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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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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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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.

 

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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.

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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.

 


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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.

 


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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.

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