NewsJuly 01 2015

Scavenging through the county

Posted by Lucy

Jamie Griffith (left) of Presho and Brittany Kieffer of Kennebec partnered up for the 4th annual Scavenger’s Journey Saturday traveling to Kimball to start, then working their way back to Presho along the old Hwy 16 route through Pukwana, Chamberlain, Oacoma, and Reliance. The girls were proud of their bargains discovered along the route, especially the old Casey’s Cafe sign, which Jamie bought for her husband Casey. From reports the Herald collected, the vendors, local businesses and scavengers were happy with the event and look forward to next year.

NewsJuly 01 2015

WCE Cooperative finishes up repairs after weekend storms

Posted by Lucy

MURDO, SD -- West Central Electric Cooperative in Murdo is in the process of finishing up repairs after a series of storms ravaged the area on the night of Friday, June 19th and in the early morning hours of Monday, June 22nd.

"After the storm Friday night we had a fair amount of damage from Philip to Oacoma, that took poles down and left members without power. As we were surveying the area and beginning to make those repairs, we got hit with another significant weather system that did much more damage early Monday morning," said West Central Electric (WCE) Cooperative General Manager, Steve Reed.

Employees from West Central flew the lines after Friday’s storm to survey the damage and begin the repair process. "As we began to restore power to everyone affected by Friday’s storm, we got hit again by a stronger storm early Monday morning," Reed continued.

West Central flew the lines again after Monday’s storm and found significantly more damage. Straight line winds were recorded at 122 miles per hour in the Hayes area Monday morning and took down 27 poles (18 structures) on the main transmission line leaving just five of

the 18 substations online. The winds also brought down approximately 250 distribution poles leaving more than 5500 meters without power after the two storms.

All of the WCE members were back online by June 26, thanks in large part, to the efforts of extra help brought in from other electric cooperatives in the area. "We recruited 25 extra linemen to help us get things back online, and they really helped move the process along, working 16-18 hour days in rough and muddy conditions," said Reed. "Rain has continued to hamper the restoration process but everyone buckled down and got the job done. My hat is off to all of them." In total five lineman from Butte Electric Cooperative, four from West River Electric Cooperative, 4 from Cherry-Todd Electric Cooperative, eight from Moreau-Grand Electric Cooperative and two from Oahe Electric Cooperative aided in the restoration efforts.

NewsJune 24 2015

Posted by Lucy

Scavenger's Journey Friday, Saturday and Sunday June 26-28!

Pick up a guidebook at Hutch's Cafe or at the Pioneer Museum in Presho

Garage and Yard sales

Home breakfast at the Museum Fri. & Sat. 7:30 am  - 10:00 am

Flea market at the museum

Lunch at the Eastern Star  Sat. 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

NewsJune 24 2015

High winds damage structures,

Posted by Lucy

High winds damage structures, downed power lines around Lyman County

Photo of the 5th wheel camper laid over by strong winds at the Kennebec KOA Kampground Saturday, June 20

A severe thunderstorm rolled into Lyman County in the early morning hours Saturday, June 20 packing winds 80 to 90 miles per hour and possibly higher that left many homes and businesses with structural damage and broken windows, uprooted trees and downed electrical power poles and transmission lines.
A weather recording instrument located at Randy Yost’s hanger at the Presho City airport registered a wind gust of 104 mph.
Strong winds blew in an overhead door on a garage at the Budget Host Motel in Kennebec then took the roof and part of the back wall of the brick structure down. Vehicles parked at Prairie Dust Bar and at the motel were hit by flying rock and gravel which broke out windows. The motel and the home of owners Todd and Barb Meier also suffered wind damage including lost windows due to flying debris.
Lyman School buses parked at Halvorson Oil and vehicles and campers in the parking lot of Hot Rod’s Steakhouse also had broken windows from flying rocks and gravel.
The wind took it’s toil on the KOA Kampground at Kennebec tipping over camper trailers, blowing over tents, trees and taking off part of the roof on the north side of the office.
“The ceiling is coming in on the registration area,” said Teri Calahan, one of the KOA owners.
Dick and Nancy Rapacilo of Kalispell, Montana were camping on the far west side of the campground Friday night on their way home to Montana following a 6-week vacation to the east coast. According to Nancy, her husband had went to bed about 11 PM but she sat up and watched the storm as it approached from the west.
“It was quite a light show,” said Nancy Saturday morning in reference to the lightening the night before.
Nancy said with increasing winds, she got worried about the slide and woke her husband to help bring in the slide.  Dick woke up to the sound of strong winds and quickly told his wife to hang on because he thought they could flip over.
“There really wasn’t any rocking motion, just all of a sudden the trailer was slammed over on it’s side,” said Dick, who was sporting cuts and bruises.  “It happened so fast”!
The 2014 trailer was still attached to the pickup truck when it went over onto the exit side of the camper. The twisted hitch and dented front end of the camper rested on the pickup box on the passenger side.
Members of the Kennebec Fire Dept. arrived on the scene, following reports of tipped campers,  and broke out the back window of the trailer to free the Rapacilos. 
The couple picked through their belongings Saturday morning looking for salvageable items and waiting for a tow truck to right the camper and determine if the pickup was still drivable.
The couple rented a u-haul and cleaned out their trailer before proceeding on to Montana Monday afternoon.
The KOA remained closed Tuesday as the clean up continued.
See more story and photos in the June 24, 2015 issue of the Lyman County Herald

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