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Re: “Dry Creek Ranch Plan is a Lesson For Yesterday

I like the post, except that, before Hidden Springs, none of that stretch was paved for your road bike. Indeed, the last few miles to Hwy 55 were only paved a few years ago. When I used to ride my horse from Hill Rd up through that area on the way to Stack Rock, there were only a few houses. Not that long ago. RIP Boise.

Posted by Ridahoan on 10/20/2017 at 1:03 PM

Re: “From the Far Margins

Nicole, you know I am behind this one hundred percent. Ready to get to work.

Posted by Neysa Jensen on 09/08/2017 at 8:49 AM

Re: “From the Far Margins

Nicole, This hits the nail square on the head---your article should somehow be republished daily until somebody in state or city government understands that this is a very simple solution to a complicated problem---if the people that are able adopted a homeless tenant and the city zoning allowed (I hate that we have to be "allowed" by our public servants to help our fellow man) then we could go a long way to solving this horrendous problem that is tantamount to "social genocide"

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Posted by Matthew Scott on 09/06/2017 at 10:46 AM

Re: “A Right to Bare Arms

How do u do it? By that I mean how do u let go of the idea that we r suppose to have this perfect body? U see, hear, read all the post, magazines and on t v that women r suppose to have this perfect body. Eat crappy food, drink protein shakes with kale, spinach and exercise 7 days a week. I have been debating about unfacebooking a woman on Facebook because she about 5'7 and weigh nothing. It's always depressing to read her post about how fat she was/is and she joined beachbody and now she tells everyone how happy she is. I really love your encouraging words to women

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Posted by Janet Mosier on 05/31/2017 at 4:24 PM

Re: “A Right to Bare Arms

Thank you Amy! Love the movement. Love the feminism. Love the positivity!

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Posted by Ann 1 on 05/31/2017 at 12:40 AM

Re: “A Right to Bare Arms

Love this. You have such a wonderful way of writing about the themes that so many of us women confront on a regular basis. Thank you for pushing past the fear of bearing your body--and your soul!

-Sarah Conley

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Posted by Sarah Conley on 05/25/2017 at 8:19 PM

Re: “From the Far Margins

You're Addressing Self Righteous, Bigoted Rascals from the Dark and Evil Side, a useless endeavor in Idassissippi.

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Posted by Mick G on 04/19/2017 at 3:07 PM

Re: “From the Far Margins

We should organize an annual worldwide women's march until tRump is gone. Join the resistance!

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Posted by Mick G on 03/22/2017 at 11:39 PM

Re: “Not My Values

Yes, thank goodness we live in a country that provides clean tap water as well as safety and security to all of its citizens and whose free and open elections are completely above reproach. It would be shameful to take those things for granted.

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Posted by Eugene Dabs on 03/01/2017 at 11:16 PM

Re: “Dry Creek Ranch Plan is a Lesson For Yesterday

Thank you, Harrison, for covering this story. However, I believe your conclusion that this issue is a lost cause is premature.

The original plan was approved in 2010. Since then, the developer has changed, the acreage has changed, the number of houses has changed, the commercial space has changed, the number of schools has changed. All of these changes are substantial. Boise Hunter Homes should have to apply as a new application, not as an "amendment" to a different plan. I believe the Board of County Commissioners is justified in denying the "amendment" on these grounds alone.

There was no notice for the public hearing on 12/15/16 as required by Ada County Ordinance and Idaho Code. Posting notice is not hard. If, as they claim, Boise Hunter Homes plans to develop a unique, farm-to-table community, shouldn't they want as many people to know about it as possible, since such a special plan will surely benefit the community? Or...

If the Board of County Commissioners deny this "amendment," will Boise Hunter Homes develop the original approved plan? If they will not, a denial would stop this whole project. This important question must be answered before a final decision is made.

Posted by Stephanie Rael on 02/19/2017 at 5:12 PM

Re: “Dry Creek Ranch Plan is a Lesson For Yesterday

The developer should not be able to get away with this. They have cobbled together a scattershot, completely unworkable plan for Wildlife. it is an insult to Ada County residents to consider that "mitigation" for this project could include a conservation easement somewhere unknown 30-50 miles away in Elmore County. Plus, the "Open Space" for the Theme Park shoves the deer and elk right out by the main Highway to Horseshoe Bend --- creating a death trap for both animals and motorists.

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Posted by Katie Fite on 02/19/2017 at 4:57 PM

Re: “Dry Creek Ranch Plan is a Lesson For Yesterday

The application amendment was sought because the existing plan won't pen out. The suggestion that the status quo is worse than the amendment is a developer talking point which ignores the underlying motive/necessity that the amendment be sought in the first place.

If the Commissioners want to find ways to preserve this place for its remarkable history, its incredible agricultural values, and for the wildlife habitat -- the best way to do so is by preserving the status quo: voting no on the amendment before them.

Should the commissioners vote no, or in the alternative remand to the PZC, Ada County citizens will have more time to negotiate opportunities to preserve the very values mentioned.

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Posted by begreen on 02/19/2017 at 12:18 PM

Re: “Dry Creek Ranch Plan is a Lesson For Yesterday

The original plat expired February 10. They could not approve the amendment and have the process start over. We could save it. It will take leadership with forsite.

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Posted by Josie Jensen Erskine on 02/18/2017 at 1:27 PM

Re: “Dry Creek Ranch Plan is a Lesson For Yesterday

The Ada County Commissioners have the power to stop it. Yes it should have been stopped 10 years ago and it will be painful to stop now...but better than regretting not taking a bold action today. They have the power and they can change the outcome. Saying they can't is a cop out, as is holding the vote at 9am on Tuesday when public participation will be minimal.

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Posted by Heidi Wagner on 02/18/2017 at 1:18 PM

Re: “From the Far Margins

I am not sure what Country you were raised in but I do not recognize the place you describe in this opinion piece. If you want a woman President then you need to run someone better than Hillary Clinton.
I have been around since the beginning of this Women's Movement and have never experienced the things you paint as everyday facts. My daughters were taught by example that the world was open to them. They also watched a Father who worked very hard to give them many of those opportunities.
Do you ever give much thought to the women living in Iran or Saudi Arabia? Until Trump's administration requires me to wear a black sheet over my head and stone me to death for Adultery I will take my chances with the USA.

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Posted by Janis Woodruff H on 01/23/2017 at 4:02 PM

Re: “From the Far Margins

This may be the first time I've read Far From the Margins. Brilliant piece. Thank you.

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Posted by Henry on 01/19/2017 at 8:45 AM

Re: “From the Far Margins

I have had experience with things you talk about in this writing. First, I have a third of an acre of property that is surrounded by trees and bushes making it near invisible in the summer. I have had many stay in my yard for periods of time while getting back on their feet. I also know people who have tried things and been ticketed and sent away by draconian city ordinances. There needs to be a major change not just the mayor's lip service.

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Posted by NuclearShadows on 12/29/2016 at 2:36 AM

Re: “Civics Lessons

please refer me to information that explains how Idaho and the Nation's schools are including civics and government courses in standard course work.
I am afraid it is being left behind, which is unacceptable for our young citizens.
Thank you.
Mack Moore

Posted by Mack Moore on 11/22/2014 at 3:42 PM

Re: “The Strange Life, Times of Tom Luna

"If you search the Idaho Statesman archives, everything between 2007 and 2012 on Tom Luna is missing. Just adding that to the mix." -- Commenter "cwech" on my Daily Kos blog:…

Posted by Michael Strickland on 09/13/2014 at 4:29 PM

Re: “Trojan Horse

Ms. Sabala:

Why do you continue to post here and in other electronic venues, including the Albertson Foundation funded "Idaho Education News," as if you are merely a concerned citizen, an average onlooker, and a typical soccer mom who happens to be surprisingly well-informed about both Northwest Professional Educators and the American Board of for Certification of Teacher Excellence?

Why are you so shy about revealing the fact that you are VICE PRESIDENT t of Northwest Public Educators and STATE COORDINATOR of the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence.

Don't hide your light under a bushel basket, Ms. Sabala. Idaho voters, taxpayers, parents, teachers, and a host of other people want you to step out into the spotlight, because they also want to make informed, thoughtful decisions about education in Idaho. They cannot do so if you continue to tout such organizations as Northwest Professional Educators and the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence without also making clear that you have a financial and professional interest in both organizations. To make the claims you've made without a disclaimer is intellectual dishonesty, and it strips you of any credibility you might've once had. Please, knock it off.

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Posted by Kevin S. Wilson on 09/14/2013 at 10:50 PM

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