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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 […]

Internal Audit Of Ada Treasurer Is Critical

An internal audit of the Ada County Treasurer’s office concentrating on the “Public Administrator” duties has turned up assorted critical issues. The issues all revolve around the estates of people who have died with no will and no living relatives. A former Public Administrator and a state building security chief have been charged with assorted […]

Capitol Security Chief Charged

The security manager for the Idaho State capitol and other state buildings faces felony charges in connection with the theft and forgery case involving a former Ada County Treasurer worker reported last week by the GUARDIAN. The Statesman reported April Rice’s position today. She has been placed on administrative leave and folks at the AG […]

Former Ada Treas Worker Charged

Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden’s office has charged a former Ada County Treasurer worker and another woman with multiple felonies following a lengthy investigation begun last year. Eleasha Jenkins (aka Hilliard),44, is the former county employee. She faces three counts of grand theft as well as forgery charges. The charges stem from her work on […]

Wells Fargo: GBAD Deal Too Risky

After countless hours and thousands of dollars spent on legal advice, the Greater Boise Auditorium District learned their bank was no longer interested in making a loan. Wells Fargo Bank backed out of an agreement last month to fund a $24 million construction project that centered around a new ballroom in a building being constructed […]

Adams Deputies No Longer Slated To Return Prior To ISP Results

5:30 p.m. update Following the revelation earlier today in the IDAHO STATESMAN story and the previous post on the GUARDIAN, Adams Sheriff Ryan Zollman decided to change his mind about putting the deputies back on duty until the ISP investigation is completed, and perhaps not even then. That is probably good news for citizens of […]

Adams Deputies Slated To Return Prior To ISP Results

While the Idaho State Police, FBI, and Idaho Attorney General claim they will conduct an impartial investigation into the events leading to the shooting death of Jack Yantis, Sheriff Ryan Zollman is awaiting approval from his insurer of all things before returning two deputies (currently on paid leave) to duty. See IDAHO STATESMAN. Deputies Bryan […]

Sharing Facts Is No Rush To Judgment

The snails pace investigation into the death of Adams County Rancher Jack Yantis is contrary to a national trend among the nation’s law enforcement officials. Keeping facts from the citizens (and media) only leads to speculation, rumors, and anger. State Police and the Attorney General say it could take six months to learn the facts. […]

AG Busy Investigating Misdeeds Of County Officials

The Idaho Attorney General’s office recently announced investigation of Canyon County Sheriff Kieran Donahue and the  arrest of the former Boise County Clerk as part of the “Rice Bill passed by the Idaho Legislature in 2014. The AG is no longer investigating the Canyon County Sheriff. The case has been referred back to the Canyon […]

Optional Form Of County Government An Option

The ongoing feud between the Ada Commishes and Treasurer prompted the GUARDIAN to look to the Idaho statutes and constitution for some guidance. The Idaho constitution provides for “optional forms of county government” with approval of the voters.  BINGO! It is entirely within the realm of possibility the Commishes have considered  combining the elected office […]

Ada Treasurer vs Commish Feud Gets Nasty

Among Ada County Courthouse workers and close observers, it is no secret there is a nasty feud underway between the Commishes and Treas Vicky McIntyre. It became very apparent when she filed criminal allegations against the three commishes who were all exonerated following an eight month investigation by the Idaho Attorney General. She alleged a […]

Supremes Rule For GBAD In Frazier Case

The Idaho Supreme Court in a unanimous ruling Thursday said language in a financing contract between the Greater Boise Auditorium District, Capital City Devbelopment (CCDC) Wells Fargo Bank and the Gardner Development Company complies with the constitution whether it is a lease or a purchase. GUARDIAN editor David R. Frazier responded to the District’s petition […]

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