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Missouri Breaks team helps reduce spread of COVID

Missouri Breaks Industries Research, headquartered in Eagle Butte, is playing a key role in the effort to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus in Cheyenne River Reservation communities. The Topic asked Rae O’Leary, Program Coordinator, to describe what MBIR is doing to assist the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, local agencies, and businesses.

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White Horse man pleads guilty to poaching trophy buck

A 39-year-old White Horse man has agreed to plead guilty to poaching a farm-raised trophy whitetail buck last fall at the Timber Lake Elk Ranch under an agreement that will result in some charges against him being dismissed.

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02
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Tribes claim victory in Dakota Access pipeline suit

Nearly three years after crude oil began flowing through the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), a federal judge has ordered the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to conduct a full environmental review. The decision by Judge James Boasberg of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia last Wednesday, March 25, marks a major victory for the Native American tribes and environmental groups who have been fighting against the project.

Among the tribes involved in the case against the Corps of Engineers and Dakota Access Pipeline LLC, a division of Energy Transfer Partners, is the Cheyenne River Sioux, which joined as an intervenor-plaintiff after the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe brought the dispute to court in 2016. Other tribes which subsequently joined the suit are the Yankton Sioux and Ogalala Sioux.

 

 

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Apr
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Congress, Legislature act to provide relief for impact of COVID pandemic

Congress, Legislature act to provide relief for impact of COVID pandemic

State Senator Ryan Maher of Isabel participates in the legislative session from his insurance office in Timber Lake on Monday. Lawmakers across the state connected remotely to take action on bills vetoed by the Governor and to pass legislation aimed at reducing the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Congress, Legislature act to provide relief for impact of COVID pandemic

Timber Lake Postmaster Val Reiss installs a plastic barrier between postal employees and customers at the counter of the post office, as a precaution against spread of COVID-19. Customer Rick Seidel was one of the first customers to try out the system.

Last week, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which seeks to provide relief to the nation in a variety of ways.

And, on Monday, the State Legislature passed some legislation to lessen the impact on South Dakotans.

Dist. 28 Sen. Ryan Maher (R-Isabel) said the bills passed by the legislature give state government the authority to spend the money that will come from Washington through the CARES Act, including unemployment benefits. Also, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development was given permission to move some funds in their programs to better help businesses affected by the pandemic. State lawmakers also passed legislation allowing the Dept. of Education to modify rules on school attendance.

 

 

Thu
26
Mar
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COVID-19: the latest

With the country, the state and the Cheyenne River and Standing Rock reservations officially under a state of emergency due to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, people are advised to heed warnings and abide by recommendations from public health officials and government agencies.

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Chairman Harold Frazier ordered all bars on the reservation to close by 5 p.m. MT Tuesday. He also ordered all restaurants, cafes, and delis to transition to carry out, delivery or curb-side service only. He ordered all businesses to follow business guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Anyone who has questions is asked to contact him at haroldcfrazier@yahoo.com.

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26
Mar
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Ag across the world: Booth returns from South Asia

Ag across the world: Booth returns from South Asia
Ag across the world: Booth returns from South Asia
Ag across the world: Booth returns from South Asia
Ag across the world: Booth returns from South Asia
Ag across the world: Booth returns from South Asia
Ag across the world: Booth returns from South Asia
Ag across the world: Booth returns from South Asia

Jace Booth of Timber Lake recently returned home from a two-week trip to Vietnam and Cambodia. He says the impression the journey left on him will remain with him permanently.

Traveling with the South Dakota Ag and Rural Leadership (SDARL) program, Booth was able to experience firsthand the significant disparities (agricultural, cultural and otherwise) compared to life in the USA. Jace has been one of 28 participating in the SDARL class for the past 18 months .

“We have had 10 seminars all across the state where we got to see a variety of different ag related things going on in South Dakota,” he said. The experiences culminated in the international expedition.

“This has been really eye opening and gives me a greater realization of how lucky I am to live in the USA,” Booth said upon his return. “This trip is something that I will be grateful for the rest of my life.”

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Mar
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Beef producers reeling during COVID epidemic

Beef producers reeling during COVID epidemic

South Dakota ranchers are seeing current and future prices fall rapidly for cattle they are feeding now. With calving season here, that means even more input cost for ranchers. Photo by Brenda Jones

The COVID-19 pandemic has turned a bad situation for South Dakota beef producers into a crisis in which low market prices and corresponding revenue losses may force some ranchers into bankruptcy.

Beef producers are seeing what in January was an $80 profit on each animal sold fall to a $75 loss per head in March. For a farmer with 400 head, that could mean a shift from a profit of $32,000 to a loss of $30,000 on the cattle they sell once or twice a year. For a rancher with 1,000 head, that differential would result in a $155,000 shift down to a $75,000 loss.

The spread of the virus and a subsequent need for people to isolate and hunker down in order to be safe have led to a run on beef at grocery stores and a short-term spike in demand. But livestock industry officials say that will provide only a temporary buoy to the market.

Thu
19
Mar
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No school

Gov. Kristi Noem announced Tuesday that South Dakota schools will be closed a second week (through March 27) due to the coronavirus. A statement and letter from Timber Lake School Supt. Dan Martin on page 8 explains plans for school lunch, breakfast and homework.

 

 

 

 

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Candidates filing as deadline nears

March 31 is the deadline for candidates to file petitions for the June 2 primary elections when Democrats and Republicans will nominate their candidates to face off (or run unopposed) in the November 2 general election.

DEWEY COUNTY

In Dewey County, incumbent commissioners Bob Berndt (Dist. 4) and Bob Keckler (Dist. 5) have filed. Both are Democrats from Eagle Butte.

 

 

 

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Area schools closed; state, tribe declare emergency

Area schools closed; state, tribe declare emergency

Timber Lake high school student Trenton Hansen receives and grab-and-go lunch from Carol Ducheneaux and Diane Goldade on Monday. Photo by Robert Slocum

Area schools closed; state, tribe declare emergency
Area schools closed; state, tribe declare emergency

Country Market grocery store owner John Linderman stocks shelves with toilet paper amid a national shortage. Photo by Kathy Nelson

(Editor’s Note: With information rapidly changing on an hourly and daily basis, the Timber Lake Topic encourages readers to follow our Facebook page as well as the websites and Facebook pages of individual schools, businesses and governmental agencies for up-to-date details regarding closures, postponements and cancellations related to the coronavirus threat.)

Like the rest of the country and world, residents and businesses in Dewey, Corson and Ziebach counties are dealing with the threat of the coronavirus (Covid-19). And although no cases have been detected locally, the effects of federal, state and tribalmandated steps aimed at curbing the outbreak and spread of the potentially deadly virus are being felt across the region.

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