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Sept. 15, 2017: What to Know


  • Yet another inmate has escaped from the minimum-security tent facility at the Ada County Jail, KTVB reports. Eric Garcia, 37, of Caldwell, left the tent jail Wednesday morning after cutting through siding in the shower and climbing over a razor wire-topped 10-foot fence. Caldwell Police Department officers and Canyon County Sheriff's deputies detained Garcia at approximately 11:15 a.m. the same morning. The facility has been plagued with escape attempts, with eight inmates breaking out in six separate incidents in 2016. Canyon County Sheriff Kieran Donahue has called for a new jail.

  • Another terror attack took place in London Friday morning, this time in the crowded London Underground, the BBC reports. Though there have been no deaths related to the attack, 22 people have been treated for injuries—mostly burns—at local hospitals, and eight have been discharged already. In the wake of the attack, President Donald Trump tweeted twice, starting with, "Another attack in London by a loser terrorist. These are sick and demented people who were in the sights of Scotland Yard. Must be proactive!" This prompted a rebuke from British Prime Minister Theresa May, who said in a public statement: "I never think it's helpful for anybody to speculate on what is an ongoing investigation."

  • Days after the Boise City Council decided to offer voters a change to its open spaces levy, the Boise Department of Parks & Recreation announced a significant chunk of remaining funds may go toward the purchase of property in the Boise Foothills. The parcel consists of 25 acres above the Barber Valley, and is expected to cost approximately $400,000. It currently belongs to Joe Ramaker and Missy Olson. The Boise City Council will discuss whether to contribute $100,120 toward the purchase of the land at its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday, Sept. 19. The remainder of the funds have been raised by private donors, nonprofits and the Barber Valley Neighborhood Association.

    Currently, $645,000 remains in the 2001 open space levy fund, and a 2015 supplemental levy that would raise an additional $10 million over two years was passed by voters by an overwhelming majority. That money was expected to be raised during Fiscal Years 2017 and 2018, but due to a clerical error, no funds were raised during Fiscal Year 2017. At its Sept. 13 meeting, the Boise City Council voted to put a measure on the November ballot that would allow the city to levy the remaining funds during Fiscal Year 2019.

    Boise City Council members took responsibility for the problem, and heard from staff and independent auditors about actions that can be taken to prevent similar mishaps from taking place in the future, including internal improvements and collaboration with the Idaho State Tax Commission.

    "This is awful, frankly," said Boise Mayor Dave Bieter. "It's a large error." Offering a change to the levy period on the ballot, he said, was the "cleanest, surest way" to salvage fundraising for open spaces and ensure the transparency of the process.

    Other members of the council reiterated their support of the levy, saying it would preserve essential aspects of the city.

    "The open space levy is a really important part of our city," said Council President Pro Tem Lauren McLean.