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BOISE — Rep. Muffy Davis is not a stranger to going fast.
It will be here before we know it.
It’s been a year: Some good, some bad. Some ups, some downs. Some unforgettable, some we might want to forget.
Reporters cover a ton of stories over the course of the year, but there are always a few that stick out as special or unique ot otherwise memorable. We asked each Times-News reporter to share their favorite story of the year and here's what they came up with.
GOODING — Slow and steady wins the race.
TWIN FALLS — From the moment Jordan Thornquest laid his hands on his new Fender Telecaster this past August, the guitar just felt right.
POCATELLO — Robert Poleki is relieved his self-cleaning toilet seat didn’t make it onto Shark Tank this year.
RUPERT — Nancy Perez Medina kissed the top of her new puppy’s head and snugly tucked her into the front of her jacket as she stood at the counter at the Minidoka County animal shelter and filled out the dog’s adoption paperwork.
Patagonia Grill opened in April 2018. Nestled in the Turf Plaza, it has stayed a hidden gem in Twin Falls.
FILER — In just five months since 12-year-old Mia Trease died, her family has been busy helping others and creating new traditions to remember her.
The devastating news no young athlete wants to hear came to Oakley High School senior Tate Cranney in October. His football season, and his career with the Hornets, was over because of repeated injuries to his right knee. Read more
TWIN FALLS — Lindsay Jacobsen made great strides this year to make Twin Falls more hen-friendly. Read more
KIMBERLY — His salary has been cut in half. He sold his RV and his four-wheelers. And he’s thinking of selling his boat. But Luke Mickelson is happier than ever. Read more
BOISE — The makeup of the Idaho statehouse will look significantly different this year, as a new governor, new department heads and a bevy of new legislators take office. Read more
In addition to the high-profile topics most of the state is considering, there are a few issues legislators from the Magic Valley are hoping the 2019 Idaho Legislature will act on. Read more
TWIN FALLS — Health care, education and criminal justice are expected to take center stage in the state Legislature this year, with big decisions looming ahead of lawmakers on how to fund Medicaid expansion, distribute money to schools and alleviate crowding in Idaho’s jails and prisons. Read more
TWIN FALLS — From a functional standpoint, Addison Avenue West does just what a state highway is supposed to do. Read more
TWIN FALLS — In 1904, the narrow street that was to become Addison Avenue was nearly an afterthought. Read more
Jim Cartisser doesn’t sleep much these days. As soon as he wakes up, there’s something on his mind. Money, family, his team, all of the day-to-day issues that have become harder to handle in the past year. Read more
TWIN FALLS — During the last decades of the 19th century, European countries chose sides, ensuring they had allies in the event that one country attacked another and a full-fledged world war broke out. Read more
TWIN FALLS — After giving students instructions for an assignment, Megan Greenwood took a brief moment to organize papers and supplies on her classroom countertop. Read more
A dire teacher shortage in the Magic Valley has led many local schools to hire teachers who have alternate teacher authorizations. So what is a typical day in the life of those first-year teachers, and how do the challenges relate to what they expected. Julie Wooton-Greener's story at magicv… Read more
HAILEY — A small commercial kitchen in the Wood River Valley is hoping to stay competitive by implementing a new marketing strategy. Read more
FILER — The retail price for prime white sturgeon caviar often reaches $120 per ounce, and it takes up to 13 years to produce. Read more
RUPERT — After a half dozen years of planning in Rupert, dirt began to fly at the Rupert Square this past July. Construction crews removed grass, old fountains, crumbling concrete and diseased trees as the city’s central park was reborn. Read more
RUPERT — After years of planning an upgrade to the city’s center park, business owners, residents who voted for a bond to pay for it and people who worked on committees during the renovation planning stages talk about how they feel about the project. Read more
TWIN FALLS — The smell of fuel and brakes choke the nostrils while tires scream and engines roar. Racing season was officially here in the Magic Valley. Read more
TWIN FALLS — On the surface, Miss Africa Idaho may look like a typical pageant. Read more
TWIN FALLS — From the Salmon Falls Creek Reservoir to Lava Creek Lake, from Thousands Springs to Dierkes Lake, the Magic Valley is chock-full of opportunities for water recreation. All you have to do is look. Read more
Pat Sutphin's story takes a look at ever-changing water recreation in the Magic Valley. See the full story at magicvalley.com. Read more
On a mid-September evening, as the sun sank into the Snake River Canyon, several dozen strangers gathered at the Perrine Bridge to send a simple message. Read more
TWIN FALLS – Realtor Tami Gooding could see the indecisiveness in her client’s eyes. Read more