Twin Falls

St. Luke's Health System

Each time a new shift begins at St. Luke’s Magic Valley Medical Center, there are as many as 15 fewer nurses working than normal. Right now, it’s typical that they’re more than four nurses short.


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The Badger Fire south of Twin Falls now covers more than 40,000 acres and is 0% contained.

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Jenni Franklin feels like she was pushed out. “It was hard and it was heartbreaking for us,” she said of having to move away from her home of 10 years. In August, she relocated from Hailey to Twin Falls, in search of a more affordable place for her family of six to live.


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A group of Republicans in Twin Falls is pushing back against a proposed ordinance that would open a recreational marijuana dispensary just across the border in Nevada.


Many rodeos and county fairs were cancelled this summer due to COVID-19. But some Idaho fairs went on as planned, and their rodeos attracted more contestants who didn't want to miss out on a summer season.


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Right after Republican Gov. Brad Little announced his decision to keep the state in stage 4 of his COVID-19 reopening plan, the Idaho Matters Reporter Roundtable is here to dissect the week's news and help us understand what it means. 

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When classes begin in Twin Falls on Wednesday, it'll be the first of Idaho's 10 largest school districts to commence the academic year with fully in-person classes.


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Schools in Twin Falls will open to students on August 19, the school board decided Monday evening, barring a significant change to the COVID-19 picture locally.


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Magic Valley school districts will use guidelines approved by the South Central Public Health Board last week to determine how to open schools. As of Friday, the health district hadn’t told counties or school districts where they fall in the matrix of health alert levels.



After one inmate at the Twin Falls County jail tested positive for COVID-19 early in July, the jail ordered tests for all inmates and staff. About half of the tests have come back positive, and as of late last week, 125 inmates and seven staff members are confirmed to have COVID-19.


For decades, Idaho cities and farms have relied on the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer. A multi-year drought forced competing water users to come together. Rachel Cohen looks at how that agreement is working five years in, and what it could teach the West about managing declining aquifers.

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For decades, Idaho cities and farms have relied on the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer. In the early 2000s, years of drought forced competing water users to come together. Five years into the compromise, officials say water levels are improving and that the system could provide some lessons for the West on managing declining aquifers. 


Almost three months since the first coronavirus case was confirmed in Idaho, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare has started sharing the names of long-term care facilities with COVID-19 outbreaks.



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Idahoans came together in peaceful protests and vigils across the state Tuesday evening in honor of George Floyd, a black man who died at the hands of police in Minneapolis last week.


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One long-term care facility is the first of its kind in Idaho — it will care for only patients who have been exposed to COVID-19 or who have symptoms of coronavirus.


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When the coronavirus first began spreading in Idaho, the health care system was primarily focused on the physical health of folks. While those concerns continue, some are also raising alarm bells about the mental health challenges that come with a pandemic. 

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Twin Falls County saw its biggest increase in coronavirus cases during the week following Idaho's move to stage one of its reopening plan, according to Melody Bowyer, the director of the South Central Public Health District.


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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.



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.