What's the BIG idea?

LEAD — A passion for pets and a desire to create a more visitor-friendly pet store spawned a big idea in Lead-Deadwood. In fact, it's an idea so big, it has two Digger seniors headed to Aberdeen Thurs

Inspiration shared through generations

SPEARFISH — This year’s Creekside Elementary School Elders’ Wisdom, Children’s Song celebration honored Margaret Crago, Fred Romkema, Molly Frawley, and Bill Hughes, whose lives inspired the students


Women in Leadership graduates honored at seventh annual Women's Business Conference

Graduates of the 2016 Women in Leadership: Focusing on the Future class were honored at the South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunity Seventh Annual Women’s Business Conference on Friday, Oct. 21 at The Lodge at Deadwood. The SD CEO Women’s Business Center at Black Hills State University partnered with Coeur-Wharf Resources to present this six month long educational series, which was launched in May 2016. 

BHSU theatre to close fall season with cyberbullying workshop play

The Black Hills State University Theatre Department concludes its fall season with a workshop production “Non-Player Character,” addressing the gaming pin-up culture and the cyberbullying of women. The play will take place in the Woodburn Mainstage Theatre, second floor, on campus, Nov. 15-17 at 7:30 p.m.span>

Upcoming BHSU Geek Speak to explain the forces in the universe

The Black Hills State University Geek Speak lecture Thursday, Nov. 17 will explain the fundamentals of nature through various field theories, possibly originating from Superstring theory -- the latest candidate for the theory of everything.  Dr. Parthasarathi Nag, professor of mathematics at BHSU, will present “Supersymmetry, Superstrings and the quest for the Theory of Everything” Thursday, Nov. 17 at 4 p.m. in Jonas Hall, room 110. The event is free and open to the public..span>

U.S. Forest Service

New Aerial Survey Identifies More Than 100 Million Dead Trees in California

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that the U.S. Forest Service has identified an additional 36 million dead trees across California since its last aerial survey in May 2016. This brings the total number of dead trees since 2010 to over 102 million on 7.7 million acres of California’s drought stricken forests. In 2016 alone, 62 million trees have died, representing more than a 100 percent increase in dead trees across the state from 2015. Millions of additional trees are weakened and expected to die in the coming months and years.

USGS & USFS Release New Rangeland Fire Science Plan

Today, the U.S. Department of the Interior released a new science plan that will serve as an action-oriented blueprint for acquiring information needed to make science-based decisions to restore and conserve the imperiled ‘sagebrush sea,’ a roughly 500,000-square-mile-area of sagebrush steppe habitat across western North America.

During National Forest Products Week, USDA Announces $7 Million to Expand Wood Products and Wood Energy Markets

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will invest up to $7 million in grants for projects designed to expand wood products and wood energy markets that support sustainable forest management, especially in areas with high wildfire risks. These grants are available through the U.S. Forest Service's Wood Innovations Program.

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces 2016 National Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Grants

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the 2016 USDA Forest Service's National Urban and Community Forestry Challenge grant recipients. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is providing $900,000 in funding to four goal recipients who will demonstrate how healthy urban forests can increase public health benefits, improve development and redevelopment efforts, and contribute to urban food production

Forest Service Updates Safety Policy for Saw Use

The U.S. Forest Service today finalized a policy that will provide for nationally consistent training, evaluation and certification requirements for the use of chain saws and crosscut saws on National Forest System lands. The new policy governs the use of saws by Forest Service and other governmental employees, volunteers, training consultants and cooperators on lands managed by the Forest Service.

New Public-Private Partnership to Help Reduce Wildfire Threat on Family-Owned Lands, Protect Water Supply for Millions of Westerners

Today, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced a new partnership with the American Forest Foundation (AFF), and a combined $5 million initial investment, to address catastrophic wildfire risk across 3.5 million acres of private land in order to protect water supplies for Western communities.

Forest Service Survey Finds Record 66 Million Dead Trees in Southern Sierra Nevada

The U.S. Forest Service today announced that it has identified an additional 26 million trees dead in California since October 2015. These trees are located in six counties across 760,000 acres in the southern Sierra Nevada region of the state, and are in addition to the 40 million trees that died statewide from 2010 to October 2015, bringing the total to at least 66 million dead trees. Four consecutive years of severe drought in California, a dramatic rise in bark beetle infestation and warmer temperatures are leading to historic levels of tree die-off.