Firefighters respond to Tuesday alley fire
At approximately 5 p.m. on June 8, smoke was detected from behind the restaurants on the northeast corner of South Pierre Street and Dakota Avenue.
The Pierre Volunteer Fire Department responded with five trucks and their crews. While police cars blocked that intersection and the intersection just to the east, and the alleyway between, firemen gathered at the entrance of the alley with charged hoses and other equipment.
Fire Capt. Cory Hoffrogge said the smoke came from plastic containers of most likely grease, which were inside cardboard boxes. That was put out quickly.
“It was behind the La Minestra and Gallos Mexican Restaurant in a weird ‘L’-shaped alley, a walkway,” Hoffrogge said. “We’re not really sure what ignited it and let it go as undetermined, and left it for the insurance company to determine if they want to.”
The firefighters found a bit of an extension with a hole in one of the buildings’ stucco exterior, where the fire got inside of an exterior wall. Crews used a K-12 circular saw to cut into the stucco so they could extinguish any flame or smoldering.
By 5:40 p.m. the fire, law enforcement, and ambulance crews were heading back to their bases.
Local jurisdictions wait on Health Dept.
The Fort Pierre City Council unanimously approved a temporary ordinance on Monday as a placeholder until the South Dakota Department of Health enacts its own rules regarding medical marijuana.
“It says in the ordinance that if you want a license to sell medical cannabis, you will have to apply for a license from the city,” Mayor Gloria Hanson said. “But this ordinance says we will not issue any permits or licenses for medical cannabis until the Department of Health promulgates their rules.”
South Dakota voters approved the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana during November’s General Election, though the ballot initiative for recreational marijuana is still tied up in court.
Medical marijuana is set to become legal across the state on July 1, but the state Department of Health has until Oct. 29 to enact its rules.
Rescue squad finds two jet skiers
The Pierre Fire Department Rescue Squad was dispatched to a report of a missing jet ski with two occupants at approximately 11:15 p.m. on June 7.
The jet ski was last seen leaving the Spring Creek Recreation area around 9:20 p.m.
The two using the jet ski were planning on making a quick trip across the lake to observe an item onshore. When they reached the shoreline on the Stanley County side of the lake, the jet ski became disabled. The jet ski was then subject to the wind and drifted southeast on Lake Oahe, where the two eventually came to rest on the Hughes County shoreline.
When the two occupants failed to return to the Spring Creek area, the family started a search by boat without luck. The family then called 911 to report the problem.
The Rescue Squad launched the rescue boats from the Spring Creek boat ramp and located the two within 1.5 hours of searching. Pierre Rescue covers land and water rescue for a large portion of the capital city area.
“Searching the Lake can be difficult as it is a large body of water. When it is dark, there are a lot of different bays and other areas that need to be checked” Fire Chief Ian Paul said. “Thankfully we have some great resources in the area that assisted us with our search.”
During the search, there were four boats on the water, one aircraft using thermal imaging and some ground crews checking shorelines. Assisting with the search was Highway Patrol, Game Fish Parks, Hughes County Sheriff’s Office, Sully County Sheriff’s Office, a privately owned boater and assistance from the Central South Dakota Communications Dispatch Center.
Rawlins magic show coming
Rawlins Municipal Library is hosting a 45-minute Reading Safari Magic Show on Saturday at 3 p.m. at the YMCA gym.
Magician Jeff Quinn will use wild creatures and sneaky snakes throughout his show to encourage kids to read.
“This event fits nicely into our summer reading program,” Library Director Robin Schrupp said. “Tails and Tales is the theme, so it’s totally appropriate to bring animals into the mix.”