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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 […]

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 […]

Boise Composting Could Be Rotten Deal

Boise City Couuncilors will consider a proposal Tuesday to offer curbside composting at a cost of about $3.40 per month for the average household. On the face of it the idea of cutting the amount of garbage in the landfill and the methane gas it generates sounds like a good deal. We certainly agree with […]

Ullman, Dynamis Remain Issues For Ada Race

The following is a guest opinion and does not necessarily reflect the views of the GUARDIAN. We offer all candidates and readers a chance to respond via the comments section of this post or with a guest opinion. By KAREN DANLEY On the ballot once again, Sharon Ullman must possess a wicked sense of irony […]

The Best Route Is The Road Not Taken

ACHD has wisely put a “HOLD” on the plans to make it even more difficult for cars in downtown Boise in favor of bikes. Here is their news release about previously proposed changes to downtown east-west streets: The ACHD Commission has decided to defer consideration of the addition of bicycle facilities to Main and Idaho […]

Simplot JUMP Gets $1 million Tax Break

The Ada Commishes acting as the County Board of Equalization, has lost a battle for more than $1 million in property taxes on the nearly completed J.R. Simplot JUMP Project in downtown Boise. JUMP is the acronym for “Jack’s Urban Meeting Place.” The $62.5 million building and surrounding land is owned by the J.R. Simplot […]

“Sound of Freedom” Different in Foothills

Many residents of the Vista and Hillcrest neighborhoods have expressed opposition or concern about noise if F-15 or F-35 fighter jets are based at Gowen Field. Proponents of the noisy aircraft claim “That’s the sound of freedom!” City officials have lobbied to get the F-35 based in Boise and their mantra is, “You knew the […]

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 […]

New Spin On Boise “Job Creation”

Two full weeks before April Fools Day, Boise Mayor Dave Bieter’s “Team Dave” plans to make a sales pitch to increase staff size which will cost millions in taxpayer dollars in years to come, all because they have an extra $500,000 of citizen’s cash burning a hole in their pocket. According to the BOISE WEEKLY, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

PUC Suggests Boise Cut Water Fee

BY GUARDIAN READER JJ In an under-reported action by the Idaho Public Utilities Commission on October 7th 2015, the PUC will allow responsibility for maintenance and replacement of Boise fire hydrants to shift from the City to United Water. In their ruling the PUC expressed concern that the shift could result in higher water rates […]

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 […]

Boise Ponders 50% Parking Fee Hike

In a move that is sure to win the praises of bicyclists, but not downtown businesses, Boise officials are continuing their policy of “getting people out of their cars.” This time it’s a parking meter fee hike. The DAILY PAPER parrots Boise City’s term of “demand-based metered parking” which is another way of saying downtown […]

A-10 Quietly Remains On Guard

An article in yesterday’s edition of AIR FORCE TIMES claims the top guns in the military have put retirement of the A-10 Warthog air-to-ground attack fighter on hold. That should come as good news to folks living near Gowen Field who have been fighting local and federal politicos to keep the noisy F-35 and F-15 […]

She’s Baaaack!

Forget about the legislature. Forget about Obama’s State of the union. Forget about ISIS. We got SHARON ULLMAN. The GUARDIAN has sifted through the Ada County records and learned Ullman, former bombastic Ada commish of Dynamis fame, overpriced canned soft drinks, and endless topic for news stories has filed an “Appointment and Certification of Political […]

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