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Semi-Auto Parking Detective

Following up on a reader’s query: “Cars with Boise City logos seen with multiple cameras on the front and rear. What are they for and what city program is it a part of? How much does it cost us?” The GUARDIAN learned that Boise’s parking Czar has come up with yet another way to monetize […]

2017 Deadly Year On Boise Streets

If it seems like Boise streets are getting more dangerous, it is because traffic deaths more than doubled in 2017 over 2016. The biggest jump was in deaths of motorcyclists: 9 in 2017 vs 0 in 2016. Four pedestrians lost their lives and one bicyclist in both 2016 and 2017. Here are the raw figures: […]

What Was Top GUARDIAN 2017 Story?

This is the traditional time to look back at the past year’s news and vote for the top stories. From this side of the computer, the F-35 story wins hands down. The effort and expense to expose the clandestine efforts of the local politicos to land the noisy fighter jet was massive. Other topics we […]

Peddle Your E-Bikes Off Greenbelt

GUEST REPORT By Steve “Bike Boy” Hulme In one of those “stealth” moves that our city government is somewhat famous for, people on electric-assist bicycles will soon have full access to our “Crown Jewel” Greenbelt, bike lanes, many foothills trails… and sidewalks to boot! A hearing was held on December 5th. The Parks Department representative […]

Meridian Dream (nightmare) Comes True

Ten years ago the GUARDIAN reported on the potential accounting problems when a developer is allowed to divert Idaho sales tax to personal use. That’s what ITD did at the VILLAGE Mall in Meridian. The developer created his own urban renewal district with sales tax from retailers. The resulting traffic, growth, and ham-handed accounting are […]

Solution For Downtown Parking Rate Hike

The Capital City Development Corp. voted Monday to raise parking rates 20% to $3 per hour and the monthly rate from $135 to $170. The reason for the hikes is said to reduce demand–and of course make more money from downtown workers and shoppers. For an office worker making a take home pay of $40,000, […]

Motorcycles Are Deadliest Ride In Boise

Here’s a shocker. So far in 2017, FOUR TIMES as many people were killed in motorcycle crashes in Boise than in cars. Concerned with the number of fatal accidents in Boise (four so far in October) the GUARDIAN joined forces with Boise coppers to check the number and type of crashes. There has been a […]

CANDIDATE FORUM: Rachel Misnick On Issues

I’d like to give a thank you to the Boise Guardian for giving me the opportunity to address issues that are important in our community. I just recently discovered your news site and have been reading through the articles and comments, which are echoing my concern of City Council under-representation of the areas outside of […]

Field Of Dreams Or Financial Nightmare?

UPDATE: A reader sent us a link 10/11/17 to a great website called FIELD OF SCHEMES which includes a Washington POST op-ed story published October 11, 2017. The easily applied metaphor of “Field of Dreams” for Mayor Dave Bieter’s publicly funded sales pitch for a downtown stadium is all too true. Like many of Team […]

Ball Park May Face Extra Innings

It looks like Boise’s downtown “field of dreams” ball park proposal could go into extra innings if the home team calling itself CONCERNED BOISE TAXPAYERS is able to keep the developer and local agencies from getting to first base. The group boasts Gary Michael, former Albertson CEO, as the lead off pitcher with a bullpen […]

Two Wheel Death Abounds

At least five motorcyclists have perished on Idaho roads in the past week or so, prompting the GUARDIAN to issue a special alert. A crash in Canyon County last week, two in Boise within the past two days (State St. near Sycamore, and Cole and Brentwood) a head-on on Warm Springs a few days ago […]

City Railroads Trolley Plans

It’s like trying to stop a speeding train. Here is a letter from a Boise City engineer that went out to numerous local officials. Seems like after thousands of $$$ in surveys, promotional campaigns, and meetings the selected players ran out of objections to the “Trolley Folly” also known as “Desire Named Street Car.” Dear […]

In Case You Hadn’t Noticed…..

GUEST OPINION By Sara Baker Ada County Highway Commissioner There has been a lot of discussion regarding the unusual winter storms we have had this winter in Ada County. What has been in short supply are facts. So below are facts regarding the storm, the response and the cooperation. We have had 35.5 inches of […]

TECHNOLOGY IS KILLING US

Why are so many people dying on Idaho highways? The answer is probably within reach, or right in your hand. It’s broadly described by Idaho State Police as “distracted driving.” Whether it’s a smartphone, computer, GPS, MP3 player, or reaching for a VAPE pen, people are dying because they are preoccupied with a tech gadget […]

2017 Resolutions Unchanged From 2016.

The new year resolution list hasn’t changed, so we will gladly post anything you wish to add. 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 […]

Coppers Play “Bumper Cars” On I-84

Slick roads, bad driving and being in the wrong place at the right time all added to a game of “Bumper Cars” early Sunday morning with Idaho State Police suffering loss of two cruisers along I-84. Here is the official account: On Sunday, December 11, 2016, at 12:02 am, Idaho State Police, Canyon County Sheriffs’ […]

Random Points To Ponder

Sorry for the lack of material of late, but the fire in my ample belly is not burning too hot. For the sake of discussion and hoping to stimulate some discussion I will offer points to ponder, admittedly not researched, but worth noting. –DAVE FRAZIER, editor ADA COUNTY–We have been informed that two former “operations […]

Team Dave At Odds With ITD, ACHD Pros

Boise’s urban renewal agency, Capital City Development Corp., and Mayor Dave Bieter’s Team Dave are at odds with both state and county road agencies over how to operate the Front-Myrtle corridor in downtown Boise, according to Don Day’s BOISE DEV website. Day did some really good reporting as he explained how Bieter and crew continue […]

School Officials Need Educating

No one (other than growthophobes) wants to stand in the way of growth–often erroneously termed “progress.” However like cancer, the Treasure Valley is on the verge of growing itself to death. Meridian beams with pride at being the second largest city in the state. Meanwhile they also have the busiest intersection at Fairview and Eagle […]

ACHD Commishes Don’t Sit On The Fence

When it comes to taking a position on college students playing in traffic on Capitol Blvd. Ada County Highway District Commishes don’t sit on the fence–they build one. Despite opposition from Boise City, ACHD will soon begin installing a four foot wrought iron fence in the median of Capital Blvd. in the area of Boise […]

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