TWIN FALLS • Still sleepy and wrapped in coats and jackets, the Rai family filed into the South Central Public Health District office on Nov. 23.
TWIN FALLS • As ESL teacher Khrista Buschhorn taught a lesson on weather, Nishal Pokhrel fidgeted.
Schools in Nepali Refugee Camps Have Lost Their Qualified Teachers, So Students Arrive in the U.S. With Spotty Educations.
DAMAK, Nepal • On April 8, Father Paramasivam Amalraj sat in his office at Caritas Nepal and lamented the state of education in Bhutanese refu…
The U.S. resettlement program pays living expenses for newcomers’ first months, but it’s set up to make refugees independent of public assista…
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…
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.
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…
As DamantaSiwakoti gets ready for her first baby, she is enjoying the relative luxury of her modest Twin Falls apartment.
It was only 45 degrees, and the wind kept the sandal-wearing gardeners huddled together.
Hema Subedi spent Monday wishing her brothers a long life.
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.