Grand River RoundUp

No rain this week and none in the forecast for next week, but this is certainly beautiful fall weather. All the neighbors are either working cows, shipping calves, or moving cattle to winter pastures and this weather is much appreciated by the cowboys!
Guest Columnist
The Great Western Cattle Trail quarterly meeting was at the High Plains Western Heritage Center in Spearfish Monday afternoon. Tom Davis brought a 1900 picture of cattle and cowboys at the road ranch where his place is now while the cattle were being trailed to Belle Fourche to be loaded on the train. We decided to have the last GWCTA meeting of the year on Dec. 11 at 6:00 p.m. so the members who are in the legislature can come. Let me know if this date won’t work for you and we’ll try to find a date that will work.
Harold Smolnikar gave a very informative presentation on agriculture property taxes during the Harding County commissioner meeting on Tuesday. Sen. Ryan Maher, Rep. Sam Marty, and Sen. Lance Russell joined ranchers and farmers from several western South Dakota counties who came to hear him and all agree that something needs to be done legislatively to change the flawed system.
The South Dakota Stockgrowers hosted a meeting about the Forest Service planning process in Buffalo at the Community Center at noon on Friday. The planning process that has already started includes discussions of two Wilderness designations in the Slim Buttes and other changes that could have serious effects on grazing in the Custer National Forest. Tom Troxel from the Black Hills Forest Resource Association presented a workshop on the forest service planning process and area ranchers learned how this planning process could affect their grazing allotments.
Kurt Hansen and Buck Buchanan from the Forest Service gave the audience a lot of information on the planning process that started in January 2016 and will be finalized at the end of 2019. There is a proposal to designate two areas of the Slim Buttes as Wilderness areas and if that happens it will be devastating to Harding County. Unit #3 is in the north end of the Slim Buttes and is 5,234 acres. Unit #29 is in the southern Slim Buttes east of Highway 79 and is 8,508 acres. When providing comments in opposition to these Wilderness proposals, use these unit numbers as a reference so the Planning Team can track better.
Everyone at the meeting had serious concerns about creating any Wilderness areas around here. There will be NO motorized vehicles allowed in the Wilderness and that includes ambulances and fire trucks. If there’s a fire, the fire department has to call the Forest Service in Bozeman to get permission to enter, which could take several days! No airplanes will be allowed to fly over the area, excluding the US Airforce and the federal predator control planes, so there goes any coyote control in that area. Ranchers with grazing allotments won’t be allowed to drive in to take care of water tanks, salt and mineral tubs, or to care for sick livestock. This will also stop any restoration recovery plans for the uranium exploration areas in the southern unit.
Here’s a link to the Citizens’ Guide to National Forest Planning that is very informative:
It is recommended that those of us who are opposed to the Wilderness plans for the Slim Buttes be very specific about why this is a very bad idea. Email your comments as soon as possible to the Custer-Gallatin National Forest headquarters in Bozeman at and also send copies of your comments to the White House, Sen. Thune, Sen. Rounds, and Rep. Noem using these contacts:
*President Donald Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC 20510
(202) 456-1414
*Sen. John Thune
U.S. Senate SD-511
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-2321
Toll-free: (866)850-3855
Fax: (202) 228-5429
*Sen. Mike Rounds
Hart Senate Office Bldg.,
Suite 502
Washington, DC 29510
Phone: (202)224-5842
Toll-free: (844) 875-5268
*Rep. Kristi Noem
U.S House of Representatives
2422 Rayburn HOB
Washington. DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-2801
Toll-free: (855) 225-2801
Guy, Megan, Cade, Creed and Cass came from Wyoming Friday night to spend all day Saturday helping Reub and Taz cut up the butcher cow. Sage and Alaina were having a first birthday party for Dathan in Reeder Saturday evening so Lanie, Matt and Trace came down from Dickinson for the party and helped with the butchering. Thad, Angie and Kanon came up from Sturgis just after lunch and Thad joined the butcher crew. With all these hands on duty, the butchering went pretty fast and the deep freezes were filled in time for all of us to make it to the party, where we all had a very enjoyable evening celebrating the little man’s birthday.
Can you answer these difficult questions?
*Why do we press harder on a remote control when we know the batteries are getting dead?
*If people evolved from apes, why are there still apes?
*Why is it that no matter what color bubble bath you use the bubbles are always white?
*Why do people keep running over a string a dozen times with their vacuum cleaner, then reach down, pick it up, examine it, then put it down to give the vacuum one more chance?
*Why is it that no plastic bag will open from the end on your first try?
*Why is it that whenever you attempt to catch something that’s falling off the table you always manage to knock something else over?
*Why do you never hear any father-in-law jokes?