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94¢85061910October 16, 2013
When faced with predator con-trol or wildlife damage issues,livestock producers and landown-ers in Ziebach and NorthwestMeade County can contactSpencer Lynch, the new WildlifeDamage Specialist for S.D. Game,Fish & Parks.Focused on protecting privatelandowner’s assets from preda-tors, Lynch is a skilled trapperwho has a degree in Wildlife Con-servation Management from Mis-souri Western University.“Our selection process is exten-sive. We were impressed bySpencer’s background and trap-ping skills. He grew up trappingcoyote, fox, beaver and is eager toput these skills to use protectinglivestock from predators,” saysMike Kintigh, Regional Supervi-sor for S.D. GF&P.Growing up in the Ozarks of Southwest Missouri, Lynch spenthis youth hunting and fishing. Asa young teen he began trappingand selling furs to local fur buy-ers. When it came time to choosea career, he says all he wanted todo was trap professionally, so hepursued a degree in Wildlife Man-agement.“When you’re trapping, eachday is different. I enjoy workingoutdoors and learning about theanimals and their habitat,” saysLynch, who spent time before hegraduated interning for S.D.GF&P as a Wildlife Damage Spe-cialist, trapping in northeastSouth Dakota.New to the area, Lynch willspend time between calls for as-sistance with getting to know thearea landowners and understand-ing the predator issues that im-pact the counties he serves. He isreplacing Wildlife Damage Spe-cialist, Brad Buescher, who
New Wildlife Damage Specialist serves Meade &Ziebach Counties
The Faith City Councildis-cussed health insurance and thewater connection ordinance at aspecial meeting on Wednesday,October 9th.Council heard from SandiNelson via phone abouttheHealth Pool insurance plansavailable through the MunicipalLeague. Mayor Haines asked herhowObamaCare is going to af-
fect anything. Nelson said theyare 100% compliant and didn’tfeel it will affect their plans inany way. She explained that theCity would be billed one lumpsum and they bill it out to theemployees. They are required topre-certify hospitalization.Karen Butler reviewed theircurrent plan with Butler Insur-
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City Council settles water ordinance
By Loretta Passolt
 Anyone impacted by the re-cent western South Dakota snowstorm can call 2-1-1 or877.708.4357 for any storm-re-lated concerns.Producers living in Harding,Perkins, Ziebach, Shannon,Jackson, Jones, Bennett andMellette counties will need tocall 877.708.4357 to reach thehelpline.The helpline can answer ques-tions regarding animal removalfrom agricultural properties,documentation of livestocklosses, livestock identificationand provide contact informationfor other assistance programs.Producers experiencing emo-tional distress can also call forsupport or to find counseling re-sources. Agencies needing volun-teers and individuals interestedin volunteering to help shoulddial 2-1-1 or call 877.708.4357for assistance.In the coming weeks, thehelpline is available to field callsfrom volunteers that would liketo help in identifying and docu-menting dead livestock, volun-teers available for farm or ranchrepair (ex. heavy equipment, re-pairing and re-building infra-structure), volunteers that haveprofessional finance experience,and volunteers who are willingto field questions from those af-fected and help citizens withmental health needs. Agriculture is South Dakota'sNo. 1 industry, generating over$21 billion in annual economicactivity and employing morethan 122,000 South Dakotans.The South Dakota Departmentof Agriculture's mission is to pro-mote, protect, preserve and im-prove this industry for today andtomorrow. Visit us online athttp://sdda.sd.gov or find us onFacebook athttps://www.face-book.com/SDAgDept and Twitter@SDAgriculture.
Help line available to producers andothers affected by western S.D.snow storm, and to volunteers
moved to the Philip district.“Spencer is equipped andready to begin assisting produc-ers and landowners with predatorcontrol issues and game animaldamage,” says John Kanta, Re-gional Wildlife Manager for S.D.GF&P.Lynch joins a team of 24 S. D.GF&P Wildlife Damage Special-ists who work in counties acrossSouth Dakota. In 2013 they re-sponded to more than 1,900 re-quests and worked with morethan 1,200 livestock producers tostop predators. This year, the joint efforts of S. D. GF&P, Pred-ator Control Districts and USDA Wildlife Services resulted in theremoval of 8,058 coyotes,statewide.Kanta encourages all Ziebachand northwest Meade Countylivestock producers and landown-ers to contact Lynch with all theirpredator control and wildlifedamage issues. Lynch can be con-tacted by calling 605-967-2055.
October 16, 2013 • The Faith Independent
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 A helping hand to our friends and neighbors
In South Dakota, we prideourselves on our hard work, per-sistence and self-reliance. Ourancestors tamed the prairie andlived through difficult times, andthese South Dakota values havebeen passed down through thegenerations.We also learn in SouthDakota to care for our neighbors.Whether it’s a natural disasteror a personal tragedy, SouthDakotans always come togetherto lend a helping hand to thosein need. We learn that early inour lives. It becomes so in-grained in us that when we areneeded, we simply show up.That’s just part of being a neigh-bor, and in tough times, SouthDakota is one big neighborhood.This is a very tough time inwestern South Dakota. Ourfriends and neighbors there con-tinue to respond to the recentdisaster, during which much of West River was hit with one of the largest blizzards in our his-tory. Homeowners lost trees, ex-perienced property damage andwent without power for days.Businesses suffered from col-lapsed roofs or other damagethat will require repairs beforethey can reopen.Many ranchers suffered dev-astating losses. The early winterweather created a “perfectstorm” that killed thousands – probably tens of thousands – of cattle and other livestock. Theseanimals mean something morethan just net worth, and losingthem has put our ranchers in anunthinkable position.We need to do what we can tohelp our friends and neighborsduring their time of need. If youare able to help those affected bythe blizzard, please call 211 or877-708-4357 to offer your assis-tance.In addition, a Rancher Relief Fund has been set up to help ourlivestock producers. The fund isa cooperative effort of the SouthDakota Cattlemen’s Association,the Stockgrowers Association,the Sheep Growers Associationand the Black Hills Area Com-munity Foundation. Linda and Imade a donation earlier thisweek, and I hope you will con-sider a gift as well. To donate tothe Rancher Relief Fund,visit www.giveblackhills.org andsearch "Rancher Relief Fund."Donors can also mail checks toRancher Relief Fund, PO Box231, Rapid City, S.D. 57709.South Dakota Cattlemen's As-sociation, South Dakota Stock-growers Association and SouthDakota Sheep Growers Associa-tion established the SouthDakota Rancher Relief FundOct. 8, 2013 with the Black Hills Area Community Foundation toprovide support and relief assis-tance to those in the agricultureindustry impacted by the bliz-zard of Oct. 4-7, 2013.The fund will be administeredby the South Dakota Stockgrow-ers Association, the SouthDakota Cattlemen's Associationand the South Dakota SheepGrowers Association for the di-rect benefit of the livestock pro-ducers impacted by thisdevastating blizzard.
To Donate
To donate to the Rancher Re-lief Fund visit, www.giveblack-hills.org and search "RancherRelief Fund" or click on this link:https://www.giveblackhills.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=Organiza-tions.Overview&Organization_ID=27677. Donors can also mailchecks to Black Hills Commu-nity Area Foundation/SDRancher Relief Fund made out tothe "Rancher Relief Fund." Ad-dress: PO Box 231, Rapid City,57709.
More about the sponsoringorganizations
The mission of the SouthDakota Cattlemen's Associationis to Advance and protect the in-terests of all cattlemen by en-hancing profitability throughrepresentation, promotion andinformation sharing. Our visionis to be a producer-oriented or-ganization that consumers andproducers rely on for factual in-formation to enhance a prof-itable business climate andpromote environmental steward-ship. To learn more visit,http://www.sdcattlemen.org/ orcontact Jodie Anderson at605.945.2333.The South Dakota Stockgrow-ers is a grassroots, non-profit or-ganization of independentlivestock producers dedicated tothe continued success and viabil-ity of the domestic livestock in-dustry. Since 1893 our missionhas remained unchanged, "topromote and protect the SouthDakota Livestock industry." Tolearn more visit, www.south-dakotastockgrowers.org or con-tact Silvia Christen at605.342.0429.The South Dakota SheepGrowers is the trade associationfor sheep producers of SouthDakota, representing both farmflocks and range operations. Weare a state member of the Amer-ican Sheep Industry, the sheepindustry voice involved in: meatsafety, marketing, regulationsthrough national education,communication and lobbyingand legislation. We focus onlamb and fiber promotion on astate-wide basis and keepingmembers updated on issues af-fecting the sheep industry. Tolearn more visit,www.sdsheep.org or contact,Max Matthews at 605.490.0726.
Donate to Rancher Relief Fund &help South Dakota producersdevastated by October blizzard
The recent snow storm inwestern South Dakota has cre-ated a tremendous amount of stress and anxiety for many inour area. You and your neigh-bors probably are still trying tomake sense of what happenedand questioning how you willdeal with the losses you are ex-periencing.Common reactions to stressfulevents like this include:Disbelief and shockFear and anxiety about the fu-tureDifficulty making decisions orconcentratingIrritability and angerFeeling powerlessLoss of appetite or overeatingHeadaches, back pain andstomach problemsNot sleeping or sleeping toomuchIncreased use of alcohol ordrugsSadnessFeeling hopeless and helplessDepressionThese are all normal reactionsto life’s struggles, setbacks, anddisappointments. It is ‘normal’ tohave difficulty managing yourfeelings after a traumatic event.However if you don’t deal withthe stress, it can be harmful toyour mental and physical health.Following are some tips for cop-ingduring stressful times:
Talk to someone about it.
By talking with others, you canrelieve stress and realize thatothers share your feelings.
Spend time with friendsand family.
Encourage them toshare their concerns and feelingswith you.
Take care of yourself.
Getplenty of rest and exercise, andeat properly.
Limit exposure to imagesof the disaster.
Continuing towatch or read news about it willonly increase your stress.
Make time for activitiesyou enjoy.
This can help getyour mind off the disaster andkeep the stress in check.
Do one thing at a time.
Fo-cusing on one task at a time andcompleting it gives you a sense of accomplishment.
Do something positive.
Helping other people gives you asense of purpose in a situationthat feels “out of control”.
 Avoid excessive drinkingor drugs.
It may temporarilyseem to remove stress, but itgenerally creates additionalproblems that can compound thestress you were feeling.
 Ask for help when youneed it.
If feelings of stress andanxiety do not go away or are sointense that they interfere withyour ability to function in dailylife, talk with a relative, friend,doctor or minister about gettinghelp.
is different fromnormal sadness in that it engulfsyour day-to-day life. Whenyou’re feeling extremely de-pressed, problems don’t seemtemporary –they seem over-whelming and permanent. Butwith time, you will feel better,especially if you reach out forhelp. Don’t try to cope alone.
Depression is a major riskfactor for suicide.
The deep de-spair and hopelessness that goesalong with depression can makesuicide feel like the only way toescape the pain.Suicide warning signs in-clude:•Talking about killing orharming one’s self •Expressing strong feelings of hopelessness or being trapped•An unusual preoccupationwith death or dying•Acting recklessly, as if theyhave a death wish (e.g. speeding,not stopping at intersections)•Calling or visiting people tosay goodbye
Coping with disaster related stress -depression - suicide
•Getting affairs in order (giv-ing away prized possessions,tying up loose ends)•Saying things like “Everyonewould be better off without me”or “I want out”•A sudden switch from beingextremely depressed to actingcalm and happyTake any suicidal talk or be-havior seriously. If you think aneighbor, friend or family mem-ber is considering suicide, ex-press your concern and let themknow that there are many peoplewho want to support them dur-ing this difficult time. PLEASEreach out and encourage them toseek professional help immedi-ately. Talking openly about sui-cidal thoughts and feelings cansave lives!For more information oremergency/crisis interventionservices contact:Three Rivers Mental Healthand Chemical Dependency Cen-ter, 11 East 4th Street - PO Box447, Lemmon, SD 57638, 605-374-3862or1-800-658-3900
email us at faithind@faithsd.com

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