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Eye On Boise Idaho Transportation Department archive

MONDAY, SEPT. 30, 2013





Decision pending in megaloads case in federal court...

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A federal judge appeared sympathetic to an environmental group's contention that the U.S. Forest Service can intervene to protect U.S. Highway 12's scenic characteristics from impacts of giant oil-equipment shipments. U.S. District Judge...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 23, 2012

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MONDAY, JULY 16, 2012

Lowe: 'I'm very pleased'

Former Idaho Transportation Director Pam Lowe, contacted at her new job in Delaware, said of her settlement with the state of Idaho in her wrongful-firing lawsuit, "All I can tell you is this has been resolved, and I'm pleased with the resolution. ... I can't...

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ITD: Disappointed, will consider appeal 

The Idaho Transportation Department has issued the following statement on a federal judge's ruling over the weekend in favor of fired former ITD Director Pam Lowe: "The department is disappointed in the ruling and will consider an appeal. Based on this ruling, the next step...

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Lowe: 'It was McGee, and it was blackmail' 

"I am absolutely elated," fired former ITD Director Pam Lowe said this morning, after a federal judge sided with her over the weekend in a key ruling in her wrongful termination lawsuit. "It absolutely vindicated me and what I had been saying, and that is...

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MONDAY, JUNE 27, 2011

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 24, 2010

TUESDAY, NOV. 23, 2010

Members of Gov. Butch Otter's transportation funding task force listen to presentations at their final meeting on Tuesday. (Betsy Russell)

Lake: 'We chose a cautious way out'

Here's a link to my full story at on today's final recommendations from Gov. Butch Otter's transportation funding task force, which were 18 months in the making. House Tax Chairman Dennis Lake, R-Blackfoot, cast the only vote against the task force's final resolution. "I...

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Task force: 'Our work is done' 

The governor's transportation funding task force also has agreed to support a legislative task force's recommendation to permanently restore to the Idaho Department of Parks & Recreation the 3 percent share of gas taxes that it's long been receiving for trails, reflecting the amount of...

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Task force: 'We can't do it now'

Rather than come up with specific proposals to raise gas taxes, registration fees or other revenue sources, the governor's transportation funding task force has opted to simply send along a matrix it agreed to earlier in which it defined and prioritized the various ways the...

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No decisions yet, but plenty of disagreement 

No decisions yet. House Tax Chairman Dennis Lake, R-Blackfoot, noted that if Idaho were to raise its gas tax enough to fund the whole $540 million-plus need the governor's transportation funding task force has identified, "We'd be facing a 66 cent a gallon fuel tax...

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Little: 'Now things get more interesting'

The governor's transportation task force has been wordsmithing by committee various "whereas" clauses in its proposed resolution, on things like how funding for local highway jurisdictions should fit needs, rather than just follow a distribution formula. Some districts have dozens of bridges, for example, while...

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