Following the drowning death of a Garden City woman, a GUARDIAN reader contacted editor David R.Frazier suggesting that after three incidents at the same location in two weeks, perhaps some signs would be a good idea. We got them made overnight.
After the GUARDIAN provided free warning signs–funded by reader donations–Boise Fire officials said they would “accept the signs and evaluate them,” but they refused to post them along the Boise River. The GUARDIAN posted them anyway!
No matter how many websites or videos they have, highway officials put up signs warning motorists of BUMPS at construction zones. It just makes sense to warn river users of deadly hazards like dams as well.
Thurman Mill Diversion on the Boise River has proven to be a deadly hazard, so the BOISE GUARDIAN news blog commissioned 4 sets of warning signs to be placed in plain view of folks using the Boise River west of the Fairview bridge crossing.
We originally contacted Boise Fire Chief Dennis Doan with the offer and said we would deliver them to a training exercise/media event at the diversion where the tragedy took place. However by the time we got to the site the STATESMAN had run a brief on their web page which got immediate response from the office of Mayor Dave Bieter. Firemen were instructed to NOT PLACE the warning signs along the river. Meanwhile the signs are in place despite the efforts of Team Dave and should serve as a warning to the unwary that it is not safe to tube or raft downstream of Ann Morrison Park
Chief Doan later said his staff is meeting with Boise Park staff Monday to come up with some “more permanent signs.” Several city workers told us, “at least you got the ball rolling,” obviously chagrined at the official response to the charitable offer.
HERE IS SOME HISTORIC PERSPECTIVE ON BOISE CITY’S RIVER POLICIES:
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