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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 […]

What About the F-35 Noise And Schools?

A reader sent the following question to the GUARDIAN today and Boise School District Super Dr. Don Coberly had a response within minutes. Reader question: Q–as a resident of the Vista Neighborhood I truly appreciate the dedication your publication has in providing all of the important information in Boise’s bid to get F35s. I’m wondering […]

Citizen Meet For F-35 Discussion Set

Henry Wiebe has once again called for a citizen meeting to discuss the F-35 noise issue. Thursday, Mar 30, 7:00 PM Whitney School 1609 S Owyhee St, Boise, ID 83705 (Owyhee and Nez Perce south of Overland) In case you don’t remember, Wiebe is the guy who brought a battery-powered drill to his last call […]

Not Just Noise, F-35 Health Is In The Air

By Denise Seigart PhD, MS, RN, Wharton Fellow Resident of East Boise I believe the current debate regarding the placement of F35s here in Boise is focused on the wrong issue. The noise created by these jets will indeed be intolerable and damaging to physical and mental health, but I believe this is the least […]

After Six Years A Mother’s Pain And Anger Remain

The following is from a woman in Michigan, but could be from anywhere. The author lost her son to suicide following numerous attempts and pleas for help. I have shed more tears than some, but I have experienced more joy than many. A little baby boy came into our life. He made me a Mom. […]

F-35 Noise Issues Fall On Deaf ears

Gov. Butch Otter, with Boise Mayor Dave Bieter standing alongside, signed a bill Tuesday that will authorize expenditure of $100,000 in taxpayer funds to lobby on behalf of basing the admittedly noisy F-35 fighter in Boise. Stars & Stripes, the military newspaper in Japan, recently reported a Japanese court has awarded residents near Kadena AF […]

New Try At Community Journalism

We started the BOISE GUARDIAN as a news blog back in May of 2005. One of the motivating factors was the decline of newspapers nationwide and the drastic increase in government flaks, spokespersons, spin doctors, or other titled “information specialists.” We wanted to give readers a forum to air their opinions and provide “the other […]

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 […]

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 […]

Help After The Fire Is Out

Here is a project being launched by the Boise Fire Department that is worthy of consideration–sort of like a patient advocate program. It may duplicate some Red Cross services, but it sounds like a parallel effort. BOISE FIRE DEPARTMENT PRESS RELEASE “Good Samaritans Wanted To Assist Deputy Sheriffs, Firefighters and Paramedics” The Trauma Intervention Program […]

Group Opposes St. Luke’s Street Closure

The following guest opinion is written by a group calling itself “KEEP BOISE CONNECTED.” A spokesman for KBC asked to remain anonymous for fear of political retaliation. The opinions expressed are those of the group, many of whom are bicycle advocates. The enormous planned expansion of St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center in downtown Boise is […]

NW Smoke Settles In Boise

Shift In Winds Could Mean Smoke In Boise

GUARDIAN reader John Kangas sent us these photos of the 30,000 acre Soda fire burning in Owyhee County Tuesday evening at sunset. Kangas said if there is any shift in the wind, it could mean massive smoke settling into the Boise Valley. He noted the winds are currently out of the south, but a shift […]

Boise Public Land Deals Have Dubious History

Latest revelation from CWI is the apparent fact they are attempting to pay 35 times more per acre for land in Boise than land they just purchased adjacent to the Nampa campus. They will close next week on 32 acres for less than they are paying for a single acre in Boise. The recent fiasco […]

Health Inspections For Racing Cows, Pigs, Goats, Sheep, and Deer

We got an urgent press release Tuesday from the Idaho (horse) Racing Commission warning of a virus in the racing industry. In light of the “instant racing, historic gambling, video slot machines,” which the legislature repealed and the Guv vetoed we immediately concluded there was a computer problem. Not so. In a document worthy of […]

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 […]

Some Growths Can Be Cancer

Growth for the sake of growth spawns GROWTHOPHOBES. We growthophobes welcome anyone willing to pay their fair share of taxes and fair wages. In recent months the GUARDIAN and Mrs. GUARDIAN have been wracked with guilt and ridiculed by friends for our practice of taking “Sunday Drives,” to places like the Riverside Restaurant at Horseshoe […]

St. Luke’s Threatens “Migration” To Meridian

In a post card sent to thousands of Boise residents over the weekend, the giant St. Luke’s medical facility in Boise threatened to “migrate” various services if the Boise City Council fails to follow its wishes and close a portion of East Jefferson St. The mailed SL_Flyer_L threatened to “migrate over time” the cancer center, […]

Legislator Fails Sex Ed 101

Idaho Rep. Vito Barbieri will forever be known as “Wrong Hole Vito” after he questioned a physician during a House State Affairs Committee hearing Monday. Legislators were considering a bill to ban doctors from prescribing abortion-inducing medication via telemidicine. According to published AP reports, Barbieri asked Dr. Julie Madsen if doctors could conduct a remote […]

Do Idaho Potatoes Have Cancer Potential?

In what appears to us to be a bungled marketing attempt for a genetically modified potato, the J.R. Simplot company raises the specter of cancer in potatoes currently being marketed to and by McDonalds. The company claims the new “Innate” variety has less asparagine, which has the potential to become a carcinogen – acrylamide – […]

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