Tom Griffith, Rapid City Journal

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Past articles by Tom:

Two years later, anniversary of Las Vegas massacre renews gun control debate

LAS VEGAS — In the two years since the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, the federal government and states have tightened some gun regulations. → Read More

Nearly a quarter of SD school districts adopt 4-day calendar

According to the South Dakota Department of Education, 34 school districts, or nearly 23 percent of the 149 districts statewide, are maintaining a four-day school week in the current academic → Read More

Premiere Party: Deadwood set to host showing of HBO movie May 31

It’s been 13 years since HBO unceremoniously canceled its beloved series “Deadwood,” after three seasons, which some had dubbed “the Sopranos with six-guns.” → Read More

DEADWOOD DUDETTE: VFW cook reigns as queen of burger night

For more than two decades, Judy Woodworth has reigned as the queen of burger night at Deadwood’s VFW Post 5969, where you’ll find half the town slugging beers and other → Read More

Challenges remain with teacher pay

South Dakota no longer has the lowest-paid teachers in the nation, but education officials caution that lawmakers must maintain an aggressive approach to funding if that status is to continue. → Read More

Expanded gambling in S.D. could pay off for Yankton

Representatives of the Yankton Area Progressive Growth group had hoped the South Dakota Legislature would approve placing the constitutional amendment on the statewide ballot in fall 2018. However, their measure → Read More

Rural New Underwood water system on track to fix high radium levels

NEW UNDERWOOD | After three years of work and assistance from the state, a rural water system serving about 150 residents north of New Underwood is on schedule to mitigate → Read More

BHSU's Big Eagle joins tribal leadership program

SPEARFISH | Valeriah Big Eagle has big plans. → Read More

'Veteran Stand Down' event set for Thursday

The Department of Veterans Affairs Black Hills Health Care System will host a Veteran Stand Down event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, Rushmore → Read More

Deadwood burglaries lead to advisory

DEADWOOD | Following a rash of vehicle burglaries in this Northern Hills tourist town, police are urging local residents and visitors to lock their unattended vehicles and report suspicious activity. → Read More

Q&A: What's in store for Deadwood gaming?

In light of recent downturns in revenues for Deadwood gaming operators, the Journal caught up with Mike Rodman, executive director of the Deadwood Gaming Association, on Friday and asked about → Read More

Celebrity Hotel and Casino files for bankruptcy protection

DEADWOOD | Just two months after actor-director Kevin Costner shuttered the doors on his once-celebrated Midnight Star casino, another Main Street hotel and casino has filed for bankruptcy protection. → Read More

Lost in battle, Sgt. Iyotte returns home

WHITE RIVER | After being lost for 66 years on a battlefield a world away, Sgt. Philip James Iyotte returned home to South Dakota last week. In so doing, the → Read More

Lab head, physicist say Lead experiment poses no radiation risks

LEAD | The leader of the Sanford Underground Research Facility and a scientist with the Fermilab near Chicago say a billion-dollar groundbreaking research experiment poses no health risks from radiation → Read More

Lead presents haunted tour

LEAD | With nearly 100 community volunteers, including Boys and Girls Club members, a sculpture class from Lead-Deadwood High School, adult “Get Plastered” events at two local pubs, and assistance → Read More

New Spearfish city head focuses on town's 'expansive growth'

SPEARFISH | A month after assuming the mantle as the new Spearfish city administrator, Michael Harmon still hasn’t found the time to hang his whopper walleye on the wall of → Read More

Residents express concerns over DUNE impacts

LEAD | During an informational session Tuesday night, local residents expressed concerns over the potential health, environmental and economic impacts of the Long-Based Neutrino Facility — the largest project in → Read More

New trestle signs greet Lead, Deadwood visitors

DEADWOOD | After standing for nearly 90 years, a towering trestle sign between the sister cities of Lead and Deadwood received a face-lift last week. → Read More

'Longmire' author Craig Johnson recalls road to success

SPEARFISH | New York Times best-selling author Craig Johnson was fresh off a sold-out Thursday night presentation at Black Hills State University when he sauntered into a conference room full → Read More

Flight returns to Rapid City airport after landing gear issues

A Delta Airlines flight from Rapid City to Minneapolis was forced to turn around Thursday morning after it encountered issues with its landing gear. → Read More