NewsSeptember 14 2016

GLF Update: "The Miller Challenge"

Posted by Lucy

Former Presho resident, Virgil Miller, now retired and living in Sioux Falls, has issued a challenge to any current or former Lyman County resident.
Virgil has been following the progress of the Greater Lyman Foundation and believes in its purpose. He realizes GLF’s next goal is $500,000 and wants us to get there, sooner rather than later. Therefore he has issued the following challenge. If four others will pledge to give GLF $10,000 each, he will give $10,000 himself.
Virgil told GLF Chair Herb Sundall that he has some people in mind that he would like to individually challenge but does not wish to name them publically. He assumes some of them will figure out who he means, and hopes they will step forward and respond to his challenge.
Virgil would like the responders to meet his challenge by the end of 2016.

NewsSeptember 07 2016

Pheasant survey indicates Lyman County routes among highest in state

Posted by Lucy

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) has completed the annual pheasant brood survey and the results show a 20 percent decrease in the statewide pheasants-per-mile (PPM) index from 2015. The 2016 statewide PPM index is 3.05, down from last year’s index of 3.83.
Survey results indicate the decrease was significant for the Chamberlain, Winner, Aberdeen, Huron, Mitchell, Yankton and Sioux Falls areas.
Routes through Lyman County are reported in the numbers for Chamberlain, Winner and Pierre.  
Lyman north route showed an increase in the PPM from last year, moving up from 10.98 to 12.51 ppm in 2016. While the Lyman south route showed a  decline from 15.80 last year to 13.49.  
The two Lyman routes indicated the highest number of birds behind Tripp County north which had 14.15 ppm.
“After two consecutive years of substantial increases in the statewide PPM index, a slight retreat was observed this year. Of the 110 routes surveyed statewide, 38 showed an increase in PPM while 72 declined from 2015,” stated Kelly Hepler, GFP Secretary. “Weather conditions and available habitat are key factors to pheasant production and annual PPM fluctuations. We want to remind hunters that this year’s index is twice as high as the 2013 index and higher than the 2.7 PPM observed in 2014 when hunters harvested 1.2 million roosters. Good pheasant hunting opportunities will exist in 2016.”
From late July through mid-August, GFP surveyed 110, thirty-mile routes across the state’s pheasant range to estimate pheasant production and calculate the PPM index.  The survey is not a population estimate, but rather compares the number of pheasants observed on the routes and establishes trend information. Survey routes are grouped into 13 areas, based on a local city, and the index value of each local city area is then compared to index values of the previous year and the 10-year average.
“Habitat continues to be at the forefront of the conversation and still remains a crucial factor in pheasant numbers,” stated Hepler. “Bird numbers are higher in parts of the state where quality habitat conditions still exist, primarily on grasslands including those enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program as well as fields of cereal crops such as winter wheat. We continue to work hard in our Habitat Pays outreach efforts and in cooperation with landowners and partner organizations to provide an improved future for wildlife habitat in our state.”
Public hunting opportunities are abundant in South Dakota. Over 1 million acres of publicly owned and private land leased through GFP’s Walk-In Area Program and the James River Watershed Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program is available in the primary pheasant range of South Dakota. The 2016 public hunting atlas and a web-based interactive map of public lands and private lands leased for public hunting can be found online at http://gfp.sd.gov/hunting/areas.
“Each year, the results of this survey are highly anticipated by those with a strong interest in South Dakota’s hunting heritage. The availability of pheasants and pheasant hunting opportunities across the state this fall should serve to enhance that tradition,” concluded Hepler.  
South Dakota’s traditional statewide pheasant hunting season opens on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016, and runs through Jan. 1, 2017.

NewsSeptember 07 2016

Court rules on County State’s election

Posted by Lucy

General election ballots for Lyman County and the state of South Dakota were just recently completed and sent to the printers.  Absentee voting for 2016 General election starts September 23, and county auditor Pam Michalek is confident the ballots will be printed and in her office by that date.
Normally, Michalek would have sent the ballot to the printers much earlier but due to several lawsuits, one at the county level and others at the state level, the printing of the 2016 ballot was delayed waiting for a decision from the South Dakota Supreme Court.  
On July 6, 2016, attorney Steven R. Smith of Chamberlain filed an action in Lyman County Circuit Court to keep attorney Theresa Maule Rossow of Chamberlain off the General Election ballot.  Both attorneys  filed nominating petitions for the County State’s Attorney position before the April filing deadline.
Smith contended that according to South Dakota Codified Law (SDCL 12-6-3), Maule Rossow who filed for the election to the State’s Attorney position in Brule County first could not be a candidate for two different offices, on two different ballots.
Lawsuits were also filed in several other counties with regards to the candidates for State Attorney position. Other plaintiffs included Casey Bridgman, David Natvig and David J. Larson.
In a multi-county action, retired Judge David R. Gienapp ordered Maule's name be taken off the Lyman County ballot at a hearing held August 1 at the Brule County Courthouse based on state statue 12-6-3, which states, “No person may be a candidate for nomination or election to more than one public office except the office of President of the United States or vice-president of the Untied States.”
According to court documents filed by Smith, who is also running for Lyman County States Attorney, Maule Rossow filed for the position in Brule County January 21, 2016 and filed in Lyman County on February 12, 2016. And, due to filing in Brule County first  her petition for the office in Lyman County was in violation of state statue.
Maule Rossow appealed the decision to the Supreme Court. But, the court upheld the ruling, which makes Steve Smith the only candidate for States Attorney in Lyman County, ultimately eliminating the need for an election. As an uncontested candidate, Smith will become the new Lyman County State's Attorney effective January 1, 2017.
As an Independent, Maule Rossow will be on the Brule County ballot for Starte's Attorney in an election with incumbent David Natvig, a Republican.  
In a statement issued by Maule Rossow she stated she was disappointed she would not have the opportunity to run in Lyman County, and that she plans to continue on with her appeal to the Supreme Court.
Buffalo County was also involved in Judge Gienapp's ruling a similar lawsuit was filed by other attorneys  in Buffalo county.   Dedrich “Deach” Koch, currently serving as States Attorney in Jerauld County can not run for the State's Attorney position in Jerald and Bufflao counties simultaneously and must remain on the ballot in the first county he filed a petition in which is Jerald County.
On the state level, issues regarding the addition of Independent and Constitutional Party candidates  to the state ballot were denied by the Supreme Court. 

NewsAugust 31 2016

Enrollment up at the start of the new year

Posted by Lucy

Following the first week of school at Lyman School District both  principals Rene Lillebo at Kennebec and Jon Boer at Presho report enrollment is up by nearly 30 students from the 2015 start date.
Staff members at the Kennebec site, under the direction of principal Lillebo hold handmade welcome signs and greet students as they arrived at school  August 24th.  L-r:  Kennebec librarian, Kristin Krogman, Fourth grade teacher, Justine Drew, student Riley Creasey and Kindergarten teacher Marchelle Carson.
For more information on this years enrollment numbers, pick up this week's Lyman County Herald.
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