Rachel Cohen

Reporter, South Central Idaho

Rachel Cohen joined Boise State Public Radio in 2019 as a Report for America corps member. She is the station's Twin Falls-based reporter, covering the Magic Valley and the Wood River Valley.

Rachel began her journalism career working at a local newspaper in Vermont. She interned on NPR's Science Desk in Washington, D.C., where she reported on food and health, and has most recently worked at New Hampshire Public Radio as a producer for All Things Considered. In New Hampshire, Rachel also contributed to coverage of state politics and the early days of the 2020 presidential primary.

She is a graduate of Middlebury College in Vermont, and enjoys spending her weekends in the mountains.

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Lake Coeur d’Alene has well-documented water quality issues after decades of mining in the region. Millions of tons of metal sediments lie at the bottom of the lake. Scientists say there are declining oxygen levels and that could force the metals to rise and contaminate the rest of the water.




Idaho Fish and Game

Idaho Fish and Game Commissioners are considering changes for big game hunting for the 2021-2022 season. Some proposals would expand gray wolf hunting and trapping.



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A big group of essential workers will be eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine around the beginning of April. They include food and agriculture workers and the Idaho National Guard. But in terms of who comes after them, members of Idaho's coronavirus vaccine committee didn't come to a decision in their meeting Friday.



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A new data report from the Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs finds the Hispanic and Latino/Latina populations in Idaho continue to be drivers for growth in the state.

Many Idaho seniors are frustrated, as they haven’t been able to get a COVID-19 vaccine appointment. But state health officials are hopeful vaccinations will ramp up shortly.


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For Idaho farmers, the COVID-19 pandemic began with milk rushing down drains and potatoes piled sky-high by roadsides. But things didn’t stay that way for long — Idaho ended up breaking its record for net farm income last year.


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According to state data released this week, some health districts have given out a small percentage of COVID-19 vaccine doses they’ve received. 


Governor Brad Little promised the state would increase transparency around the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. A new data dashboard, which launched Monday, shows where doses are being allocated and shots are getting into arms. 




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The city of Hailey passed a resolution Monday night that instructs police officers to leave immigration enforcement to the federal government.

Nationally, Idaho is toward the bottom of states in a number of rankings measuring COVID-19 vaccine rollout. The state is asking the White House to adjust it's weekly allotment. As of now, the weekly doses are set to increase slightly, from 20,000 first doses a week to more than 25,000.


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More than 300 hospitals, clinics and pharmacies in Idaho are registered to give the COVID-19 vaccines to people, but in a few rural counties, there's only one place currently able to administer the shots. 

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As Idaho vaccine providers opened up appointments to residents 65 years of age and older, seniors across the state frantically called hotlines and refreshed web pages in hopes of getting one of the prized slots for the limited doses. 

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Sixteen states and the District of Columbia allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses. That includes western states like Utah, Washington and Nevada. A new report released this week highlights what it would mean for Idaho to join them.


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Long-term care residents and staff are in the highest priority group for the COVID-19 vaccine because they have been hot spots for COVID-19 outbreaks. The residents are more at risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19. For many of the residents, the vaccine also offers the hope of a return to normal life.

St. Luke's Health System

The South Central Public Health District in Twin Falls offered COVID-19 vaccines to its board members. It's the only health district in the state to take this step.



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In the beginning of February another large group of Idahoans will be able to get the COVID-19 vaccine.



School board trustees in Blaine County chose a new superintendent Thursday night, marking a new chapter for the school district, which has dealt with several controversies in the past few years.



The pandemic has brought Idaho’s public health districts into the spotlight. Many of their decisions — from mask mandates to recommendations for online schooling — have been heavily scrutinized, attracting large crowds to meetings and sometimes protests, too.


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Some frontline workers in Idaho will be able to receive a COVID-19 vaccine earlier than expected.



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Idaho’s COVID-19 vaccine advisory committee voted to move adults 65 and older up on the state’s priority list on Friday.