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“Joint” Investigation At Boise Air Tower

When emergency medical helicopters were unable to contact the Boise air traffic control tower in the early morning hours of November 19, police and firefighters were sent to check on the welfare of the ATC operator. Police reports obtained by the BOISEGUARDIAN indicate officers were met at the door by a man who soon began […]

Caution Advised On Airport Easements

GUEST OPINION BY Monty Mericle Our Boise City elected officials are playing a dangerous game trying to both encourage Boise Airport expansion while at the same time approving massive new subdivision development just south and west of the airport. The airport expansion includes bringing in F-15 and F-35 fighter jets that are 8 to 16 […]

F-35 Challenge: Let Us See And Hear It!

The Idaho National Guard announced Wednesday that Boise’s Gowen Field is one of five locations the U.S. Air Force is considering as a base for about 18 F-35 fighter jets. The announcement, featured in the STATESMAN is just another in a long line of moves which have never included direct citizen input to the Air […]

Build It, But Don’t Let It Come

GUEST OPINION By STEVE HULME Idaho old-timers (and perhaps some not-so-old-timers) will recall that in 1995, an agreement was signed between the State of Idaho, the U.S. Navy, and the U.S. Department of Energy. The agreement was championed by then-Governor Phil Batt (Republican) and former Governor Cecil Andrus (Democrat), and ratified by a popular referendum […]

Boise Council Knows Better Than Fed Experts

Once again Boise City Councilors have continued the policy of “we know better.” This time it is with the Government of the United States of America’s flood experts. Seems the Feds have redrawn the flood plain map along the Boise river to include additional acres of land subject to a “100 year flood.” That term […]

Frazier’s Time With Fidel Castro

BY DAVID R. FRAZIER, editor Yesterday’s death of Cuban leader Fidel Castro brought back memories of one of my biggest international photo assignments nearly 40 years ago as I accompanied Senator Frank Church on a historic visit to Cuba in 1977. I had a friendly relationship with Sen. Church and managed to get the only […]

Airport Open House Crowd Turns Hostile

High performance fighter jets may sound like a wisper compared to the roar of angry citizens on the Boise Bench. Boise Airport manager Rebecca Hupp faced an angry crowd Wednesday evening as she attempted to present the latest “master plan” for the airport. About 150 citizens packed the meeting room, expecting to have a talk […]

NO Means NO, Not Maybe, Or Later

The election of Donald Trump pointed out the fact politicos at all levels of government simply are ignoring the will of the people, hence the surprise victory. Some of these elected officials feel they are acting for the “greater good,” and voter/citizens just don’t know what they need. No doubt a many Dems feel that […]

USA Election Watch From Phu Quoc

It is 1 p.m. On November 9 here in Vietnam where I am sitting with six Vietnamese/Americans at the Phu Quoc airport. They are locked onto the election results on their Smartphones and into heavy discussion about Trump and Hillary. They are all “boat people” who escaped to the USA whe3re they now live in […]

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Political Payoff Tally

We have always been bothered by the euphemism “campaign contribution.” Contributions are for charities. We prefer POLITICAL PAYOFF. A friend–political insider at that– used to say, “They claim there is no quid pro quo, but there is no reason for the pro quo without the quid.” Here is the latest political payoff tally from Randy […]

Airport Noise Plan Calls For Home Buys

Boise airport officials in a press release have claimed support from the Federal Aviation Administration for a recently approved noise plan at the facility. The FAA RECORD is full of acronyms and references. Long time opponent of noisy F-15 and F-35 fighters being based in Boise, Monty Mericle offered up the following report based on […]

Pyrocumulus Fire Cloud Looms Over Boise

A giant Pyrocumulus cloud loomed over the Boise Foothills at sunset Friday as wild land firefighters conducted a “burnout” on one flank of the Pioneer Fire north of Idaho City. A burnout is intended to “fight fire with fire” by consuming fuels in a controlled manner. The cloud is caused by moisture in the fuel […]

Nix F-35, Boise Should Try To Land F-16

If ever there was an Air Force mission designed for Boise’s Gowen Field, it is the planned relocation of F-16 fighters from Hill AFB in Utah. The Air Force has a shortage of fighter pilots, seeks a training facility with long runways and nearby bombing range. The agile and relatively quiet F-16s which look like […]

Air War Plays Out Near Lucky Peak

It looked like an all out air war Tuesday afternoon when fire broke out in prime winter deer habitat near Hilltop along both sides of Highway 21. The usual assortment of BLM, Forest Service, and local fire departments tossed everything they had at the blaze. At the scene we were told that “two structures” were […]

Tracking Boise’s Mayor

It has been admittedly slow on the local news front, so here are a couple items for discussion . A reader sent this city council agenda item: “This was on the agenda for the June 7th, seems cryptic and Brent Coles like.” “David H. Bieter, Mayor’s Office, to attend meetings with potential city benefactor in […]

Forest Service Wants To Route 630 Truckloads Of Logs Over Ada Streets

After the Ada County Highway District Commishes turned down a request April 11 from the Forest Service to route 630 truckloads of logs through Hidden Springs or Boise’s North End, the Federal Agency appealed to the next level–Boise Mayor Dave Bieter. In a MAY 20 LETTER to the ACHD, Bieter lobbied on behalf of the […]

GUARDIAN Bus Would Run Every 13 Sec. For Cost Of Trolley

In the quest to make downtown Boise the most “unfriendly car city” in America, Boise’s Team Dave has come up with, would you believe yet another…TROLLEY CIRCULATOR plan. The Boise WEEKLY’s George Prentice offers a look which prompted the GUARDIAN to turn to the calculator for perspective. Using the City’s figures, reported by Prentice, we […]

Costly Ties That Bind Are Off Track

Short line railroads in Idaho will soon be blowing their horns over a proposed taxpayer funded subsidy that will amount to more than $2 million in federal tax credits which comes out to $14,090 per railroad employee. AND, that is just for Idaho rail companies. Short lines are the the railroads that connect to the […]

Test New Voting Device In R Primary

It’s only for Republicans and Constitutionalists, but early Voting in Ada County began February 22nd and will continue through March 4th. It will be a good opportunity to test the new voting devices. You mark your ballot as usual, but when it is slipped into the “tabulator,” the vote is recorded and at the close […]

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