PIERRE -—Spring weather is always a gamble for South Dakota’s two horse racing meets, and this year betting was down at both Aberdeen and Fort Pierre in comparison to 2012.
The best day for Fort Pierre in 2012 was the opening day. This year four of the five days were stronger than the comparable days from 2012.
The Aberdeen handle was down considerably. The 2013 total for six days was $219,228, while the 2012 total was $250,729. Five of the six days this year were behind comparable days in 2012.
Come Saturday, state government is losing another good public servant to retirement.
James “J.C.” Carpenter is stepping down as South Dakota director of homeland security.
Carpenter was the fourth person to hold the relatively new post since it was created in the wake of bin Laden's Sept. 11, 2001, airliner attacks and the still-unsolved anthrax mailings.
The first director, appointed on an ad hoc basis, was Janklow aide Deb Bowman. Second was John Berheim.
Berheim, a former Highway Patrol officer, was state director of emergency management when Gov. Mike Rounds created the first Office of Homeland Security in 2003 as part of his executive reorganization. Berheim retired in fall 2008.
John Bock succeeded Berheim and stayed 14 months. Bock came in March 2009 from Florida, where he was the director of homeland security in the Broward County sheriff’s office. Bock was succeeded by Carpenter in April 2010.
Carpenter, a former major in the Highway Patrol, previously was state director of highway safety, where he started in December 2007. He spent 29 years in the Highway Patrol and 35 years overall in state government.