A proposed bike-share program in Boise is struggling to get funding. The Central District Health Department (CDHD) made a presentation to the Boise City Council this week, but members were non-committal when it came to funding.
In its first two years, the program could cost around $650,000.
Fork, Brickyard, Berryhill – these are some of the restaurants Cece Gassner says have asked the city of Boise for permission to hire valets to park cars. Boise’s City Council takes a first look Tuesday at an ordinance to govern valet parking downtown. Gassner is an economic development assistant to Boise’s mayor. She says Boise wants to establish some ground rules.
U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) said today he’s frustrated with the gridlock in Washington. Decisions on the nation’s budget, debt, taxes, and other major issues have been put off repeatedly.
Crapo believes these issues won’t be resolved until after the November elections. He says, "Unfortunately, I don’t think any of the major things that we need to do will happen with the possible exception of a farm bill, on which we are developing some bipartisan support, and, hopefully, a transportation bill."
Beginning this summer, texting will be illegal for drivers across all three Northwest states. Idaho Governor Butch Otter signed a bill last week that outlaws texting while driving on Idaho roads. But in the age of the smartphone, text messages aren’t the only distraction on the tiny screen.
If you can’t text then all three states say it’s pretty clear that means you can’t send email in traffic either, or, for that matter, surf the web. And there are already laws on the books that ban watching TV while driving, so that means YouTube is out.
Gas prices in Idaho continue to climb, so people are looking at other ways to commute. They walk, bike, bus, or take a public van. Ada County Highway District runs one of the oldest vanpool programs in the nation. Commuteride started in the 1970s.