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F-35 Decision Delayed Until December

Friends in the Detroit area report that Sec. of Air Force Heather Wilson has delayed the decision on basing F-35s at two undecided locations until December.

The Michigan folks feel their Selfridge Air National Guard base is an ideal location. Of course, there are four other final venues who think THEIR location is best for F-35s.

The MACOMB DAILY NEWS reports she wanted more than the five finalists to be considered. Sounds like she came into the process late and didn’t understand how much vetting had already been done.

Motorcycles Are Deadliest Ride In Boise

Deadly ride.
–BPD Photo

Here’s a shocker. So far in 2017, FOUR TIMES as many people were killed in motorcycle crashes in Boise than in cars.

Concerned with the number of fatal accidents in Boise (four so far in October) the GUARDIAN joined forces with Boise coppers to check the number and type of crashes.

There has been a total of 14 fatal traffic crashes–DOUBLE the total for all of 2016.

The majority of fatal crashes have involved motorcycles. There were ZERO motorcycle fatalities in 2016, but 2017 is proving to be carnage for the motorcycles with 8 deaths.

Here is the 2017 year-to-date break down comparison with 2016 totals in parentheses.

Vehicle: 2 (2)
Motorcycle: 8 (0)
Pedestrian: 3 (4)
Bicyclist: 1 (1)

Total fatals for 2017 is 14 compared to 7 for all of 2016.

BPD Capt. Ron Winegar, himself a former motorcycle copper, heads up the patrol division and offered this caution: “While driving is such a familiar action for most adults, you can never take it for granted. We all need to make an effort to focus only on driving when we get behind the wheel. Put down the devices, follow the speed limit and rules of the road. If alcohol has been a part of your day or night, make sure you get a ride from someone who hasn’t been drinking. We want to make sure everyone gets home safely to their loved ones.”

Statewide fatalities are actually down on a year to date basis. In 2016 there were 206 fatals year-to-date vs 192 in 2017. However, motorcycle deaths stand at 25 so far with 23 for all of 2016.

Perhaps the most telling figure shows there were 12 cycle deaths in June of this year versus 4 in June 2016.

Developers Pay Top $ For Council Seats

With $1,000 payments from Barber Valley Development, Brighton Corp., Conger Development, Hawkins Companies and Republic Services, incumbent Boise Councilor TJ Thomson is the top money maker to date in the Nov. 7 city council race with $25,666.

Holli Woodings was in second place in the money game with $18,187. She also accepted $1,000 payments from Barber Development and Randy Harris of Harris Ranch.

Mayor Dave Bieter’s former law partner, Frank Walker, came in third with $1K payments from Republic, Barber, and Harris. He also took $1,000 from the Boise Fire Chief Officers. His total take as of the Oct. 10 filing deadline was $14,338.

Namoi Johnson raised $6,366, Lisa Sanches collected $5,900–mostly in $100 entries, and Logan Kimball raked in $3,440.

The rest of the candidates either showed “0” contributions or insignificant amounts.

Absent any professional polling, the GUARDIAN is predicting TJ Thomson has a lock on his council seat 4 as the incumbent. He has the developer community and a massive well oiled social media network.

Frank Walker could either benefit or suffer from his long time association with Mayor Dave Bieter, but with the developers and fire department brass on his side, he probably has the edge. Sanchez and Kimball will split the seat 2 vote which could help Walker, barring a change in the political winds.

Holli Woodings, former legislator and Democratic candidate for Secretary of State is well funded, and backed by the Dems. She has been the “heir apparent” for the seat being vacated by fellow dem Maryanne Jordan, who qualifies as either the “grande dame” or institutional memory of the city council. She has no serious opposition for seat 6.


Logan Kimball offered up comments below.
The election season is definitely entering its final weeks and it has been interesting to read the various financial disclosures of candidates. It’s hard to deny that a better funded campaign allows more potential voters to be reached. While this may be true, there is still one other factor to consider: message.

Both of my opponents, Frank Walker and Lisa Sanchez, are in support of continuing to “build on the success” of the current City Council. They have gone on record to support spending millions on the downtown trolley and danced around the issue of public funding for the downtown stadium proposal. Their platforms are virtually identical and for this reason, I would say that it is Sanchez and Walker who are going to be splitting votes, not myself. Continue reading here…

CANDIDATE FORUM: Rachel Misnick On Issues

I’d like to give a thank you to the Boise Guardian for giving me the opportunity to address issues that are important in our community. I just recently discovered your news site and have been reading through the articles and comments, which are echoing my concern of City Council under-representation of the areas outside of downtown Boise. This very reason is a large part of why I decided to enter this race. I’m running for Seat #2 and am the only candidate that doesn’t live just North of downtown, so am trying my best to make sure the outer areas of our city have representation.

My thoughts on the questions posed to me are below, but if anyone wants more information on my thoughts, opinions, or ideas, I welcome and encourage you to contact me either via email at or by phone at 208-695-1009.

– Should Boise officials be spending public money and resources on the campaign to attract the F-35?

My short answer to this question is to say no, Boise officials should not be expending resources for the sole purpose of campaigning to attract an F-35 squadron. This type of focus belittles the concerns of residents who would be most affected by the additional noise. The city does, however, have the responsibility to encourage public input and address residents’ concerns. In order to be able to properly assess the impact a squadron would have and to explore ways to mitigate the additional noise that the F-35 creates over the A-10, council members do need to spend time meeting with officials from Gowen Field, the Air Force, the Boise Airport, and concerned residents. Additionally, they need to spend time researching the potential impact on the community and the quality of life in areas surrounding Gowen and the airport. In these ways, yes, Boise officials do need to expend resources.

Ultimately, it is the U.S. Air Force which will decide where the aircraft are placed; it is squarely on the shoulders of our elected city officials, however, to plan ahead and create ways to mitigate negative impacts as much as possible, and to utilize the positive impacts to best benefit the city.

Gowen Field uses the Boise Airport’s runways, and the airport currently is creating plans to expand. On October 24th, the airport is holding an open house where staff and consultants will be to available to address concerns and answer questions. The airport is well aware of the controversy and will be key in managing noise levels in cooperation with Gowen Field if the squadron arrives here. More information on the open house is available at I encourage all who are concerned about the F-35 to take advantage of this opportunity.

– Should citizens have the right to vote to approve public debt of more than one year, especially for big projects like a stadium? – Should CCDC continue to expand and divert tax dollars away from schools, ACHD, the city, and county?

It is absolutely fantastic to see the level of public involvement regarding the stadium. Over the last few years, there has been a growing feeling of discontent among the residents living outside of the downtown area, myself included. This is due to the tunnel vision our city plans have, which are clearly focused on the downtown area. The downtown area is thriving, but those of us who live a few miles away are having to deal with ever-increasing traffic rates, wider roads, traffic noise, difficult commutes, and the feeling that we are just a blip on our city government’s radar. The stadium project has pushed many people to move from frustration to activism; even though it is much more difficult to be politically active for residents who don’t live in the downtown area, it’s apparent that we have to be.

While CCDC has played an integral part in creating a vibrant downtown, the ethics of skirting voting requirements is sketchy. I do believe that citizens should be able to vote in order for large projects like this to be approved. I also believe that the CCDC should start weighing the interests of the entire city instead of limiting the focus, as is the current situation. Just off the top of my head, there are sections of Orchard, Fairview, and Overland that could benefit from some assistance, just to name a few. Expanding the focus would benefit many more people.

–Should citizens, both inside and outside the city, have the right to vote approval or denial of annexation of additional areas and people into the city?

Currently, per Idaho’s Statute # 50-222, areas to be annexed already must meet standards of consent by a majority of the affected property owners, effectively giving them a vote in the matter.

Idaho law also currently grants to its cities the authority to annex without a vote of its current residents. Typically, annexation benefits the city residents next to the land in question, since it gives the city control over zoning and development and can help prevent the land being developed in such a way that would negatively affect nearby city residents. Even though it would require some additional work on the Council’s end to present their case, I see no reason why a vote shouldn’t be granted to a city’s residents. Granting city residents a vote on annexation, however, would have to be addressed at the state level through legislating a change in Idaho’s Statutes.

NNU Nighthawk Mascot Is a Goatsucker

Local media was alight with announcements Monday that CRUSADER has taken on a negative connotation, so the new mascot is a NIGHT HAWK for Nampa’s Northwest Nazarene University.

But did the well-intentioned deciders at the Christian institution of higher learning not have at least one staffer who had a passing interest in ornithology?

Night hawks, whippoorwills and other nocturnal feathered flyers are all members of the GOATSUCKER family, Nighthawks are those birds with a white stripe under the wing that dive over the city at dusk snatching up insects. You can often hear the wind beneath their wings.

Our online dictionary offered up this definition for CRUSADER: noun
1 ( Crusader )a fighter in the medieval Crusades.
2 a person who campaigns vigorously for political, social, or religious change; a campaigner: crusaders for early detection and treatment of mental illness.

Common nighthawk (goatsucker)

Not much negative in that version, but here’s what it says of GOATSUCKER: goatsucker |ˈgōtˌsəkər|
another term for nightjar.
ORIGIN early 17th cent.: so named because the bird was thought to suck goats’ udders.

The bird sites, including BEAUTYOFBIRDS all discuss GOATSUCKERS (Order: CAPRIMULGIFORMES, Family: CAPRIMULGIDAE)…which seems a long way from CRUSADERS.

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