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Ball Park May Face Extra Innings

It looks like Boise’s downtown “field of dreams” ball park proposal could go into extra innings if the home team calling itself CONCERNED BOISE TAXPAYERS is able to keep the developer and local agencies from getting to first base.

The group boasts Gary Michael, former Albertson CEO, as the lead off pitcher with a bullpen full of old Boise sluggers. Although their names haven’t been put on the roster yet, many have earned signing bonuses and are accustomed to playing in the big leagues.

CBT sent a letter last week to the Greater Boise Auditorium District Board of Directors citing five surveys and studies they wanted completed at the expense of the developer, Greenstone Properties, before any GBAD money is appropriated to the project. The letter will be read into the record at the Wednesday 2p.m. GBAD regularly scheduled meeting.

The home team is pushing for the visitors to pay for studies of traffic, noise, lighting, tranquility of nearby parks, and “true economic impact at build out.” These surveys don’t go for peanuts and without GBAD participation it could give the home team the advantage.

At issue is a scheme that will need money from GBAD, CCDC, and assorted agencies–even property taxpayers. Dubbed a “private-public partnership,” the project is a condo, retail, ballpark development planned for the area of Americana and the Boise River–known by oldtimers as the K-Mart site.

BOISEDEV has several good stories explaining the ballpark details, rules of the game, and price of admission.

The letter: Concerned Boise Taxpayers of Boise

No Plans For Lifeguards At Quinn’s Pond

In the previous post we advocated lifeguards at Quinn’s Pond following the tragic death of a 15-year-old refugee boy who had lived in Boise only 9 days.

The community donated $14,000 for his funeral and there has been some talk about swimming lessons and better parenting, but no increased safety measures are being contemplated.

We got this response from Parks Director Doug Holloway when we offered the idea of lifeguards during the remaining hot days of summer when the ponds are busiest:

“We have not considered, nor have we discussed considering providing lifeguards at Quinn’s or Esther Simplot Ponds. All three ponds clearly caution swimming at your own risk.”

Time For Lifeguards At Esther Simplot Park

Ponds at Esther Simplot Park invite swimmers, but offer no protection.

The Tragic death of the 15-year-old refugee this week highlights the need for lifeguards at a public swimming hole. Perhaps his death will send the signal to immediately get lifeguards at the Esther Simplot Park and Quinn’s Pond. Even the local swimming pools have lifeguards.

Local promoters and politicos have long touted the benefits and beauty of the Boise River. Tubing has been banned due to high flows this season and firefighters have been busy cutting “strainer” trees–all for public safety.

Meanwhile Quinn’s Pond has opened for swimming this year as a city park and no lifeguards are on duty.

To its credit, Boise’s Park Department was diligent in closing one of the ponds polluted with e-coli–for public safety. The same precaution for public safety would dictate immediately hiring lifeguards for Quinn’s Pond.

The pond is big, so more than one guard may be needed, but a simple tower and perhaps another guard patrolling in a kayak would do the job. We would venture a guess that a couple of lifeguards a day would be much cheaper that the efforts expended cleaning up the river or even outfitting a couple members of the Fire Department dive team to pull dead bodies from the water.

Reader Mark Williams photo shows either lots of people using life vests, or a need for more at the empty rack at Quinn’s Pond Friday.

Kids in water with no life vests.
–Mark Williams photo

If money is the issue, perhaps Boise could take a lesson from the Australians: Their lifeguard service is staffed with volunteers.

Since we still have some hot summer days ahead, push your city councilors and Team Dave to “git ‘er done” NOW!

D’em Bones, D’em Bones Need DNA Test

When human bones were found in a badger hole recently, a major investigation by the Elmore county Sheriff’s office was triggered.

Turns out the bones are old. Really old. Like, before settlers, pioneers, or explorers. Members of the Shoshone-Piute tribe of Native Americans (Indians) are seeking to obtain the bones from the Bureau of Land Management and give them a proper burial.

Now comes GUARDIAN reader Ron Harriman, a renaissance man, engineer and eclectic personality with this cautionary note:

“Recently in the desert by Mt. Home they discovered the bones of two individuals which they have since determined to be as old as 1400 years.

The BLM is intending to turn these over to the Indians for reburial, but the investigation into the bones indicates that these individuals’ main food was corn. And corn is not known as an indigenous food north of Mexico. These bones need to be studied and the DNA analyzed prior to re burial. They obviously do not belong to any of the known tribes in this area. I have alerted the Boise State Anthropology Dept. and they agree.”

Boise Dev Analyzes F-35 Petition

Even though he got stonewalled by some of the players, Don Day at his BOISEDEV site was able to get some comments from the politicos about the petition sent to officials regarding the F-35.

Day did a good job reporting on the petition and the comments. Worth a look.

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