Legal-Courts

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Legal Bills Continue To Mount For Ada Taxpayers

A 4th District Court Judge has issued a scathing order chastising Ada Commishes Jim Tibbs and Dave Case for their part in firing Rich Wright, former administrator for the county. A jury unanimously awarded Wright $1.6 million for his claims plus the attorney fees bring the total to be paid by the citizens to $2.46 […]

“Gowen Strong” Is Private Non-Profit Using City Staff In Violation Of “Public Purpose Doctrine,” Ethics Conflict Waived

UPDATE 5/9/17 A GUARDIAN reader sought more information from the Boise City Ethics Commission. To our surprise they had already considered the facts and here is a summary: QUESTION: May the Airport director form a non-profit and sit on its Board of Directors? OPINION: The Airport director may form the non-profit and sit on its […]

Trump And Bieter Admins Offer Similarities

President Donald Trump’s attempt to distance himself from business endeavors while claiming no conflicts of interest sound familiar when one looks at Boise City. The “swamp” is bigger than Washington, D.C. Derick O’Neill has been running Team Dave’s development services department for about five years. We had some concerns about the city buying land from […]

Boise Trains Not Tracking Well In Boston

Back in 2008 Boise’s Mayor Dave Bieter and U.S. Senator Mike Crapo were “allll aboard” using their political clout to force the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) to purchase commuter locomotives from Motive Power. Turns out it is difficult to get the trains to leave the station with the faulty Boise-built engines. Here in-part is […]

Political Decisions Costly To Taxpayers

Tuesday was a costly day for Ada County taxpayers. Democracy is a neat concept, but it isn’t free. The school bond elections were well run political campaigns and despite claims to the contrary, taxes will go up. The RATE may not increase, but the $172 million for school facilities doesn’t just appear by magic. While […]

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 […]

When the Insane Manage The Asylum…

EDITOR NOTE: PLEASE, NO POLITICALLY INCORRECT COMMENTS The office of Senator Mike Crapo sent out a press release today which defies reason. In short, his proposal will make it easier for people to get guns who are so mentally incompetent they need a third party to manage their Social Security affairs. Here is the entirety […]

Iowa Suit Claims Multi-State Lottery Was Rigged

Officials at Idaho’s lottery told the GUARDIAN Thursday “the Idaho Lottery is aware of the circumstances regarding Eddie Tipton and the Hot Lotto game.  Eddie Tipton was not paid the prize. He was caught. The process worked.” The multi-State Lottery Association’s former security director, Eddie Tipton, is charged with installing software on lotteries’ random number […]

2017 Resolutions Unchanged From 2016.

The new year resolution list hasn’t changed, so we will gladly post anything you wish to add. The GUARDIAN promises to at least try to have a more positive attitude during the coming year. One step in that direction would be fulfilling the following list of New Year’s resolutions: –Boise city council will abandon any […]

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 […]

State Sells Tax-Exempt Businesses, Locals Regain $300,000 Annual Lost Revenues

At a public auction Friday the Idaho Land Board sold state-owned commercial real estate holdings in the Boise area valued at $17.3 million. Apart from the ethical issue of competing with private enterprise in tax-exempt government own structures, The GUARDIAN was concerned about the loss of local tax revenues. At the current combined rate for […]

AG Spokesman On Wrong Side Of Snake

Todd Dvorak, former Idaho bureau chief for the Associated Press and spokesman for Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, found himself on the wrong side of the Snake River at Lewiston recently. He was arrested by local coppers and charged with possession of marijuana–legal across the river in Washington, but still a crime in Idaho. He has […]

GBAD Brags About Denying Citizens Right To Vote

By DAVID R. FRAZIER, editor When the Greater Boise Auditorium District came up with its convoluted plan to expand the Boise Centre convention center without obtaining voter approval for their debt plan, I asked the board to hold an election as the Idaho Constitution requires. The board refused my request, so I sued them. With […]

No Charges For Adams Deputies In Yantis Death

After what seemed to many an agonizing delay, Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has finally released the final report on the shooting of Adams County Rancher Jack Yantis by local sheriff’s deputies. No charges will be filed. Based on the reports, we can see why no charges will be filed. Many factors obviously play into […]

Low Flying News Under The Radar

The GUARDIAN has been enjoying some summer travel, fishing, and other activities–probably much to the delight of elected politicos. In an effort to offer some topics for discussion we will share some items which have popped up at coffee and lunch meetings. BATT CHIEFS of Boise Fire Dept. are highest paid city employees, beating out […]

Ullman-Case Ada Commish Recount Set

We just received news that Idaho Attorney General LAwrence Wasden has ordered the Ada County Clerk to do an election ballot recount in several precinct in the Republican primary race between Sharon Ullman and Dave Case. Here is the clerk’s press release. Tomorrow, June 16th, the Ada County Elections Office will be conducting a recount […]

Ada Commishes Pay $2.65 Million For Trash Power Rights

REVISED POST WITH CLARIFICATIONS There’s big money to be had at Ada County’s landfill, even if it’s just for blue sky. When the new commishes took over three years ago, they decided it was in the county’s best interest to payoff Dynamis about $2,000,000 to go away after it became apparent the outfit was not […]

All Bets Are Off At Les Bois Park

After operating without a required live racing permit since January 1, Treasure Valley Racing is cutting the cord on the simulcast gambling at Les Bois Park. Idaho Code says: “No license authorizing simulcasting and/or televised races shall be issued to or renewed for persons that are not also licensed to conduct live race meets in […]

Imagine A Gun Rally In NYC or D.C.

We made these images for the day job to show folks in the rest of the world how we do business in Idaho. Imagine how this little noted event would have played out in the Eastern seaboard or even Chicago or Detroit! The Saturday rally on the Statehouse steps in support of the proposed Idaho […]

Best Defense Is Good Offense

Just when we thought it couldn’t get any wackier, a defendant in the Treasurer scandal has filed a tort claim “in excess of $250,000” against Ada County and Treasurer Vicky McIntyre claiming the lack of oversight caused her to be a criminal suspect in the case of missing funds from an estate administered by the […]

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