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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 […]

Ada Commishes Nix Guns, Crapo Blames Obama?

Sometimes the “news” is not easy to understand. After a couple of accidental discharges at gun shows held at EXPO IDAHO (not to be confused with the IDAHO CENTER or the Fairgrounds) the Ada Commishes prudently banned gun shows for the immediate future. A reasonable move, lest someone gets shot. Then, Idaho’s senior senator, Mike […]

BSU Seeks To Wipe Out Boise Neighborhood

In an informative piece of local reporting, the STATESMAN informed us Sunday that Boise State University has expansion plans which could see the demise of the Southeast Neighborhood along Boise Ave. In a nutshell: BSU officials want to increase the footprint of the school by 50 acres which would wipeout dozens of homes in the […]

2016 Resolution Requests…HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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 plans for a trolley or any other permanent tracks in our streets. –Taxes will be reduced across […]

2,000 Homes To Hear “Sound Of Freedom”

The Idaho Statesman’s Sven Berg posted a STORY Wednesday detailing plans for 2,000 new homes in an area which seems within earshot of city councilor Elain Clegg’s $60,000,000 third runway for military fighter jets. Clegg has been an advocate of a new runway “south of the airport” to accommodate the F-35 combat fighter jet which […]

Writer Claims Airport Study “Manipulated”

The following story is by a longtime well known opponent of the Boise Airport plans to locate the F-35 combat fighter in the most densely populated city in Idaho. Other GUARDIAN readers attending the Wednesday meeting claim comments were 30 to 1 against the F-35 plan. By MONTY MERICLE The 2015 Boise Airport Noise Study, […]

Foothills Space To Be Filled

Dorey writes of the Tuesday approval by Boise City Council to override the Planning Commission and approve a 70 home development in the foothills, less than a month after the levy election to provide “open space” was approved by voters. GUEST OPINION By Michale Dorey Our “at large” City Council” in Boise made an incredible […]

AG Investigates $31K Discrepancy At Ada Office

A forensic audit of the  County Treasurer’s office ordered by the Ada Commishes has revealed a criminal investigation over a $31,000 discrepancy is underway by the Idaho Attorney General’s office.   The audit is the latest chapter in the feud between the Commishes and the Treasurer. Details of minute-by-minute alterations to the accounting of a […]

Prudence or Xenophobia?

We have been reluctant to post some claims from readers regarding the plans by the Feds to bring Syrian refugees to the Twin Falls area. It just doesn’t seem right to join the political “right” when it comes to barring immigrants based mostly upon their religion. It also seems foolish to open up to potential […]

Good Turnout, No Changes, The Beat Goes On

We saw no surprises when it came to Boise candidates and issues in Tuesday’s election. Today we got some precinct results in Boise and there weren’t even any trends that popped up there. The turnout of nearly 30% of registered voters was certainly good to see, but we simply cannot buy claims that election results […]

Firefighters Pay Bieter More Than Peavey-Derr’s Entire Fund Raising

It comes as no surprise that nearly every builder, developer, and engineering firm along with lots of lawyers and realtors have made campaign payments to incumbent Mayor Dave Bieter’s campaign war chest. In the game of politics, you have to pay to play. A post by Randy Stapilus at Ridenbaugh Press reveals Bieter has been […]

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