Black Hills

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A group of hikers start their walk on May 22 along the 2K trail of the Flying V trail system, located off U.S. Highway 85 north of Newcastle.

 
Walter Sprague Art and Culture Reporter   To get people outside by promoting, maintaining and building new trails, the Bent Sprockets organization held 2K and 5K walks on the Flying V trails on Saturday, May 22. The event was named the Cave Man Fun Run/Walk in honor of Bill Kohlbrand. According to...
Alexis Barker NLJ News Editor   The Black Hills Natural Resource Youth Camp has announced that it will hold a camp at Mallo for youth ages 9 to 13, according to Weston County Natural Resource District manager Caleb Carter. The camp, scheduled June 9 -11, will feature a wide variety of activities...
Alexis Barker NLJ News Editor   Weston County Commissioner Tony Barton expressed concerns on April 6 over the recently announced closure of the Hill City Saw Mill, saying the U.S. Forest Service is “drastically reducing timber sales” in the Black Hills.  According to Barton, while the effect on...

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The pond located on Kenwood Drive is extremely low after two years of nearly covering the road in 2018 and 2019. Drought has persisted in Weston County with fires already becoming an issue in the Black HIlls. 

 
Alexis Barker NLJ News Editor   Continued dry weather in Weston County over the past year has led to an increase in fire danger, although no burn ban is in place at this time, according to Daniel Tysdal, Weston County fire warden. Last summer was extremely dry and 2021 to date has been similarly...

Jeff Tomac, who formerly served two decades in various positions for the Black Hills National Forest, has returned to the area in his new capacity as supervisor of BHNF, in Custer.

 
Hannah Gross NLJ Correspondent    With nearly 30 years of experience with the U.S. Forest Service, Jeff Tomac has returned after a decade to the Newcastle area as the new supervisor of the Black Hills National Forest.  A graduate of South Dakota State University with a degree in rangeland...
Jewel Cave Adjusts for Late Season Visitation  Monument Remains Open with Limited Services  Custer, SD – Jewel Cave National Monument is modifying its operations for late season visitation beginning Monday, September 28.  Beginning next week, the visitor center will be open Thursdays...
Alexis Barker NLJ News Editor   Snow totals in areas closest to Newcastle included in the Black Hills Snow Course reading are, once again, above average, according to the Feb. 1 report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Sundance.  As of Feb. 1, both Little Bear Run and Mallo have above-...

Paul Casey helps his son Seamus adjust his hair. Seamus, a sophomore at Thunder Basin High School in Gillette, is one of 20 youths from across the country featured in a Disney Plus documentary series titled "Marvel's Hero Project." (Photo by August Frank, Gillette News Record)

Gillette teen featured in Disney documentary   By Jack Warrick Gillette News Record Via Wyoming News Exchange   GILLETTE — The 14-year-old slowly comes closer and into focus while running down the middle of an empty northeastern Wyoming highway. It is a cold, sunny winter afternoon on the outskirts...
Media Contact: Scott Jacobson (605) 440-1409 scott.j.jacobson@usda.gov     Seasonally Closed Roads and Motorized Trails to Open   Custer, SD, June 6, 2019 – Black Hills National Forest Officials announced today that the seasonally closed roads that were scheduled to open on May 15 and the motorized...
Nichols discusses new job, demotion   By Seth Klamann Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange   CASPER — Three weeks away from the end of her time at the University of Wyoming, President Laurie Nichols says she has still not received an explanation from the board of trustees about why her...

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