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Blaine County is known for its ski resort, mountains and trails, but it doesn’t have a Costco, Walmart or Target. For that, Wood River Valley residents travel south.

 


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Boise City Council President Elaine Clegg said she is self-isolating after learning of two confirmed cases of coronavirus at the National League of Cities annual Congressional Cities Conference, which she attended earlier this month.

 

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The Twin Falls School District is freezing general fund spending through the rest of this school year due to an unexpected budget shortfall.

 


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Seventy-eight years ago this month, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an executive order, forcing more than 100,000 Japanese-Americans out of their West Coast homes and into incarceration camps. Two-thirds of them were American-born citizens.

 


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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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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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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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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.

 

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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.

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Although Mayor Tammy de Weerd will no longer lead the City of Meridian come January, her policies could largely live on in the winner of the November 5 election. Robert Simison will take the job in January, after serving as de Weerd's longtime chief of staff. Idaho Matters talks with de Weerd, along with Boise State Public Radio reporter Rachel Cohen about Twin Falls and Blaine County elections. Finally, we connect with Valley County Commissioner Sherry Maupin to find out what a failed levy means for the counties deteriorating roads.  

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In the College of Southern Idaho’s largest auditorium on Thursday, nine out of the 11 candidates running for city council in Twin Falls sat on stage, answering questions, not about the state of the city, but about "family values." Current mayor Shawn Barigar and candidate Michael Shaffer were not present.


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With November 5 quickly approaching, South Central Idaho has several important issues that will be on the ballot on election day. From a Twin Falls jail bond measure, to the Blaine County school board elections and more, Boise State Public Radio reporter Rachel Cohen joins Idaho Matters to preview these elections.

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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. 

 

 


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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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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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