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  • NATHAN BROWN, TETONA DUNLAP, HEATHER KENNISON, JULIE WOOTTON, LAURIE WELCH, ALISON GENE SMITH, VICTOR FLORES and ALEX VALENTINE avalentine@magicvalley.com
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While Magic Valley sleeps, the day is just beginning for some. 

  • HEATHER KENNISON hkennison@magicvalley.com
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As some consumers seek out healthier meats from animals raised away from feedlots, farmers like the five featured today are turning to specialized meats to make direct sales — promoting their products as organic, grass-fed or pasture-raised. And others have found niche markets for meats not common on grocery store shelves.

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Every Sunday, we bring you our best. In April 2015, the Times-News launched its weekly "Big Story," a major piece of enterprise journalism that requires weeks — often months — to report, write, illustrate and edit. Today, like last Sunday, we're updating the issues we tackled in a handful of…

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Every Sunday, we bring you our best. In April 2015, the Times-News launched its weekly "Big Story," a major piece of enterprise journalism that requires weeks — often months — to report, write, illustrate and edit. Today and next Sunday, we're updating the issues we tackled in a handful of "…

  • ALEX VALENTINE and VICTOR FLORES avalentine@magicvalley.comvflores@magicvalley.com
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Pipelines are vital to the college sports recruiting game. So how do they form? Sometimes it’s a matter of a coach like Jim Cartisser, who builds pipelines organically by being present and engaged and talking to everyone. Sometimes it comes down to a talent surplus in a prep sports area, or a dearth of prep talent near the college. Sometimes it’s a matter of simply knowing the right people.

  • NATHAN BROWN nbrown@magicvalley.com

1915: Utah makes marijuana illegal. It's the second state in the nation (California was first) and the first one bordering Idaho to do so. Read more

  • NATHAN BROWN nbrown@magicvalley.com

BOISE — Idaho’s strict marijuana laws may be out of step with the path most other states are taking now, but when it banned pot originally, Idaho was following the trend of other states. Read more

  • NATHAN BROWN nbrown@magicvalley.com

TWIN FALLS — With societal attitudes toward marijuana changing and the the once-omnipresent D.A.R.E. program on the decline, anti-drug education has been shifting from “just say no” to “why not?” Read more

  • HEATHER KENNISON hkennison@magicvalley.com

BUHL — About a hundred white ducks quacked enthusiastically under overcast skies Aug. 23 near Buhl. On the edge of their makeshift enclosure, a hose dribbled water onto the ground, creating a large pond. Read more

Every Sunday, we bring you our best. In April 2015, the Times-News launched its weekly "Big Story," a major piece of enterprise journalism that requires weeks — often months — to report, write, illustrate and edit. Today, like last Sunday, we're updating the issues we tackled in a handful of… Read more

Every Sunday, we bring you our best. In April 2015, the Times-News launched its weekly "Big Story," a major piece of enterprise journalism that requires weeks — often months — to report, write, illustrate and edit. Today and next Sunday, we're updating the issues we tackled in a handful of "… Read more

  • HEATHER KENNISON hkennison@magicvalley.com

TWIN FALLS — As Shoshone Falls roared with the most water in years, the city parks department suddenly needed more toilet paper, portable toilets, trash cleanup and police presence in Shoshone Falls Park. Read more

  • JULIE WOOTTON jwootton@magicvalley.com

JEROME — A 2015 Times-News project, the four-part “El Nuevo Jerome” series, explored the effects of Jerome’s rapidly growing Latino population and the city’s changing efforts to spread information to Latino residents. Read more

  • LAURIE WELCH lwelch@magicvalley.com

OAKLEY — A watchful eye and proactive measures this spring and summer kept Lower Goose Creek Reservoir from gushing over the Oakley dam spillway and flooding everything on its natural path to the Snake River, including the city of Burley. Read more