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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There are 11 candidates running for four seats on the Twin Falls City Council. Seven candidates did not report any campaign contributions by the first campaign finance reporting deadline this month. 



Idaho Department of Environmental Quality

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has released a five-year report on the status of an abandoned mine near Triumph, an unincorporated town southeast of Ketchum, home to about 65 people.

Bald Mountain, Sun Valley
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The U.S. Forest Service and the National Forest Foundation are holding community forums this fall to come up with solutions for forest health issues on Bald Mountain. The Forest Service and the Idaho Conservation League are holding a "Science Pub" talk on this topic on Wednesday evening at the Sawtooth Brewery Public House in Ketchum.


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This weekend, the Sun Valley area celebrated an industry that was around even before skiing. The Trailing of the Sheep festival tells the history of the sheepherding industry in the valley that is still very much alive today.

The anterless elk hunt will look a bit different this fall in the Wood River Valley.

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Over a dozen rows of blue solar panels stand in a grassy lot. This is the new solar field opened by Clif Bar. The panels will produce about a third of the energy needs for the company’s manufacturing plant in Twin Falls.


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Last week, researchers from the University of Idaho began taking soil samples on the site of the nation's largest research dairy.


Idaho Statesman

A national scorecard out this week, which ranks states by energy efficiency, puts Idaho in the middle of the pack — it tied for 30th place.



If you arrive in Ketchum from the south entrance, on the right side of the road you’ll pass a fenced-off lot that has been excavated and looks abandoned.


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Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Wyoming announced it is taking another step toward operating its ski lifts on renewable energy.



The Trump administration has announced new limits for refugees coming to the U.S. Next year, 18,000 refugees will be admitted to the United States. It’s the fewest that will be able to come since the current refugee program began in 1980.


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Updated post 9/23/19


Following public hearings throughout the summer, the Blaine County Commissioners have filed a complaint against the Flying Heart Ranch Owners’ Association in the county court.


Courtesy of Governor Brad Little

Governor Brad Little and other Idaho officials are in Europe this week to foster economic relations with business leaders who have investment interests in Idaho. A visit to the Netherlands is part of an effort to bring new industry to the state.

Pioneer Irrigation District

The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army for Civil Works announced they are repealing part of the Clean Water Act — specifically, a 2015 rule that expanded the definition of which waters are protected.


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Nine religious leaders — priests, bishops, an imam and a rabbi — sat at the front of a lecture hall at the College of Southern Idaho. They all lead congregations in the Magic Valley. And each month, they gather in a different house of worship to talk about how their religions approach various spiritual ideas.


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County commissioners from across the West, including about a dozen from Idaho, are in Washington, D.C., this week to ask members of Congress to fund a program called Payments in Lieu of Taxes.


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Idaho State Senator Bert Brackett will not seek re-election after next session. The longtime legislator made the announcement Tuesday morning.

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Cassia County public school maintenance and custodial workers are no longer state employees. As of the beginning of this month, they work for a private company, ABM Industries. The school district says this will save money, but some employees are concerned they will receive fewer benefits.

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Temp Ray Patterson, a plastic surgeon from Burley, pleaded guilty in a federal court Wednesday to giving counterfeit breast implants to nine women.


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The plan to tear down the former Idaho Youth Ranch retail building in Twin Falls is being sent back to the city's Planning and Zoning board, despite receiving approval from the board and the city council.


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The Twin Falls County Fair kicked off at the fairgrounds in Filer Wednesday. As usual, the day started bright and early as 4-H students showed their animals.

Bald Mountain, Sun Valley
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Sun Valley is increasing air service to the Friedman Memorial Airport in Hailey for the upcoming holiday season. The nonprofit leading the expansion, Fly Sun Valley Alliance, says it's in preparation for Sun Valley Resort joining the Epic ski pass group.

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Downtown Twin Falls will soon look a little different. The old Idaho Youth Ranch building that’s been sitting empty for over a year will be torn down this fall, and in its place will be the tallest building on the block by a whole lot.



Early on a Monday morning, Erin Hiatt is baking some sweet treats. She fills up her measuring cup with water, adds it to the mixing bowl and turns on the KitchenAid.


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Governor Little, Twin Falls Mayor Shawn Barigar and Chobani CEO Hamdi Ulukaya delivered remarks before a ribbon cutting ceremony Monday at the company's new research and development center in Twin Falls.