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Twin Falls Students Fight Dress Code

In only nine days, more than 250 students have signed a petition to change the Twin Falls School District’s new dress code. The new code requires skirts or shorts to be just above the knee rather than at mid-thigh, as the old code dictated. Twin Falls High senior Brooke Fitzgerald, who started the online petition Sept. 9, said the district should use the fingertip rule, meaning shorts and skirts cannot be higher than where one’s fingertips reach with arms hanging down. That method is more enforceable than having teachers and administrators judge what is just above the knee, she said. The school board voted in July to change the length mandate except for students in kindergarten through fifth grade, who remain under the mid-thigh rule/Tetona Dunlap, Twin Falls Times-News. More here.

Question: Do you think mid-thigh skirts are too high for high school girls to wear?

PM: Paul Sets Boise Visit, Too

Republican presdential hopeful Ron Paul greets supportors on Thursday after giving a speech at Twin Falls High School in Twin Falls. 1,200 people attended the political rally at the school. Twin Falls Times-News story here. (AP Photo/Times-News, Ashley Smith)

Paul Discusses Liberty In Twin Falls

Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas shakes hands at Twin Falls Senior High School, today in Twin Falls, Idaho. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Individual liberties need to be restored, Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul told hundreds during today's town hall meeting in Twin Falls. “We have to recommit ourselves to what a free country is all about,” Paul said. Audience members cheered as the Texas congressman took the stage at Twin Falls High School's Roper Auditorium. Paul said if he's elected, he'd cut the federal budget by $1 trillion during his first year as president. Paul joined fellow GOP nomination hopefuls Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum in scheduling Idaho campaign stops this week, in preparation of the state's March 6 GOP caucus. Paul's other talking points included abolishing income tax, ending foreign wars and the U.S. regulation on drugs/Julie Wooton, Twin Falls Times-News. More here.

Question: Do you plan to attend the rallies for Ron Paul either in Moscow or Spokane Friday?

Ron Paul To Visit Spokane Friday

GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul is tentatively scheduled for a rally Friday evening at the Spokane convention center, and is picking up endorsements in and around Spokane. State Rep. Matt Shea, Spokane County Treasurer Rob Chase, and Republican Central Committeemembers John Christina of Spokane and Karen Skoog of Elk all endorsed Paul, the campaign announced today. Many of those endorsements come as  no surprise. Chase, like Paul, was once a Libertarian candidate; he became active in the Paul campaign in 2008 and was part of the Texas congressman's delegation that helped shape the Spokane County GOP platform/Jim Camden, SR Spin Control. More here.

Question: Will Ron Paul draw bigger crowds in Spokane/Moscow/Boise/Twin Falls than Rick Santorum?

Twin Falls Won’t Challenge New Map

Twin Falls county commissioners have announced that they've decided not to file any further challenge to Idaho's new legislative redistricting plan, though they're not entirely happy with it. The county led an earlier challenge to the Idaho Supreme Court that overturned the previous plan submitted by the state's citizen redistricting commission. County Prosecutor Grant Loebs said, “It’s not a good plan, but it’s an acceptable one. It’s considerably better than the previous plan that extended Twin Falls districts all the way to Chubbuck”/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: Are you ready for the new districts? Do you understand the ones in North Idaho?

Yummy Yogurt

A few juicy arils give just the right burst of flavor to a bowl of Greek yogurt.

TWIN FALLS • Greek yogurt maker Chobani formally broke ground on its Twin Falls plant on Monday in a celebratory event, but its work had begun much sooner.

Construction crews started excavation work earlier this month at the site along Kimberly Road. Before that, city and Twin Falls Urban Renewal Agency officials signed off in November on an agreement to lure Chobani’s New York-based parent company, Agro Farma, to the region.

So, the audience of more than 100 at Monday’s groundbreaking didn’t hear any major surprises. But company leaders and government officials made it clear that there’s plenty to look forward to when the plant opens in 2012 with up to 400 employees. Full story.

How often do you eat yogurt?


Lesbian Agnostic Leads TF Unitarians

Suzanne Marsh (pictured) doesn’t live in the Magic Valley, but she’s excited about getting better acquainted with it. She visits at least twice a month, when she comes to take charge of the Magic Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Twin Falls. Marsh is the church’s pastor but lives in Pocatello, where she also leads another church. Ministry is a second career for the 51-year-old former certified public accountant from Pennsylvania. “I was surely making better money,” she said, “but I wasn’t meeting my spiritual needs.” Marsh was appointed by the denomination’s headquarters in Boston to lead the two churches … Marsh’s beliefs are different than more traditional religious leaders’ in Magic Valley. Marsh calls herself agnostic, someone who doesn’t believe — or disbelieve — in the existence of God/Andrew Weeks, Twin Falls Times-News. More here. (Photo from Unitarian Church of Harrisburg)

Question: Isn't it important that the minister of a church believe in God?

PM: Twin Falls Embraces Yogurt Firm

Chobani CEO Hamdi Ulukaya speaks in Twin Falls during the announcement today that the company will build a new plant in Twin Falls. The deal between the Twin Falls City Council, the Southern Idaho Economic Development Organization and the yogurt company says the facility will provide 400 jobs to start, paying $14 an hour, with an estimated $100 million investment. Story here. (AP Photo/Times-News, Ashley Smith)

Question: Anyone see anything wrong with Twin Falls urban renewal spending $24M to attract yogurt company and 400 jobs to town?

Crump: Ty Cobbs & His Twin Falls Tie

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Ty Cobb, the irascible Detroit Tigers right-fielder who was the first player voted into baseball’s Hall of Fame. Less well known is that Cobb, a Georgian who eventually retired to California, was a Twin Falls businessman during the 1940s and ’50s. In his third season in the major leagues — 1907 — Cobb began buying Coca-Cola stock and doing magazine and newspaper endorsements for the Atlanta-based beverage maker. By the time he died, he owned 20,000 shares of stock and bottling plants in Twin Falls; Bend, Ore., and Santa Maria, Calif. Cobb invested well elsewhere, but his relationship with Coke alone made him a rich man/Steve Crump, Twin Falls Times-News. More here. (AP file photo: Ty Cobb used to make his cleats razor sharp so as to better steal a base or break up a double play.)

Twin Falls Students Join In Protest

Students from Canyon Ridge High School are marching on Twin Falls City Hall and the school district's office in protest of proposed public education reform. An 8:50 a.m. rally at Canyon Ridge High School has morphed into a city-spanning march, as CRHS students walked to Twin Falls High School shortly after 9 a.m. While CRHS students hoped to have Twin Falls High School students join them, TFHS Principal Ben Allen barred his students from leaving the building and participating in the march. He also asked Twin Falls police to remove the Canyon Ridge students from TFHS property. At City Hall, Twin Falls Police Chief Brian Pike called the rally “democracy in action”/Twin Falls Times-News. More here.

Question: Did Twin Falls High principal deny his students their rights to join in protest?

PM: Rocker Sixx Has Idaho Roots

Did you know that Nikki Sixx is an Idaho native? Not only does columnis Steve Crump of the Twin Falls Times-News report that Motley Crew rocker grew up as Frank Ferrana in the Magic Valley, but he also has a new line of high-end men's and women's clothing. Writes Crump, of the Royal Underground brand: “How high-end is Royal Underground? A men’s military-style leather jacket will set you back $1,245. A gray T-shirt emblazoned with crosses and fleur-de-lis goes for $115, and there’s a women’s linen trench coat for $895. And my personal favorite: a pair of straight-legged jeans with — quoting here, “light distressing” — priced to move at $335.” You can read Crump's column here.

Question: Which heavy-metal band is your favorite?

Twin Falls Rejects Bike Helmet Law

Helmets for youngsters isn’t a dead issue, Twin Falls City Council members said Monday night, but neither will it be a law. The City Council voted 4-3 against even bringing an ordinance requiring children younger than 16 to wear bike helmets forward for final consideration — a procedure often treated as a formality — with the majority arguing that parents shouldn’t be forced to buy helmets or face a city penalty. …. The ordinance was written with a blank where a fine for violation would be. City staff wrote in its report that helmets could be bought for $7.75, and staff brought up the option of raising cash for $3-off coupons to further minimize the cost/Nick Coltrain, Twin Falls Times-News. More here(SR file photo for illustrative purposes by Jesse Tinsley)

Question: Should children younger than 16 be required to wear bike helmets?

Teen Fight Preceded Deadly Car Crash

A fight between two groups of teenagers ended in tragedy this weekend for two Coeur d’Alene High School grads near Twin Falls, Idaho.A sheriff’s report says star athlete Devon Austin and his close friend Ryan Reinhardt died early Sunday morning near Twin Falls as they were being chased by a group in another car they’d met at a party. The car they were in was going too fast and they failed to negotiate a turn.Both Austin and Reinhardt had just started their first year at the College of Southern Idaho. Both teens were athletic, well-liked and lived life to the fullest according to family and friends/Tania Dall, KXLY. More here

CdA Teens Were Chased Before Fatality

The two Coeur d’Alene teens who were killed in a single-car rollover near Twin Falls were chased at one point by several people in a vehicle after an altercation at a party early Sunday morning, according to a press release from the Twin Falls Sheriff’s Department. A short while later, Devon Austin, 19, and Ryan Reinhardt, 18, both Coeur d’Alene High athletes, were killed when the 1998 Toyota Camry that Reinhardt was driving failed to make a curve and rolled several times. Austin, the Idaho Gatorade Player of the Year in baseball, and Reinhardt, a defensive starter on the 2009 Coeur d’Alene High football team, were pronounced dead at the scene. Another passenger, Jessica Duran, 19, was treated and released from St. Luke’s Magic Valley. (SR file photo from Jan. 9, 2009: Coeur d’Alene’s  Devon  Austin, left, battles Lake City’s Ben Frisbie for a rebound.)

Twin Falls Bans Texting-While-Driving

Twin Falls City Council has adopted a plan to ban texting-while-driving within its city limits.  The proposal, approved by council members Monday, will not go into effect until later this year.  Council members made the city the first in the state to ban the practice. If a driver is caught texting behind the wheel by police officers in Twin Falls, he will face a $50 fine.  Greg Lanting, councilman for the city, told KTVB television that drivers will be given time to adjust to the new law. “If officers see people they believe are texting they are going to be stopped and it will originally be an education thing trying to get people to realize it is against the law in the city of Twin Falls,” Lanting said/Dustin Hurst, Idaho Reporter. More here.

Question: Would you like to see your community outlaw texting-while-driving?

GOP: Allred Deceptive Re: Birth Place

Idaho Democrat Gubernatorial Candidate Keith Allred has been attempting to mislead the public into believing that he is a native Idahoan. According to Project Vote Smart and the Idaho Statesman Candidate survey, Allred answered that he was born in Twin Falls when in fact Keith Allred was actually born in Redondo Beach, California. “It is disingenuous of Keith Allred to fill out candidate surveys claiming that he was born in Twin Falls and implying that he is a native Idahoan when in fact he was born in California,” stated Jonathan Parker, Idaho Republican Party Executive Director/Idaho Conservative Blogger. More here

Question: Is the term “native Idahoan” meant for only someone who was born here?

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