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  • FBI contact unwarranted, environmental activists say

    Helen Yost found the text message unsettling. “I need to speak with you,” it said. “Please give me a call. I am an FBI agent.”


  • 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 …


  • 441-foot-long megaloads bound for Montana through CdA

    At the east end of Coeur d’Alene, bald eagles swoop and dive over the lake as excited onlookers snap pictures or watch with spotting scopes, and others stroll by on …


  • Interstate 90 at CdA could close for megaloads

    BOISE – Interstate 90 through Coeur d’Alene could be closed for brief periods to allow megaloads of oil field equipment to pass through on their way to Canada. The Idaho …


  • GE subsidiary gives up megaload battle

    LEWISTON, Idaho — A General Electric Co. subsidiary has given up its legal fight to haul the second of two huge loads of water purification equipment through the Nez Perce-Clearwater …


  • Eye on Boise: Idaho cabin land swaps stall

    BOISE – Three land exchanges designed to swap state-owned lakefront cabin sites for commercial property elsewhere were unexpectedly rejected by the Idaho State Land Board last week, after state lawmakers …


  • 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 …


  • Agency shuts down U.S. 12 to megaloads

    BOISE – Federal forest administrators issued a closure order Wednesday for a section of U.S. Highway 12 through north-central Idaho that for now suspends all future trucking of big and …


  • Megaloads not allowed through Idaho’s Nez Perce Reservation

    BOISE – Shipments of massive industrial equipment destined for the Alberta tar sands may not truck through the Nez Perce Reservation on a winding Idaho highway until a study of …


  • 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 …


  • Megaload ban could cost General Electric millions

    A subsidiary of the General Electric Co. could lose millions of dollars if megaload shipments are banned or even significantly delayed on U.S. Highway 12, according to court documents.


  • Federal lawsuit filed in megaloads dispute

    SYRINGA, Idaho — A Native American tribe and a conservation group have filed a joint suit in federal court to halt a massive shipment of oil field equipment that was …


  • Megaload draws Idaho protesters for 3rd night

    A plan to move massive shipments of oil field equipment along a winding, scenic northern Idaho highway has sparked rock-throwing protests as Native Americans and environmentalists continue to try to …


  • 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 …


  • Nez Perce ponder new megaload blockade

    More protests and human blockades by Nez Perce tribal members threaten to stall the shipment of massive oil field equipment - called a megaload - across U.S. Highway 12 in …


  • Nez Perce say they will stop U.S. 12 megaload

    Nez Perce leaders said late Monday night they intended to intercept a shipment of giant oil refinery equipment as it reached the reservation boundary east of Lewiston en route along …


  • New oversize load waits for U.S. 12 approval

    The controversy over shipping oversize loads to Alberta’s oil patch through an Idaho river corridor took another turn last week. Two giant water-purification units arrived at the Port of Wilma …


  • 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 …


  • U.S. Forest Service opposes Idaho megaload application

    LEWISTON – 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 North …


  • Environmentalists win megaload challenge

    BOISE – A federal judge has ruled that the U.S. Forest Service had the authority two years ago to intervene in Idaho’s decision to permit a series of massive shipments …


  • 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 …


  • More megaloads possible for Inland NW roads

    Imperial Oil approved an expansion for its processing plant under construction in the Kearl Oil Sands in Alberta, Canada. The move raises the possibility of additional megaloads on north central …


  • 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 …


  • Exxon subsidiary applies for new ‘megaload’ route

    Imperial Oil has applied to the Montana Department of Transportation for permits to transport about 300 smaller versions of the so-called megaloads to Alberta via interstates 90 and 15, transportation …


  • 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 …

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