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Lament Of A Growthophobe (A Rant)

The GUARDIAN created the word “growthophobe,” welcomed new people and businesses if they wished to pay their fair share of taxes and offer good wages. Otherwise relocate elsewhere. Meanwhile local politico mothers and fathers work overtime to attract more population, cars, trains, planes, and buses through “incentives.” They want those of us who live here […]

Boise STILL Needs A Police Commission

Each time there is a rash of high profile incidents involving police–either in Boise or nationally–there is a scramble to have some sort of oversight of the coppers. Back in the 1990s when Boise had a rash of officer involved shootings, a citizens group called for oversight and paid for a city councilor to attend […]

Multiple Factors In Boise’s Unrest

Tension fueled by the Trump presidential election defeat, COVID-19 actions by local health departments, and neo Nazi activity have combined to thrust Boise into the national spotlight. The noisy protest Tuesday at Central District Health was widely reported by the national media. However, GUARDIAN sources don’t see any immediate link between the hell raisers intimidating […]

Fire Chief Choice Ignites Councilors

Boise Mayor Lauren McLean made a point of using buzzwords like “transparency, listening, community outreach,” and similar terms when she took office in January. Now, 11 months later, when it came to naming a new fire chief to head a department with a $57,000,000 budget, she not only failed to allow citizens to be involved […]

FAA Responds To GUARDIAN After 4 Years

Friday’s mail brought a nice padded manila envelope from MURPHY M. HO CHEE FAA Northwest Mountain Regional Office ATO WESTERN SERVICE CENTER DesMoines, WA Inside we found a CD and a two page letter from ANGELA R. McCullough, Vice President Mission Support Services. The subject of the letter was a Freedom of Information request made […]

COVID Positive Test Among Homeless At Red Lion Downtowner

The GUARDIAN has confirmed that Boise City is funding sanitizing services and renting rooms for members of the homeless community at the Red Lion Downtowner. An unofficial source told us the entire second floor and about 46 rooms were occupied by homeless residents. That source also inquired at the registration desk about the situation, but […]

Doan Resigns Before Scheduled Firing

Dennis Doan resigned from employment at the city of Boise shortly before a Friday special city council meeting was called to consider his firing. The council met, declined to act and adjourned. The GUARDIAN had publicly advised him Wednesday to make the move: We also think Doan could preserve his dignity by immediately resigning “for […]

Boise Council Sets Special Meeting

Boise’s city council has scheduled a “special meeting” for 12:30 p.m. Friday. The meeting will begin with an executive session to discuss a personnel matter. It is an open secret the session will be to discuss the dismissal of Dennis Doan from the fire chief position. The council cannot make any decisions in the secret […]

Mayor vs Fire Chief Battle Heats Up

The flare up over the dismissal, retirement, paid leave, firing of Dennis Doan as Boise fire chief has shifted to the city council. Based on e-mails from the city to Doan, it looks like newly elected mayor Lauren McLean will leave the dirty work to the City Council when it comes to firing Doan. City […]

Doan Retires From Boise FD

In the first major shake up of her new administration, Mayor Lauren McLean has encountered a cumbersome transition with dumping Dennis Doan from the fire chief position. In a nutshell: if she wanted to get rid of Doan, who was a long time supporter of former Mayor Dave Bieter, she should have simply asked for […]

Acting Boise Fire Chief Announced

Following the unexplained departure of former fire chief Dennis Doan, Boise officials have announced deputy chief Romeo Gervais will be acting chief. Gervais has been a deputy chief/fire marshall for several years.

Boise Fire Chief On Admin Leave

Boise Fire Chief Dennis Doan was placed on administrative leave Monday. The move is being called a “personnel matter,” hence no one at Mayor Lauren McLean’s office will say why the chief is out. Doan and other command staff were tagged during the city campaign for mayor for using their official city offices for political […]

Mobile Phone Law Should Be For All

If driving with a cell phone in your face is like having a six-pack under your belt, would you send a copper out on patrol with six beers in him? A proposed Ada County ordinance would prohibit SOME drivers from using cell phones while driving, but there would also be exemptions for coppers and other […]

No Talk Zone For Meridian Coppers

The new MERIDIAN city ordinance banning CELLPHONE use while driving will apply to coppers despite an exemption in the law. Meridian Police Chief Jeff Lavey told the GUARDIAN, “Using the phone while driving can be as bad or worse than driving with a six-pack under your belt.” He went on to say the new ordinance […]

Top Copper Calls It Quits

Boise police Chief Bill Bones announced Monday he will retire effective October 24 after 27 years with Boise PD, four of those years as chief. Bones told the GUARDIAN he planned to do some foreign travel with his wife, Jen. He also said he had recruited his old boss and mentor, Mike Masterson to serve […]

Public Records Are Media Obstacle

The Idaho Press Club has sued Ada County for multiple violations of Idaho’s public records law. The lawsuit, filed in 4th District Court in Boise, seeks full release of records related to four different public records requests by the Press Club and its members. It also seeks a change in how Ada County handles future […]

Boise Group Opposes NW Development

Guest Opinion By RICHARD LLEWELLYN This Tuesday, July 16, Boise City Council will hear an appeal by developers CBH and Trilogy to overturn the earlier rejection of their 288 unit development along Hill Road known as Prominence. Boise’s Planning and Zoning Commission denied the proposal in May, which included a 130 unit three story apartment […]

“Do As We Say, Not As We Do”

Boise Fire officials have warned citizens to stay out of the Boise River With high snow melt causing the river flow at seasonal high levels. For the past week the airwaves and news columns have been full of danger warnings. Tuesday afternoon three guys wrapped an expensive jet boat around one of the Broadway Bridge […]

Everything Old Is New Again

Boise’s fire department gave away a fire engine this week to the Ada County Sheriff’s Department. The move is allowed under state law and it should save taxpayers a few dollars. Chief Dennis Doan told the GUARDIAN he wanted the former fire rig to be decorated in any color but red and not have it […]

Topics For Discussion, Let’s Talk

Sorry for the lack of content lately. Other priorities and lack of motivation are prime excuses. Here are some topics for discussion and we freely admit they are not all new. –Boise officials and the USAF staged a demonstration of their close air support (CAS) urban warfare training over our fair city at the end […]

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