First a Picnic, Then Some Politics


Flaggers are set to help manage Idaho Highway 55 Monday afternoon and Idaho State Police will dial up enforcement as motorists inch their way back home after the long holiday weekend.

All public schools, including Boise State, remain closed this Labor Day. Also, city, county, state and federal offices are dark. Trash collection will be delayed by one day for the remainder of the week and ValleyRide buses are not running.

Meanwhile, the Boise Central Labor Council will hold its annual Labor Day picnic Monday afternoon in Boise's Municipal Park. Labor leaders, community advocates and political candidates will all be out in force.

And speaking of politics, the fall election season will jump-start early Tuesday morning when the polls will open at schools throughout Boise, where voters will select three Boise school board candidates.

Vying for one two-year term are marketing consultant and former Idaho legislator Brian Cronin and Travis Jones, executive director of the Idaho Grain Producers Association. Voters will select from a slate of five to fill two other, six-year terms. They include two incumbents: Nancy Gregory and Doug Park, and three challengers: John Hruby, Anthony Shallat and Grant Walden.

But the election of Boise school board trustees has seen very light voter turnouts in recent years. In 2012, the polls were dark because only three candidates vied for three seats. Looking back to 2010, approximately 1,500 voters showed up for that trustee election and about 1,100 showed up in 2008, representing 1.5 percent (in 2010) and 1 percent (2008) of registered voters.

Polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday.