Yearly Archives: 2010

About 50 county elected officials are present for a meeting on Urban Renewal at the fall Idaho Association of Counties’ Conference. It seems that more and more county officials are unhappy our taxpayers are having to subsidize “urban renewal” within city limits, with no vote and no representation. I am […]

Urban Renewal

Western Idaho Fair We had a good ten-day run at the fair this year, although the weather was less than cooperative at times. The kids had fun feeding the animals at the petting zoo and riding the carnival rides, older kids had fun shopping and eating fair food, and young […]

Fair Update

At the bottom of this piece, I will share with you some of the comments people have posted on my latest blog piece about horse racing at Idaho Downs, which was formerly known as Les Bois Park. I find these comments interesting, in part because these are the people who […]


Yesterday, Brian WIlbur, the Director of the County’s Weed, Pest and Mosquito abatement districts brought a severe mosquito problem to our attention. The area hardest hit is bordered, approximately, by State Street on the north, about a mile west of Linder Road on the west, Chinden on the south, and […]

Severe Mosquito Problem in Eagle area

There was a lengthy Idaho Racing Commission meeting yesterday afternoon. This group has been stalled and has failed to take appropriate action for almost a year now to get horse racing back on track at Idaho Downs (formerly known as Les Bois Park). All it would take is a simple […]

Horse Racing In Brief

Today, we finalized the name for the county’s new waste-to-energy project: Ada Renewable Technology Industrial Complex or ARTIC. I’ve proposed we use a Mobius strip for the logo. It was not our intent for the acronym to be “arctic” with another “c” in it. We will likely revise the ordinance […]

Sneak Previews

On May 13, I had the pleasure of attending the Ada/Elmore RSVP – Retired Senior Volunteer Program – recognition luncheon at the Doubletree Riverside Hotel in Boise. Hundreds of seniors, and many of us more junior admirers, gathered to honor this group of energetic folks who give so much to […]


The Board of Ada County Commissioners recently passed a fireworks ban for those areas of the county outside of city limits AND outside of unincorporated Ada County. The news media is reporting that the ban affects all of unincorporated Ada County without clarifying that areas within rural fire districts are […]

Fireworks Facts

April revenues for the State of Idaho came in $55 Million lower than anticipated. How do we make ends meet in the state budget, without raising taxes, when revenues are drying up? On February 1, 2009, the Idaho Freedom Foundation’s Wayne Hoffman wrote, “An audit of the Idaho Transportation Department […]

How to Cut Government 101