Monday, February 28, 2011

Wharf Mine Wants to Add About 280 Open Pit Acres Near Terry Peak Ski Area

Sunday, February 27, 2011

The Future of Education ~ Khan Academy on the Gates Notes

Saturday, February 26, 2011

1923 to Present ~ A Mt. Rushmore Visual History Tour

Included below is an old silent movie (video) of the 1927 start of work at Mt. Rushmore Memorial.   Coolidge and his group are shown on horseback riding the trail to the base site of Mt. Rushmore. President Coolidge and Gutzon Borglum then share the formal ceremonial start of work at the dedication site. Then Coolidge hands dynamite to Borglum followed by a demonstration explosion. There are various scenes of Borglum at work on models of George Washington and Lincoln.  I believe the clip of President Roosevelt visit, by open top limo, was 1936.  Various stages of the the face carving compress to the completed project. 

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This recent tour provides the oral Mt. Rushmore history and glimpse of how it appears today. The old original pine log visitor building they refer to was torn down along with the entrance pathway.

For good or bad, the new entrance was built in the mid 1990s and is a massive gray granite monolith structure that blocks the face's view until you pass into the new pathway.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

50s-Newsreel - 5th Wheel Car for Parallel Parking ~ Contributor Classmate Jim Hennen

Parallel parking was all we had in both Lead and Deadwood when we were learning to drive. The old '36 Ford wasn't as tough to park as Sandy's dad's '52 Buick. Neither one had power steering and Sandy still talks of trying to parallel park that car on Deadwood's narrow streets. When it was just her and her mom in the car they had to team up on the steering wheel to horse it into a tight spot. Must have been a sight for sore eyes . . . !

Monday, February 21, 2011

Heavy Snows in Lead Attract Dare Devil Snowboarder to Open Cut

Who skied the Open Cut?

Snowboard tracks could be seen in the Open Cut from the Lead Visitor's Center last week. Police are looking for the boarder, who can be charged with trespassing. Courtesy photo by Rhonda Schaffer

By Mark VanGerpen
Black Hills Pioneer
LEAD -- The recent snowfall in Lead apparently made for great ski conditions in the Open Cut. 

Snowboarding tracks were seen on the steep walls last week, evidence of a mysterious boarder and what looks to have been a pretty exciting ride.

Problem is, it was illegal.

The Homestake Mining Company has filed a police report for criminal trespassing with the Lead Police Department about the incident, said Todd Duex, closure manager for the Homestake mine.

“We want to make sure people realize that that could've ended terribly, with a bad break or something else going on,” he said. “We'll prosecute people to the fullest extent of the law if we catch them in there.”

Lead Police Chief John Wainman said the department is “actively chasing down all leads and hope to get prosecution for trespassing.”

“We have some leads,” Wainman said. “It's an active case, and we're currently running down suspects.”

The maximum sentence for trespassing is a $1,000 fine, up to a year in jail, or both.

“It's kind of neat that they did it,” Wainman said, “but this kind of thing gets people hurt or killed.”

Duex said the company maintains a fence around the Open Cut, but a high snow bank allowed the boarder to go over it. The company plans to reduce the bank and improve security on the property.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Local Business Leader Dustin Floyd is Recognized as Infastructure Business Returns to Deadwood

TDG Communications, 93 Sherman Street, Deadwood SD

DEADWOOD, S.D. - Dustin Floyd, president and CEO of TDG Communications, was recently named one of the region's top young business leaders in Prairie Business Magazine's "40-Under-40" edition. Floyd was the only business leader from western South Dakota selected for the honor. Prairie Business Magazine received more than 100 nominations from South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota.
"I'm honored to be included as part of the 40-Under-40 roundup," said Floyd. "Many of the other business leaders who were selected come from the financial, healthcare or public service sectors, so I'm proud to be one of the few marketing professionals who made the edition."
Floyd was recognized for his outstanding work in the communications industry and his rapid succession within the company.  He is a fifth-generation South Dakotan who studied at Oxford University before graduating from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, with a bachelor's degree in English and public relations. He joined TDG Communications as a copywriter and media relations specialist in 2003, advanced to partner in 2008 and was named president in 2009.
Select on the following image to link to Deadwood TDG Communications

Saturday, February 12, 2011

4 Deadwood Webcams ~ Including Deadwood Mountain Grand Webcam

Select & scroll on following image to access 4 selectable & controllable Deadwood Webcams

Newest Deadwood Webcam

TDG' Communications' Jack Hughes braved the December snow to install a new Deadwood Mountain Grand Hotel, Event Center & Casino (old Deadwood Slime Plant) webcam.  TDG photo courtesy

Friday, February 11, 2011

Georgia Lubisher DHS39 Turns 90 ~~ Pat Lubisher Hungerford contributor

Georgia Lubisher is a proud 1939 graduate of DHS.  Doing the math, that makes her upcoming February 22 birthday her 90th She attributes her success in the business world to the excellent education she received from outstanding teachers whom she still remembers with great fondness. 

After her graduation, she became the receptionist for Dr. F.S. Howe, pioneer doctor in Deadwood.  She put her secretarial skills to work when she worked for the US Forest Service in Deadwood and also Fort Meade in Sturgis before becoming the Office Manager for Canyon Oil and Clark Tire Companies in Deadwood.  She left that position to open a Public Accounting Service also in Deadwood.

Leaving Deadwood in 1973, she relocated to Boise , ID to take over the position of office manager for G&S Construction.  She remained in that capacity until her retirement in 1983. 

Georgia devoted many hours of service in her retirement years to volunteering at Boise’s St. Luke’s Hospital in the accounting department, receiving a certificate of merit for 1500 hours when she left Boise .  She has also been active in a number of business and professional organizations throughout her career.   
Georgia returned to the Black Hills in 1998 and now resides in Spearfish at 1121 10th St. Apt 5 She is still very sharp, drives her own car, plays bridge, does a lot of her own cooking, walks whenever the weather permits and enjoys being “back home”