Ada County Commission

Idaho is one of the fastest growing states in the country, with much of that growth occuring within the Treasure Valley. But how is the growth affecting those already settled in the area? Ada County Commissioner Diana Lachiondo is looking to explore public sentiment on the issue at a Thursday Oct. 16 event at Expo Idaho. She joins Idaho Matters to explain what she's hoping to accomplish during the discussions.

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This week the owners of Les Bois Park, Treasure Valley Racing, announced they were pulling out of their lease on the Garden City horse racing track. With voters saying “no” to electronic betting terminals that could’ve subsidized the facility, the future of the track is uncertain.


Democrat Diana Lachiondo edged out incumbent Republican Jim Tibbs for the District 1 seat on the Ada County Commission, the first commission term to have a majority of women on the board. Lachiondo joins us to parse out the mission of the new commission.

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Southwest Idaho officials approved the building of a private airstrip in the foothills north of Boise in a decision that will become final if not appealed within 15 days.

The Ada County Planning and Zoning Commission at a Thursday meeting gave Dean Hilde the OK to build the 1,200-foot landing strip on about 150 acres as well as a 3,600-square-foot hangar and shop.

If an appeal is filed, it will be heard by the Board of Ada County Commissioners, followed by another public hearing giving Hilde and the public a chance to speak. The decision by the board would be final.

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About 100 people showed up at a meeting Wednesday night to hear what caused an east Boise dam to malfunction in February, and what steps are being taken to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

Part of the Boise River was reduced to nearly a trickle for about eight hours overnight on February 4 when a power grid fluctuation caused the Barber Dam to shut down. Ada County owns the dam, but leases the hydroelectric plant to Enel Green Power.

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The public will have the chance to talk with elected officials about a power outage that caused the Boise River to dry up earlier this year. The Ada County Commission is holding a meeting on May 27 to discuss the accidental dewatering.

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Ada County Commissioner Jim Tibbs is recovering from heart bypass surgery.

According to a press release Friday, Tibbs was at a previously scheduled doctor's appointment on Tuesday. He told his doctor he was experiencing indigestion.

"Upon completion of medical tests, he was promptly admitted to the Boise Veteran's Hospital for observation, and has since been admitted to a local hospital where he underwent bypass surgery. The Tibbs family thanks everyone for their support as Jim rests on his way to a speedy recovery." -- Ada County

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The board of Ada County commissioners voted unanimously to end the contract with Dynamis Energy this morning. The decision releases both the county and the Eagle-based company from any potential legal action, and means the county’s $2 million loan to the company will not be repaid.  

The vote came after more than two years of public outcry over the proposed waste-to-energy plant at the county’s landfill.

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The Ada County Commission announced it intends to end a deal with Eagle-based Dynamis Energy.

Nearly three years ago, the County contracted with Dynamis to build a waste-to-energy processing plant. The company received a $2 million loan from Ada County to create site specific plans.

But the project quickly turned controversial when citizens started raising environmental concerns. Karen Danley was among them.

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For the first time, Ada County residents Thursday night had the opportunity to speak at a public hearing on the controversial waste-to-energy plant proposed by Dynamis Energy for the county landfill. More than 200 people attended the hearing at the county courthouse.

The county’s planning and zoning commission heard testimony from more than 20 people.  All were against the project.  Karen Knudsen questioned the process county commissioners have used to this point.  She called for the resignation of commissioners Sharon Ullman and Rick Yzaguirre.

Voters in Idaho’s largest county tomorrow will pick two Ada County Commissioners. Republican Dave Case, who was appointed to fill a vacancy on the board this spring, is running against Democrat Tom Howell in District Three.  Jon Howard is the third candidate running in District 3. 

Democrat Larry Rincover and Republican Jim Tibbs are running for the District One seat.

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Another month has passed with few real developments in the proposed construction of a new waste-to-energy plant at the Ada County landfill. 

Ada County commissioners first agreed to the contract with Eagle-based Dynamis Energy two years ago.  The county would pay $2 million to Dynamis to develop plans for a facility that would burn trash and tires to create electricity.  Dynamis would later buy those plans back. 

Ada County Commissioners say they'll hold the line on the budget.  The 2012-2013 proposed budget will be up for public comment tonight.  Every year, the three commissioners have the option to levy a three percent tax increase on current property owners in the county.