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Growing To Death Like Cancer

Growing Like Cancer Idaho is experiencing a growth spurt unequaled since the days of homesteading, free mining claims, free cattle grazing, and water rights. Guess what? The modern version of those government give aways come in all sorts of “economic incentives” which has local citizens PAYING corporations to move businesses to the Treasure Valley and […]

“Cowboys And Indians” For Guv Race

The pre-season election game is over and now the regular season matches are scheduled for November 6. It looks like it will be a game of “cowboys and Indians” for the guv seat with Paulette Jordan riding her Democratic pony and Brad Little on his Republican mount. The campaign TV spots should be fun to […]

Some Ada Commish Candidates Rake In Cash

How much is an Ada Commish seat worth? While political watchers have been focused on the primary races for Idaho Guv and Congress, the local yokels have been quietly maneuvering in the Ada County Commish race. The latest campaign reports provide some interesting data. The GUARDIAN abhors the term “contribution” when it comes to payments […]

Crowd Jeers Stadium Guy Like An Umpire

Dressed in a dark blue blazer and light blue shirt, Geoff Wardle, local counsel for the developer who wants to build a ball park on Americana looked remarkably like a baseball umpire and the crowd treated him like one. They jeered him and challenged most of his statements, cutting him off in mid sentence when […]

State Treasurer Candidate Faces Credit Card Revocation

EDITOR NOTE–Due to formatting and space, Ms McIntyre’s response (explanation) follows at the bottom of the page. Ada County Treasurer Vicky McIntyre is running for Idaho State Treasurer in the upcoming primary election and a recent audit report from the county auditor’s office advises the Board of Commissioners to revoke her county credit card for […]

Growth In Star Causes Zoning Issues

Guest Opinion By NILES NORDQUIST, Star resident “What is the rush?” The City of Star is in the middle of very important decisions regarding the future of the City, Northwest Ada County, and Northeast Canyon County. A proposed annexation and zoning of a 1500 acre development by Willowbrook has brought hundreds of people to public […]

Most Speakers Oppose Growth At Town Hall

In a respectful “town hall” meeting at Boise Fire Station #4 on Ustick Road Wednesday night, speaker after speaker told the Boise Mayor and Council they were tired of the growth or the rapid pace of growth. Describing idyllic scenes of the past being blotted out with high density apartments, about 90% of those speaking […]

Citizens Fighting Boise City Hall

We received no fewer than three alerts from the growing cadre of citizen activists seeking to preserve some remnants of what many of us remember as “Old Boise.” The big concern was about a proposal to allow the planning director to make more decisions without council approval and to reduce the number of “invitations” for […]

For Profit School Uses ISU Foundation For Donations

This is an updated version with new information added 4/9/18 We have hit a veritable stone wall when it comes to shining light on the new Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM) at Meridian. The GUARDIAN has raised questions, but can’t get answers to some serious finance issues. The latest one to cross our desk […]

Boise Councilors To Hold Town Hall Meets

Boise’s city council is planning to host a series of town hall meetings around the city in the coming year. They hope to create an opportunity to connect directly with citizens and to engage with them on the future of our city. Each citizen who wishes to address the mayor and council will be given […]

March For Lives Could Change Politics Forever

As one who witnessed and reported on the civil rights and anti-war marches in the sixties and seventies, I have the feeling the March 24 MARCH FOR OUR LIVES–promoted and coordinated by young people across the USA–could change the face of American politics as did the historic marches. Boise police estimated more than 3,000 people […]

GOP Gov. Ads Provide Comic Relief

It’s pretty difficult to take the Republican TV ads for the governor’s race seriously when they all run together on the local news broadcasts. We watched three in a row Tuesday. One (Ahlquist spot) would have you believe Raul Labrador and Brad Little are running as partners with Tommy Ahlquist running against Barack Obama. That […]

F-35 Meet Like Watching A Bad Movie Twice

If the Tuesday public meeting at the Wyndham Convention Center on Vista had been an aerial combat mission, the Idaho Air National Guard would have suffered a major ambush from the group opposing the F-35 being based in Boise. Citizens For a Livable Boise managed to set up a giant “information table” complete with maps, […]

Air Force Plans War Games Over Boise

Our first thought when we read the Air Force memo was “retaliation for opposing the F-35 bed down at Gowen Field?” Our next thought was “the AR-15 pales when compared to the F-15.” The memo we received from Mountain Home Air Force Base via GUARDIAN readers is potentially as explosive as the missiles on the […]

Growthophobes Speaking Up To Politicos

Opponents of new subdivisions are organizing to make their voices heard. The following is an excerpt of a letter sent to the Ada County Highway District (ACHD) protesting a proposed subdivision along Victory Road West of Maple Grove. “Southwest Ada County Alliance (SWACA) and the residents that live within it’s boundaries are becoming increasingly concerned […]

Air Guard Still Aiming For F-35

Three months after losing out on landing an F-35 fighter squadron at Gowen Field, the Idaho Air National Guard is still in the running for what amounts to an “honorable mention.” The National Guard Bureau–the big guns in Washington–chose Alabama and Wisconsin as the two locations to base the F-35. However, in the event either […]

“Vanishing Boise” Facebook Worth A Look

The folks who organized to stop the CVS drive thru on State have established a Facebook site called VANISHING BOISE. They appear sincere in their efforts to preserve what many think is still the “small town flavor” of Boise. VANISHING BOISE is worth a look as is Don Day’s BOISE DEV. Day tries to be […]

GUARDIAN Library Plan Still Valid After 11 Years

We cannot stress it strongly enough. The citizens of in Idaho are empowered by the State Constitution to control the purse strings of public debt. Boise City and Team Dave have once again launched a public relations blitz to create support for a $70 million edifice to replace the main Library on Capitol Blvd. near […]

Guardian Back On Duty

Apologies to loyal readers of the GUARDIAN for the lack of topics recently. Editor Dave Frazier was in Florida for two months looking for warmth and it turns out the place for that has been Boise. Florida had record cold snap. –We notice Boise is quietly hiring an architect to design a new Main Library […]

Boise Councilors Rotate, Reader Questions

Boise’s City Council will take on two new members and see a female majority as the new year begins. Maryanne Jordan, without question the most knowledgeable member, has now devoted her political efforts to the Idaho Legislature. While legal, we have always questioned the ethics of holding two elected offices simultaneously. Ben Quintana, who we […]

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