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ITD adopts new megaload rules for scenic Highway 12, despite federal court injunction

The Idaho Transportation Board has unanimously adopted new rules for megaloads on scenic Highway 12 in north-central Idaho, though a federal court injunction against such loads remains in effect and …


Eye on Boise: McMillan ‘grateful’ for House ethics review

North Idaho Rep. Shannon McMillan says she’s grateful for the process in which the House Ethics Committee decided to not take any formal action against her for failing to disclose …


Highway 12 megaload injunction upheld by judge

BOISE – A ban on megaload shipments across a scenic stretch of U.S. Highway 12 will remain in effect after a federal judge denied motions to lift it filed by …


Federal judge to rule on megaloads by Friday

BOISE – Nez Perce tribal leaders urged a federal judge Monday to halt shipments of giant oil-field equipment across their reservation en route to Canada’s tar sands – even as …


Residents back, U.S. 12 reopens near Lolo fire

LOLO, Mont. – Fire managers at the Lolo Creek Complex of fires near the town of Lolo have reopened U.S. Highway 12 and allowed residents to return to about 250 …


Tribe megaload protest still on

The chairman of the Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee said Wednesday that blockade efforts will continue to slow passage of a 322-ton megaload truck carrying oil refinery equipment through its …


Megaload protesters assemble again near Lewiston

LEWISTON – With car headlights casting their shadows against a wall of the Clearwater River Valley on Nez Perce lands Tuesday night, protesters once again gathered in an attempt to …


Forest Service rejects Highway 12 megaloads

The U.S. Forest Service has told the Idaho Department of Transportation it can’t support an application for a massive shipment to move on U.S. Highway 12 across northern Idaho and …


Eye on Boise: Otter backs state’s flip-flop on sale of Five Wives vodka

BOISE – As the brouhaha dies down over Idaho’s initial rejection, then change of heart on allowing Five Wives vodka to be sold in the state – despite concerns that …


Oil company backs off plan to use U.S. 12 for megaloads

HELENA – An ExxonMobil subsidiary has stepped back from plans to haul oversized oil refinery equipment to Canada along scenic two-lane highways in Idaho and Montana. Imperial Oil has applied …


Huge loads to take detour on Third

A series of superloads coming through Spokane will travel down a portion of Third Avenue during the next several months because they don’t fit under a bridge over Interstate 90. …


Idaho won’t require escorts for oversized loads to mill

BOISE – The first oversized load hauled by the Nickel Bros. on scenic Highway 12 in north-central Idaho traveled without any state police escorts, and the Idaho Transportation Department now …


ITD drops police escort rule for megaloads

The first Nickel Bros. megaload on scenic Highway 12 in north-central Idaho, which crossed into Montana late Monday night, traveled without any state police escorts – and the Idaho Transportation …


Idaho issues permit for pulp mill megaload

BOISE – The Idaho Transportation Department announced late Wednesday that it had issued a permit for Nickel Bros. transportation company to take its first megaload across U.S. Highway 12 in …


ITD lets Highway 12 megaload roll tonight

The Idaho Transportation Department announced shortly before 5 p.m. today that it had issued a permit for Nickel Bros. transportation company to take its first megaload across U.S. Highway 12 …


Hearings denied on pulp mill megaloads

BOISE – Idaho’s transportation director refused Friday to allow hearings that could delay a new proposal to send megaloads of equipment across scenic U.S. Highway 12 in north-central Idaho. Several …


ITD says no hearings on new megaloads proposal

Idaho’s transportation director refused Friday to allow hearings that could delay a new proposal to send megaloads of equipment across scenic U.S. Highway 12 in north-central Idaho, including several wide …


Idaho OKs Exxon loads on Hwy. 12

BOISE — The Idaho Transportation Department issued a final order allowing Exxon Mobil to transport oversized oil equipment on U.S. Highway 12 through north central Idaho. ITD director Brian Ness …


Company plans to resize, reroute megaloads through Spokane

Imperial Oil/ExxonMobil on Monday announced a new route for the company’s Canada-bound, Korean-made oil field equipment: right through Spokane on U.S. Highway 395 and Interstate 90. ExxonMobil’s initial plan to …


Mini-megaloads could rumble through Spokane

Imperial Oil/ExxonMobil has announced that some of its controversial megaloads, instead of traveling a scenic route in Idaho, may instead rumble through Spokane on U.S. Highway 395 and I-90.


Idaho megaload foes lose a round, vow more

Idaho hearing officer and retired district Judge Duff McKee today rejected a motion for reconsideration from opponents of megaloads of oil equipment traveling on U.S. Highway 12, but the opponents …


Montana man dies on Highway 12 in Idaho

A Hamilton, Mont. man died today when his car went over an embankment into the Clearwater River in Idaho.


Eye on Boise: Megaloads may take both route options

It’s possible that megaloads of oil equipment bound for the Kearl oil sands development in Canada could take both identified routes through Idaho – scenic U.S. Highway 12, where the …


Ruling favors megaloads

BOISE – More than 200 megaloads of Korean-made oil equipment bound for Canada should be given the go-ahead to roll across northern Idaho’s scenic U.S. Highway 12, an Idaho state …


Hearing officer recommends OK for megaloads

Retired Judge Duff McKee, a state hearing officer, has issued a 63-page ruling on the proposed Imperial Oil/ExxonMobil megaloads on Highway 12, recommending they be permitted.


Loads permitted for CdA

BOISE – The Idaho Transportation Department has issued the first two permits for modified megaloads of oil field equipment to travel up U.S. Highway 95 to Coeur d’Alene, then turn …


Modified megaloads to roll through CdA

The Idaho Transportation Department has issued the first two permits for modified megaloads of oil equipment to travel up U.S. Highway 95 from Lewiston to Coeur d’Alene, where they’ll turn …


ITD board drops 10-minute rule for future megaloads

BOISE – Idaho’s top transportation officials voted unanimously Thursday to eliminate the state’s 10-minute limit on traffic delays from oversized loads traveling Idaho roads, including megaloads. The Idaho Transportation Department …


ITD eases traffic-delay rules for megaloads

The Idaho Transportation Board has voted unanimously to eliminate the 10-minute limit on traffic delays from oversized loads traveling Idaho roads, including giant megaloads.


Mini-megaloads may enter CdA

After longer-than-expected delays on U.S. Highway 12 and opposition from area residents, huge oil equipment shipments traveling to Canada could be cut down in size and sent through Coeur d’Alene, …