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Is Boise Losing “Small Town” Flavor?

With all the pressure Boise’s Team Dave is putting on the Ada County Highway District, Urban Renewal, Autitorium District, and Valley Transit, we growthophobes have to conclude their efforts are aimed at justifying a TROLLEY through urban growth. While they try to make a case for trains, trolley, street car or circulator there seems to […]

BREAKING NEWS: House Explodes On Boise Bench

Following a massive explosion, a house 302 Wilson Court (Near Morris Hill and Roosevelt) erupted in flames prompting a multi alarm response by the Boise Fire Department Friday afternoon. Witnesses told the GUARDIAN they heard the explosion while on Latah street and looked up to see a cloud of black smoke followed by other colored […]

Boise Spends $500,000 on 2013 Travel

Believe it or not, Boise City employees travel expenses of $500,000 for 2013 were down 16% over 2012. A hearty KUDOS from the GUARDIAN to city staff and managers. Back in 2012 the expenses had jumped to $600,000– a 27% hike over the 2011 fiscal year total of $471,000. The most recent half million dollar […]

Bulging Boise’s Bungled Building Boom

At the risk of posting another typical “growthophobe” story, we offer up a major caution in the rush to embrace the Gardner folks’ latest plan for downtown Boise. As wise businessmen, they are gathering as much public funding as possible to build on some pretty small plots adjacent to the Grove Hotel and the U.S. […]

Kudos To City For Choosing Local Art

If the defective fountains on the front the Grove Hotel and in City Hall Plaza are any indication, Boise artists are just a drop in the bucket compared to the ancient Romans–at least their fountains work and don’t leak. Bowing to pressure from the GUARDIAN and public, an art selection committee has come up with […]

Governments Run Amok

Where do we start? The GUARDIAN has been in warmer climes for three weeks and comes home to chaos–or is always like this? –Top item in the foolishness file is the Idaho legislature’s apparent push to get guns on campus. The amazing thing to us is not the wacko legislators–we always have them–but the fact […]

New Foothills Development Planned?

We don’t know if there is a connection with the recent Quail Hollow golf course donation to the city, but it looks like there will be more foothills residents–conveniently overlooking a golf course–if a developer gets his way. We are short on details, but this memo made its way to the GUARDIAN. APOLOGIES in advance […]

Desire Named Street Car Rears Its Ugly Head Yet Again

Thousands of tax dollars later, Team Dave’s desire named street car has resurfaced. This time around instead of hiring a PR outfit to creat public support for Mayor Dave Bieter’s dream of a “downtown circulator,” City officials are aiming for a Jan. 29 meeting to seek “input” on what type of circulator in the downtown […]

Eagle Snow Park Deal Still Has Opposition

Eagle City and Ada County have recently agreed on a deal which will get the county out of the equation on a proposed Winter Terrain Park on the eastern edge of Eagle. Ada Commishes previously balked at a deal presented by Eagle which would allow private operator Ryan Neptune a 20 year exclusive lease on […]

Ombudsman Job Description Conflicts With Code

Boise City is taking apps for an ombudsman six months after the first and only one, Pierce Murphy, left to clean up the Seattle PD. The job pays up to $95K, but there may be problems for the guy or gal who take the post. In a casual read it appears the job description doesn’t […]

City Seeking Staffer For Team Dave

If you are one who, “Develops, implements, and facilitates project teams to meet organizational goals” you could earn up to $95,000 working for BOISE CITY as a Strategic Initiatives Manager. God only knows how we have done without one–or if there was a previous SIM. No doubt future strategic initiatives could include trolleys, bond elections, […]

Fed Court Backs McLean,GUARDIAN God Bless

U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge ruled Thursday on a civil rights action filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and two individuals. His order essentially puts enforcement of Boise’s panhandling law on “hold.” In September we noted the lonely position of Councilor Lauren McLean for “Being the voice for democracy, fair play, and equal rights” […]

Bench Residents Ignored By Bike Plan

Boise City and Valley Transit plan to spend at least $650,000 in equipment and “stations” to start a 140 bike share program which ignores the vast majority of the city and its citizens. But hey, when you are talking $4,642 per bike you can’t trust them to those lower income Bench Dwellers. We need a […]

Chief Updates On Copper Capers

Boise’s top copper, Mike Masterson, has lumped several controversial incidents in a media release posted Christmas Eve. While some of the details won’t be made public, the message sent to other members of the department as well as the public has to be viewed as a positive action. Three of the incidents were in OCTOBER. […]

Snow Park Slides Over To Eagle Island

Ryan Neptune isn’t about to let any snow melt under his skis. He has cut a deal with the Idaho State Parks Eagle Island venue to test his snow terrain idea. Plans for a snow park on land owned by Ada County and leased to the city of Eagle have hit the skids while commishes […]

Snow Park Continues Slippery Slope

Eagle City officials are forging ahead with plans to acquire land from Ada County to provide exclusive use to a for-profit snow terrain park off Old Horseshoe Bend Road. Ada County Commissioners want to hear from residents about their desired use of the land. There will be a public meeting December 18 at the Ada […]

Downtown Has Moved To Eagle & Fairview

Eagle Road has become Main Street and Meridian is quickly becoming the new “China” for Boise planners, politicos and purchasers–threatening to either own or control everything from highway dollars to retail market share. While Boise has been preoccupied filling the former “hole in the ground” with a mirrored skyscraper, Meridian (Idaho’s third largest city) has […]

Neighbor Cool To Snow Park Idea

Joan Johnston lives near the proposed winter terrain park off Horseshoe Bend Rd. and opposes it. The GUARDIAN will gladly offer space to any interested party who supports the park on Ada County land. Guest Opinion By Joan Johnston There is more to the snow terrain park proposal issue than just water and the other […]

Transit Center Heads Underground

If Valley Regional Transit and Capital City Development Corp. (CCDC) get their way, Boise’s highest and lowest structures will be at the same downtown intersection of 8th and Main. That is the latest planned location for a “multi model transportation center,” but this time they are looking at hiding the bus station underground diagonally across […]

Horse Race Slots Face Constitutional Challenge

The bid by a group to “preserve the horse racing industry” may be galloping toward a constitutional challenge that is anything but a sure bet. Despite legislation that says otherwise, there is a valid argument over the definition of what constitutes a SLOT MACHINE or CASINO GAMBLING–both specifically prohibited under the Idaho Constitution. Ada County […]

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