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Before You Vote, Get Registered!

September 22nd is National Voter Registration Day. The Ada County Elections office is partnering with local cities, libraries and Boise State University‚Äôs Associated Students of Boise State University to provide registration services to the people of Ada County. Over the past three decades, voter participation has seen a steady decline. Research shows that an effective […]

All Bets Off For Idaho Horseless Racing

The Idaho Supreme Court Thursday issued an order compelling Secretary of State Lawrence Denny to certify the Idaho Legislature’s repeal of the so-called “instant racing” law which permitted the use of what most people recognize as slot machines. What this means is Gov. Butch Otter’s veto of the repeal was invalid due to late filing […]

Doldrums, Apathy, Smoke, Limit Guardian News

We probably owe loyal GUARDIAN readers an apology and explanation for the dearth of posts during the past month or so (for non-library types, DEARTH: a scarcity or lack of something). To be frank, we haven’t had much to say. The fires are burning, the smoke comes and goes, and it takes the TV “chief […]

Ada Treas Files Criminal Complaint Against Commishes Over Reorganization Of Trash Authority

The criminal division of the Idaho Attorney General’s office has declined to prosecute Ada County’s three Commissioners following a criminal complaint filed by Ada County Treasurer Vicky McIntyre claiming a conflict of interest over trash billing and other issues with Republic Services, the county contracted trash collector. During one interview with AG investigators over an […]

Ada County To Sever Ties To CCDC

Most folks are unaware that Boise City’s urban renewal agency owns the Ada County Courthouse through a convoluted “lease” agreement which was used to deny voters the right to approve or reject the debt. Capital City Development Corp (CCDC) financed the courthouse, but now the current Commishes are aiming to pay off the thinly disguised […]

Canyon Budget Rivals NASA Pluto Rocket

The following was leaked to the GUARDIAN today–it appears to be a real e-mail from Commish Steve Rule informing some folks of a proposed 37% budget hike! “All concerned, Today in the clerks suggested 2016 budget presentation —-(See above attachment for details) Clerk Chris Yamamoto, and, controller Zack Wagoner proposed to raise property taxes from […]

The exciting Topic Of Taxes!

It’s about as interesting as watching paint dry, but somebody has to discuss taxes. Any way you cut it, local property tax bills are likely to go up this year in Ada County. First off, the ASSESSED VALUE of most property has increased. That figure is used as the basis by cities, the county, ACHD, […]

Horseless Racing Repeal Veto Challenged In Supreme Court

The Coeur d’Alene Indian tribe has challenged Gov. Butch Otter’s veto of a law passed to repeal the slot machine gambling at Idaho race tracks during the last session. It sounds convoluted at best, but legislators during the 2015 session voted overwhelmingly to repeal a 2013 approval of so-called “instant racing, or historic video racing.” […]

Ada Property Values Up About 6%

Ada County tax assessment notices have hit mailboxes of property owners and there shouldn’t be too much sticker shock. The median increase was just under 6%–this means that half the values increased more than 6% and half less than 6% (or decreased). It also means there could be some really big increases or decreases. We […]

The Arming Of Garden Valley Schools

UPDATED INTYRO 5p.m. Friday Garden Valley School Board trustee Alan V. Ward seems to be one of the advocates of arming school staff. He is the same guy who was investigated–but never prosecuted–for jamming locks at the school with Super Glue during a time of unrest over school board membership, eliminating staff positions, and dismissal […]

Three Votes For Two Sheriff Candidates

When Ada Sheriff Gary Raney announced his resignation last month, the heir apparent seemed to be Steve Bartlett, a current captain and former “Chief” of the Eagle department run under contract by the Ada sheriff. While they only have “nominating power,” the Republican Central Committee offered up the name of former Captain Randy Folwell, who […]

No Tax On Private Building Leased By CWI

A little known law allows landlords a tax exemption if they lease to an educational institution has added yet another dimension to the CWI land saga. County records reveal that Sundance Investments has obtained a 100% tax exemption on a building ay 1360 S. Eagle Flight Way for the past six years. The Building is […]

Ada Commish Asks CWI To Void Land Deal

Ada County Commissioner Dave Case has sent a letter to Mary Niland, president of the College of Western Idaho Board of Trustees, asking the board to reconsider its land purchase. Like other GUARDIAN readers, the Commish asks the board to use its “escape clause” and cancel the sale.

Bounty Hunters Not Off The Hook

While the Bonneville County prosecutor has declined to file any criminal charges in connection with the March shooting of Phillip Clay by a bounty hunter, the potential of other charges still exist. “We will not file anything relating to the shooting, but all other aspects of the investigation are still on the table,” according to […]

EPA: “Neptune, Gateway Parks Violate EPA Asbestos Rules”

The United States Environmental Protection Agency has found Ryan Neptune and his Gateway Parks LLC in violation of the “National Emission Standard For Asbestos.” The EPA has issued a compliance order for demolition of the old Lazy J Tavern site owned by Neptune on Old Highway 55 adjacent to the Eagle Gateway Park. The order […]

Tough Sledding At Eagle Snow Park

The operator of Eagle’s Snow Park on Old Highway 55 is facing a meltdown of sorts. Ryan Neptune is facing a lawsuit claiming he has not repaid loans from Scott and Amelia Carter amounting to $226,000 in principal and interest. Neptune also purchased the old Lazy J tavern property next to the Gateway Park (snow […]

CWI Bursting At Seams, May Seek Tax Hike

Boise City and College of Western Idaho officials have met to discuss their violation of a conditional use permit which allowed 420 students at the “Boise Campus” located in the Black Eagle Business Park at Overland and Maple Grove Roads. It turned out the school’s Boise facility has nearly six times –some 2,400 students– the […]

Ada Commishes Jockey For Horseless Racing Veto

All three Ada Commishes signed onto a full page ad in the Wednesday Statesman calling for Gov. Butch Otter to veto the repeal of horseless racing on slot machines at the County-owned Les Bois Park and two other locations in Idaho. The legislature approved something called “instant racing or historical racing” in 2013. The practice […]

Legislature Offers Free Uber Rides To Council

Declaring it’s time to “think outside the box and operate a free market economy,” Idaho Legislators voted Wednesday to offer free Uber Car rides to Boise City Councilors. The catch was the rides were good only to Ada County Highway District meetings. Councilors were expected to discuss the impending closure of Jefferson Street with the […]

Horseless Racing At The Finish Line

Only a last minute gallop in the form of a gubernatorial veto will save Idaho’s horseless racing from being pulled off the track. The Idaho House voted by more than two to one odds (49-21) to repeal the so-called instant racing currently being conducted on slot machines at three Idaho facilities. The bill earlier passed […]

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