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 — sometimes months — to report, write, illustrate and edit. It’s often supported by rich multimedia or interactive content on Magicvalley.com/bigstory. And every “Big Story” offers readers something beyond the daily cycle of breaking news.

On some Sundays, we investigate access to public records, or uses of the controversial practice of civil asset forfeiture, or gaps in school districts’ vetting of applicants with ethics problems. On others, we expose needs in south-central Idaho communities, such as senior hunger or sexual addiction.

Need help understanding the debate on public lands management or groundwater pumpers’ historic water deal? Some “Big Story” packages break down those current issues. Others step back and examine how big news of the past — such as a huge 2007 fire or the closure of J.R. Simplot Co.’s Heyburn potato plant — helped shape the Idaho of today.

We explore conflicts. We tell compelling human stories. We illuminate the big pictures that readers might miss while they focus on our communities’ incremental changes.

And sometimes, we just try to surprise. (We bet you didn’t expect our journalists to spend a full 24 hours chatting with diners at the Depot Grill.)

Today and next Sunday, we’re updating the issues we tackled in a handful of “Big Story” packages.

Then, keep expecting ambitious enterprise journalism. Every single week.

—Virginia Hutchins

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