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Bhutanese refugees adapt to Twin Falls life

Bhutanese refugees adapt to Twin Falls life

As Nara Maya Rai prepared tea, American pop music blared from a small radio on the kitchen counter. Her husband, Man, and daughter, Tirtha, sa…

June 14, 2011 12:00 am Related (0)

Eager for resettlement, refugees endure harsh lives in Nepal’s camps

In Nepal’s Jhapa district, more than 7,000 miles from Idaho, a handful of Bhutanese refugees are dreaming of a life in Twin Falls.

April 24, 2011 3:00 am Related (1)

Times-News reporter goes to Nepal’s refugee camps

Times-News reporter goes to Nepal’s refugee camps

On a rainy afternoon in October 2008, I met the Upreti family in their small Twin Falls apartment. The family — two adult brothers, their wive…

March 29, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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How Magic Valley's different cultures welcome children

 How Magic Valley's different cultures welcome children

As DamantaSiwakoti gets ready for her first baby, she is enjoying the relative luxury of her modest Twin Falls apartment.

July 11, 2010 1:05 am(0)

Donations get refugees back into the garden

Donations get refugees back into the garden

It was only 45 degrees, and the wind kept the sandal-wearing gardeners huddled together.

June 01, 2010 1:15 am(0)

Bhutanese refugees cope with absent siblings

Bhutanese refugees cope with absent siblings

Hema Subedi spent Monday wishing her brothers a long life.

October 25, 2009 1:30 am Photos

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Melissa Davlin

Melissa Davlin grew up in Meridian, Idaho and studied English with an emphasis in professional writing at University of Idaho. She has worked at the Times-News since 2007, and currently lives in Twin Falls with her husband and many pets.

Davlin has received more than a dozen journalism awards, including first place for Social Issues in the Society of Professional Journalists Pacific Northwest Excellence in Journalism Competition for her 2008 coverage on a recovering meth addict and a Daughters of the American Revolution Media Award for her coverage on the Idaho National Guard's preparations for their 2010 deployment to Iraq.