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The Sundance Times Page 6 Thursday, April 6, 2015 Black Hills National Forest announces 2015 Moon Walk schedule The Black Hills National Forest announces the Moon Walk interpretive program schedule for the 2015 season. This pro- gram is in its 20th year and it introduces Forest visitors to the cultural and natural history of the Black Hills. "Over 14,000 visitors have attended the 135 Moon Walk programs since 1996. Consistently an average of 100 people attends each program, although, we have seen as many as 385 people attend one program a couple years ago," said Amy Ballard, Moon Walk Coordinator. "Over the past 20 years, I hope that these programs have fostered an understanding and appreciation for the cultural and natural resources of the Black Hills and inspired participants to be stewards of the land." Moon Walks are held on a Saturday night close to the official full moon and begin at 7:00 p.m. Most programs last for 1-2 hours and visitors walk an average of 1 mile round trip. As each Moon Walk nears, specific directions to individual pro- grams will be posted on the Black Hills National Forest web- site at www.fs.usda.gov/blackhills or call {605) 343-1567. 2015 Moon Walk Schedule May 2 - Celebrate Wildfire Awareness Week: This walk is located in the central Black Hills. Forest Service prescribed fire personnel will walk participants through the Prairie pre- scribed bum area while discussing the ecological need and benefits of fire in a ponderosa pine ecosystem. June 6 - Partners Building Grassland Conservation Op- portunities: This walk is located on a private ranch that bor- ders Badlands National Park in Conata Basin, east of the Black Hills. Experience the vibrancy and history of the grass- lands with The Nature Conservancy and learn about a pro- posed land exchange that would provide future generations of national forest users with grazing and wildlife conservation opportunities. June 27 - Botany: This walk is located in the northern Black Hills. Join forest botanists as they discuss the lesser known tree species growing in the Black Hills and their im- portant contributions in providing habitat diversity in this ponderosa pine dominated ecosystem. This program is in memory of Andrew Korth, USFS botanist, 2008-2010. July 25 - Custer's Expedition in 1874: This walk is lo- cated in the western Black Hills. Hike with the Forest Service to one of the photo points used by Custer's photographer W. H. Illingworth and learn about the Custer Expedition through the soldier's diary entries and newspaper stories. August 29 - Geologic Slides a Mile Wide: This walk is located in the northwest comer of the Black Hills National Forest in the Bearlodge Mountains of Wyoming. Join a For- est Service geologist to learn about interesting and unique geologic features of the area including the North Redwater drainage slide area. September 26 -Fire Lookout Towers and Their Keepers: This' walk is :located in the southern Black' Hills. Be inspired at one of the most beautiful scenic overlooks in the Black Hills as a Forest Ranger from the past describes a day in the life of a fire lookout at a Forest Service fire tower and cabin. Inyan Kara Homemakers The Inyan Kara Homemakers' club met March 25, 2015 in the home of hostess Vickie Connett. President Peggy Symonds called the meeting to order and Vickie led us in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. Four members answered roll call by sharing a song that had special meaning to them, from their childhood. We each then shared a Thought for the Day. The minutes of last month's meeting were read and ap- proved. The treasurer reported no change in the accounts from last month. We talked about the upcoming Council meeting (Homemak- ers' Hobby Day) to be held on April 18 (a change from the pre- viously announced date of April 11). Our club is scheduled to be hostess for that meeting, which includes being responsible for the main dish. Discussion followed. JoAnne read the recent letter from the Sundance commu- nity bell choir. No action was taken at this time. The annual quilt show will be on June 27. The annual blood draw dates are April 4, 11 and 18. We talked about our club's participation, as Peggy had not re- ceived any word requesting our help. Barb called and talked with Ken Madsen at the hospital and found out the blood draw will be held in the old high school gym. We decided that we can help on the 1 lth, as the 4th is the Saturday between Good Friday and Easter Sunday and the 18th is the next council meeting. Barb will speak with Ken in person and give him this information. Our club will provide cake and ice cream for the Long Term Care birthday party in May. Further plans will be made at our next meeting. There was no more business and the meeting was adjourned. After a time of refreshments and visiting, we were invited to hear Roger demonstrate the karaoke. Submiffed by JoAnne Moore Sudoku 5961 72348 Solution 1 78634259 Pu771eon 4 3 2 9 5 8 6 1 7 previous page 219365874 Sponsored by: 3654871 92 847291536 984516723 621743985 414 MAIN ST SPEARFISH 605-717-8375 OPENMON- ,lC>5, SATI=2 7 5 3 8 2 9 4 61 @ 2009 Homelo~ C,~le~ Moving? Let us know your new address the week BEFORE you move so you don't miss any papers! ~S 307-283-3411 news@sundancetimes.com s name BY SARAH PRIDGEON At this month's regular meeting, the County Commissioners discussed a variety of methods through which to gather com- ments and input from the community on the proposed name change for the Devils Tower. Local input is vital, they say, and ensuring that everyone has an opportunity to air their thoughts is the goal. The commission decided to take a multi- pronged approach, making comment forms available through physical locations, the county web page and visits to council and chamber of commerce meetings in Sun- dance, Moorcroft and Hulett. Commissioner Kelly Dennis noted that some comments have already been re- ceived. "They're mostly one-sided," he told the room. The county would like to solicit as much input as possible to compile for the State Board on Geographic Names and the U.S. Board on Geographic Names. As described by Dennis, the commission would like to know the local effects of changing the name from "Devils Tower" to "Bear Lodge", as sug- gested in the proposal submitted by Chief Arvol Looking Horse, spiritual leader of the Great Sioux Nation. How would doing so affect the personal lives of people in Crook County and their family traditions and histories, he asked, and what effects would it have on business- es in the region? "There are a lot of individual businesses that depend on that name," he said. The commissioners agreed to create a comment form asking questions related to the name change. This will be distributed in various ways; among the suggestions were an insert in the newspaper, availability at the County Clerk's Office and libraries and the ability to print the form from the county website. Commissioner Jeanne Whalen also sug- gested that each commissioner visit a town within the county to attend a council and chamber meeting and collect comments at that time. She commented that each city has committed to sending an alert of the time and date within residents' bills should the commission wish to do this. The commissioners divided the towns be- tween them, with Commissioner Steve Stah- la taking Sundance, Dennis taking Moorcroft and Whalen taking Hulett. They estimated that they will schedule their visits in June or thereabouts, as the deadline for collecting comments is expected to be September 1. Robyn Finch told the commission that the Crook County Promotion Board is also will- ing to help distribute the comment forms and collate the responses. The commissioners did express concern that some of the comments received already have been worded strongly or contained in- flammatory language. More positive wording is likely to be received better by the State and U.S. Boards on Geographic Names. "It's their right of free speech to say how they feel, but it's maybe not helping the cause," explained County Clerk Linda Fritz. Over the next month, the County Commis- sioners plan to review a draft comment form prepared by County Attorney Joe Baron. They will finalize dates for city visits and methods of distributing the survey at the next regular meeting. @ City agrees to work with school district on Central Office relocate ing and make the purchase during the fiscal funding year 2016, or possibly 2017. Brooks commented that the site would be a good choice for the school in terms of size, efficiency and ability to tap into the geother- mal field under construction for the new el- ,BY SARAH PR!DGEON ementary school, e > plained that the grant : throu which fliC tetittl .dO B b"uilt The cit / of Sundance "has a ed' to"work requires eCla l"to be s d recrea on;in with the Crook County School District Board perpetuity, so the City would need to recon- of Trustees to explore relocating the school district's administration building to the site on which the city's tennis courts are current- ly located. Superintendent Byron Stutzman addressed the council last week regarding the future of Central Office, asking whether the city would be amenable to the idea of selling the land. The school district, said Mayor Paul Brooks, needs a "good faith indication" that the city is interested in moving. The board has selected the tennis court site as its first choice to build a new adminis- trative office, said Stutzman, but needs the city's approval before moving forward. Ap- praisals have been ordered, he explained, but the board needs to know whether this is a viable option. The next step, he said, would be to apply to the School Facilities Commission for fund- struct them elsewhere in town. "Who is responsible for finding a new spot for the tennis courts?" questioned Council Member Ken Denzin. Stutzman responded that he is hoping the appraisal will come in high enough to provide the funds for relocating the courts and said that finding a new location will be one of the steps that the two entities will need to work through as the project moves forward. A number of things will come into play, he added, such as vacating the Central Office building and the future of the old elementa- ry school. The corner of the elementary site could work as it already has basketball facili- ties and is close to the pool. The council expressed their approval with moving forward and looking into the tennis courts as an option for the relocation of the school district's administrative building. Sundance Laureate Tau The 326 meeting of Sundance Laureate Tau PL2073 Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met on March 23, 2015, at 7 p.m. in the Sundance State Bank meeting room with Jacquie McIn- emey and Gail Kaiser as hostesses. We had eleven of our sixteen members present. We held the pledge ritual for our new mem- bers and feel honored to have them join us. Marjorie Goodson was published in the Torch Magazine for receiving the Torch Bear- er award for her many years of service. Jacquie handed out survey forms for next year and asked us to please turn them in at our next meeting on April 13. We finalized plans for the Pinochle mara- thon card party which will be held Sunday afternoon, April 12 at 1p.m. in the Sundance State Bank meeting room. Pauline handed out pins and charms that people had ordered. Discussion was held regarding the Easter Egg Hunt which will be held on Saturday, April 4. Jacquie, Jackie, Ilene and Karl will help with the Easter Egg Hunt. Our next meeting will be held on April 13, 2015, at 7 p.m. at the Sundance State Bank meeting room with Janel Couture as hostess. Please bring scissors. We will be making May baskets. Gall gave a program about her trip to Eu- rope. Jacquie and Gaff served German and Swiss refreshments. The 327th meeting of Sundance Laureate Tau PL2073 Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met on April 13, 2015, at 7 p.m. in the Sundance State Bank meeting room with Janel Couture as our hostess. President Jacquie McInerney called the meeting to order. Roll call was taken with thirteen of our sixteen members present. The minutes for March were read and ap- proved as corrected. Jacquie received the invitation from Newcastle for Founder's Day. Founder's Day will be held in Newcas- tle on Sunday, April 26, from 2 to 4 p.m. There will be a $5 charge for light refresh- ments. Approximately ten of our members plan to go. Please meet at the Sundance Elementary School parking lot at 1 p.m. to carpool. Jacquie and Kari will drive. Marjorie Goodson will be honored with the Diamond Circle award at Founder's Day. We will also honor our Woman of the Year and out Pledge of the Year at Found- er's Day. Ilene reported that pledge training went well. Kari reported that there were twenty people who played cards at the Pinochle marathon and that it also went well. Janel reported that the Easter egg hunt was a success and she appreciated the extra help. Pauline will be sending in another order to International on about May 1. We voted for the Woman of the Year and Pledge of the Year. The winners will be re- vealed at Founder's Day in Newcastle on April 26. Our next meeting will be held on May 11, 2015, at 7 p.m. in the Sundance State Bank meeting room with Jacquie Mclner- ney as our hostess. We will be doing ritu- als for Preceptor and Torch Bearer degrees. Please wear black slacks or skirt with white blouse and your vest or scarf. Janel organized us in a fun session of making May baskets. Janel served deli- cious refreshments. Submitted by Gall Kaiser acres Devils Tower National Monument will implement a prescribed burn during the week of April 19. Fire man- agement officials from the Northern Great Plains Fire Office and Devils Tower Na- tional Monument plan to bum 85 acres near the en- trance of the Monument and east of the Belle Fourche River. The burn is needed to re- move build-up of dead fu- els and woody herbaceous growth and encourage the growth of native prairie grasses and forbs and lessen the chances of possible wild- land fires. Prescribed bums return a key natural process to the landscape, improve the health of the ecosystem under controlled conditions, and lessen the chance of wildland fires. Prescribed bums are care- fully planned, conducted within an approved bound- ary and ignited only under specific weather conditions such as humidity, fuel mois- ture, wind speed and di- rection and short and long range weather forecasts. If conditions are not accept- able on the scheduled day of the burn, it will be post- poned until desirable condi- tions return. Devils Tower amend list of temporarily closed climbing routes A previous closure of climb- ing routes on the West Face and Southwest shoulder is amended closing the North- east Face of the Tower to climbing. Routes on the West Face are now open for climb- ing. A pair of peregrine fal- cons was observed in court- ship and nesting behaviors on the Northeast face. The amended climbing closure includes 45 routes between Belle Fourche Buttress and Psychic Turbulence, and the corresponding edges of the summit. A complete list of closed routes can be found on the park's web site, bulletin boards throughout the Mon- ument, the Climber Regis- tration Office and the Visitor Center. Over one hundred and fif- ty climbing routes remain open. The annual temporary closure, established under the 1995 Climbing Man- agement Plan, with author- ity from the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, is an annual oc- currence at Devils Tower. The closure is implemented not only to protect the birds, but also to protect climb- ers, as falcons are known to defensively dive in order to protect their nests. The presence of climbers near or above falcon nests is dis- tressing to parent birds, disturbance from climbing activities may force falcons to abandon eggs or chicks. Climbers are asked to report any defensive falcon behav- ior to a park ranger. "Failure to comply with the temporary closure may re- sult in a fine and or 6 months in jail." said Drew Gilmour, Chief of Law Enforcement. "All climbers must register at the climbing office before beginning their ascent," To learn more about Devils Tower National Monument, contact 467-5283, vis- it us at www.nps.gov/ deto or www.facebook.com/ Devils-Tower-National-Mon- ument-Official-NPS- Site. i J