Authorities probe death on Pine Ridge Reservation

Pine Ridge, S.D. (AP) – Federal authorities are investigating the fatal shooting of a man on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

FBI spokesman Jeff Van Nest tells the Rapid City Journal ( that Todd Little Bull died after being shot Monday night or Tuesday morning.

Authorities did not release further details.

The FBI, Bureau of Indian Affairs and Oglala Sioux tribal police are investigating.


Fire claims Arrowhead Grocery

By Lauren O’Brien

A call came in at 9:15 a.m. Monday morning that the Arrowhead Grocery Store was on fire in Whiteclay. When the first responders arrived, they saw fire coming out the back door and volumes of smoke. The chicken fryer had caught on fire and owner Martin Pilcher and staff were unable to put it out with fire extinguishers, so they called the fire department.

The Rushville Rural Fire Department called Gordon’s fire department for additional water and firefighter


Gordon City Council Honors Lt. Heath

By Lauren O’Brien

The Gordon City Council held a monthly meeting on July 14 at 6 p.m. in the council chambers of the City Auditorium.  

All the council members were present except Kelly Grant. The board moved to approve the June 9 meeting minutes, to approve the May  31 and June 30 treasurer’s reports and to pay the bills.

City manager Jacob Sheridan described a zoning amendment application by Oppidan Investment Company, the developer of the new Shopko store. They asked


Girl fatally shot on sidewalk in Pine Ridge Wednesday

Pine Ridge, S.D. (AP) – Two men are in custody in the early-morning shooting death of a girl on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

Oglala Sioux Tribe spokesman Kevin Steele says the girl was walking on a sidewalk with a friend in the reservation’s community of Pine Ridge when she was shot. He says it is unclear why the girl was shot.

Steele says the shooting happened in the community’s main street, where homes and businesses are located.

Tribal police and federal


Congress questions Indian Health Service staff, management

By Regina Garcia Cano

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Members of Congress on Tuesday questioned the long standing staffing and management shortcomings that have led to poor health care services at government-run facilities caring for Native Americans across the country.

The hearing in Washington of the House subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs focused on proposed legislation that would expand the authority of the Indian Health Service to remove or demote employees and


Three ember fires burn north of Rushville

By Lauren O’Brien

Three fires broke out after lightning strikes on July 4, 5 and 6 north of Rushville, Neb. 

A small fire burned on July 4 east of Highway 87, causing minimal damage.

On July 5, Fire Management Specialist Seth Peterson, from the Nebraska Forest Service in Chadron, Neb. road in a spotter plane from the Civil Air Patrol with pilot Vern Platt.

“It appeared that a large ponderosa pine was smoking from its base,” said Peterson.

They notified the Rushville


Panhandle mosquitoes test positive for West Nile Virus

A Panhandle mosquito pool has recently tested positive for West Nile Virus. This positive pool gives Panhandle Public Health District (PPHD) an indicator of the location of the virus and the potential for it to be spread through human contact. Several counties in the Panhandle have been routinely testing sites to trap and monitor mosquitoes over the summer months.  

To help reduce the risk of West Nile Virus spread, Melissa Cervantes, Environmental Health Coordinator for PPHD, urges


New Owners Breathing New Life Into Historic Highway 20 Bar

By Lauren O’Brien

A place to hangout with family and friends is what owners Ryan Baker and Carmen Ruiz hope The 20 Bar will be for Rushville and the surrounding communities. They had looked into other buildings in Gordon, but settled on The 20 Bar since  that was where Ruiz attended grade school and high school and it was near their home.

After purchasing the bar, they received support from Rushville and surrounding area residents. With the renovation underway, Baker hopes the bar


2016 Sheridan County Fair & Rodeo Announces Changes to the Line-Up

The 2016 Sheridan County Fair and Rodeo is coming up quickly, and a few changes are in store for this year. Fair week was moved back one week for 2016 with the fair dates July 22-31. The Speech contest and Music Contest still kick fair week off on Friday, July 22 at the Lister-Sage building in Hay Springs. Saturday, July 23 the queen and princess contestants will compete at 8 a.m. at McGinley Arena. Sunday, July 24 the 4-H Horse show starts at 8 a.m., with the Color Fun Run beginning at 7 p.m

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