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County to spend $1 million more

Fueled by the rising cost of doing business, the Custer County Commission is proposing a 2017 budget of $8.813 million, a 7.9 percent increase over last year’s budget, or around $1 million higher.

None of the county departments have requested a dramatic increase in funding, but nearly all departments will see a slight increase to cover ever-rising costs of insurance, wages and utilities. The budget was set forth at the county’s July 20 meeting.

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GDD winners announced

Results for the 93rd annual Gold Discovery Days are as follows:

Parade

Organizations: U.S. Forest Service

Commercial: Destination Dentistry 

Reunion: Class of 1966

Patriotic: American Legion Post 46

Historical: Ed Sedlezky 

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Gold Discovery Days results listed

Charlie’s Angels, the team of Jake Roddy, Jordyn Lewis, Luke Roddy and Bethany Liebig were the winner’s of this year’s Gold Discovery Days volleyball tournament. Runners up were S..T.A.K.ed (Austin Bauer, Taylor Neugebauer and Katlyn Nieces) Other prize winners were:

Best Costume — The Princess and Her Court: Destinee Fish, Blake Frybarger, Taylar Grable, Anthony Jones and Maegan Scherer.

Best Team Name — Orville Ready Blockers: Jason Ferguson, JoAnn Cain, Bobby Cain, Baylee Ferguson, Logan Cain and Caylah Meek.

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4-H participates in horse show

The 2016 Custer/Fall River County Horse Show was held at the Circle T Arena in Hermosa June 23. The Custer and Fall River counties 4-H youth exhibited their horsemanship skills by participating in the County 4-H Horse Show. The judge was CeCe Steen of Interior.  

4-H members practice many hours, training their horses for the events. This year’s event hosted 23 participants, with approximately 117 entries in 30  classes. Prior to the event all participants are required to complete a horse safety training program to gain skills, knowledge and expertise regarding the importance of safety around horses and while riding horses. 

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Air conditioners said to be a bigger threat

Sometimes you just can’t make things up. Speaking in Vienna last Friday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that air conditioners and refrigerators are as big of a threat to life on this planet as the threat of terrorism posed by groups like the Islamic State. It kind of reminds you when Sen. Bernie Sanders said climate change was “directly related” to the growth of terrorism in the world when he was at a Democrat debate in Iowa.

We can sort of understand how Sanders came up with his questionable conclusion, but have to really wonder about Kerry’s threat analysis from Vienna. We actually have not seen any particular brands of refrigerators or air conditioners shooting at people or blowing things up.

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