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It’s all about the money.

That was the theme of last Thursday evening’s West Dam informational meeting at Custer High School, as interested citizens heard a presentation about the past, present and future of West Dam, which has now sat empty for over three years.

The presentation, given by members of the city’s West Dam Task Force and engineers from Banner Associates, the engineering firm tasked with designing solutions for the dam, enumerated the options for dealing with West Dam, as well as the price tag for each option. The options range from doing nothing—not a viable option—to the Cadillac of fixes, which would see the pond basically as it was before, with the dam designated as high hazard and water rights for the additional water attained.


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Custer mom and daughter shine at the Emmys

While 11.9 million television viewers took in the 2015 Emmy Awards, over 7,000 people were in attendance of the show held at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles. Among the crowd was Custer resident Jackie Twiss, who was supporting her daughter, Jill, in a very memorable moment. 

“It was just so fun, exciting and sparkly!” Twiss said. “I just really wish more people could go, because it was so fun.”


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Custer takes top honors at LNI

The Custer volleyball winning streak continues, this week gaining momentum at the Lakota Nation Invitational, where the Wildcats went home with the top prize. 

“For LNI, we were taking the same approach as any other game,” said coach Renae Schneider. “We need to play our style of ball, which is being fundamentally sound, communicating and playing as a team. When we talk and work together, they have fun on the floor which then makes us play well as a team.”

The Wildcats were able to do that, winning them first place and a new season record of 21-2. This year’s performance bested last year’s, where the Wildcats finished in fourth place. In fact, the Wildcats lost only one set during their eight-game play — to White River in the championship match.


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Cadets take orientation flights

Four cadets from Crazy Horse Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol recently took part in powered orientation flights at the Custer County Airport. Participating were Cadets C/SMSgt Thomas Dillon, C/A1C Hunter Rice, C/SrA Anthony Dillon and Cadet Ethan Updike. The event was supervised by Capt. Victoria Bierwirth. Lt. Col Myra Christensen and Capt. Matthew Meert of the Pierre and Sioux Falls CAP squadrons were the pilots.

The cadet orientation flight program shares the thrill of flying with cadets. Every cadet under the age of 18 is eligible for five flights in a powered aircraft and five flights in a glider. Each flight has a syllabus that cadets follow to learn more about aviation and piloting skills. While the orientation flights do not count toward a pilot’s license, cadets may compete for flight training scholarships that lead to private pilot licenses.


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Board should nix second water permit

Next Wednesday, Oct. 14, the state Water Management Board under the Department of Water and Natural Resources meets to decide on a permit application from the Fundamental Church of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) in Custer County. We would hope the board turns down this application because it is wrought with fraud.

We have been observing this well-known polygamist group since 2005 when they started moving in building material and equipment to construct a fenced compound about 25 miles southwest of Custer. The secretive organization (we won’t call them a religion) attracted the wrath of neighbors by running their heavy equipment at all hours of the day and night.


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