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Idaho Blogs: A Weighty Issue For Otter

The shipments controversy exposes some of Otter’s potential weaknesses. An uninspiring record on environmental issues. A cozy relationship with business, such as the trucking industry. It also plays into one of Democratic challenger Keith Allred’s recurring themes — the suggestion that Otter makes snap decisions without vetting things out. Allred didn’t take a position for or against the shipments at a recent town hall meeting in Boise, but has criticized Otter for consulting only with shipping supporters/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: On a scale of 1 to 10, how much concern do you think Gov. Butch Otter has for the environment?

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 is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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