City Government

Whose River Is It?

The Boise City Council gets a pat on the back for a rare display of common sense in the ongoing saga of river regulations. They questioned their own cops and legal advisers about jurisdiction and have asked the Idaho Attorney General for a legal opinion.

Last week the council was informed by the legal department that a newly discovered annexation map and an old law gave the Boise cops the authority to ban booze (mostly canned beer) on the river. The Guardian a week ago questioned the authority of Boise to impose its will on a river that is by law STATE PROPERTY. ( scroll down to see the stories)

The Idaho Statesman put it on the front page and every media outlet in the city ran with the story about banning booze on the river float this summer, never questioning the city’s claims.

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