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Valentine New Comprehensive Plan


The City of Valentine Continues to work on the comprehensive plan which will guide the decision making process over the next ten year period. The last plan was done in 1999 and plans are usually thought to be adequate for about ten years. RDG Associates has been work with community members since spring to gather information about the community and what the citizens would like to see. There have been previous public meetings for residents to express thoughts on what is important to them in the coming years. Tuesday night a group of people met with the consultants to go over issues faced by the city. The discussion began around more utilization of the Cowboy Trail and its Corridor and covered housing, signage and business development. Another public input session will be held Wednesday evening from 5 to 7pm at the library for anyone interested. Anyone who would like to find out more before tonight's meeting, can go to rdgusa.com/crp/valentine for more information.


Save the Golf Course Effort


A group of local sportsman are asking for a show of community support for the Deer Park Golf Course that has served the Valentine area for over 40 years but was not opened by the owner this year. It is still unclear what the future holds for the old course or construction of a new course at a different location. The group will be circulating petitions throughout the community to allow people to show support for a golf course in the community. Petitions are available at the studios of KVSH, Isom Insurance office and will be at Youngs Western Wear this Saturday. The show of support will be used in future planning efforts for a golf course to serve the community. Area residents are encouraged to stop and sign a petition or contact Steve Isom, Jerry Reynoldson or Doctor Dick Jeffers.


Economic Development Board Meets


The Valentine Economic Development Board met Monday evening for a regular monthly meeting. The board met with Amy Haase from RDG Associates to discuss the City of Valentine Comprehensive Plan and how it could affect economic development. They also met with four young journalists involved in the “fly over me, Valentine” project. The journalists will soon launch a web site featuring stories about the Valentine area. The web site will be flyovermevalentine.com. Residents are encouraged to watch the site in the next week or so for new developments. The economic development board also discussed a new golf course, housing needs, business expansions and reviewed the new heartcity.com web site. The boards web site recently received an overhaul and new look. For more information about the revolving business loan fund or other economic development information contact Mike Burge at 402-376-6842.


Two South Dakota Men in Federal Court


United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a St. Francis, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Sexual Abuse. Joseph R. Blue Bird, age 26, was indicted on September 19, 2012, and appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on June 19, 2013 and pled not guilty to the Indictment. The charge is merely an accusation and Blue Bird is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Blue Bird was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service. A trial date has not been set.


Johnson also announced that on June 20, Alex Lee Salway, age 54, of Martin, South Dakota was found guilty by a federal jury in U.S. District Court on two counts of Distribution of a Controlled Substance. Each charge carries a maximum sentence of 40 years’ imprisonment, a $2,000,000 fine, or both. Salway was indicted by a federal grand jury on June 19, 2012 as part of Operation Prairie Pharm, a controlled substance investigation that resulted in 12 individuals being indicted for drug distribution offenses in Bennett County.

The charges against Salway stem from him selling and distributing morphine pills, within 1,000 feet of a public school in Martin, on two separate occasions on January 27, 2012.

Salway remains in the custody of the U.S. Marshal. A sentencing date has not been set.


Community Planning

The City of Valentine what is being officially dubbed a "community roundtable" on Tuesday June 25th from 6:30 to 8pm in the library meeting room to give an update on the progress of the comprehensive plan, planning process, and to hold discussions concerning the issues and priorities for the future of Valentine.  A public presentation will be held on Wednesday June 26th from 5 til 7pm to outline the ideas generated over the course of the design workshop process.


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