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Effort to Save Spearfish Hatchery Will Continue

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SPEARFISH, S.D. (AP) — The battle to keep the D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery in Spearfish open will extend into next year.

A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service report says the hatchery system needs to make changes in the coming months to be sustainable financially.

Spearfish Mayor Dana Boke tells the Black Hills Pioneer that the report isn’t a surprise. Boke says officials who traveled to Washington, D.C., in September to advocate for the Spearfish hatchery came back with the knowledge that it would be a prolonged fight.

The Spearfish hatchery was targeted for closure in late summer due to federal budget cuts, prompting supporters to send thousands of letters, emails and phone calls.

Fish and Wildlife says no hatcheries will close this year, but closures might be necessary in fiscal 2015.

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