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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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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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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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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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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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What's on Tap: An evening in the Magic Valley to connect and unwind with your public radio station! Say hello to Rachel Cohen, the newest reporter to the Boise State Public Radio newsroom. Rachel is our South Central Idaho reporter covering the Magic & Wood River Valleys — come welcome her to the community!

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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.

 

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In 1992, a young girl named Liyah Babayan found herself in a strange and new place: Twin Falls, Idaho. She and her family were Armenian refugees, who were resettled by the College of Southern Idaho. 

Fast-forward to today, and Liyah is a business owner in downtown Twin Falls, the mother of two children and an advocate for children who have experienced war around the world. 

Now, she can add author to her resume. Her new memoir called "Liminal" chronicles her life in Ajerbaijan, then Armenia and then in Idaho as a refugee. Idaho Matters sat down to talk with her about her new book, which is on shelves at Rediscovered Bookshop in downtown Boise and online.

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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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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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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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The City of Twin Falls is joining a national lawsuit against opioid manufacturers, following an overwhelming vote by the city council Monday night.

 

 

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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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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."

 


 

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Twin Falls has a recycling problem. According to the Twin Falls Times-News, the City Council has decided not to raise a cap on the cost of recycling – which means some recycled materials will get sent to the dump.

 

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The FBI continues to investigate mysterious letters sent to Senator Jim Risch’s offices throughout Idaho.

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Frozen potato producer Lamb Weston is making a big investment in its Twin Falls processing plant. As the company upgrades its operation in the Magic Valley, it’s asking local leaders for tax relief.


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A lawsuit filed in May by yogurt-maker Chobani against Twin Falls claims the assessed value of its massive production facility is too high. Now, a proposed settlement could see the Twin Falls School District paying the dairy titan.

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This year, the two propositions on the ballot sparked a lot of interest across Idaho, and the Magic Valley was no exception. Polls were steadily busy from the time the doors opened on Tuesday morning.

The area had seen record turnout for early and absentee voting, up 75 percent this year over the 2014 midterms.

 

Ken Bohr had to wait in line at a polling place in a church in a rapidly growing neighborhood of Twin Falls. He’s against Proposition 1,for historic horse racing. "I’m not that much for gambling" he said, "and I hate to see Idaho money going to peoples’ pockets in other states."

 


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A committee of Twin Falls residents recommends major upgrades to their jail and courthouse to fight overcrowding and prepare for future growth in the area.

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It’s hard to learn how to form silver and engrave it from a YouTube video. Mastering the ins-and-outs of being a silversmith requires learning from someone in person. Expressive Idaho's Olivia Weitz visits an apprentice silversmith in Twin Falls to learn about this Western tradition.

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Boise State Public Radio continues its series looking at the growth in Idaho and the various social, economic and environmental impacts on the people and institutions of the state. The second installment of Our Changing Idaho airs on Tuesday's Idaho Matters.

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It’s 7:00 p.m. after a long day of work, and Rudy and Sami Ashenbrener sit on their back porch in Twin Falls. Their eight-month-old Miles is in his high chair next to them while their dog Hercules runs around their backyard.

Twin Falls Mayor Shawn Barigar joined Idaho Matters to talk about the growth and economic development impacting Twin Falls and the Magic Valley.

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