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Winter Abortion Follies Open At Capitol

The Idaho legislature has begun its annual jabbering about abortion with a bill aimed at withholding state sales tax revenues from Boise. Boise’s city councilors brought the grief upon themselves with a resolution making investigation of abortion cases a low priority. The Boise resolution in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court Roe-vs-Wade recinding decision […]

Parks Restriction Garners Signature Quota

A petition drive aimed at restricting Boise politicos from selling park and open space real estate without citizen approval has obtained enough signatures to make the 2023 November ballot. A group calling itself the “Boise Parks Association” ran the effort. Here is what they say in-part in a press release: On December 30, 2022, the […]

Former BPD Chief Opines On Outside Investigation

Guest Opinion By MIKE MASTERSON I’m hearing many people express concern regarding the mayor’s ineptness in the handling of daily operations. From her confusing responses to the complaint nine police officers filed for workplace harassment to her differing statements on the Office of Police Accountability . The waters muddy even further with, a hastily created […]

McLean And Councilors Lose Faith In Jesus

Jesus Jara, Director of the Boise Office of Police Accountability, was fired Friday at a hastily called City Council after they professed to lose faith in the director. The overriding official reason for his termination seems to be that he was randomly reviewing copper body-cam videos “without authorization.” From the standpoint of the GUARDIAN we […]

Investigator Of Investigators Investigated At BPD

A news release from the City of Boise Friday afternoon announced that Boise’s Office of Police Accountability Director Jesus Jara had been put on administrative leave “effective immediately.” The action was at the direction of Mayor LaurenMcLean, City Council President Elaine Clegg, City Council President Pro Tem Holli Woodings, and City Council Member Jimmy Hallyburton. […]

Copper Talks Mayor And Former Captain Issues

Guest post By Detective Guy Bourgeau Local 486 board member Boise PD Union Like all of you I was pretty shocked when news broke recently about our former co-worker Matt Bryngelson. At first I thought it some sick joke but it didn’t take long to figure out it was all true. I’ve known that man […]

Is Probe Of Ex-Boise PD Capt. Warranted?

The GUARDIAN has been silent for several weeks because there is not much to write about that isn’t depressing. This posting probably is no exception, but we feel compelled to offer a slant that seems to be overlooked by some legacy media. Former Boise Police captain Matt Bryngelson touched off a firestorm when he became […]

Micron Growth Not Necessarily Good News

BOISEDEV has an excellent report with preliminary details of MICRON’S proposed expansion which will rival the Pentagon in size. While some may see the expansion as a coup for Boise, the GUARDIAN fears the expansion and all it will entail will change the culture and character of our beloved city and state. There are many […]

Boise Top Copper Loses Badge

By DAVID R. FRAZIER, editor Boise Police Chief Ryan Lee was relieved of his duties Friday by Mayor Lauren McLean amid unrest from the police union, investigative news reports from several legacy media agencies, a potential lawsuit from an injured officer, which included a criminal investigation into his personal actions. According to reports, Lee will […]

Kiddie Drag Show Killed

Organizers of this weekend’s Gay Pride Festival have dropped the drag show for 11-18 year-olds from the schedule after seven sponsors, including the Idaho Health and Welfare, dropped their support. Controversy erupted after conservative groups, the Republican Party, and others complained about “the sexualization of children” in the planned kiddie drag show. “While the vast […]

Boise Needs Citywide Ombudsman

The GUARDIAN has come to the conclusion we need to have a single ombudsman for all city departments to act on behalf of citizens when it comes to resolving minor disputes, providing access to knowledgable officials, and generally being a voice for citizens. Over the years we have seen a marked disconnect between citizens and […]

Inflation Is Issue At Barber Park

Officials at Boise and Ada County are at odds over inflation at Barber Park. Not financial or taxes, but air pressure. Several Boise Councilors have had informal meets with Ada Commishes and County Park board members regarding the plug being pulled on free compressors three years ago at Barber Park. Boise contends tubers and rafters […]

Is Bedke Running For Boise Mayor?

If a recent campaign funds solicitation is any indication, it looks like Scott Bedke is running for Boise mayor against Lauren McLean. It isn’t clear just what he will do to stop McLean or what she will do to hurt the office of Lt. Gov. Here is a copy of what he sent to potential […]

Ada Parks: “Boise River Never Safe”

Ada County Parks Director Scott Koberg said in an internal e-mail to the County Commissioners Wednesday, “The Boise River is never ‘safe’,” after the commishes questioned news from the Boise Fire Department claiming 14 rescues–including four “life-saving events” in about five hours. Koberg noted the river float is always a, “float-at-your-own-risk” endeavor. Common sense prompted […]

Arson Kits Go On Sale Thursday

The annual July 4th records falsification and safety advice is now available from Treasure Valley “first responders” regarding use of fire works. Officials sternly tell residents that “aerial fireworks,” including bottle rockets, mortars, and those producing “booms and bangs” are illegal. Meanwhile hundreds of dogs jump fences and run off in terror as both police […]

Which Flag On Harrison For Flag Day?

The Stars and Stripes, Old Glory, or simply the American Flag will be flying proudly Tuesday, June 14 on Flag Day, throughout the USA. In Boise, chances are pretty good we will see rainbow striped Gay Pride flags fly from publicly owned lamp posts along Harrison Blvd., not the red, white, and blue. We find […]

Boise Police Lt. Popped For DUI

Following up on an anonymous tip, the GUARDIAN has confirmed that Boise police Lt. Steve Butler was arrested by Valley County Sheriff’s deputies over the Memorial Day weekend and cited for driving under the influence . He was apparently involved in some sort of crash. Since the misdemeanor was not witnessed by the deputies, he […]

City Workers Coming And Going

This cryptic note came in Monday and got us to thinking. “Please start a thread on Guardian regarding where are the City dept heads. Yes, the Police Chief has problems, but what about Fire Chief? Did he ever move into the city? Earn a bachelor’s degree? These were the posted requirements, but?” We noticed on […]

Is City Council Seat A Conflict With Legislature?

Guest Opinion By DAVID KLINGER Unless you’re a first-time homebuyer in the “New Boise”, trying to scrape together a down payment for that $500,000 “starter home” in “America’s Most Livable City”, the notion of working two jobs to make ends meet probably doesn’t carry very much appeal. That is, however, unless you’re an elected City […]

Election (or not) With No Voters Is Possible

The May 17 election is set to include a ballot measure seeking bonding authority for nearly $ billion to build a development of about 7,000 homes in a development called “Spring Valley” north of Eagle. At last check the GUARDIAN found the Ada County election office could not find any “qualified electors” living within the […]

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