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Non-Partisan Mayor Race Turns Right

When we got our Friday mail at the Boise GUARDIAN world headquarters it was a bit of a shock and a bigger amusement to see Donald Trump supporter and self-proclaimed “CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN” David H. Leroy supporting Dave Bieter in what has jokingly been called a “non-partisan” mayor race. Leroy is a fixture in Republican politics […]

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 […]

A Change Of Attack At The GUARDIAN

By DAVE FRAZIER, editor When I started the GUARDIAN almost 15 years ago it filled a void in local news coverage aimed at serving as…well, the GUARDIAN for folks suffering from the revolving door for reporters at the TV stations and the decline of what we called “The Daily Paper.” The internet provided a version […]

Thoughts From Half A Century Ago

By DAVID R. FRAZIER, editor I wanted to share a personal walk down memory lane which began 50 years ago today, ironically enough at what today is Memory Road–the overpass on I-84 near Micron. It was 50 years ago today in 1968 when I drove from Ypsilanti, Michigan with all of my earthly possessions in […]

Boise Needs a “NO TEXTING” Ordinance

NOTICE TO CITY COUNCILORS. PEOPLE ARE WATCHING YOU! Polite society doesn’t text at the movie theater, the Shakespeare Festival, or at church. Most parents don’t let their kids text at the dinner table. Teachers don’t allow texts during class, and it is suicide to text while driving. Boise City Councilor Holli Woodings got busted by […]

Wildlife Conflicts Mount As Population Soars

Recent issues with wolves developing a taste for mutton and at least one grizzly bear in Eastern Idaho seems to like veal (he killed a calf), have Idaho wildlife managers caught in a bind. Historically, ranchers and settlers spent many years and bullets wiping out the predators to insure the safety of their flocks and […]

Was Grizzly Shot, Killed, Slaughtered, Whacked, Blasted, Smacked, Harvested, Put Down?

It will be interesting to see how the Idaho Fish and Game Department spins a new development on a single permit to hunt and kill a grizzly bear in Idaho near Yellowstone Park this fall. F&G officials determined that a single permit was warranted to kill a bear after the grizzly was “delisted” as an […]

Visser Tosses Hot Potato At Commishes

Ada Commish Rick Visser tossed out a hot potato to the Assessor and fellow Commishes Thursday morning when he appeared before the Board of Equalization (comprised of the three commissioners) to appeal his own property tax assessment. Visser was challenging a 21% hike in the assessed value of his home. He said all the houses […]

The GUARDIAN is Baaaack

The GUARDIAN has returned to duty and unfortunately we don’t have a lot of cheery news to report after covering 1300 miles of Idaho, Yellowstone, and vicinity. Great time spent with 14-year-old grandson and a chance to learn the addictive qualities of those “smart” phones. Amazing how fast and readily available information can be obtained. […]

Still Room For Bird Tour

We still have room for three more passengers if you want to take the half day excursion to see migrating waterfowl at Fort Boise near Parma. See details in previous post. If you leave details in the comment section, they will remain private.

March For Lives Could Change Politics Forever

As one who witnessed and reported on the civil rights and anti-war marches in the sixties and seventies, I have the feeling the March 24 MARCH FOR OUR LIVES–promoted and coordinated by young people across the USA–could change the face of American politics as did the historic marches. Boise police estimated more than 3,000 people […]

Air Force Aborts Scoping Meetings

With only a few hours notice, command staff at Mountain Home Air Force Base aborted a public scoping meeting to be held Today (3/12/18) at the Boise Public Library from 3-6 p.m. The GUARDIAN sought an explanation from Sheri Robertson, environmental chief at the base and she said, “There is no further explanation. It was […]

Air Force Plans War Games Over Boise

Our first thought when we read the Air Force memo was “retaliation for opposing the F-35 bed down at Gowen Field?” Our next thought was “the AR-15 pales when compared to the F-15.” The memo we received from Mountain Home Air Force Base via GUARDIAN readers is potentially as explosive as the missiles on the […]

Air Guard Still Aiming For F-35

Three months after losing out on landing an F-35 fighter squadron at Gowen Field, the Idaho Air National Guard is still in the running for what amounts to an “honorable mention.” The National Guard Bureau–the big guns in Washington–chose Alabama and Wisconsin as the two locations to base the F-35. However, in the event either […]

We Need Stories And Topics

Hate to admit it, but we have run out of topics to discuss. Now is your chance to offer up some opinions and topics of discussion….don’t just give us work to do, give us the facts in your own words. Legislature is in town, but generating little interest. We have new councilors in the city […]

Shameless Pandering For Christmas Gift Idea

If you want to give a very limited edition book to a parent, friend, or veteran that will never be on the NY TIMES bestseller list, consider DRAFTED, VIETNAM at War and at PEACE. “DRAFTED!” is GUARDIAN editor Dave Frazier’s behind-the-scenes account of the mostly involuntary Army of the 1960’s and his personal quest to […]

NNU Nighthawk Mascot Is a Goatsucker

Local media was alight with announcements Monday that CRUSADER has taken on a negative connotation, so the new mascot is a NIGHT HAWK for Nampa’s Northwest Nazarene University. But did the well-intentioned deciders at the Christian institution of higher learning not have at least one staffer who had a passing interest in ornithology? Night hawks, […]

Fast And Low Gowen Thunder

We haven’t heard anything official yet, but the dire predictions of massive crowds and potential traffic jams could easily have been similar to the eclipse hoopla…or just good planning. Even so, the Canadian Snowbirds and the USAF Thunderbirds roared around Boise Saturday drawing white hearts in the blue sky as they performed aerobatic feats over […]

Will Guns Really PROTECT You?

In the wake of the tragic and senseless massacre in Las Vegas there is the usual call for limiting guns, large ammunition magazines, automatic weapons, and crazy people. These high profile shootings invariably prompt citizens to arm themselves for “protection.” There are no doubt legal gun toting folks who justify (rationalize) frequently carrying a weapon. […]

NFL Rules Demand Honoring Anthem (Maybe)

Football is a game of rules. For instance if a ball carrier’s knee touches the ground, play stops at that point. Well…the GUARDIAN’s chief legal counsel examined the NFL Football League rules and came up with a rule on pages A62-63 of the official NFL rule book: “the National Anthem must be played prior to […]

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