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Meridian Gives Public Money To Developer

Growthophobes often ask, “why is there such rapid and massive growth in Meridian?” The answer: the city uses citizen money to pay developers to locate there. When an out of state entrepreneur came to town with plans to make money off a for-profit osteopathic med school, the city mothers and fathers at Meridian fell all […]

Major Fire On Boise Bench

A major fire erupted about 11 a.m. Friday in the parking lot of a Snake River Pool and Spa at Orchard and Clark Streets in Boise and quickly spread to Parkwood Apartments next door. Boise fire department made a rapid and massive response with at lease nine apparatus. They made a quick stop, but many […]

Boise Council Qualifier 101

The November city election will see some changes in the council regardless of who wins. At the risk of feeding the conspiracy theorists, it appears only one of the three seats will be up for grabs. August 28 is first day to declare candidacy. September 8 is final day to file. To date, the following […]

Free Life Vests At Cleaned Up Esther Pond

In a double dose of good news from Boise Parks, the water at Esther Simplot Park is safe for swimming at both ponds as of this morning AND a cooperative private-public effort has made life vests available. The GUARDIAN had called for lifeguards at Quinn’s Pond following the tragic drowning death of a young refugee […]

Boise’s Official F-35 Rhetoric Toned Down

Far from pulling the plug on F-35 support, we detected a “decreased volume” in the official City of Boise rhetoric following a visit by Mayor Dave Bieter and two city councilors to Hill Air Force Base in Utah this week. Morgan Boydston at KTVB interviewed Mike Journee, Team Dave’s mouthpiece who used phrases like, “…a […]

Pollution Solution For Loose Goose

GUARDIAN readers have long advocated assorted meal plans for Boise’s homeless population supplementing diets with fresh goose meat. In Washington, D.C. the idea has apparently taken hold with the National Park Service. Here is a piece sent to us by a reader that addresses the problem of goose poop and feeding the hungry. In typical […]

Boise Officials Set Secret Meeting In SLC

Half a dozen Boise officials are set to visit Salt Lake City August 7 for some sort of secret economic development meeting which they legally do not have to make public. The delegation includes city councilors, the mayor, an attorney and a couple of marketing/development staffers. While in Salt Lake the mayor and a couple […]

Transit Riders Decline With Gas Price Dip

There’s good news and bad news on the commuter and bus business. The good news is the price of gas is down, so motorists are not spending so much to commute. The bad news is the price of gas is down, so motorists are not spending so much to commute. No matter how you cut […]

Root, Root For The Home Team !

As soon as citizens had an election lined up to vote on funding a minor league baseball stadium outside Washington, D.C. in Virginia, the minor league team owner forfeited his attempt at getting public financing. He was apparently out hit, out fielded, and out of money. That no hitter game sounds strikingly similar to the […]

Good Noisy, Bad Noisy, Boise

Gotta hand it to the Boise City Council. They are consistent when it comes decisions about economic benefits. Noisy jets at Gowen mean $155 million good. Noisy cars and cycles mean loss of diners downtown. Numerous readers called our attention to the new ordinance featured on KTVB.COM. All the messages pointed out the hypocrisy of […]

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 […]

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 […]

Time For Lifeguards At Esther Simplot Park

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 […]

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.

More Than 1,500 Sign Petition Opposing F-35

The Citizens for a Livable Boise group opposing the F-35 fighter jet being based at Gowen Field have collected more than 1,500 signatures on a petition asking officials to drop support for choosing Boise as a base. In a letter to Boise officials which accompanied the petition, the group said in part, “We, the people […]

266 Fireworks Complaints, Just One Ticket

We did our best to put the fireworks complaints and responses in perspective July 5. Ada County dispatch reported 266 complaints about illegal fireworks which was almost identical to previous year’s complaints county-wide. Boise Police tell us there was, “at least one ticket issued.” Ada deputies did not write any citations and we have not […]

God Bless America AND Aerial Fireworks

Disclaimer: The following is NOT the opinion of the GUARDIAN. We accept opinions from all sides of issues. A guest opinion from TROY of Boise And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air, gave proof thro’ the night that our flag was still there. O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave O’er […]

Pup Poop Pollutes Park Pond

DNA results of water sample testing have revealed dog poop is the primary cause of dangerous e-coli levels at the Esther Simplot pond in the new park of the same name. Goose poop was also identified as a contributing factor. As a result, dogs will be banned from the park. Geese tend to avoid canines […]

Alto Via Court Turns Into Ghetto

Abandoned foothills homes on Alto Via Court have attracted so many criminals the area is now like an inner city ghetto, rife with vandals and drug users. Several high-end homes have been destroyed by shifting ground. Boise coppers have been kept busy making arrests the past few days in the area. Here is their press […]

F-35 Meeting Draws Over 200

With more than 200 residents attending a Tuesday meeting, it’s fair to say opposition to the F-35 being based at Gowen Field is growing. Citizens packed the public meeting room at the Main Library to hear speakers discuss the ramifications of basing the F-35 at Gowen Field. Although invited by the sponsoring, “Citizens For A […]

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