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Magic Valley is home to some of Idaho’s elite who are challenging themselves to conquer the state’s nine tallest mountain peaks.

The reasons why people climb mountains are as vast as the summits that dot the state’s terrain, said Boise resident Dan Robbins, a seasoned climber who grew up Gooding.

For Magic Valley residents Alice Schenk, Kema Barrie, Elisabeth and Andy Lehr, Stacy Human and her daughter Sydney, their reasons for scaling these mountains are as unique as their thumbprints.

Each of their stories shows their sense of personal accomplishment and growth — two key components that keep them stretching toward the next mountaintop.

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BURLEY — Idaho peak baggers differ greatly from mountain climbers on Mount Everest — the world’s highest summit and apex of mountaineering — but in some ways, they are quite similar, Tom Lopez, avid mountaineer and Boise author of “Idaho: A Climbing Guide,” said.

BURLEY — Idaho peak baggers differ greatly from mountain climbers on Mount Everest — the world’s highest summit and apex of mountaineering — but in some ways, they are quite similar, Tom Lopez, avid mountaineer and Boise author of “Idaho: A Climbing Guide,” said. Read more

This is the third installment in the Times-News Refugee series. In this installment, Photojournalist Pat Sutphin explores the civil landscape of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and how it led to one family's exile.

Conflict in the Congo between 1998 and 2007 has claimed between 3 million and 5.4 million lives, according to an International Rescue Committee study. The Second Congo War — which spanned from 1998 to 2003 — was the deadliest dispute since World War II.

For those who were born in the wrong tribe, speaking the wrong language as their native tongue, or even from the wrong side of the country, options were limited. Either they fled, or they became victims of the genocide of their nation.

For Samuel Mgbokpwo and more than 800,000 citizens of his country, the choice was obvious. They decided to flee. Read more

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.  Read more

In this second installment of our investigation into local county jails' menus and inmate nutrition, Entertainment Reporter Bowen West went inside local jails to sample the fare. His findings at Jerome County Detention Center help unpack a day in the cafeteria at the four county jails that c… Read more

TWIN FALLS — Food can be a hot-button issue among inmates who have traded many of their personal freedoms for a stark cell. They have little choice in their daily lives once incarcerated, and almost no input on what lands on their plates. Read more

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

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