Author Archives: Blair Koch

Twin Falls Reformed Church to spend $1.4 million on addition

The church's 15,600-square-foot addition will be used for Sunday school classes. Photo by Blair Koch.

The Twin Falls Reformed Church is spending $1.4 million for an additional worship center wing. The 15,600-square-foot, two-story addition will house Sunday school classrooms for children through the fifth grade, allowing all young children to be in the same building ...

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Agriculture provides diversity in Twin Falls economy (access required)

Twin Falls County is one of Idaho's leading agriculture producers. According to the University of Idaho Extension, the county has 1.2 million acres, and about one-third of the land is used for agriculture. File Photo.

It’s hard to drive anywhere in south-central Idaho without passing fields of corn and truckloads of freshly harvested russet potatoes. Twin Falls County is one of Idaho’s leading agricultural producers. According to the University of Idaho Extension, the county has ...

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Ski resorts look beyond snow season (access required)

Summertime bikers at Pomerelle Mountain Resort near Albion.  Ski areas are developing off-season activities to add revenue. Photo courtesy of Pomerelle Mountain Resort.

Although snow sports continue to be ski resorts’ bread and butter, operations like Pomerelle Mountain Resort near Albion and Magic Mountain near Hansen are diversifying their offerings. From about mid-November through March, Pomerelle’s two chair lifts carry skiers and snowboarders ...

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Kimberly to get new health center this winter (access required)

The new Kimberly Family Health Services Clinic is being built on the site of the former city hall, which was torn down. Rendering courtesy of Laughlin & Associates Architects.

Early next year Kimberly residents will be able to medical, dental and behavioral health care at a new federally funded Family Health Services clinic. Construction on the 7,000-square-foot community health care clinic begins in October, and the building will be ...

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Twin Falls’ Crossroads Point development stalls (access required)

When a groundbreaking celebration was held for the Heritage Building in June 2008, Dragt Construction had verbal agreements for leasing 60 percent of it. With a hospital planned for next door, professional office space within the 13,500-square-foot, Spanish Colonial building ...

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Funeral homes adapt to changing market (access required)

Heidi Heil stands in front of her Serenity Funeral Chapel in Twin Falls. Construction has begun to bring the facility’s two buildings together into one. The remodel will bridge the buildings together with a large, new two-story space and room ...

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Occupancy at Magic Valley mall is highest it’s ever been

Occupancy at the Magic Valley Mall is more than 99 percent,  the highest it has ever been. The only space available is in kiosks, said General Manager Brent White. Last fall the research firm Reis Inc. reported that mall vacancy rates ...

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Homeless shelter director eyes Twin Falls office building (access required)

A county-owned former medical building in Twin Falls could become a residential drug treatment facility and homeless shelter. The office, formerly known as Doctor’s Park, at 570 Shoup Ave W., is one of several properties that reverted to county ownership ...

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Cassia Regional Technology Center duo heads to Ford HQ for competition (access required)

A pair of graduating high school seniors from southern Idaho is headed to Michigan in June for a national auto skills competition that has already won them thousands of dollars in scholarships. Taylor Grisham and Slade Beck, both 18, won ...

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Commercial development restarting in Twin Falls (access required)

Plans for a 250,000-square-foot retail center on 12 lots in Twin Falls have been dusted off and restarted, a sign of growing confidence in southern Idaho’s economic recovery. The Twin Falls City Council this month approved a zoning map change to ...

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