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A Grieving Family, An Important Election and a Big Mine

Drilling into the big issues

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We're looking at another busy week in this edition of Boise Weekly. First, we check in with the family of Michael Casper, the 26-year-old man who was killed in an officer-involved shooting at his Boise Bench apartment in February.

The Ada County Critical Incident Task Force, Boise Police Department and Twin Falls County prosecutor have all finished investigations of the incident, concluding Casper's actions resulted in his own death, and the officer who fired on him did so to defend himself, other officers and the public.

Casper would have turned 27 on Oct. 14, and while the case is closed pending another report from the Boise Office of Police Oversight, his family is still struggling for closure. BW News Editor George Prentice talked to Casper's mother about how she's coping and the questions that continue to haunt her.

Elsewhere, we drill into two important matters appearing on the general election ballot Tuesday, Nov. 3: the Boise mayoral race and open space and clean water levy, respectively. As incumbent Mayor Dave Bieter vies for a historic fourth term, his challengers have had a job of staking out positions that not only differ from Bieter's but resonate with enough voters to unseat the popular mayor. Even this close to the election it's unclear what Seth Holden, a 25-year-old Boise State University junior, brings to the table. Judy Peavey-Derr, however, has made her positions on refugees and open spaces abundantly clear: refugees are a "blight," and the levy is a waste of money. She also contends Bieter's City Hall has forgotten about West Boise and senior citizens.

Finally, speaking of open spaces and clean water, BW staff writers Harrison Berry and Jessica Murri teamed up to produce a deeply reported profile of the biggest mining operation you've probably never heard of.

Canadian company CuMo Mining Corporation recently won approval to explore nearly 3,000 acres in the Boise National Forest for a possible mine operation that could be among the largest in North America.

Have a happy (and safe) Halloween, and don't forget to vote.