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  • NATHAN BROWN nbrown@magicvalley.com
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Ten years ago this month, the Murphy Complex Fire burned more than 650,000 acres in remote Twin Falls and Owyhee counties and northern Nevada. The July 2007 fire, Idaho's biggest since 1910, provided the impetus for the creation of Rangeland Fire Protection Associations that help fight fires over millions of acres in rural southwestern Idaho.

  • ALEX VALENTINE and VICTOR FLORES Avalentine@magicvalley.com Vflores@magicvalley.com
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Building a dynasty in college athletics is fairly simple: A coach must recruit elite athletes, then get them to buy into a team-first philosophy. In professional sports, money and success in the amateur draft sit at the root of every dynasty. In high school sports, however, building a dynasty is much more complicated.

  • LAURIE WELCH lwelch@magicvalley.com

ALMO — When 83-year-old Edna Cahoon steps inside the familiar City of Rocks National Reserve visitor center, her heart fills with pride for the purpose it serves and the valley’s history that is shared there. Read more

  • HEATHER KENNISON hkennison@magicvalley.com

TWIN FALLS — Idaho Home Health and Hospice resorted to a $5,000 sign-on bonus to attract nurses. Job seeker Cammon Wutzke started getting calls from prospective employers within 24 hours of posting his resume online. Unable to recruit fast enough, Hilex Poly ramped up in-house training for s… Read more

  • NATHAN BROWN nbrown@magicvalley.com

Ten years ago this month, the Murphy Complex Fire burned more than 650,000 acres in remote Twin Falls and Owyhee counties and northern Nevada. The July 2007 fire, Idaho's biggest since 1910, provided the impetus for the creation of Rangeland Fire Protection Associations that help fight fires over millions of acres in rural southwestern Idaho. Read more

The Murphy Complex Fire in July 2007 burned 653,000 acres of mostly rangeland in remote Twin Falls and Owyhee counties and northern Nevada. This gallery combines images taken during the fire, Idaho's biggest since 1910, and photos of the land's recovery 10 years later. Read more

  • ALEX VALENTINE and VICTOR FLORES Avalentine@magicvalley.com Vflores@magicvalley.com

Building a dynasty in college athletics is fairly simple: A coach must recruit elite athletes, then get them to buy into a team-first philosophy. In professional sports, money and success in the amateur draft sit at the root of every dynasty. In high school sports, however, building a dynasty is much more complicated. Read more

Wiley Dobbs is retiring Sept. 1 after 14 years as Twin Falls School District superintendent. He spent nearly his entire career in the district, starting in 1984 as a teacher at Vera C. O'Leary Junior High School. Here's a look back at his career, in photos. Read more

  • LAURIE WELCH lwelch@magicvalley.com

OAKLEY — An Oakley industry is quietly rocking southern Idaho by directly and indirectly adding about $90 million annually to the economy with its $20 million in sales. Read more

  • LAURIE WELCH lwelch@magicvalley.com

OAKLEY — Pressure and heat on layers of sandstone contaminated with mica in a shallow ocean 620 million years ago provided a unique set of conditions that formed slabs of Rocky Mountain quartzite fondly known around the world as Oakley stone. Read more

Late 1940s: Kent Hale eyes cliffs along Birch Creek Road with stratified layers of exposed quartzite. In 1947, Hale uses the quartzite for masonry work on a fireplace. Local mink farmer Freeman Whittle offers Hale a share of a quarry if Hale will promote it, and soon Hale opens his own quarr… Read more

Truckloads of glittery Oakley stone are sold across the country and the world, but first the unusual mineral must be mined and hand-split by work crews on Middle Mountain. The Times-News tours a quarry and stone yard to see how the industry is adding millions to southern Idaho’s economy. Read more