA Care and Share Food Drive. Crazy Horse Memorial offers three museums, a historic video, Korczak’s Studio-Home and Workshop, sculptures, artwork and antiques.

Memorial Day Weekend kicks off the summer festivities at the Memorial. New displays have been created in the INDIAN MUSEUM OF NORTH AMERICA® and NATIVE AMERICAN EDUCATIONAL & CULTURAL CENTER®. The Memorial is especially proud of the American Bison display, located in the NATIVE AMERICAN EDUCATIONAL & CULTURAL CENTER®. The exhibit includes educational hands-on displays. The story begins with the history of the bison in North American from its prehistoric beginnings to its near extinction, the exploits of western figures who helped save the remaining bison at the end of the 1800’s, to the cultural significance of the buffalo to tribes across the country.

Visitors to the Crazy Horse Memorial facilities will also enjoy Native American Dance performances during the day (weather permitting), every day through October 1, 2017. Guests can visit with the artists working on and selling their works. A visitor favorite, the nightly Laser Light Show starts this weekend at dark. See the Mountain drenched in a spectacular laser lights with wonderful narration and animation.

About Crazy Horse Memorial

Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation’s mission is to honor, protect, and preserve the culture, traditions, and living heritage of the Indians of North America. The Memorial fulfills its mission by continuing the progress on the world’s largest mountain sculpture, acting as a repository for Native American artifacts, arts and crafts through the INDIAN MUSEUM OF NORTH AMERICA® and the NATIVE AMERICAN EDUCATIONAL & CULTURAL CENTER®; by establishing and operating the INDIAN UNIVERSITY OF NORTH AMERICA®, and when practical, a medical training center for American Indians.

Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation Christmas Party – Custer Area Chamber Of Commerce Mixer

Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation Christmas Party at Crazy Horse Memorial, Thursday, December 15, 2016.
Photos: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press
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Viga Ziolkowski speaking at Custer Area Chamber of Commerce Holiday Mixer Thursday evening, December 16, 2016 at Crazy Horse Memorial in Custer, SD. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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(L-R) Jeff Hermouson , Jim Lee, Pattie Lee and John Kirk enjoying drinks at the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation Christmas Party Thursday evening, December 16, 2016 at Crazy Horse Memorial in Custer, SD. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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Mary Scull (Foundation Board Member) Jim Scull, Debi Shelton, Wes Shelton (Foundation Board Member) Jolene Dobbs, Joe Dobbs (Foundation Board Member) enjoy a relaxing evening at the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation Christmas Party Thursday evening, December 16, 2016 at Crazy Horse Memorial in Custer, SD. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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Jim Frank and Colleen Hennessy donors to the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation and members of the Custer Area Chamber of Commerce attended the Crazy Horse Foundation Christmas Party and the Chamber Mixer Thursday evening, December 16, 2016 at Crazy Horse Memorial in Custer, SD. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

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Custer Chamber Mixer at Crazy Horse Memorial December 16, 2016

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Custer Chamber staffers Dawn Murray and Dolsee Davenport were awaiting Santa’s call to take photos and hand out cash at the Custer Area Chamber of Commerce Mixer Thursday evening, December 16, 2016 at Crazy Horse Memorial in Custer, SD. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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Kevin Teasley, Santa, aka Adam Ziolkowski, Mrs and Mr Michael Jacobsat the Custer Area Chamber of Commerce Mixer Thursday evening, December 16, 2016 at Crazy Horse Memorial in Custer, SD. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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Jumbo Stahl, Ann Allen, Janet Boyer, Jim Ashmore, Brian Boyer at the Custer Area Chamber of Commerce Mixer Thursday evening, December 16, 2016 at Crazy Horse Memorial in Custer, SD. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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Lindsey and Haven Hildebrand, Santa aka Adam Ziolkowski and Jody and Norma Horkey at the Custer Area Chamber of Commerce Mixer Thursday evening, December 16, 2016 at Crazy Horse Memorial in Custer, SD. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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Pat Baird, Iona Fejfar, Janet Cook, Don Cook, Jeff Baird, John Fejfar at the Custer Area Chamber of Commerce Mixer Thursday evening, December 16, 2016 at Crazy Horse Memorial in Custer, SD. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

CRAZY HORSE MEMORIAL FOUNDATION – SEEKING APPLICANTS FOR THE 2017 SUMMER ART AND CULTURE PROGRAMS

CRAZY HORSE, S.D. – Crazy Horse Memorial, located in the Black Hills of South Dakota, is currently accepting applications from Native American artists, lecturers and performers for the 2017 Summer Programs. Applications are available online and the deadline is January 31, 2017.

Native American artists looking for opportunities to expand, improve or share their artistic talents and culture are encouraged to apply for one of the six programs available through the Indian Museum of North America® and the Native American Educational and Cultural Center®. The programs are designed to help Native artists gain exposure and support on their journey through the arts.

The six summer programs are as follows:

  • National Native American Performers;
  • Gift from Mother Earth Art Show;
  • Summer Performance Artists;
  • Summer Lecturers;
  • Artist in Residence;
  • Artist Marketplace.
Some of the programs offered also provide housing, meals and compensation to the chosen artist(s) and performer(s). For more information about the 2017 Summer Programs, call (605) 673-4681 or email at museum@crazyhorse.org. Applications can be found at crazyhorsememorial.org/the-museums.html.

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CRAZY HORSE MEMORIAL FOUNDATION – WORLD DIABETES DAY – LIGHT UP THE MOUNTAIN

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CRAZY HORSE, S.D. – Crazy Horse Memorial will light the Mountain blue to support World Diabetes Day on Monday, November 14. The lighting will begin in the early evening and will remain lit until 7 p.m. The Memorial will be closed after 5 p.m., but the public is invited to drive into the parking lot to view the lighting and to take pictures.

World Diabetes Day was created in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes. WDD became an official United Nations Day in 2006 with the passage of United Nation Resolution 61/225.

WDD is the world’s largest diabetes awareness campaign reaching a global audience of over 1 billion people in more than 160 countries. The campaign draws attention to issues of paramount importance to the diabetes world and keeps diabetes firmly in the public and political spotlight. Learn more by visiting http://www.idf.org/wdd-index/ or get involved at http://www.idf.org/wdd-index/getinvolved.html.

SD State Attorney General Marty Jackley Speaks at C.O.R.E.- Freshman Impact 1st Annual Fundraiser at Crazy Horse Memorial

By Herb Ryan
October 30, 2106

Custer, SD – On Saturday evening October 29, 2016, Laughing Water Restaurant at Crazy Horse Memorial was the scene of the C.O.R.E. (Community Organized Resources for Educating our youth) Freshman Impact 1st Annual Fundraiser and 4th Annual Volunteer Recognition event. The event kicked off at 2:00 in the afternoon with a cider and doughnuts social hour followed by rides in the Fatal Vision Goggles Kart Course. Then it was time to tour the base of Crazy Horse mountain,also  included were activities for kids and daycare. Volunteer Recognition took place in the Crazy Horse theatre at 3:15 with MC- Sarah Morrison, Deputy State’s Attorney and Speaker Attorney General Marty Jackley. A prime rib dinner was served after guest previewed  items for a silent and live auction conducted by Harold Printz of Printz Auctioneering Service. This was followed by guest speaker South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley.

After AG Jackley addressed the crowd we had a brief conversation on the evenings main topic.

“The biggest point I tried to convey to the crowd tonight was the importance of prevention over prosecution. When you look at Freshman Impact, you see it is one of those great programs that involve’s students and first responders. It gives a strong positive message and really gives kids the tools to help address addictions, learning to say no and avoiding peer pressure. Freshman Impact  is now in a three state area and 50 different school districts in South Dakota to have an impact on freshmen.” Said SD State Attorney General Marty Jackley

On the question of the system and drug abuses particularly methamphetamine SD State Attorney General Marty Jackley said “ When you look at what we have done in South Dakota, the main focus is on the court system that often has a component addressing treatment, but it’s only a component and that’s why you see “No Meth Ever” and Freshman Impact and a variety of programs looking at the prevention side of it because here in South Dakota we have typically not been strong enough on the prevention and treatment side. We have always focused our resources on prosecution and incarceration. We are doing a better a better job with preventative resources, focusing on treatment so we never get to the prosecution and incarceration stage.

On the question of legalizing marijuana in the SD State Attorney General Marty Jackley said.” At this point I have been a strong advocate believing that marijuana causes public health and safety problem. When it involves medical marijuana I would like to work with Federal authorities on increased research and experimental opportunities that may help a child having  seizures, or and ailing adult that may have cancer or may need pain relief for other conditions”.

 

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South Dakota State Attorney General Marty Jackley addresses the audience at the C.O.R.E.- Freshman Impact 1st Annual Fundraiser Saturday evening October 29, 2016 at Crazy Horse Memorial. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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Rick McPherson co-founder of Freshman Impact introduces speaker Ashley Strand former student who spoke about the positive change the Freshman Impact program had on her life at the C.O.R.E.- Freshman Impact 1st Annual Fundraiser at Crazy Horse Memorial. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

The following information comes from the Freshman Impact Website.

Freshman Impact: Caught in the Moment is a powerful one-day prevention program for young teenage students. The students see up close and learn through hands-on activities the possible consequences of wrong choices and the lasting effects physically and emotionally on their bodies, their families and friends, and their community. The program promotes communication and developing rapport between the youth and law enforcement / fire / rescue personnel.

The program brings together local, county, state and federal resources to educate students, parents and school staff on destructive teenage issues and the consequences. Law enforcement/fire/rescue departments can use the program as inter-departmental training for their personnel in emergency response skills, working as a team with other area departments, and promoting community relations.

As a team, everyone works together to promote young teenagers making safe choices and preventing destructive behaviors. It is important to give our young teenagers the tools to develop life-long skills and values to make the best choices.

 

SD Attorney General Marty Jackley to be Guest Speaker at Freshman Impact 10 Year Celebration

FRESHMAN IMPACT CELEBRATES 10 YEARS

The Freshman Impact program is announcing its 10th year anniversary. The general public is invited to the 1st fundraising Prime Rib Dinner and Auction at Crazy horse Memorial on October 29th 2016. South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley will be the speaker for the event.

Auction preview starts at 5:00 p.m. with buffet dinner at 5:30. FREE ADMISSION TO CRAZY HORSE. Meal tickets on sale on website: http://www.freshmanimpact.com or send checks and donations to C.O.R.E. 22732 Rando Court, Box Elder SD 57719. Cash, check or credit card accepted at auction.

“This works!” stated Pat Carlson, a defense attorney who has participated in many Freshman Impact programs. Freshman Impact has been credited for turning many high school freshman student lives around.

Freshman Impact is a one-day event coordinated among local agencies, state and federal law enforcement, fire, rescue and other first-responders that educates teenagers on the devastating effects of poor choices. The program’s goal is to immerse freshmen in pre-planned crisis situations and equip them with the tools to make healthier decisions.

“We’re saving lives,” said Freshman Impact Founder Rick McPherson of the program, which ranges from interactive learning stations in: social media risks, healthy relationships, STD’s, youth leadership, drugs, underage drinking, teen suicide awareness, team building, seatbelt use to mock scenarios that occur when emergency medical technicians (EMTs) arrive on scene at a mock crash followed by a funeral and mock sentencing hearing done by real Judges and attorneys.

In 2006, McPherson, who is a Pennington County Sheriff’s Deputy, became disheartened at the number of tragedies he was experiencing due to underage drinking and driving accidents and deaths . “There was an atmosphere of drinking, which was accepted by our youth,” said McPherson, leading to tragedies that McPherson would respond to as a law enforcement officer. McPherson, encouraged by a close friend and prominent defense attorney founded Freshmen Impact that year. One school attended and 67 students. Since 2006, it has grown to 53 schools, 3 states involved and is a federally recognized 501 (c) 3 Non-Profit Organization.

Freshman Impact: Caught in the Moment is a powerful one-day prevention program for freshman students to experience first-hand the tragedies and consequences of their actions from start to finish. Students participate in hands-on activities, to understand the consequences and lasting effects, physically and emotionally, those choices may have on their bodies, families, friends and community.

Freshman Impact brings together first-responders from local to federal agencies, including law enforcement, fire and rescue, to create a sense of community by developing relationships through communication between youth and first-responders. By incorporating the community at large, first responders have the opportunity to train for emergency response situations and educate the community on their participation.

The impact is through the community working together to promote safe choices and preventing destructive behaviors of our youth, giving them the tools and resources to make life-long skills and values to live a healthier and happier life.

Freshman Impact.com

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2016 CRAZY HORSE MEMORIAL FOUNDATION – AUTUMN VOLKSMARCH – PHOTOS

 

2016 Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation – Autumn Volksmarch – October 2/2016
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Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press
Peg Ryan/Mile High Pilates and Yoga

 

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Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation Volksmarch participants enjoy the close up view Sunday, October 2, 2016 at the Crazy Horse Memorial Sculpture in Custer ,SD. Photo:Peg Ryan/Mile High Pilates and Yoga

 

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Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation Volksmarch. Work continues on the arm of the Crazy Horse Memorial Sculpture Sunday, October 2, 2016, at Crazy Horse Memorial in Custer, SD Photo:Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press.

 

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Adam Ziolkowski keeps Volksmarchers safe as they pass by the tunnel section on the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation Sculpture Sunday, October 2, 2016 at Crazy Horse Memorial in Custer ,SD. Photo:Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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The view of Volksmarchers from the arm of the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation Sculpture Sunday, October 2, 2016 at Crazy Horse Memorial in Custer ,SD. Photo:Peg Ryan/Mile High Pilates and Yoga

 

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Volksmarchers coming and going cross paths at the last aid station before arriving at the top of the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation Sculpture Sunday, October 2, 2016 at Crazy Horse Memorial in Custer ,SD. Photo:Peg Ryan/Mile High Pilates and Yoga

 

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Jennifer Long and her children Diamond, Mystal and Lillie Jane are on the easy down hill section of trail after walking to the top of the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation Sculpture Sunday, October 2, 2016 at Crazy Horse Memorial in Custer ,SD. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press.

 

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Volksmarchers head for the parking lot after completing the trek to the top of the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation Sculpture Sunday, October 2, 2016 at Crazy Horse Memorial in Custer ,SD. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press.