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Boise City Ignores Citizens, Seeks $100,000 For F-35 Media Campaign

Ignoring the purchasing rules, Boise’s Team Dave has proposed an immediate approval of a $100,000 expenditure for a Washington, D.C. Public Relations firm to manipulate public sentiment in favor of the F-35 being based in Boise. The resolution, to be voted upon at Tuesday’s council meeting, says in part: “Section 2. That the Purchasing Regulations […]

Ada Taxpayers Could Take Hit In HP Deal

While it makes sense to consolidate State of Idaho offices in a single campus, Ada and Boise taxpayers will take a hit of at least $1.5 million per year in lost tax revenue currently paid by Hewlett Packard. HP built the 92-acre HP campus at 11311 W. Chinden Boulevard beginning in 1980. Current state code […]

F-35 Noise Issues Fall On Deaf ears

Gov. Butch Otter, with Boise Mayor Dave Bieter standing alongside, signed a bill Tuesday that will authorize expenditure of $100,000 in taxpayer funds to lobby on behalf of basing the admittedly noisy F-35 fighter in Boise. Stars & Stripes, the military newspaper in Japan, recently reported a Japanese court has awarded residents near Kadena AF […]

New Try At Community Journalism

We started the BOISE GUARDIAN as a news blog back in May of 2005. One of the motivating factors was the decline of newspapers nationwide and the drastic increase in government flaks, spokespersons, spin doctors, or other titled “information specialists.” We wanted to give readers a forum to air their opinions and provide “the other […]

Schools Suffer, Taxpayers Forced To Subsidize Developers

Recent events in Ada County serve to illustrate the plight of Idaho school districts and taxpayers who are forced to subsidize developers who suck money from the community, thanks to politicos who are blinded by promises of growth and jobs. PROGRESS! West Ada Schools, like all school districts, are prohibited by law from charging “impact […]

Politicians Gone Mad!!

While the media and national politicos are obsessed with President Trump’s performances and cabinet picks, the local crazies seem to be made of Teflon. No one seems to notice (or care) what they do. Today Trump, at a prayer breakfast, called for prayers on behalf of a fellow TV performer, Arnold Schwarzenegger, because of low […]

Firemen And Coppers Call For Fireworks Ban…FINALLY!

Some twelve years ago the GUARDIAN called for a fireworks ban, dubbing the July 4 incendiaries as “arson kits.” Now after we have suffered the disastrous Table Rock fire in 2016, there is a bill before the legislature to ban fireworks. It was always with a wink and a nod that folks would purchase aerial […]

Should Boise Take Street Duties From ACHD?

Boise City Councilor Scott Ludwig has been floating the idea of dissolving the Ada County Highway District in favor of shifting the duties–and tax revenues over to Boise City. We see this as a bad plan on several fronts. First, it would force the county and the rest of the cities within the county to […]

Opponents Of F-35 Denied Space Inside Open House

With armed police standing by, opponents of the F-35 and other noisy fighter jets being based at Gowen Field were denied space during an “open house” meeting Wednesday night at the airport, another chapter in the controversy. Airport spokesman Sean Briggs told the GUARDIAN the opponents were allowed to display protest signs and a petition […]

Otter Joins Bieter Using Citizen Money To Lobby For F-35 At Gowen

Residents of the Boise Bench have little chance of winning a battle against the noisy F-35 fighter jets now that Gov. Butch Otter has joined forces with Boise’s Team Dave to combat the anti-aircraft volleys being fired from folks seeking a little peace and quiet. With unlimited resources in the form of citizen’s tax dollars […]

TECHNOLOGY IS KILLING US

Why are so many people dying on Idaho highways? The answer is probably within reach, or right in your hand. It’s broadly described by Idaho State Police as “distracted driving.” Whether it’s a smartphone, computer, GPS, MP3 player, or reaching for a VAPE pen, people are dying because they are preoccupied with a tech gadget […]

Iowa Suit Claims Multi-State Lottery Was Rigged

Officials at Idaho’s lottery told the GUARDIAN Thursday “the Idaho Lottery is aware of the circumstances regarding Eddie Tipton and the Hot Lotto game.  Eddie Tipton was not paid the prize. He was caught. The process worked.” The multi-State Lottery Association’s former security director, Eddie Tipton, is charged with installing software on lotteries’ random number […]

2017 Resolutions Unchanged From 2016.

The new year resolution list hasn’t changed, so we will gladly post anything you wish to add. 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 […]

F-35 Challenge: Let Us See And Hear It!

The Idaho National Guard announced Wednesday that Boise’s Gowen Field is one of five locations the U.S. Air Force is considering as a base for about 18 F-35 fighter jets. The announcement, featured in the STATESMAN is just another in a long line of moves which have never included direct citizen input to the Air […]

Build It, But Don’t Let It Come

GUEST OPINION By STEVE HULME Idaho old-timers (and perhaps some not-so-old-timers) will recall that in 1995, an agreement was signed between the State of Idaho, the U.S. Navy, and the U.S. Department of Energy. The agreement was championed by then-Governor Phil Batt (Republican) and former Governor Cecil Andrus (Democrat), and ratified by a popular referendum […]

State Sells Tax-Exempt Businesses, Locals Regain $300,000 Annual Lost Revenues

At a public auction Friday the Idaho Land Board sold state-owned commercial real estate holdings in the Boise area valued at $17.3 million. Apart from the ethical issue of competing with private enterprise in tax-exempt government own structures, The GUARDIAN was concerned about the loss of local tax revenues. At the current combined rate for […]

Airport Open House Crowd Turns Hostile

High performance fighter jets may sound like a wisper compared to the roar of angry citizens on the Boise Bench. Boise Airport manager Rebecca Hupp faced an angry crowd Wednesday evening as she attempted to present the latest “master plan” for the airport. About 150 citizens packed the meeting room, expecting to have a talk […]

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 […]

On-Line Poachers Hack Idaho F&G

It may not be Wikileaks or Hillary’s missing 15,000 missing messages, but a computer breach that is more serious than politics was revealed Wednesday evening in Idaho. Other states are checking for breaches as well. Here is the report from Idaho’s Fish and Game Department. Wednesday, August 24, 2016 – 9:10 PM MDT The Idaho […]

Nix F-35, Boise Should Try To Land F-16

If ever there was an Air Force mission designed for Boise’s Gowen Field, it is the planned relocation of F-16 fighters from Hill AFB in Utah. The Air Force has a shortage of fighter pilots, seeks a training facility with long runways and nearby bombing range. The agile and relatively quiet F-16s which look like […]

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