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Congratulations to the three finalists seeking to replace Wiley Dobbs, superintendent of the Twin Falls School District.

They are:

Brady Dickinson, the district’s director of operations and a former district teacher and principal.

Jim Shank, superintendent of a small district in Washington state.

Monte Woolstenhulme, superintendent of the Teton School District in Driggs.

All three are experienced and come with strong resumes and recommendations. The school board is expected to make its final decision Monday.

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It’s a sad state of affairs when a cockfight in Gooding can draw more people than a city council meeting.

Police investigating a noise complaint raided a cockfighting ring March 25 where they detained 150 people and collected 80 roosters. Police also seized narcotics, firearms and cockfighting equipment.

Think about that for a second: 150 people at a cockfight. Surely those folks had better uses for their time.

The blood sport was finally banned nation-wide when Louisiana became the last state to outlaw cockfighting in 2007. It’s unusual to see it in Idaho – the head animal control officer for the Idaho Humane Society said there have been only three busts in Idaho in the past 15 years.

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But the size of last week’s bust shows the sport may not be as underground as some would suspect.

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Plans for a new city-owned disc golf course are a textbook case of a successful private-public partnership.

Disc golf is one of the country’s fastest-growing sports, and the Magic Valley has scores of enthusiasts. One problem, though: There’s not a ton of places to play.

Disc golfers approached the City Council last summer about working together to build a course. The Council agreed to spend $8,000, and Twin Falls Parks and Recreation Director Wendy Davis identified the location, a weedy stretch of Rock Creek Canyon.

Now, those same golfers are working together to design the course and build it themselves. The city’s money covers only the cost of baskets and tee boxes.

Enthusiasts say the new course will help attract bigger disc golf tournaments in the area, and it’ll be a pretty nice new amenity in an otherwise neglected park area.

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