Sunday, October 28, 2012

Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson to Boise Weekly: 'There is No Santa Claus'

Posted By on Sun, Oct 28, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Presidential hopeful Gary Johnson returns to Boise Monday.

Boise Weekly readers got to know the Libertarian presidential candidate and former New Mexico governor a bit better in July, when BW sat down with him to talk about his inspirations.

"I remember when I was a young boy, my fourth-grade teacher held a class election to decide who would become United States president someday," Johnson said. "Out of the blue, I won."

When BW asked Johnson if there were any political leaders he considered ideal, he said, "They all seemed impressive at first."

"But nobody is what they appear to be. There is no Santa Claus," he said.

Johnson will appear at the Boise State Student Union Building at noon Monday, Oct. 29, when he's hosted by the Boise State Students for Liberty. The event is free and open to the public.

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Elderly Man Out of Doghouse After Illegal Stroll with Pooch

Posted By on Sun, Oct 28, 2012 at 12:00 PM

The bizarre case of a Glendale, Ore., man who took a neighbor's dog for a walk against the neighbor's wishes ended up in an Oregon courtroom.

The Roseburg News-Review reports that 84-year-old Thomas Ritchey was initially charged with felony theft, but his charge was reduced to trespassing.

Police said Ritchey approached his neighbor's dog Aug. 8 to check on its welfare because the weather was hot and the animal was lying very still. Ritchey said he decided it would be good to give the dog a walk.

The 24-year-old neighbor said she had faced eight months of harassment from Ritchey over her dog, with notes repeatedly left on her door. The neighbor also argued that she feared she might be sued if her dog injured Ritchey.

The neighbor said she had contacted the district attorney's office, asking the charges to be dropped because of Ritchey's age but received no response.

But when the neighbor and Ritchey showed up in a Douglas County, Ore., courtroom Oct. 23, the charge was dismissed because the arresting officer was a no-show.

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Steelhead To Make Trek to Boise River Later This Week

Posted By on Sun, Oct 28, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Treasure Valley anglers will be happy to hear that more than 250 steelhead will be introduced to the Boise River Thursday, Nov. 1.

The fish—coming down from the Oxbow Hatchery on the Snake River south of Hells Canyon Dam—will be the first of two planned stocking efforts in the next few weeks, according to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

Fish and Game officials remind Idahoans that a $12.75 steelhead fishing license is good for 20 fish per season, but no more than three per day. A three-day nonresident license costs $37.50.

The Boise River steelhead season runs from Sept. 1 until Monday, Dec. 31. Adult steelhead are only present in the Boise River when they're stocked by Idaho Fish and Game.

Hundreds of thousands of steelhead have already been stocked on four separate occasions this year into the Little Salmon River.

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AP: Race Could Play Greater Role in 2012 Presidential Election Than 2008

Posted By on Sun, Oct 28, 2012 at 11:00 AM

A new poll by the Associated Press shows that racism has increased since the last presidential election and could affect President Barack Obama's chances of keeping the White House.

According to The Hill, 51 percent of those polled explicitly expressed negative attitudes toward blacks, higher than the 48 percent who did in 2008. Analysis of the survey by AP showed that Obama could lose as many as 5 percentage points of the popular vote because of anti-black attitudes. It also showed that he could gain 3 points from people who have positive attitudes toward blacks, resulting in a net loss of 2 percentage points.

Two points could easily win or lose the election between Obama and his challenger, Mitt Romney. According to daily tracking polls, Romney and Obama are currently tied with 48 percent of the popular vote.

"As much as we'd hope the impact of race would decline over time ... it appears the impact of anti-black sentiment on voting is about the same as it was four years ago," Jon Krosnick, a Stanford University professor who worked with AP to develop the survey, told the Christian Science Monitor.

The newspaper reports that many blacks are upset with what they see as blatant racism directed toward the president, pointing to things like cartoons or political posters that mock Obama as a monkey or lynch him in effigy.

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$8 Million Meridian Road Widening Begins Monday

Posted By on Sun, Oct 28, 2012 at 9:53 AM

Kicking off what is considered to be one of the largest roadway construction jobs in recent memory, officials with the Ada County Highway District and the City of Meridian will break ground Monday, Oct. 29, on Meridian Road, the site of an $8 million widening project.

During the yearlong job, Meridian Road will be closed from the railroad tracks in the city's midtown to Cherry Lane. When complete, Meridian Road will be widened to five lanes between Franklin Road and Cherry Lane, wider sidewalks will be installed along Meridian Road, and water and sewer lines will have increased capacity.

The general contractor for the project, Central Paving Company, will be eligible for a $350,000 incentive to complete the project early.

The project will also include extensive work by Idaho Power, CenturyLink and Intermountain Gas.

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Boise Council to Consider Art for Art's Sake at Tuesday Work Session

Posted By on Sun, Oct 28, 2012 at 9:43 AM

Members of the Boise City Council will be asked to consider public art in and around City Hall when they meet in a workshop session this coming Tuesday.

Officials with the City's Department of Arts and History will ask lawmakers to give guidance as to where future pieces of public art should be placed, including City Hall's primary entrace on Capitol Boulevard, and its secondary entrances on Main and Idaho streets,

Council members will also be asked if it's necessary for a significiant piece of art in front of City Hall to be a water feature, in the same location as the current fountain. Arts and History staff are expected to ask lawmakers to revisit the issue and possibly consider an alterantive piece of art but not necessarily "a big production," according to a memo from the department to the council.

"The budget for art could go much further if it did not accomodate water and pumps," reads the memo.

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