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Industrial Hemp is Not the Answer


As a farmer and rancher, I would be thrilled to get a new crop into the hands of our producers, especially as our ag markets struggle. A new source of revenue for farmers would be great. But industrial hemp is not the answer. Legalizing industrial hemp legalizes marijuana by default. I asked my cabinet and other experts in state government […]

Letter to the Editor…

Dear Dewey County Commissioners, Timber Lake & Area Development Board of Directors and Members respectfully request that the Dewey County Commissioners restore FY-2020 funding for the Dewey County 4-H program because 4-H is a valuable asset to all the communities in the county.  4-H builds young leaders, who understand the importance of volunteering and giving back to their community.  4-H […]

At the Heart of It: The inevitable variation of each day requires daily practice and preparation


Words well up and evaporate into the thirsty, fall air. Summer winds down, holding onto the days like winter clasped its hold this past spring. Even with climate change teasing us with extreme variations in a day, summer will fall, fall will freeze, and winter will have its way. Meanwhile, we will wake each morning to our lives, dressed in […]

Letter to the Editor

The following letter is in response a vote on August 6 by the Dewey County Commissioners to cut the county budget for Extension/4-H in the amount of $34,590 from the county budget for fiscal year 2020. The Commission will meet on September 3, at the Dewey County Courthouse in Timber Lake.  Dear Dewey County Commissioners, Timber Lake & Area Development […]

Letter to the Editor

The following letter is in response a vote on August 6 by the Dewey County Commissioners to cut the county budget for Extension/4-H in the amount of $34,590 from the county budget for fiscal year 2020. The Commission will meet on September 3, at the Dewey County Courthouse in Timber Lake.  Dear Dewey County Commissioners, Timber Lake & Area Development […]

The good spirit of competition pushes us to the brink of our best selves


When in elementary school and even junior high, I loved to race against my friends from this tree to the second driveway. I was always a winner in my eyes because I either won or was very close to winning, or I was racing someone who was obviously going to be faster than me. Even when I was out of […]

Gardening and home Improvement tips


Greetings to everyone, I hope all is going well with your home and garden. Thank you again for your continued following of this weekly column. Signs of fall or signs of stress in plants You may see the leaves at the tops of large trees starting to change color, and you might be wondering “is this a start to an […]

We will be remembered by what we leave behind

Tracking a careless traveler is easy. He or she will leave a trail of footprints, broken branches, and in today’s world, a path littered with wrappers, plastic and cans. Fair weekend is fast-approaching, and we as a community will be challenged with the perspectives of people who come from other places to enjoy the hospitality, competitions, and landscapes for which […]

People are strengthened by what people cannot give

People are strengthened by what people cannot give By Jody Rust What a person cannot give in a relationship is as important as what a person can give. Growing up, I established expectations for my parents based on what I saw other parents do or not do for or with their children. For a period of time, I spent my […]

A New Beginning


Hau mitakuyapi. Yá’át’ééh shik’éí dóó shidine’é (Hello my relatives and my people). It is my honor to write this editorial as the new Managing Editor of the West River Eagle. First of all, I would like to express my utmost gratitude and heartfelt thanks to my predecessor, Jody Rust, for her mentorship, guidance and friendship during my time with the […]


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