One of Twin Falls’ oldest buildings has a new future that could play a part in transforming downtown.

The city’s Urban Renewal Agency voted Monday to buy the Idaho Youth Ranch building across Main Avenue from the new City Hall, for $470,000. The plan is to turn the old building — built in 1905 and once home to the county courthouse — into downtown housing.

City leaders believe bringing residents downtown will continue to propel commercial and public projects that so far have brought thriving restaurants and shops to the heart of the city.

For its part, the thrift store says it has no plans to close up shop, but it’s too early to say where it might ultimately land.

In the meantime, the URA plans to strip the metal façade off the building to reveal the original brickwork beneath. Then, it’ll begin soliciting proposals from developers.


Here we go again. Another place of worship desecrated. And another hate-crime investigation by Twin Falls police.

Early this week, someone spray-painted “God is Dead” on the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints chapel on Harrison Street.

The act is despicable, of course, but it’s made all the more revolting considering the recent death of the Mormon faith’s leader and prophet, Thomas Monson. And it come just three months after another hatemonger erected a pork-draped cross at the city’s only mosque.

No arrests have been made, but the FBI is now assisting police on the mosque case.

You can help by sharing with police any information you might have about either incident. And, as we’ve said before, by speaking out against hate when you see it in daily life.

People of all faiths should have the freedom to worship as they see fit without the threat of harassment and vandalism. We’re better than this.


Joslin Field — Magic Valley Regional Airport is adding a fourth weekday and a third Saturday Delta Connection flight from Twin Falls to Salt Lake City. The new flights begin March 1.

That should be great news especially to business travelers who have to make connections in Salt Lake City.

But it’s also a good indicator of a strong local economy, where demand for leisure and business travel is growing.

“The additional flights add more convenience by giving passengers — specifically business travelers and families — greater flexibility with connecting flights,” airport manager Bill Carberry said. “We greatly appreciate SkyWest’s commitment to our region and the expanded service to our growing market.”