Cheers and Jeers

Cheer

Congratulations to the owners of Elevation 486 and the Twin Falls Urban Renewal Agency, which has approved the restaurateurs’ plans to open a casual-style, fine-dining restaurant in the Historic Ballroom.

The restaurant is exactly what downtown Twin Falls needs as it heads to the finish line of a massive makeover.

And it’s what city planners want too, especially because the ballroom will now undergo a $3.5 million remodel. Once finished, Cycle Therapy, a bicycle shop, will also move into the space and offer spinning classes in the basement. The city’s economic development plan calls for more businesses like Cycle Therapy — those that cater to outdoor recreation, a selling point and recruiting tool for the booming city — to open downtown.

Plus, the remodel will open up new professional office space above the ballroom, at 205 Shoshone St. N., potentially increasing the number of people who work downtown.

Developers plan to keep intact key historical elements of the Historic Ballroom’s design, including the grand lobby and staircase, balancing our region’s history with our new economy.

Deals like this one are sure to help continue transforming Twin Falls into a place where people want to live, work, play — and eat.

Jeer

A big jeer to those pulling high jinks ahead of an employee vote at Lamb Weston on whether to unionize.

Business reporter Heather Kennison has been reporting out the issue over the past few weeks, speaking to both pro- and anti-union workers.

We’ve no opinion on how workers should vote — that should be up to the workers. But we do have problems with people pulling underhanded tricks in an effort to sway the vote, such as spreading misinformation and harassing coworkers.

Accusations have come from both sides.

The final round of voting takes place today, but whatever the outcome, workers have been pitted against one another and potentially long-lasting damage has been done to morale.

What a shame for one of the region’s largest and most widely known employers.

Cheer

Cheers to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who on Thursday announced that Craters of the Moon National Monument was no longer on a federal list for potential modification.

President Donald Trump issued an executive order in April calling for a review of monuments created since 1996, 27 in all.

“When the president and I began the monument review process we absolutely realized that not all monuments are the same and that not all monuments would require modifications,” Zinke said.

The 54,000 acre Craters of the Moon north of Burley was established in 1924 and expanded in 2000. Locals have recently called for the monument to become Idaho’s first national park.

Removing the park from the federal modifications list keeps that hope alive and dashes concerns the feds could have made changes at the monument that would have riled Idahoans.

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