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GBAD Brags About Denying Citizens Right To Vote

By DAVID R. FRAZIER, editor When the Greater Boise Auditorium District came up with its convoluted plan to expand the Boise Centre convention center without obtaining voter approval for their debt plan, I asked the board to hold an election as the Idaho Constitution requires. The board refused my request, so I sued them. With […]

Ada Sheriff Offers Dramatic Fire Images

There’s an old rule about news photography: ACCESS IS EVERYTHING! That lesson was certainly true when it came to the wildfire that consumed several thousand acres along Highway 21 Tuesday and Wednesday. The Ada County sheriff’s office put local media–including the GUARDIAN–to shame with spectacular images of the blaze posted to the Ada Sheriff Facebook […]

Reporter Dazzles In “Firefighter Yellow” Smock

It was bound to happen. Those yellow “firefighter shirts” have set off a fashion trend. The GUARDIAN covered the big range fire near Hilltop on Highway 21 Tuesday, joining the other newsies at a vantage point manned by BLM fire information officers. It is standard protocol for both the firefighters and those media folks covering […]

Correct Numbers, Wrong Name Intersection

Jeff Platt of KBOI-TV is the latest winner of a coveted Dope Reporter award for an innocent mistake last week. He was nominated by GUARDIAN reader Eric Oden. While standing at HORSESHOE BEND ROAD and STATE street he reported on plans for the modification of an intersection more than a mile away at EAGLE ROAD […]

Dope Reporter Award: Do Inmates Shave Legs?

First 2016 winner of a coveted (dreaded?) GUARDIAN “Dope Reporter Award” is Sierra Oshrin at KBOI TV2 for her live report from the Canyon County Jail-tent. After an inmate cut through the tent-like material in a minimum security structure, Oshrin did her live stand up outside the scene of the escape, explaining Jose Esteban Coronado […]

All The News That Fits The Slot

If our flat screen TV didn’t cost so much we would have tossed a shoe at it Tuesday. KTVB Channel 7 had a “live” reporter with news from the airport. The attractive reporter breathlessly told viewers she had been at the airport most of the day awaiting the return of Boise’s famous preacher/prisoner, Saeed Abedini, […]

BSU Seeks To Wipe Out Boise Neighborhood

In an informative piece of local reporting, the STATESMAN informed us Sunday that Boise State University has expansion plans which could see the demise of the Southeast Neighborhood along Boise Ave. In a nutshell: BSU officials want to increase the footprint of the school by 50 acres which would wipeout dozens of homes in the […]

2016 Resolution Requests…HAPPY NEW YEAR!

The GUARDIAN promises to at least try to have a more positive attitude during the coming year. One step in that direction would be fulfilling the following list of New Year’s resolutions: –Boise city council will abandon any plans for a trolley or any other permanent tracks in our streets. –Taxes will be reduced across […]

Holiday Greetings And Year End Review

We are not offended at “Merry Christmas,” and want to wish one to everyone. Also to those whose beliefs may not include Christmas, “Happy Holidays.” This is also the time of year when we review the past year’s offerings from the GUARDIAN and ask readers to share thoughts about best, worst, and most stories we […]

Words And Definitions We Need Not Know

Since the tragic attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and over the ensuing 14 years, we Americans have learned an entire new vocabulary that would be better left unlearned, if only possible. Here are some random terms and words whose meanings are all too clear. There is no humor here, only sadness: […]

Idaho Not Immune From “Big City” Cop Issues

UPDATE 12/2/15–Turns out the Caldwell PD policy is identical to Boise and other national police agencies…don’t shoot at a moving vehicle. No better situation at a family fight than to have one of the combatants leave. See IDAHO PRESS TRIBUNE. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Tuesday asked for the resignation of police commissioner Garry McCarthy in […]

Sharing Facts Is No Rush To Judgment

The snails pace investigation into the death of Adams County Rancher Jack Yantis is contrary to a national trend among the nation’s law enforcement officials. Keeping facts from the citizens (and media) only leads to speculation, rumors, and anger. State Police and the Attorney General say it could take six months to learn the facts. […]

Idaho Politicos Paid $21 Million By Supporters

The Daily Paper’s Bill Dentzer offered up a very detailed story Sunday about how much in payoffs are “donated” to Idaho politicians. While the story is well researched and has lots of fair and accurate quotes from businesses and lobbyists, the takeaway has to be most of these elected officials are for sale. Sure, they […]

Political Birds Feather Their Own Nests

We often have a feeling of helplessness when it comes to Idaho politicians. As a group they resent the citizens and work hard at limiting any “power to the people.” For example, only the legislature can change the retirement system and they are the prime beneficiaries. “Forgettaboutit.” To recall an elected official in Idaho it […]

Doldrums, Apathy, Smoke, Limit Guardian News

We probably owe loyal GUARDIAN readers an apology and explanation for the dearth of posts during the past month or so (for non-library types, DEARTH: a scarcity or lack of something). To be frank, we haven’t had much to say. The fires are burning, the smoke comes and goes, and it takes the TV “chief […]

GBAD and Visitor Bureau Attract Herpes Convention

The only thing more comical than the Greater Boise Auditorium District landing a convention of herpes experts is the headline in the DAILY PAPER which proclaims: “HERPES EXPERTS IN BOISE AT SAME TIME AS BASQUES.” The Statesman headline writer gets a coveted “DOPE REPORTER AWARD” from the GUARDIAN for perhaps the worst mix and match […]

Former CWI Foundation Member Attorney Of Record For Land Seller

The College of Western Idaho provided a copy of the sales agreement between CWI and the Bob Rice family trust in response to a GUARDIAN records request. Here is the sales Purchase Agreement-3150 W Main Street which includes a “free return” clause. We found it interesting that a former CWI Foundation board member, Gregory Byron, […]

Timing Is Everything For Horse Racing

Once again, Cynthia Sewell at the DAILY PAPER has shown the “power of the press.” Idaho Horse Racing Commission director Frank Lamb resigned his position following Sewell’s disclosure of his dual role as a regulator in Idaho while simultaneously acting as a paid lobbyist advocating the slot machines in Wyoming. Lamb’s job fell under the […]

Some Needed New Year’s Resolutions

Here are some New Year’s resolutions we think are needed for 2015. Feel free to add your own. –Legislature should pass a law to ban discrimination toward ALL groups, race, gender, religion, age, etc. –Gov. Butch Otter stop spending our tax dollars to fight gay marriage. If you want to defend the Idaho Constitution, join […]

Top GUARDIAN Stats for 2014

We have slowed down the pace over the years when it comes to posting new stories. Total posts for 2014 was 129. Top commenters were Zippo (162), Easterner (132), Rick (120). Top story for comments goes to Boise Police Chief Mike Masterson who garnered 45 comments on the campus gun bill post, “Masterson, Other Coppers […]

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