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Fri., Nov. 19, 2010, 8:11 a.m.

Clark: ‘I know the river, I know the highway’

Merlyn Clark, hearing officer for ITD megaloads hearing (Betsy Russell)
Merlyn Clark, hearing officer for ITD megaloads hearing (Betsy Russell)

Hearing officer Merlyn Clark began by reading the letter from ITD Director Brian Ness laying out the issues for today's mega-loads hearing. He then notified all present that he practiced law in Lewiston from 1964 to 1979, working for a firm that represented the Port of Lewiston. He also is very familiar with the U.S. Highway 12 and the rivers that run along it; "I have probably fished just about every inch of it," he said. His wife's family owned a cabin along the route on Wilson Creek. "We sold that cabin 30 years ago when I moved to Boise. But I am familiar w/the highway," Clark said. "I don't think any of this information prejudices me or biases me from being neutral today. ... I know the river, I know the highway."




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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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