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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 […]

Coppers Get Kudos On Quad Murder Case

After repeated complaints from both local and national media reporters about the lack of information about the quadruple murder of U of Idaho students, Thursday’s release of the affidavit seeking the arrest warrant is a major about face. The GUARDIAN has read all 19 affidavit pages detailing the probable cause for the arrest warrant of […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Did Gov. Violate Oath With Abortion Law?

Gov. Brad Little–like all elected officials–swore to uphold and defend the constitution when he took office. A question arises now that he may have violated that oath when he signed the abortion bill and even admitted it may be unconstitutional. In a letter explaining his approval of the law, Little also said he worries the […]

Parents Of Transgender Child Share Views

This guest opinion is authored by the parent of a transgender child. It is deeply personal, hence some questions (and identity) are left unanswered. The GUARDIAN suspects the information will strike a chord with others experiencing the attempted invasion of privacy by the Idaho House of Representatives. An odd dichotomy exists here in Idaho: the […]

Open Beds or Free Speech?

The governor has changed, the police chief is new, the state police colonel has changed, the mayor has changed, even most of the media reporters have changed. All that said, there is still the current issue of homeless camping on the state-owned former Ada County Courthouse, just like the OCCUPY BOISE movement did ten years […]

Boise’s Top Copper Investigated

Boise Police Chief Ryan Lee is the subject of an investigation apparently stemming from a physical incident with one of his subordinate officers. The investigation by the Idaho State Police has been reported locally by several media outlets as well as national media. The GUARDIAN along with other media have been “tipped” repeatedly for several […]

“Hang Up And Drive”

If you are one of those who think the coppers are ignoring enforcement of the “no texting law,” think again. The GUARDIAN has obtained data from Fourth District Traffic Court showing that 1866 tickets were issued in Ada County alone in 2021. Here is a breakdown of the enforcement actions. Boise City PD–961 Eagle City […]

Idaho’s Bowe Bergdahl Played Role In Taliban Leadership

As is so often the case, Idaho plays a major role in world and national events. Four out of five Guantanamo detainees whom former President Barack Obama released in exchange for former U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in 2014 now hold senior positions in the interim government created by the Taliban in Afghanistan. Adding further […]

What’s On Yer Mind?

Rather than offer up the same press releases and COVID numbers you get everywhere else, the GUARDIAN has been silent (and lazy). We welcome any comments and factual story content. Here are some trending topics of discussion: —Brian Harsin sits out Auburn Football practice and stadium openers. –Was it time to leave Afghanistan after 20 […]

Body Cam Video Of Shootings Should Be Released

Some 50 years ago, about the time the “Miranda Warning” became standard procedure, the GUARDIAN was working as the court-police reporter for the once dominant news venue, Idaho Statesman. In that capacity we joined with the courts and defense lawyers to forge the BENCH-BAR-PRESS ethical guidelines agreement. In a nutshell it was intended to insure […]

SW Boise: “We Get No Respect”

GUEST OPINION By Rachael Grotsky, Chief Administrative Officer of Friends of Murgoitio Park, and David King, President Recent news articles have injudiciously placed the problem of annexation squarely on the shoulders of county-dwellers, claiming that the City of Boise has repeatedly shelved the annexation process because residents fought it so hard. The issue is more […]

To Whack Or Not To Whack

Recent video from a Florida elementary school showing a six-year-old girl being swatted three times and viciously scolded by a school principal has triggered national debate. ABC NEWS reports that spanking kids is legal in 19 states, but not in the Florida county where the video was made. The GUARDIAN listened Wednesday to callers on […]

Former BPD Chief’s Ideas Could Include Police Commission

Former Boise Police Chief Mike Masterson holds the record for serving as chief longer than any other copper and has established a national reputation among local government leaders. In an article he co-authored for the August 2020 journal of the International City/County Management Association, Masterson advocated “regular conversations between police chiefs and city leaders. He […]

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