Guv Butch Otter made news on Thursday when he called the GUARDIAN birthday gathering broadcast live on KBOI AM 670’sNate Shelman show to tell us, “There is no deal on Hammer Flat. There is only a possible deal.”
He said no Fish and Game funds would be used unless hunting is allowed on the 700 acres. Meanwhile the Daily Paper reports the city of Boise wants a “no hunt” deed restriction in any sales of the city land to the State.
Otter called to congratulate us for 5 years publishing on-line. He also advocated the GUARDIAN stance on public hearings and transparency for things like land deals between government agencies. The issue has been the topic of many news reports after the Idaho Statesman broke the story.
EDITOR NOTE–The GUARDIAN has covered HAMMER FLAT more than four years. We have been consistent in opposing development in the area as a glance at the posts will reveal. We also applaud the avowed INTENT of supplementing wildlife habitat. We abhor secret meetings to discuss how to spend the public’s money. There can be no justification to go into executive session when two public agencies are discussing a land deal.
Boise officials have not been so consistent. They have made numerous exceptions to land use agreements with regard to Harris Ranch and facilitated development of residential and commercial property on farmland that was previously shared by wildlife. The East Park Center Bridge also played into the deal with Harris Ranch.
The office of Mayor Dave Bieter (Team Dave) refused to answer our media questions two weeks ago, forcing us to resort to a public records query of “20 questions.” They provided the info to the Daily Paper and now seek $86 from the GUARDIAN for what we can get free at the Statesman…despite our written request to call if it was to cost more than $25. Hence the rant in the previous post.
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