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The longest day of the year finally came and quickly went on June 21. Summer Solstice marks the onset of summer, and we thought this would be a good opportunity to showcase some of our best staff picks for the season’s outdoor entertainment options. 

TWIN FALLS — Chandra Upreti translates for his friend Bal Tamang in his living room as he stumbles over a selection of words. When he’s not relaying Tamang’s message, Upreti answers questions about his own experience as a refugee. Read more

At 15, Bal Tamang fled his birth country of Bhutan. For the next 20 years he lived in a refugee camp in Nepal. Each day was a struggle to survive, and each year he felt more and more hopeless about never leaving the camp he called home. In 2010, after five years of immigration interviews, Ta… Read more

BURLEY — Sixty-two-year-old Jose Medina has lived, worked and paid taxes for more than four decades in the United States after leaving a poverty-stricken village in the Mexican state of Michoacán south of Aguililla, where he grew up working from dawn to dusk on his family’s small farm and at… Read more

BOISE — While health care and education dominated the headlines and social media debates, lawmakers in south-central Idaho and elsewhere were busy passing hundreds of other bills on a wide range of issues. Here are some bills from Magic Valley lawmakers that passed this session — and some th… Read more

TWIN FALLS — While those who find resettlement through the College of Southern Idaho’s Refugee Center all bear the same refugee label, the countries and cultures they come from are vastly different. In this eight-part series, the Times-News will be exploring the largest refugee populations t… Read more

While those who find resettlement through the CSI Refugee Center all bear the same refugee label, the countries and cultures they come from are vastly different. In this eight-part series, the Times-News will be exploring the largest refugee populations that have relocated to the Magic Valle… Read more

BOISE — While the debate over adding anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ Idahoans has persisted for years, a court case involving a transgender Idaho inmate last year raised other questions about the rights of transgender people in Idaho. Read more

Cole Kraut talks about his experience living as a transgender man in the Magic Valley. His story, along with other transgender voices of Twin Falls, will be online at Magicvalley.com or in the Times-News on Apr. 7. (Video by Pat Sutphin, Times-News) Read more

Magic Valley psychics continue to practice despite stigmas of skepticism and fraud. For professionals in the industry, the field is about healing. With scientific fields emerging that focus specifically on the study of psychics, will facts ever confirm what many believe to be fiction? Watch … Read more

Paranormal Investigators in the Magic Valley strive for a legitimization of their field in the eyes of the public. With a scientific approach to ghost hunting, will proof ever be found? Watch for the story online at Magicvalley.com or in the Times-News on Mar. 24th. (Video by Pat Sutphin, Ti… Read more

Watch for reporter Laurie Welch's story on apprenticeships in Idaho online at Magicvalley.com March 7 and in print March 10. (Video by Drew Nash, Times-News) Read more

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