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Mass Transit Needs Masses, Too Expensive

Ron Harriman is a guy who tends to use science and math to make his points. Here is his take on recent calls for a TRANSIT SYSTEM in the Treasure Valley. By Ron Harriman My research has led me to conclude that in a basically rural area, transit fares will only cover 8% of the […]

The Voters (Some) Have Spoken

Apologies for the lack of content lately. Been on the road doing family business. We wanted to give readers a place to bemoan their loss or crow about their victory, so here is a post. Not many surprises out of the election, unless you were a hopeful Dem. We were surprised at the margins in […]

Are Ability AND Integrity Impossible For Politicos?

We often hear the lament, “I am not voting because it is always the lesser of two evils.” A story in the Saturday DAILY PAPER by reporter Katy Moeller seems to enforce the evil issue. Seems that Ada Coroner Candidate Dotti Owens “forgot” about criminal charges for fraud and a bankruptcy when she completed a […]

Fear of Legislature Power Is Prudent

Our favorite saying with regard to political power is, “POWER CORRUPTS. ABSOLUTE POWER IS REALLY GREAT IF YOU HAVE IT.” Constitutional amendment HJR 2 is an attempt by the legislature to acquire absolute power. It needs a “NO” vote. We don’t endorse candidates, but when it comes to constitutional amendments and bond issues, we feel […]

Eagle-Boise Fire Coverage Is Hot Topic

For the most part the fire departments in Ada County get along pretty well, especially when it comes to assisting each other responding to emergencies. That relationship is being strained as a result of the recent Boise City annexation of about 600 Eagle Fire District patrons into the city of Boise. The move will cost […]

Ada Disenfranchises About 765 Voters By Mistake

Sometimes the most well intended actions can lead to disaster. Such was the case when the Ada County Elections Office canceled voter registration for nearly 3,200 voters when they compared names of voters in 8 other states in an effort to curb dual voting. You can register to vote in only one location. Of that […]

Horseless Racing, Slot Machines In Disguise

Acting on a tip from a GUARDIAN reader, we visited the game room at Les Bois Park recently and found a room with 200 slot machines being passed off as “Historic Horse Racing.” Folks, we urge you to take a dollar or two out there — perhaps during the Western Idaho Fair. Put your money […]

Guardian Editor Files Against GBAD

Government watchdog David R. Frazier has filed legal documents in 4th District Court against the Greater Boise Auditorium District, claiming the District is attempting to go around voters with a financing scheme which violates the Idaho Constitution. In a response to the GBAD “Petition For Judicial Confirmation,” Frazier alleges the district is seeking to go […]

Ada Commishes To Payoff Bonds They Never Owed

Former Ada County Commishes created an end-run around voters some 23 years ago when they convinced an out of county judge that “annual lease payments” to the Capital City Development Corp. (CCDC) were not long term debt. The current Ada County Commishes see it differently. They are proudly planning to payoff the “Ada County Courthouse […]

Just Seeking An ACHD Seat, Not “Who?” JUST

Former EVERYTHING, Rick Just, is seeking the district 4 ACHD seat currently held by Mitch Jaurena (how-ray-nah) who is seeking re-election. Just is a former radio guy, raconteur, author, PR man, Idaho Parks planning official, member of numerous recreation-oriented groups, and has a name which is, well, Just easier to pronounce than Jaurena. Both Just […]

Ada Coroner Upset Highlights Need For State Medical Examiner

Ex-sheriff’s deputy Mike Chilton won a three way vote for the post of Ada County Coroner in the Tuesday primary. He defeated a former restaurateur who campaigned with signs showing dripping blood, and the current deputy coroner, Robert Karinen. There are mixed takes on how the Ada Coroner office has evolved under Erwin Sonnenberg, who […]

Here is the official word on primary election early voting from Ada County Elections. Early Voting in Ada County will be open on Saturday, May 10, 2014. · Hours are 10:00 am to 4:00 pm County’s early voting site is located at: · 400 N Benjamin Lane, Boise Voters are asked to bring photo identification. […]

Candidate Election Space

Keeping with the long standing policy of the GUARDIAN, we will offer free space for candidates and supporters. As I make the offer, I am in communist Vietnam looking at a red flag with a yellow star. –Dave Frazier, editor ACHD Commish Sara Baker sent the following on behalf of Ada Treasurer Vicky McIntyre. When […]

Caldwell GUARDIAN Vindicated Over Nampa Library

Thursday the Gardener Company sent Nampa Development Corporation (Urban Renewal) a letter backing out of the retail/officeportion of the Nampa Library Project. Caldwell GUARDIAN editor Paul Alldredge had filed legal action to allow citizens to weigh in on the indebtedness, but backed out when threatened with being forced to pay legal fees. In the letter, […]

Ada Sheriff Applauds Gun Nullification Law

Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney told the GUARDIAN he endorsed a law signed Thursday by Gov. Butch Otter that would make it a crime for Idaho coppers or officials to follow ANY edicts from Washington regarding guns and ammo. Raney said, “Last year I and many other law enforcement leaders opposed HB 219 because it […]

Boise Copper Accused Of Smacking Mate

Ada Sheriff’s deputies arrested an off duty Boise copper early Friday and charged him with misdemeanor domestic violence. Court records indicate bond has been set at $5,000 for Gary Miller. He was also charged with simple battery for allegedly grabbing the arm of a crime scene investigator who was making a video recording of the […]

Masterson, Other Coppers Ignored At Gun Hearing

The folowing opinion is representative of coppers from Boise, Nampa, Moscow and Canyon County, to name a few who were muzzeled at an Idaho Senate hearing last week. The GUARDIAN will offer the forum not allowed in the Idaho Legislature. We may be a bit slow to approve comments as we are in the South […]

Lawmakers Claim Deception On Horse Racing

Amid claims of “duping” among some members, the Idaho Legislature could put slot machine betting on horse races near the finish line. In a story posted by the DAILY PAPER, Rep. Gayle Batt of Wilder told the House State Affairs Committee some members felt duped by advocates of the so-called “video terminals displaying historical horse […]

Ada Has App To Track “Fugitive Emissions”

Its happened to all of us: FUGITIVE EMMISSIONS. Now its official. Something stinks at Ada County–the landfill to be exact, but the odor is just like the fugitive emissions we all know after eating a big burrito. But wait, there’s more! Ada County government has created an app for your mobile device to track those […]

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 […]

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