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ACHD Paint Stripes Confusion

By DAVE FRAZIER, editor The following is a true story and NOT a condemnation of bike lanes or bicyclists. I hope it is not an example of an old-timer who can’t handle change. UPDATE 10/30/15 I passed by both locations and noticed candlesticks blocking the Main St. entrance to the bike lane (keeps cars like […]

Clegg Favors $100,000,000 Third Runway At BOI

Incumbent Boise City Council candidate Elaine Clegg issued a press release today in which she favors a third runway for Boise’s airport at a cost of $100,000,000 to resolve jet noise concerns of homeowners living near the airport. From the CLEGG CAMPAIGN Boise City Council member Elaine Clegg responds to Bench neighborhood jet-noise concerns I […]

Vista Neighbors Oppose Jet Noise In Survey

The Vista Neighborhood Association released a survey about airport noise and to the surprise of few, folks don’t want F-35 and F-15 noisy jet fighters. Some of the results: –Fifty-five percent of respondents say they were negatively impacted by the F-15 jets which were at Gowen during the summer while the runway at Mountain Home was […]

Airport Noise Issue Causes Citizen Turbulence

Neighbors from the Hillcrest Place Homeowners Association, Vista Neighborhood Association sounded off over a noise survey conducted by the Boise Airport, but with very little notification of homeowners. It looks like the 75 property owners who attended the meeting at Whitney Community Center Thursday night were roused to action by social media posts on the […]

Bike Shop Wants Space For Cars

An example of “be careful what you wish for,” popped up this week when Mayor Dave Bieter sent a letter to the ACHD seeking to eliminate a left turn lane downtown in favor of on-street parking spaces in front of Intermountain Touring downtown. Bieter is up for re-election in November. Here is the Ada County […]

“Scorched Earth” Policy Could Raise BOI Dust Cloud

A pilot contacted the GUARDIAN today, claiming last night’s dust storm at the airport was probably caused by recent removal of grass and vegetation along the runways. Seems that in an effort to eliminate gophers, ground squirrels and the birds that prey upon the little critters officials at BOI scraped the area along the runways […]

Bike Nazi Endorses Bieter Bikes

Guest Opinion by BIKEBOY GUARDIAN bike Nazi A bike share – just like in the Big City! – is on the horizon, here in li’l ol’ Boise! The honchos are predicting that by the end of April, 114 shareable bikes will be available at 15 stations, scattered around the city center, north end, and BSU […]

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 […]

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 […]

Uber Ride Share App Parked

In an open letter to Team Dave and the Boise City Council, the Uber ride share scheme said Thursday they were parking the program for the “foreseeable future” in Boise. The letter said in part, “High and growing costs combined with unworkable and onerous regulations being proposed by the City leave Uber no other choice […]

ACHD To Consider Opening With Prayer

At the Feb. 25 Ada County Highway District meeting, commishes will consider the Boise City “Hockey Puck” parking meter issue and a proposed resolution to offer local “religious leaders” a chance to perform an invocation prayer to open their deliberations. The hockey pucks are old news–Boise wants to embed devices in the pavement to erase […]

Eagle-Fairview Center of Universe

Ada County Highway District car counters have rereleased their tally for 2014. No one is surprised there are more cars per hour and the center of the universe has moved to Eagle Road.

Uber Cars No-Risk Scam Hurts All

Imagine the GUARDIAN giving Boise City a shoutout on New Year’s Day! We have to give Team Dave an “attaboy” for telling the pushy folks at Uber Cars to stop playing taxi without proper insurance, license, inspection, etc. While some folks like the “app” appeal of hiring unknown drivers and cars over the internet with […]

Mass Transit Needs Masses, Too Expensive

Ron Harriman is a guy who tends to use science and math to make his points. Here is his take on recent calls for a TRANSIT SYSTEM in the Treasure Valley. By Ron Harriman My research has led me to conclude that in a basically rural area, transit fares will only cover 8% of the […]

Are Ability AND Integrity Impossible For Politicos?

We often hear the lament, “I am not voting because it is always the lesser of two evils.” A story in the Saturday DAILY PAPER by reporter Katy Moeller seems to enforce the evil issue. Seems that Ada Coroner Candidate Dotti Owens “forgot” about criminal charges for fraud and a bankruptcy when she completed a […]

Bieter Said To Be After ACHD Director’s Hide

A recent IDAHO STATESMAN story by reporter Cynthia Sewell seems to confirm the trend of Boise Mayor Dave Bieter to be a behind-the-scenes power broker for local governments outside the purview of Boise City. According to the report in the DAILY PAPER, Ada County Highway District commission candidate Bob Bruce told a public forum last […]

Bieter Insiders Promote Gypsy Cab Scheme

The lobbying firm, “Strategies 360,” with a local office run by newly elected Boise School Board member Brian Cronin, has a special service to offer it’s apparent new client Uber. That “special service” is ACCESS to city officials on behalf of the new gypsy cab scheme which debuted Thursday in Boise. It doesn’t take much […]

Boise Councilor Seeks To Squeeze 10′ 3″ Bus Into 10′ Traffic Lane

At the risk of sounding too logical the GUARDIAN questions how Boise City Councilor Maryanne Jordan plans to squeeze a 10 foot 3 inch wide city bus into a 10 foot traffic lane. In a recent letter to the ACHD, she asserted 10 feet was plenty of room for traffic lanes. The question arose after […]

After $600,000 Study, Street Car Still Flunks

Like the perpetual college student, Boise’s attempt at a transport system for Downtown is long on study and short on finding a job. The so-called “Circulator” (also dubbed “Desire Named Street Car and Trolley Folly”) has been the dream of Mayor Dave Bieter and his “Team Dave” for a decade while it serves as a […]

SkyWest Will Lease City-Financed Structure Tax-Free

The GUARDIAN confirmed Tuesday that SkyWest Airline will lease a planned $23 million maintenance facility tax-free from the city of Boise. This means Boise Schools, City of Boise, Ada County, and ACHD will forego an estimated $380,000 in taxes on the city financed project EVERY YEAR! Thanks to a constitutional amendment passed three years ago, […]

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