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CWI Claims Exemption From Property Appraisal

When the College of Western Idaho announced plans to acquire land on West Main in Boise along the river owned by the family of former car dealer Bob Rice, we were a little concerned about the $8.8 million price tag. The Ada County Assessor is required to value land at “market value.” County records show […]

GBAD Seeks To Use Room Tax To Build Competition For Hoteliers

In an exclusive deal with downtown developer Gardner Company, the Greater Boise Auditorium District has entered into an agreement that would use public land purchased with room tax revenues to build a 200-300 room “nationally flagged” hotel. Terms became public Thursday when the GBAD board voted 3-1 to appeal to the Idaho Supreme Court their […]

Horseless Racing Dead Heat At The Wire

As of 1:30 p.m. today, it looks like the politicos are whipping a dead horse over repeal of the so-called instant racing bill. The Guv apparently vetoed the repeal bill in secret Saturday and waited until Monday to reveal his decision. BETSY RUSSELL has a story which indicates the horseless racing issue is down to […]

CWI Bursting At Seams, May Seek Tax Hike

Boise City and College of Western Idaho officials have met to discuss their violation of a conditional use permit which allowed 420 students at the “Boise Campus” located in the Black Eagle Business Park at Overland and Maple Grove Roads. It turned out the school’s Boise facility has nearly six times –some 2,400 students– the […]

Ada Commishes Jockey For Horseless Racing Veto

All three Ada Commishes signed onto a full page ad in the Wednesday Statesman calling for Gov. Butch Otter to veto the repeal of horseless racing on slot machines at the County-owned Les Bois Park and two other locations in Idaho. The legislature approved something called “instant racing or historical racing” in 2013. The practice […]

Legislature Offers Free Uber Rides To Council

Declaring it’s time to “think outside the box and operate a free market economy,” Idaho Legislators voted Wednesday to offer free Uber Car rides to Boise City Councilors. The catch was the rides were good only to Ada County Highway District meetings. Councilors were expected to discuss the impending closure of Jefferson Street with the […]

Councilor Jordan To Hold Dual Offices

“Power corrupts. However absolute power is really good if you hold it.” –anon. Boise City Councilor Maryanne Jordan was appointed to the Idaho Senate Friday by Gov. Butch Otter to fill the seat vacated by Elliot Werk when he resigned last month to take a tax commission seat. Jordan has told reporters she plans to […]

ACHD Says “Amen” To Prayers

After a flood of protests from staffers and citizens about establishing a policy of prayer at the beginning of Ada County Highway District meetings, it looks like it will be a final “Amen,” before the first head was bowed or the first eye closed. A moment of silence will suffice. Director Bruce Wong sent out […]

Idaho Senate To Open With Hindu Prayer

Looks like the Ada County Highway District isn’t the only governmental body making headlines based on religious prayer to open meetings. With its history of accepting free trips to Turkey from the Islamic-based Gulen Society, it is no surprise the Idaho Senate is set to open its Tuesday session with a Hindu Mantra–according to a […]

Open Eyed Talk Of ACHD Prayers

The GUARDIAN welcomes all views and will provide equal space to anyone wishing to offer a guest opinion on this topic. By Sara Baker, ACHD Commissioner When a handful of residents living on Sunset Rim Drive came to ACHD and testified against a proposed Holiday Inn Express, ACHD Commissioners Hansen, Goldthorpe and Woods listened and […]

Pentagon Releases Boise Photos

After nearly a week, the GUARDIAN has obtained official USAF photos which prove Madame Secretary Deborah Lee James visited Boise. It literally took Pentagon clearance to get the pictures. We jokingly called into question whether or not the USAF Secretary actually came to Boise when all legacy media were banned from photographing her or any […]

Legislator Fails Sex Ed 101

Idaho Rep. Vito Barbieri will forever be known as “Wrong Hole Vito” after he questioned a physician during a House State Affairs Committee hearing Monday. Legislators were considering a bill to ban doctors from prescribing abortion-inducing medication via telemidicine. According to published AP reports, Barbieri asked Dr. Julie Madsen if doctors could conduct a remote […]

Was Madam Secretary In Stealth Mode?

If Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James actually came to Boise last week, she must have been in “stealth mode” or operating from a drone below the local radar. Checking with the local newsies, the GUARDIAN has yet to find a single reporter who could confirm the Air Force Secretary actually appeared in Boise last […]

Growthophobes Beware Of “Increased Density”

GUARDIAN GROWTHOPHOBE REPORT Boise’s city fathers and mothers are just a bit too enamored with the current planning mantra of “increased density,” and other “progressive” attitudes that are “outside the box.” In their rush to be “user-friendly” to developers, create demand for public transit, and jump aboard any band wagon with the promise of “jobs […]

Civilian Oversight Of Coppers Still Missing

According to a well researched story in the DAILY PAPER by Sven Berg, Team Dave can’t seem to find an ombudsman to scrutinize Boise Police complaints. A woman from North Carolina had been offered the job, but after a background check, the job offer was rescinded. We have no problem with that, but it has […]

Horseless Racing Headed For Finish Line?

It looks like the thinly disguised slot machines touted as “historic racing” are headed for the finish line after a legislative panel voted 8 to 1 Wednesday to send to the floor a bill repealing the law allowing “instant racing.” Complaints from Idaho Indian Tribes which host casino gambling prompted the legislature to look into […]

No Logic When It Comes To Guns

The annual “silly season” is upon us when it comes to gun laws. A bill currently before the Idaho legislature would make it legal for all citizens to carry concealed guns. Currently only folks with a permit and elected officials can carry concealed without a permit. When it comes to guns, Idaho laws and public […]

2/3 of Boise Council Appointed Before Election

With Team Dave’s latest appointment to the Boise City Council, all but two members were appointed prior to running as an INCUMBENT. Scot Ludwig, local developer and lawyer, is Mayor Dave Bieter’s latest appointment to the council. Ludwig was among 32 residents who sought the appointment without election. Ludwig fills the seat vacated when former […]

Timing Is Everything For Horse Racing

Once again, Cynthia Sewell at the DAILY PAPER has shown the “power of the press.” Idaho Horse Racing Commission director Frank Lamb resigned his position following Sewell’s disclosure of his dual role as a regulator in Idaho while simultaneously acting as a paid lobbyist advocating the slot machines in Wyoming. Lamb’s job fell under the […]

Bergdahl Will Likely Fade Away

When all is said and done in the Bowe Bergdahl case the GUARDIAN predicts there will be either some sort of secret agreement to dismiss charges or a simple reduction in rank and a “general discharge” from the Army. Neither Bergdahl or the Army stands to benefit from a “show trial” at court martial. Bergdahl […]

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