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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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.

Bogus Basin Recreation Area

Consecutive years of low snowpack might become more common in the Western United States. That’s according to a study out Thursday from the University of Idaho.


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At a second public hearing on Tuesday, Blaine County Commissioners voted unanimously to move forward with a lawsuit against the Flying Heart Ranch homeowners for restricting access to the Big Wood River. This decision comes after an unsuccessful attempt to resolve parking issues with the HOA.


Soldier Mountain

You might look to Craigslist for an apartment, a bike, maybe even a gig. Now, add to that a ski resort.


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At a Blaine County Commissioners meeting on Tuesday, Wood River Valley residents voiced their concerns about a Hailey subdivision that is blocking access to the Big Wood River.


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Farmers in Idaho are dealing with the fallout from retaliatory tariffs as part of the U.S.-China trade war. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s relief program sent money to farmers across the country last year.


Idaho House Republican Caucus

Republican House leaders and Magic Valley representatives addressed a standing-room-only crowd in Twin Falls Wednesday night during a town hall. The lawmakers reflected on the last legislative session and Majority Caucus Chair Megan Blanksma moderated questions from constituents.


Idaho National Laboratory

Update 07/26/19 9:15 a.m.: The fire, which burned 113,000 acres and was 60% contained on Thursday morning, is expected to be fully contained by Friday evening, according to the INL.


Update 07/24/19 1:50 p.m.: As of Wednesday morning, the Sheep Fire has burned 110,000 acres. Non-essential employees were told not to come into work Wednesday until further notice. The INL says this is the biggest fire in the lower-48 states so far this year.



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Two years ago, Ruby Horton was sitting in a room at the Limelight Hotel in Ketchum. She was there to support her father, who was a panelist at the Sun Valley Forum.

Agriculture, sugar beets, harvest
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The Environmental Protection Agency under the Trump administration has announced that farms can continue to use a common agricultural pesticide, despite documented health risks.


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At the annual State of the City address in Twin Falls Tuesday, city leaders outlined important projects they will tackle in the coming year. Mayor Shawn Barigar, who is also president and CEO of the Twin Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, kicked off the luncheon address to Chamber members and guests.

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The city of Hailey has long been a leader on sustainability in the Wood River Valley — the city had an employee focused on sustainability efforts a few years ago. But it was only funded temporarily, by a state grant. After the position ended, many of the efforts fell by the wayside.



A new report from the Idaho Conservation League suggests the Eastern Snake River Plain Aquifer, which provides drinking water for around 300,000 residents across much of southern Idaho, is contaminated.


Friedman Memorial Airport

The annual Allen and Company conference, which kicks off this week in Sun Valley, is notably secretive. But one place that isn’t so quiet before and after the conference is the airport.



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Last week Chobani announced a new certification program called Milk Matters that it says will help the dairy industry, which is struggling due to low milk prices.



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If you stop by Hailey during the week of the Fourth, you’ll probably hear the familiar sounds of the rodeo. The Sawtooth Rangers put on a show for three nights this week for the town’s Days of the Old West celebration.

Tal Roberts / Visit Sun Valley

The city of Ketchum released its budget proposal for fiscal year 2019-2020 last Friday. This comes as the city grapples with a shortfall in expected revenue for the coming year.


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Peak wildflower season is not exactly a scientific determination. But if Ted Stout, the head of interpretation and education at Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve, had to guess, he’d say this is the time.



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One week after the Cassia County School Board voted to close Almo Elementary School, the community has rallied to keep it open.

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Signups opened last week for the latest USDA dairy safety net program called the Dairy Margin Coverage Program. Farmers who sign up can get benefits based on the difference between milk prices and feed costs.


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The Cassia County School Board voted 3-2 to close Almo Elementary school on Thursday night. The K-3 school is one of Idaho's smallest.

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A new report from the International Rescue Committee, a global non-profit organization, finds that the number of refugees entering the country is at an "historic low."