New Fires and Flare-Ups
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 12:41
Another round of fires kept area firemen busy on Monday due to the hot and dry conditions. An old fire flared-up south of Valentine between mile markers 200 and 202. That burned an additional 150-160 acres plus 120 to 130 big round bales in a stack yard owned by Mike Dent. Valentine and Wood Lake firemen responded to that call at about 2:45 yesterday afternoon.
The second call cam in at about 4pm yesterday to a baler fire on the Joe Mundorf place just south of Wood Lake. The baler owned by Adam Fischer was completely destroyed along with five or six big round bales. Valentine, Ainsworth, Johnstown and Wood Lake Firemen assisted in that blaze that burned four or five acres.
A third fire was reported south of Nenzel with no report available at the time of this writing concerning details of the blaze. The location of the fire was 2 and a half miles south of Nenzel and then west. Cody and Kilgore fire departments responded to that call.
Buying the Black Hills
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 10:51
Several Native American tribes have raised more than a million dollars towards buying a prime piece of real estate in the Black Hills. Rosebud Sioux spokesman Alfred Walking Bull says the tribe is now allocating the $1.3 million to purchase the privately owned land that they consider sacred. That's far more than the $50,000 initially promised. Online donations bring the total to $1.4 million. Tribes making up the Great Sioux Nation have come together to try to buy the land at auction on August 25th. They estimate that it could take from $6 million to 10 million dollars. The site plays a key role in the tribes' creation story, and members fear new owners would develop the land they call Pe'Sla.