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Sat., Aug. 14, 2010, 6:15 a.m.

Monster Loads To Move On Scenic Road

Item: Wide, wide loads opposed: Huge oil equipment to move along scenic Idaho highway/Betsy Russell, Spokesman-Review

More Info: A scenic Idaho river canyon dotted with campgrounds, hiking trails and historic sites could become the thoroughfare for hundreds of mammoth truck shipments of Korean-built equipment for the Alberta oil sands project in Canada – a prospect that’s raising an outcry from residents, recreationists and tourist businesses along the route. But the project’s biggest booster is Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, who welcomed it long before locals heard about it. Otter says it’ll be done right, but critics aren’t convinced and are concerned about Otter’s handling of the issue.

Question: Is Butch Otter compromising the important tourist industry in the Clearwater/Lochsa river canyon by allowing this huge shipments on Highway 12?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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