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Eye On Boise Idaho Transportation Department archive

THURSDAY, NOV. 19, 2009

ITD names new director 

The Idaho Transportation Board has named Brian W. Ness, an administrator with the Michigan Department of Transportation, as its new director. Current acting director Scott Stokes will return to his position of deputy director in early January as Ness takes over. Click below to read...

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THURSDAY, NOV. 5, 2009

Pam Lowe, former Idaho Transportation Department director, is shown here outside her lawyer's office in Boise.  (Betsy Russell / The Spokesman-Review)

Pam Lowe: No choice but to sue 

Fired Idaho Transportation Director Pam Lowe is suing the state, after it never responded to her wrongful firing tort claim alleging sex discrimination, political cronyism and more. Her legal complaint includes explosive new allegations about political pressure, which the head of the Idaho Transportation Board...

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SUNDAY, JUNE 28, 2009

A political question? Or a factual one?

Idaho wants to know whether owners of heavy trucks and cars are paying their fair share for roads. A previous study on the subject suggested heavy trucks underpay and owners of cars and pickups pay too much in transportation fees and taxes. But problems with...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 23, 2009

MONDAY, JUNE 22, 2009

FRIDAY, MAY 29, 2009

Manning: 'Department is running pretty well' 

Idaho Transportation Board Director Darrell Manning declined to say what the board addressed in its closed session on personnel issues this morning, as rumors spread around the state that ITD Director Pam Lowe might be leaving the department. "I don't want to discuss anything like...

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Who Lowe is

Pam Lowe, director of the Idaho Transportation Department, is a professional engineer who was ITD's first female district engineer when she was named to that post in 2000. She first joined ITD in 1993 as a construction associate; became planning services manager in 1995 and...

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Special ITD board meeting, no action

The Idaho Transportation Board held a special meeting this morning for a closed-door executive session on "personnel issues," but when they emerged, they took no action. "The board had an executive session on personnel," said spokesman Jeff Stratten. "I do not sit in on those...

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THURSDAY, MAY 21, 2009

Teens can learn about space, aviation

Idaho teens ages 14 to 18 have until May 30 to apply to attend the Aviation Career Exploration (ACE) Academy, run by the Idaho Transportation Department's Division of Aeronautics. During the four-day academy, which runs from June 29 to July 2, the teens will get...

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FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2009

Idaho launches seat belt enforcement push 

Starting on Monday, more than 50 Idaho law enforcement agencies will launch a 14-day crackdown on seat belt usage, a push that will extend through the Memorial Day weekend. According to the Idaho Transportation Department, 105 Idahoans who weren't wearing their seat belts were killed...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 15, 2009

They picked up more than drunks

When Idaho law enforcement agencies put on a big push to target impaired drivers over the Thanksgiving holiday period, they actually came up with more other offenders. ITD reports that the Nov. 21-30 mobilization, funded by a federal grant, resulted in 314 DUI arrests over...

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