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Toll booth A1 art

The toll booth at the Twin Falls-Jerome Intercounty Bridge is seen in the late 1920s or 1930s. The bridge was later purchased by the Idaho Highway Department and the toll was removed.

Twin Falls and the Magic Valley are changing. It doesn’t necessarily take a deep dive into the region’s population and economics to see the growth. Just look around. Change is everywhere.

So the Times-News is dedicating 10 consecutive Big Stories to growth in the Magic Valley. What will the region look like in 25 years? How and when will public transportation be installed? For Twin Falls, when will a second hospital and additional high schools become a necessity? And what other cities in the West — like Bend, Ore., Flagstaff, Ariz., and Idaho Falls — handled their population growth well? And what could those cities have done differently?

Those questions and more will be answered over the next 10 Sundays (and online each Thursday before the stories run in print). But before we can answer those questions, first we must ask in part one: How did we get here? And how did we manage to stay?

Watch for Mychel Matthews’ story Thursday at and Sunday in the Times-News.

And see more of the Times-News’ best reporting now at

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