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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Idaho Fish and Game

Last year, Fish and Game biologists placed more than 500 remotely-programmed cameras around the state, capturing upwards of 11 million pictures of wildlife so far. Since then, these photos were run through a mathematical model aiding the department in producing population counts.


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Can almond or oat beverages use the word milk on their labels? The dairy industry has been fighting for the Food and Drug Administration to say “no.” This week, a bipartisan group of senators, including Idaho Sens. Jim Risch and Mike Crapo, signed a letter calling on FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn to “ensure that dairy terms may only be used to describe products that include dairy.”


The Idaho Fish and Game Commission’s Annual Meeting begins Wednesday in Boise. Rachel Cohen tells us what to expect from that gathering.


After a Facebook post from last weekend showing elk quarters ready to be processed was shared widely, Idaho Fish and Game has been trying to set the record straight on the details of the kills. 


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U.S. Fish & Wildlife

Twenty-five years ago this week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reintroduced gray wolves to Yellowstone National Park and Central Idaho. Fifteen wolves were brought to Idaho in 1995 and 20 more were released one year later.



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On a Saturday afternoon in December, Mariana Santini opened her locker in the basement of the Limelight Hotel in Ketchum. It was her first week of work as a food runner. She greeted co-workers in Spanish, and then went upstairs to the lobby to begin her shift.

Frankie Barnhill

Idaho’s net farm income for 2019 is expected to be up 50% from 2018. Net farm income, which represents revenue minus the costs of inputs and production, could reach $2.7 billion — a record high.


City of Twin Falls

Suzanne Hawkins will take over as the mayor of Twin Falls for a two-year term. Shawn Barigar, who had lead the city for four years, was not nominated by other council members to continue in his role, and he did not nominate himself.

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Benjamin Reed has been a staple on Spanish-language radio in the Magic Valley for 20 years. When he started doing his primary show, La Perrona on 99.1 FM, Reed realized he was filling a gap that extended beyond playing Latin music.


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Migrant bald eagles that nest in Canada and the Pacific Northwest often come down to Idaho for the winter. One popular spot to view the birds is southeast of Hagerman. Just outside the doors of the West Point Shack, a modest roadside cafe, eagles have made a tall cottonwood tree their wintering ground. They perch on the upper branches early in the morning.


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This week, Idaho Governor Brad Little and the two counties in the state in which refugee resettlement occurs sent letters to the Trump administration affirming their support for resettlement to continue locally.

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Affordable housing in the resort town of Ketchum hit another roadblock last week. A project there will not receive low income housing tax credits that would have made more affordable units available.


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After a $25 million jail bond failed to pass in Twin Falls County this November, the county commissioners are scrambling for a solution to jail overcrowding. On Monday morning, a submittee tasked with brainstorming options presented its recommendations to the comissioners.


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Update on 12/11/19: 


The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday evening that would make it easier for farmworkers to gain legal status in the U.S.



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After months of negotiations, the House Democrats threw their support behind a new trade deal to replace NAFTA. The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) is largely seen as a success for the Trump Administration.

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Dogs, known for their keen sense of smell, can detect things like illicit drugs, invasive species and even if someone is having a stroke. Now a team of researchers from Colorado State University are looking at whether canines may also be able to sense the presence of avian influenza.


Sam Giffin

Hempitecture and its co-founders Matthew Mead and Tommy Gibbons made Forbes Magazine’s annual "30 Under 30 list," honoring individuals 30 years or younger who have started companies or made other significant achievements.



When farmers use more efficient irrigation technology, it doesn’t always mean less water is used on crops. That’s according to a national report published by the Government Accountability Office in November.


Joshua Wells / Sun Valley Resort

Bogus Basin was the first ski resort in Idaho to open some terrain on Fridays through Sundays a couple weeks ago. This week more lifts around the state will start running.


The House Judiciary Committee passed this bill last week 18-12. Co-sponsors hope it receives a vote on the floor of the House of Representatives soon.

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Water levels in the aquifer that much of Idaho relies on for irrigation and drinking water have rebounded over the past 10 years.


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The College of Southern Idaho has received a grant from Idaho's Workforce Development Council to expand its non-traditional teacher certification program that began last year with 19 students.


Hollis Rumpeltes Architects

Blaine County’s Hunger Coalition is set to purchase a new building across the street from its Bellevue location that will triple the size of its current space.


National Centers for Environmental Information

Last month was the coldest October on record in Idaho, according to NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information. Records for statewide average temperatures date back to 1895.


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The Camp Fire erupted in Paradise, California one year ago and displaced about 50,000 people. Many stayed in Butte County, but others moved away, in search of affordable places to live. Sunni Hutchison was evacuated last year and is now living in Twin Falls.