SD press group to host earth hater forum

The South Dakota Newspaper Association says it will host a 90-minute debate on April 12 at 10:15 a.m. at the Ramkota Conference Center as part of its annual convention. The debate is open to the public. Watertown Public Opinion publisher Mark Roby will moderate. Questions will come from a panel of three South Dakota newspaper journalists. The June 3 primary winner will join Democrat Rick Weiland and independent Larry Pressler on the Nov. 4 ballot. [AP, KBHB Radio News]

With an April 3 deadline looming for public comments on the military’s proposal to expand its Powder River Basin airspace training area in Indian Country, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has conditioned its permission on nothing less than total disarmament. Three National Historic Landmarks are located beneath the PRTC airspace. Also listed on the National Register, they are Bear Butte sacred area, Frawley Historic Ranch, and Deadwood Historic District. Ellsworth AFB initiated government-to-government consultation with each of the four tribes in the proposed PRTC in April and May 2008. [Talli Nauman, Native Sun News, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe rejects military plan]

Montana’s U.S. senators are accusing the Federal Aviation Administration of not giving Montanans a fair chance to comment on a proposed Air Force bomber training range over southeast Montana. Democratic Sens. Jon Tester and John Walsh say the FAA is not following normal federal practices for the public comment, making it difficult for Montanans to respond to Air Force plans for the Powder River Training Complex, which sprawls over an area about the size of South Carolina. Montana pilots in the proposed bomber area have suggested relocating the entire bomber complex to South Dakota, whose U.S. senators are asking the FAA to quickly approve the PRTC. [Tom Lutey, Billings Gazette]

Mark Kirkeby didn't expect that he would be polishing up his resume at this stage of his life. On Feb. 28, Kirkeby said he went to work and was handed a letter — one that said he no longer had a job as development director for the Black Hills Salvation Army in Rapid City. [John Lee McLaughlin, Rapid City Journal]

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