Twin Falls

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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.

Olivia Weitz

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.

On The Friday, May 4, 2018 Edition Of Idaho Matters:

May 3, 2018

Idaho Reporters' Roundtable . . . Twin Falls Mayor Shawn Barigar . . . Star Wars in American Culture

Chobani

Chobani has announced that it is offering six weeks of 100 percent paid maternal and paternal leave for its employees. The yogurt manufacturer's Twin Falls plant is the largest of its kind in the world and employs nearly 1,000 Idahoans.

Twin Falls 'State Of The City' Takes Long View

Apr 11, 2018
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This year’s State of the City presentation in Twin Falls featured the mayor, members of the city council and other city staff. The multi-faceted approach highlighted the city’s updated strategic plan that stretches to the year 2030.

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A prime piece of real estate in downtown Twin Falls is facing two very different prospects.

The Idaho Youth Ranch was located in the center of the historic core. The store closed down earlier this year, and the Twin Falls Urban Renewal Agency bought the old building on Main Avenue for $470,000.

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In April, as all the snow from last year's punishing winter melted, flows over Shoshone Falls peaked around 20,000 cubic feet per second. By May, the flow rate over the falls had settled around 12,000 cfs, but they still dazzled. If you missed the show in the spring, water managers are again upping the water that will tumble over the Niagara of the West.

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Following a disturbing act of vandalism at the Islamic Center of Twin Falls, faith leaders from across the Magic Valley are planning a rally Saturday in response to the incident.

Twin Falls Police Now Carrying Anti-Overdose Drug

Nov 30, 2017
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Police in Twin Falls are now equipped with Narcan, the drug able to counteract the effects of an opioid overdose. The addition of the medication to law enforcement officer’s toolbox could potentially save lives.

Chobani, Greek Yogurt
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The founder and CEO of Chobani has no regrets about moving his Greek yogurt company to south-central Idaho, a region embroiled in the national debate over refugee resettlement that spread to company boycotts by far-right bloggers and conspiracy theorists.

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Evidence has come to light indicating Russia was behind an anti-immigrant protest set to take place last summer in Twin Falls. The revelation comes as more proof the hostile foreign power tried to shape events in the run-up to last year’s election.


Noxious Air Hangs Over Southern Idaho

Aug 7, 2017
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A murky, smoky haze hung over the Treasure Valley throughout the weekend limiting visibility and wrecking air quality. The dense cloud hid the foothills and added a yellowish cast to the hot summer sun. Smoke from fires in neighboring states is parking itself over Idaho and cooking into noxious fog.

Twin Falls Potato Plant Workers Allege Union Busting

Jun 28, 2017
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Workers at a Twin Falls potato processing plant are claiming the company is trying to bust up a bid to join a local branch of the Teamsters Union next month.

Employees of Lamb-Weston, a subsidiary of ConAgra Foods based in Eagle that specializes in potato products, claim a so-called “union busting firm” has been hired to dissuade workers at a Twin Falls plant from joining Teamsters Local Union 483.

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BASE jumper Miles Daisher reclaimed his record for the most human-powered jumps in 24 hours off the Perrine Bridge in Twin Falls Tuesday morning.

Daisher hurled himself off the Perrine Bridge, hiked up the canyon wall and rode a bike to the jump spot in the middle of the bridge 63 times. Daisher was looking to complete 62 jumps to reclaim the unofficial record from his rival Danny Weiland.

In September, Weiland leapt off the bridge 61 times to beat Daisher’s old record of 57 BASE jumps.

Shoshone Falls Dazzles Again As Flow Increases

Jun 16, 2017
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After waters raged over Shoshone Falls earlier in the spring, the Bureau of Reclamation cut the flow of the Snake River over the scenic landmark to a trickle. However, the flow is going back up and the falls will again be a spectacle.

Whether a lot or a little water is flowing over Shoshone Falls, the landmark is something to see. However, when the amount of water plummeting more than 200 feet over the falls is greater than 15,000 cubic feet per second, the falls live up to their nickname: “The Niagara of the West.”

City of Twin Falls

In a 5-to-2 vote Monday, the Twin Falls City Council decided to label the community a “Neighborly City.”

In the run-up to the decision, the city council heard more than three hours of public comment at meetings over the last month.

The “Neighborly City” label is a tamer version of declarations other cities have made calling themselves either “Welcoming” or “Sanctuary Cities” where federal immigration law is either downplayed or outright flouted.

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Monday evening in Twin Falls, the city council heard two hours of testimony about a resolution that would declare the community a “Neighborly City.”

The language in the resolution describes Twin Falls as “a community where all residents are welcomed, accepted and given the opportunity to connect with each other without bias.” Out of 28 speakers who shared views on the proposal, 21 spoke in favor of it.

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