Thursday, September 27, 2007

Traffic Woes

Posted By on Thu, Sep 27, 2007 at 4:00 AM

Ah, game day—the thrill, the competition, the traffic. With a 5:30 p.m. kick-off time, tonight’s Boise State game promises some headaches for anyone trying to get around downtown.

The Boise Police Department is asking commuters to avoid Broadway and Vista avenues and Capitol Boulevard this evening if possible, and to expect heavy traffic throughout the area.

Fans are reminded that parking will be tight, and that officers will be out in force, looking for illegal parking. That includes blocking driveways, crosswalks and fire hydrants; parking too close to intersections or stop signs; or parking illegally in alley. Ticket will usually run $36, although vehicles will be towed if they are blocking access.

To help alleviate the problem, free shuttle service from downtown will be offered for two hours prior to the game, and one hour after. The shuttle runs every 15 minutes, with stops at the corners of 8th and Idaho streets, 6th and Grove streets, 10th and Main streets and 8th and Broad streets.

Additionally, officers will be watching for revelers who have enjoyed themselves a little too much. Remember, not only is public intoxication illegal, but so too are open alcohol containers and urinating in public. Each carries a fine of up to $1,000 and six months in jail.

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Mayor Focuses on Smart Growth, Graftiti

Posted By on Thu, Sep 27, 2007 at 4:00 AM

It’s all about investing in Boise’s future—financially that is—for Mayor Dave Bieter. The mayor touted the highlights of the capital city and stressed the need for prudent future investment in his annual State of the City address this morning.

For the second year in a row, Bieter did away with notes and presented a well-honed speech, complete with Boise-based jazz musician Curtis Stigers as an opening act. He focused on the need for continued growth within the city, a valley-wide rail transit system, the elimination of graffiti and announced plans for a new 700,000-square-foot distribution center to be built by WinCo Foods near Micron in southeast Boise.

He earned a standing ovation from the crowd at the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce event, but check out the speech for yourself.

Updates to come.

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All About Idaho

Posted By on Thu, Sep 27, 2007 at 4:00 AM

Idaho is back in the headlines—although this time it has nothing to do with a certain senator in a bathroom.

An article published today on the front page of USA Today touts the greatness of the Gem State, calling it the fastest-growing state in the West.

The article paints a sunny picture of the state’s economy, focusing on the wonders of Micron (with the briefest of mentions of the company recently laying off 1,000 employees in the area) and the greatness of development. From farmers in eastern Idaho selling off land to millionaires from out of state, to apparently non-controversial mega-developments in Boise, it would appear that everyone is walking around with permanent smiles on their faces.

The article does give brief mentions to the fact that new money is pricing residents out of the real estate market and that the average income is below the national average. There’s also a great summation of what has been the catalyst for the state’s boom, “chips, computer chips and potato chips.”

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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

BW Takes A Victory Lap, Then A Nap

Posted By on Wed, Sep 26, 2007 at 4:00 AM

The 2007 Best of Boise is on the streets, people. It's 107 pages of pure love.

If anybody wants us, we'll be napping in the conference room.

And then, see you at Alive After Five tonight!

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Craig Decision Delayed

Posted By on Wed, Sep 26, 2007 at 4:00 AM

It looks like we’ll have to wait a little longer to find out the fate of Sen. Larry Craig’s political future.

A Minnesota judged continued a hearing as to whether Craig can withdraw his guilt plea until at least next week, stating that he is taking the matter under advisement.

This decision places Craig’s Sept. 30 resignation deadline in question since he has previously stated that he will not step down if he is allowed to withdraw his guilty plea for disorderly conduct.

Craig was arrested in June during a sex sting operation in a restroom at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. He pleaded guilty to the charge in August, but has blamed the move on stress caused by an Idaho Statesman investigation. After word of the arrest broke, Craig announced his intent to resign, later stating that he would fight the charges.

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Monday, September 24, 2007

Frank Loves Larry

Posted on Mon, Sep 24, 2007 at 4:00 AM

Now, Larry, love thyself.

Liberal New York Times columnist Frank Rich, newly freed from the TimesSelect firewall, has some sorta encouraging words for Idaho's famous senator.

Rich's to-do list: (1) beat the bad rap, (2)come out of the closet and (3) help your party become more tolerant of homosexuals.

"Were Mr. Craig now to keep his seat, maybe his trial by fire would drive him to end his perennial gay baiting and become a latent proselytizer for a return to a more open, live-and-let-live Republicanism in the retro style of Barry Goldwater," writes Rich. "Granted, Mr. Craig has shown no leadership of any kind in his career to date. But if Trent Lott can have a second chance after seeming to embrace the Dixiecrat racialism of Strom Thurmond, why not the toe-tapper from Idaho?"

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Friday, September 21, 2007

Me, Too!

Posted By on Fri, Sep 21, 2007 at 4:00 AM

While state officials keep reminding us that there’s no official job opening since Sen. Larry Craig hasn’t officially resigned, that hasn’t stopped a plethora of Idahoans from applying for the position.

Some of those most recently added to the list are: Charles Cline of Lenore, Brian Hefner of Nampa, Kent Marmon of Caldwell, Charles Pottenger of Lewiston and Steven Thompson of Heyburn.

Of course this list comes with the following disclaimer from Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s office:

“The list does not include people whose names were submitted by others but who themselves have not indicated they are seeking the appointment. It also does not include the few individuals from outside Idaho who indicated they would be willing to move here if appointed. Finally, it does not include those people who indicated privately to the Governor that they would accept an appointment but expressed a desire for their names not to be disclosed. This is neither a ‘short list’ nor an exhaustive list of those Governor Otter may consider if a vacancy occurs.”

After announcing his intent to resign earlier this month, Craig announced that he would reconsider his resignation if he is allowed to withdraw his guilty plea on charges of disorderly conduct in Minnesota. Craig will have a hearing on the matter on Sept. 26.

Otter has not set a timeline as to when he would select a replacement should Craig step down.

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Thursday, September 20, 2007

Beast of Boise

Posted By on Thu, Sep 20, 2007 at 8:32 PM


This last month, we've been preoccupied with working on our annual Best of Boise issue. It's a monster, but it's also some of the most fun writing we do all year. We have our readers' choices based on a poll and two things always come out of seeing those results: One, we're in sync with our readers. The people, places and things they choose as their favorites are, more often than not, ours as well. Two, a number of the same winners emerge year after year. And, then we have our editors' picks: the stuff we as a group--or individually--think is the shit. Those are the hardest and the easiest to write. We get to write about things we love (I'm a bit obsessed with Flight of the Conchords), so the ideas come flooding in. There's the rub ... there's so much in and about Boise that we love, if the B.O.B. issue was 1,000 pages we'd have room for it all. As it is, we have to sift through it all, separating the wheat from the chaff, picking what we really think is the best of the best.
I just realized this entire entry is in editorial "we" speak. Maybe after a weekend of some serious drinking and fried food, I'll be back to I. Me. Whatever.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

He's Back, Baby

Posted on Tue, Sep 18, 2007 at 4:00 AM

"What brings you back to the Capitol today?"

"Go to work."

"Are you intending to vote today, sir?"

"That's my plan."

"Why decide to come back today?"

"Because I'm a serving United States Senator from Idaho."

That's right, people. The man is back on the job.

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Craig, Fischer and The New Yorker

Posted By on Tue, Sep 18, 2007 at 4:00 AM

In this week's edition of The New Yorker, "Talk of the Town" contributor Hendrik Hertzberg joins thousands of pundits, politicians and barflies nationwide in offering commentary on the Larry Craig debacle. Idaho's senior senator and his misadventures in a Minneapolis airport bathroom stall make for a sort of convenient foreground in "Offenses," which ultimately addresses the existence of a societal framework that forces men like Craig into such behavior. In Hertzberg's summation of the Republican party's emphatic vilification of Craig, one of Idaho's more colorful conservative zealots, Idaho Values Alliance's Bryan Fischer, makes an appearance and, unfortunately for Idaho, is quoted more amply than anyone else.

Hertzberg uses Fischer to illustrate that Craig is not alone in being skewered and left for dead by his partymates, and Fischer's paragraph-long comment certainly lends itself readily to that purpose, calling for, as Hertzberg writes, "a precinct-by-precinct campaign of erotic cleansing." For Idahoans who know from which side of the conservative fence (a metaphor Fischer uses himself regarding where the GOP should not be on homosexual issues) Fischer proselytizes—the radically conservative side—seeing his comments in national press creates an immediate cringe. Once again, thanks to Fischer, Idaho comes off looking like exactly the kind of place it is often stereotyped as: a haven for a bunch o' redneck, neo-conservative racists who've hog-tied gay rights in the name of family values and are preparing to burn them at the political stake along with conservation efforts and pro-choice "agendas" (the IVA is currently holding a 40-day prayer vigil outside Planned Parenthood to pray that medical staff has a "change of heart for providing abortion services to women).

So the next time your friends who don't reside in the Gem State inquire skeptically for a good reason you live in Idaho, just remember, you have Bryan Fischer to thank for the question.

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