Thursday, March 6, 2014
Updated at 5 p.m.
Corps official says conditions not near 2011 level
While the mountain snowpack is close to the levels seen prior to the 2011
Missouri River flood, a top U.S. Army Corps of Engineers official says
this year's conditions are no where close to what they were before that flood devastated
the Pierre-Fort Pierre area and other parts of South Dakota.
Much has been made in recent days of the snowpack in Montana
being at similar levels as the 2011 levels. But Jody Farhat, chief of the Corps’
Missouri River Basin Water Management Division, says the latest Corps numbers
do not indicate anything like the 2011 flood.
The big difference, according to Farhat, is unlike 2011, there is 5 ½ million
acre feet available for storage in the upper reservoirs such as the Oahe
Reservoir north of Pierre-Fort Pierre. Also there is not as much snow
accumulations on the plains. Farhat says that gives the Corps more flexibility.
Farhat says most of the snowpack on the plains should be melting this
weekend because of warm weather.
The Corps plans to talk more about the latest situation at its monthly
conference call Tuesday.
State to assess potential for Missouri River flooding
Governor Dennis Daugaard says while the state has received no indication
yet of possible Missouri River flooding this
year, he has asked state emergency officials to monitor the potential for it.
At his news conference Thursday morning, Daugaard said his staff has been
monitoring the situation, especially the high levels of snowpack in the Montana mountains. But
the Governor says the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has given the state no
indication that flooding like 2011 is imminent.
Thursday afternoon, the Governor met with the state Office of Emergency
Management. According to a press release, Daugaard asked the state to work with
federal and local entities to assess the potential for flooding.
Daugaard says the flooding is governed by five factors: 1) Mountain
Snowpack; 2) Plains Snowpack: 3) Storage in Upper Basin reservoirs including
Oahe Reservoir; 4) Moisture in the spring; and, 5) Spring Thaw.
While the first three factors seem favorable at this point, Daugaard says
the last two factors are still unknown.
In the 2011 flood, Daugaard was critical of the Corps not providing
necessary river conditions until days before the record high water releases. He
says the state plans to be aggressive this year in monitoring conditions, gathering information, identifying and staging
potential resources and reaching out to
federal and local officials to share information, assessments and to ask
The Office of
Emergency Management will do a risk assessment on South Dakota rivers,stage flood
resources across the state, begun regular communications with officials in Missouri River communities, and engage other appropriate
state and federal agencies in information exchanges.
The press release
says the Office of Emergency Management is preparing its Facebook page to
provide updated information on flood potential not only on the Missouri River but also on other rivers and lakes in South Dakota. The Facebook page will also be used to
respond to questions and control rumors.
Fire Department receives new Rescue truck
Pierre’s Fire Department is the
proud owner of a new rescue truck.
The department’s new rescue truck was delivered to the Pierre Fire Station
Number One Thursday afternoon. It replaces the current 1994 truck and is
expected to have a 20-year life span.
Crew members will spend some time training on the new truck. It should go
into operation later this month.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
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Lawyer believes Missouri River lawsuit is strong
A lawyer for a Kansas City law firm that is suing the U.S. government regarding the management of the Missouri River believes the case is stronger than first thought.
The Polsinelli law firm of Kansas City has filed the lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps
of Engineers. So far, there are more than 200 plaintiffs including James and
Sharon Forney of Stanley County
Seth Wright, an attorney with law firm,
says the suit accuses the Corps of mismanagement of the river by switching from
an emphasis of flood control to protection of endangered species. Wright says
the damage suffered by farmers, businesses and home owners has been extensive.
Wright says a main argument in this suit
that it violates the fifth amendment of the U.S. Constitution regarding illegal
taking of private property.
The suit is being filed in the U.S. Court
of Federal Claims. Wright expects the U.S. government to likely file a motion to dismiss the
suit. But Wright believes the judge will allow the case to continue into
discovery of evidence and further proceedings.
Wright was in Fort Pierre and Dakota Dunes two weeks ago to talk to property owners about being
part of the lawsuit. Currently, there are five South Dakota plantiffs; four from the Dakota Dunes area. But Wright
says he expects more South
Dakotans to join the suit
in the next few weeks.
Explosion, fire damages drywall truck
A propane leak is being blamed for an
explosion that led to a truck fire Wednesday morning south of Fort Pierre.
Pierre Fire Chief Rick Cronin says the truck, owned by a Sioux Falls drywall
company, was traveling south on Highway 83. The truck was about a mile south of the
Stanley County-Lyman County line when the fire started at 11:25 a.m.
Cronin says it was a U-Haul shaped
vehicle. Equipment and drywall material were in the vehicle’s back storage
area. A heater was operating to keep the material warm. According to Cronin, it
appears that a propane leak from the heater caused the explosion. That led to
Four people in the truck’s cab were able
to get out of the vehicle safely after the truck was driven to the side of the
One of the men suffered a slight burn to
his hands as he tried to remove personal belongings from the back of the truck.
There were no other injuries.
Cronin says the southbound lane of Highway 83 was
closed for about 15 minutes as agencies responded. Along with the Fort Pierre
Fire Department, other responders were the Vivian Fire Department, Stanley
County Sheriff’s Office, Lyman County Sheriff’s Office and state Highway
Estimated damage to the truck and contents
is $200,000. Cronin says the truck is considered a total loss and had to be
towed from the scene.
Firefighters were on scene for about 90
Daugaard won’t support
Now that federal officials
have rejected the state’s request for a partial expansion of Medicaid, Governor
Dennis Daugaard says he still does not support a full expansion of the
Dakota had asked the federal government for a partial
expansion of Medicaid. The federal government gives the states the option of
expanding Medicaid to cover
people earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level. Daugaard wanted
to expand that eligibility only up to 100 percent of the poverty level, saying
that others above that level could buy private insurance.
Federal authorities told state legislative
leaders Tuesday that the request had been rejected. As of Wednesday morning,
Daugaard said he had not yet been notified by federal authorities of that
decision, but says he isn’t surprised. The Governor says it was the right thing to
at least make the request.
But while he was willing to consider a
partial expansion, Daugaard says he still does not support a full expansion of
Many supporters of the expansion have
criticized Daugaard for not supporting the full expansion. He says it is not
While Daugaard does not support a full
expansion; he doesn’t think the Republican-controlled Legislature would support
U.S. attorney says identity
theft major concern
South Dakota’s U.S. attorney Brendan Johnson
says identity theft continues to become a major problem for South Dakotans.
Johnson has made identity
theft a major priority in recent months. He says with this being the tax
season, it is even a bigger problem. Johnson says a person’s identity can be
stolen and then used against them several different times.
With large businesses, such
as Target, being invaded by identity thieves, Johnson says his office has
already seen the problem creep into South Dakota.
Johnson says the problem is
another reminder that people need to make sure their personal information is
Another work week ends for
After today, there is only
five days left in the main run of this year’s legislative session.
Legislators will work a
full day today and then take off Friday. When they return Monday, they are
scheduled to work a five-day work week with the main portion of the session
ending Friday. It will be the only five day work week scheduled for this
Lawmakers are back March 31
to consider any Governor vetoes.
Local legislators to be on
District 24 legislators
will discuss the happenings at the state Legislature during a KCCR legislative
forum Friday morning.
Senator Jeff Monroe and
Representatives Mary Duvall and Tim Rounds will be in the studios at 9
Friday is a day off for
legislators before they return Monday for the start of the final five days of
the main run of the session.
Local Democrats to hold
monthly meeting Monday
State Representative Paula
Hawks is the guest speaker at Monday night’s monthly meeting of the Hughes and
Stanley County Democrats.
The meeting starts at 7
p.m. at the Pierre Longbranch in Pierre.
Also on the agenda is
discussion of YELL, the Democrats’ high
school mock legislative session planned for April 4-5, and the upcoming primary
and general elections.
The meeting will be
preceded by an informal dinner at the Longbranch for all of those interested.
The dinner begins at 5:30 p.m.
Pierre Players play starts second
The second and final week of the Pierre
Players’ production of “The Farnsworth Invention” starts tonight.
The play, written by Aaron Sorkin, is
about the race to see who invents television first. It is an ensemble cast with
many performers playing more than one role.
Performances are 7:30 p.m. tonight, Friday and Saturday at the Grand Opera
For tickets, call the box office at
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Updated at 4:30 p.m.
Garreau pleads guilty to federal charges
An Eagle Butte man now could face at least 20 years in prison
after pleading guilty to two federal charges stemming from a standoff with law
enforcement last October at a Pierre trailer home.
Jason Todd Garreau, 27, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Pierre
Federal Court to one count of Assaulting, Resisting and Impeding Federal
Officers and one count of Discharge of a Firearm during a Crime of Violence.
will be sentenced June 2. He remains in custody at the Hughes County Jail.
Both charges are from the almost nine-hour standoff
between Garreau and law enforcement October 31 at a Pierre
trailer home. During the incident, two Pierre Police officers were wounded. In
the court documents, prosecutors say Garreau used a 9 mm Hi-Point brand handgun and a 12-gauge Benelli shotgun.
As part of the
plea bargain, 17 other charges against Garreau were dismissed. That included
his involvement October 30 in Hyde County where 24-year-old John
Garreaux of Dupree was killed in a shootout with law enforcement.
On each of the two charges, Garreau faced a maximum prison
sentence of 20 years, a $250,000 fine and supervised release up to life. But
as part of the plea bargain, both sides will ask Judge Roberto Lange for a 10
year sentence on each charge, with the sentences to run consecutively.
Lange has ordered a pre-sentence investigation.
Garreau is expected to receive even more prison time because he also has agreed to plead guilty in Hughes County
Circuit Court to one count of Attempted Murder. He had originally been charged
with two counts of Attempted Murder involving the two police officers.
Court documents indicate that both sides will request a
20-year sentence on the state charge as well, to be served consecutively with
the federal charges.
Garreau is scheduled to tentatively appear later this month
in Hughes County Circuit Court on the state charge.
Water main break fixed in north Pierre
As expected, Pierre
crews repaired a water main break in north Pierre
break was first reported this morning on Second Street between Central and Huron Avenues. The area without service
was on Second Street and on Huron Avenue south to Elizabeth
An estimated 14 residences were impacted.
Tuesday, March 25, is the deadline to file nominating petitions for the Pierre Mayoral and Pierre School Board races.
The date was unclear in an earlier story.
We apologize for the error.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Updated at 12:30 p.m.
Oey getting comfortable as leader of United
Christina Oey is now on her own as the executive director of
the Capital Area United Way.
For the past month, after being named to the position, Oey
worked with outgoing executive director Gloria Hanson on the transition. Friday
was Hanson’s final day after five years as the United
Way executive director.
Now Oey is the official executive director. Oey says she
learned much about the United Way
and the importance of its partner agencies during that month working with Hanson.
The United Way
has just ended its most successful fundraising campaign ever – exceeding
its goal of $545,007 and raising now more than $550,000. Hanson was credited with helping heighten the
public’s awareness of the United Way.
Oey admits she has much to live up to, but Oey says she also has received a warm
Oey says she is getting more comfortable in the role of
executive director. Her first goal is to keep reaching out to the community.
One of Oey’s first big projects is to get information out to
the public about the United Way’s
Youth Booster Funds program. She says that will be announced soon.
Vance files petitions to run for school board
It didn’t take Randy Vance long to file his nominating petitions
for the Pierre School Board.
The first day to circulate petitions was Saturday and Vance
filed the petitions Tuesday. The petitions were verified today.
Vance, the current school board president, is running for a
third term on the school board. His seat is the only school board position on
the June 3 ballot.
Also Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill has taken out petitions in her
bid to win a third term as Mayor. The
Mayor’s chair is the only Pierre
city seat open for election on June 3.
So far, no other petitions have been taken out for either
the city or school races. The final day to file nominations is by 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 25.
Work on water main break repair continues
If no additional problems are found, Pierre crews hope to fix a water main break in the north part of the city by sometime this afternoon.
The break was this morning on Second Street between Central and Huron
Operations and Construction Manager Lynn Patton says the crews have located the break and are now working on the repairs.
An estimated 14 residences are impacted. The area without service
is on Second Street and on Huron Avenue south to Elizabeth Avenue. Those driving in the area of the break are asked to watch for equipment and crews.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Updated at 10:10 a.m.
Fundraising begins for LaBarge playground project
Fundraising has started to raise $10,000 locally for a new firefighter-themed
playground at LaBarge Park
in northwest Pierre.
The city, because of its designation as a Playful City USA,
is receiving a $20,000 construction grant from company sponsor KaBoom. Total
cost of the project is $50,000. The city will provide a $20,000 match for the
project. Another $10,000 will come from the community.
A four-member citizen committee has started raising those
funds. Committee member Pastor Brad Urbach says the community will help support
Urbach and Recreation Supervisor Mindy Cheap made a
presentation to city commissioners Tuesday night.
Cheap says the playground firefighter theme will fit in
nicely with Pierre Fire Station Number Three which is at LaBarge
Park. Also parked at the station is
the city’s historic 1923 Stoughton
Cheap says the new playground equipment will be firefighter
Another requirement is that this is a community build, which
means local volunteers will assemble and put together the playground equipment.
Urbach says that component helps get the community involved in another way.
Tax deductible donations to the project can be sent to the Pierre
City Hall. Contributions of $250
individually or $500 as a group or business will be featured on a plaque at the
The current LaBarge playground equipment will be moved
elsewhere in the city. Cheap says the playground equipment is scheduled to be
installed Saturday, September 6 and be ready for Fire Prevention Week in
Weather conditions to improve in next few days
Tuesday night’s dusting of snow notwithstanding, the
forecast calls for better things ahead for Pierre-Fort Pierre.
While temperatures are in the upper 20s today, a warming
trend is scheduled to start Thursday. Even with a chance of rain or snow
Thursday, the forecast calls for improvement in the next few days.
Aaron Dorn of the National Weather Service in Aberdeen
says while it may not be the official start of spring, it is getting closer.
Dorn says because of the snow, there still could be times of
colder temperatures in the next few weeks.
Don’t shovel out onto streets
residents and businesses once again have to shovel away Tuesday night’s latest
snowfall, the city reminds them to remember where not to deposit the snow.
Pierre City Commissioner Jamie Huizenga says after this past
weekend’s snowfall of more than three inches, more people were seen dumping
snow back into city streets than usual.
City ordinance prohibits property owners from shoveling snow
back onto city streets after a snowfall and especially after the city plows
have gone through.
City Council meeting today
City Council members meet this
afternoon for a special session.
The agenda lists “finances” as the one public item to be
discussed. An executive session to discuss personnel is also noted.
Today’s meeting starts at 4
p.m. in the commission room of the Stanley County Courthouse.
to replace courthouse boiler
It is new boiler time for the Hughes County Courthouse.
Monday night authorized County Manger Kevin Hipple to negotiate an agreement to
design and construct a new hot water system for the building. Hipple says the
courthouse’s steam boiler system is showing its age.
Hipple says the county will work with Consulting
Engineers Roby, Quintal & Everson of Mitchell on the design of the new
system. Hipple says officials expect the energy savings from the ne
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
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Pierre city crews working on water main break
Pierre officials say there is a water
main break this morning on Second Street between Central and Huron
City Operations and Construction Manager Lynn Patton says in an email that an estimated 14 residences are impacted. The area without service
is on Second Street and on Huron Avenue south to Elizabeth Avenue.
Patton says officials are now trying to determine where the break is located. City
crews are on the scene with digging to start by 10 a.m. Work could take
Those driving in the area of the break are asked to watch for equipment and crews.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Updated at 4:55 p.m.
suspect agrees to federal plea agreement
Eagle Butte man has agreed to plead guilty in Pierre Federal Court to charges
stemming from two violent encounters with law enforcement last October.
A change of plea hearing is scheduled for Jason Todd Garreau
, 27, at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Pierre
Federal Court. He had earlier pleaded not guilty to 19 counts including three
separate counts of attempted murder of a federal law enforcement officer.
The charges stem from a shootout with law enforcement officers
in Hyde County
on October 30, where one person, 24-year-old John Garreaux of Dupree, was
killed. Then there was a nine-hour standoff with law enforcement that occurred
October 31 at a Pierre trailer
home. In the trailer home incident, gunfire also was exchanged and two Pierre
Police officers were hurt.
federal court documents filed Friday, Garreau agreed to a superseding
indictment where he will plead guilty to one count of Assaulting, Resisting and
Impeding Federal Officer and one count of Discharge of a Firearm during a Crime
other federal charges were dismissed.
the Assault charge, Garreau faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison a
$250,000 fine and supervised release of three years up to life on the first
charge. The Discharge of a Firearm charge carries a mandatory minimum sentence
of 10 years in prison up to maximum sentence of life in prison, a $250,000 fine
and a period of supervised release of five years to life.
the court documents indicate that the prosecution and defense will recommend to
the judge that Garreau be sentenced to 10 years on each count. The 20 years
would be served consecutively. He also will pay $200 in a special assessment
the same time, the document indicates that Garreau will plead guilty in Hughes
County Court to one count of Attempted Murder. He initially had been charged
with two Attempted Murder Counts resulting from the shootout in the trailer
home, where the two police officers were injured.
document states that both parties will ask for another 20 year sentence on the
state charge to run consecutively to the federal court sentence. Garreau is
scheduled to appear in Hughes County Court later this month.
remains in custody in the Hughes County Jail.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Updated at 3:15 p.m.
District 24 state Senator Monroe
ready to run again
24 State Senator Jeff Monroe believes South Dakota
is headed in the right direction and he wants to help keep it that way.
has announced that he will run for re-election this year. The Republican from Pierre
first won the Senate seat in 2012. He also previously had served six years in
the state House.
Pierre chiropractor is a conservative – pledging no new taxes, promoting individual rights and
protecting the unborn. Monroe
admitted he wasn’t sure if he would run again, but says this has been a good
year for issues he is concerned about.While most of his individual bills were eventually killed this session, Monroe
says he has been pleased with how many other issues important to him have progressed.
won the District 24 Senate seat in 2012, by defeating then-District 24 House
member Tad Perry by 35 votes. It is possible that Perry may run again. If so, Monroe
says he is ready for another campaign.
is the second District 24 incumbent to announce their re-election plans.
Representative Mary Duvall announced last month that she will run for a second
term. The other House member, Tim Rounds, has said in the past that he would
run again as well.
arrangements set for former Judge Gors
arrangements have now been announced for long-time Pierre
attorney and Judge Max Gors. He died Thursday at the age of 69.
is 6 p.m.-7 p.m. Friday at Pierre’s
Church. A prayer service begins at 7 p.m.
funeral starts at 11 a.m. Saturday at
Isburg Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Gors' obituary can be found here at http://www.isburgfuneralchapels.com/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=2442862&fh_id=13278
temperature record tied for city
cold temperature record was tied Monday.
National Weather Service in Aberdeen says the low of 11 degrees below recorded Monday
morning tied the record low for a March 3.
mark of 11 degrees below was set in 1960.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
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County switches from precincts to voting centers
voters can cast their ballots on Election Day changes this June.
Commissioners Monday night approved
a resolution that replaces the county’s 15 precincts with seven voting centers.
Finance Officer Jane Naylor says the change means that those who are registered
to vote can vote anywhere in the county, not just at a specific precinct.
the new system, those voting at any of the seven centers, will present their
driver’s license which will be scanned. That assures the person has not tried to vote more than once.
The voter will then receive the proper
ballot. Naylor says those who don’t have their driver’s license can still vote
by signing an affidavit.
says the ballots still will be marked by pencil. She says the only difference
is where and how residents check in to vote.
seven centers are located at New Life Assembly of God Church; Lutheran Memorial
Church, Faith Lutheran Church, Pierre Indian Learning Center, Blunt City Hall,
Harrold Auditorium and Ross Hyde Residence located in southeast Hughes County.
says officials tried to select sites which were accessible to the public. Only Lutheran Memorial has not been used for voting purposes before. Naylor says the three churches being used have agreed not to hold funerals on Election Day so there is room for the needed voting equipment.
The change also means the need for fewer Election Day volunteers. Naylor estimates there will be seven volunteers to help at each center.
not seeing any bills he can’t support
Dennis Daugaard is busy signing bills that are coming to him from the state
Legislature and so far, the Governor says he hasn’t found any bills he can’t
has issued no vetoes yet. So far, he knows of no bills making their way through
the process he would veto.
Governor says he has concerns about specific details in some bills, but hopes
those can be resolved in the legislative process.
outlet malfunction leads to smoke
malfunction in an electrical outlet led to smoke, but no fire Monday night at a
Fire Chief Ian Paul says a hotel guest was in his room
at the Kings Inn Hotel and Conference Center when the incident happened with the electrical outlet
near the wall heater. The outlet sparked, leading to smoke and
burn marks near the outlet and heater.
Paul says there was no actual fire and no evacuation
of the hotel. The hotel guest was moved to another room.
The fire call was reported at about 5:45 p.m. Paul says crews were on scene for about 15 minutes.
Paul says the Monday night incident was similar to one
that happened Sunday night at Pizza Hut. An appliance was plugged into an
electrical outlet and that resulted in a spark and smoke, but no fire.
Stanley County Commission meeting tonight
different executive sessions are listed on the agenda for tonight’s Stanley
County Commission meeting.
to the agenda, two sessions are listed for the purposes of discussing
personnel; one for poor relief and other is listed after a discussion on the Stanley
listed on the agenda is a discussion of access elevator and lifts plus a report
on the highway department.
meeting starts at 5 p.m. in the
Stanley County Courthouse. The public is invited to attend.
project to be discussed at city meeting
presentation about a quality of life issue is on tonight’s Pierre City Commission
playground project for LaBarge Park
is to be presented to city commissioners tonight. In the past months, the city
has done playground projects in other parts of the city.
on the agenda is the request for the city’s help in this year’s American Cancer
Society’s Relay for Life event. For the first time since 2011, the event will
be held again in Steamboat Park.
meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. in the
commission room of the Pierre City
Hall. The public is invited to attend.
Monday, March 3, 2014
Updated at 5 p.m.
officials pleased with February numbers
officials say they have seen fewer cancellations in the number of local commercial
air flights in the past month.
being canceled have been a major concern for city officials since late last
year. The city’s commercial service, with daily flights to Denver
and Minneapolis, is provided by
Great Lakes Airlines.
Regional Airport Manager Mike Issacs says in January, 30 out of 127 flights (25
percent) were cancelled. In February, 33 of 196 flights (17 percent) were
cancelled. While still higher than what is accepted by the FAA as a
cancellation rate, Isaacs says it is getting better.
Lakes officials have said the reason for the cancellations is new
FAA rules that require more flying hours for pilots. When their pilots don’t
have enough hours, that means flights have to be cancelled.
Isaacs says Great Lakes has worked to improve the
situation. He says most flight cancellations or delays are now because of the
weather or mechanical issues; not the availability of pilots.
deal with the pilot shortage, Isaacs says Great Lakes Airlines has suspended
some flights – such as the service to Huron. But he says Pierre
has actually benefited and has gained a third flight to Denver.
boardings in January were 711, which was down 20 percent from the five-year average
for January. In February, the boardings totaled 707, which was higher than
February in 2012, but below the five-year average.
number of flights being on-time also improved last month, according to Isaacs.
In January, the on-time ratio was 50 percent. In February, it was 74 percent.
council member decides not to run again
the last minute last week, Fort Pierre City Council member Carl Rathbun decided
enough was enough.
who was first elected to the council in 1992, did not file petitions by Friday’s
deadline to run for re-election in the April 8 election. Rathbun’s Ward Two
seat will be filled by Aaron Rose, who was the only candidate to file petitions
for the seat.
decision to not run was last minute, according to Rathbun, who says he had his
petitions filled out and ready to turn in. But once Rose filed, Rathbun thought
this was a good chance to depart.
served 22 years on the council. He says the last two, as the city dealt with the
2011 Missouri River Flood and its aftermath, were the hardest. Rathbun says there was a lot of work and projects facing the city and the council. He says it took time.
at the same time, Rathbun says he was proud to be part of the growth and economic development progress made by
the city throughout the years.
he is taking a break now, Rathbun says he expects to run for public office
again sometime in the future.
Monday, March 3, 2014
Good morning from the KCCR Newsroom...
Cold weather now, but warmer weather on its way
As local residents face the start of another cold week,
there finally could be warmth ahead.
After a week of freezing temperatures and at least three
inches of snowfall in the Pierre-Fort Pierre area, a wind chill advisory is in
effect until 10 a.m. today.
While temperatures are expected to be cold most of the week
and light snow is possible. Taylor Trogdon of the National Weather Service in Aberdeen
says warmer weather is ahead. Temperatures are expected to be in the 40s
Thursday and in the 50s by Sunday.
But Trogdon says it is still too early to say that the first
signs of spring are here.
As far as the cold weather is concerned, on Saturday, Pierre
set March 1 records for daily low and daily high low temperatures.
Sunday morning, the city’s low of 20 degrees below set a record low for the
entire month of March. The low broke the old mark of 19 degrees below set on March 11, 1998.
This new week is starting as the old week ended -- cold and snowy.
Pierre firefighters respond to two calls Sunday
Pierre firefighters answered two calls Sunday night -- one involving food and the other at a food place.
The department was called at about 6:40 p.m. to a report of smoke in a structure at 325 South Brule Street.
Overcooked food in an apartment oven resulted in the evacuation of a four-plex residence. Six to eight adults and children had to temporarily leave the house.
Firefighters helped ventilate smoke out of the apartment. Crews were on scene for about 15 minutes.
Later Sunday night, crews were called to Pizza Hut at 505 East Sioux Avenue. Employees there had plugged an appliance into an outlet, which started on fire.
The employees used a fire extinguisher to douse the flame Firefighters help to push the smoke outside. There was damage done to the appliance and electrical outlet.
Firefighters were on scene for only a few minutes.
State legislators start final two weeks
It is nine days and counting for state legislators.
Lawmakers are back in the state Capitol for the beginning of the final two weeks of the main run of this year's session.
The calendar calls for four days of work this week -- today through Thursday. Then legislators are scheduled for a full five-day work week next week to end the main run of the 38-day session.
Legislators will return to the Capitol March 31 to consider any Governor vetoes.
District 24 legislators to be on KCCR Friday
District 24's three legislators will discuss what is happening in the session during a KCCR legislative forum to be held Friday morning.
Senator Jeff Monroe, along with Representatives Mary Duvall and Tim Rounds, will be in the KCCR Studios for a 30-minute live program. The Legislature is not meeting that day.
The forum starts at 9 a.m. Friday.
Hughes County Commission meeting tonight
Several items are on the agenda for tonight’s Hughes County
There is a public hearing planned on an application for a
Dakota Energy power line. There also will be discussion about a courthouse
boiler and voting center resolution.
Tonight’s meeting starts at 5:30
p.m. in the commission room of the Hughes County Courthouse. The
public is invited to attend.
Council to receive annual report
annual report is expected to be presented to the Fort Pierre City Council at
its meeting tonight.
to be discussed at the meeting tonight will be a Department of Transportation
meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. The
public is invited to attend.
Weather from Weatheye
Mostly sunny, with a high near 45. South southwest wind 5 to 7 mph.
A slight chance of rain and sleet before 3am, then a slight chance of
snow and sleet between 3am and 5am, then a slight chance of snow after
5am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26. Light and variable wind
becoming north northwest 8 to 13 mph in the evening. Chance of
precipitation is 20%.
A 20 percent chance of snow before 7am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 27. North wind 14 to 18 mph.
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 14. North wind 10 to 15 mph becoming light and variable after midnight.
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