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Eye On Boise archive for Jan. 1, 2010

TUESDAY, NOV. 23, 2010

Cameron's not running for pro-tem

Sen. Dean Cameron, R-Rupert, isn't running for president pro-tem of the Senate. "From my perspective, either Bart Davis or Brent Hill would be an excellent choice for being pro-tem," Cameron said. "As long as those guys are considering running, then I'm in full support of…

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MONDAY, NOV. 22, 2010

Tamarack offer one of five

Today's new offer to buy Tamarack Resort for $40 million cash is one of five being considered by Jean-Pierre Boespflug, the French-born co-founder of the ski and golf resort, the Associated Press reports. "Obviously we're happy that they're interested," Boespflug said. The five include a…

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The race for pro-tem is on... 

The race is on for the Idaho Senate's top leadership post. Sen. Russ Fulcher, R-Meridian, already has notified other senators that he's running for Senate president pro-tem. Fulcher currently is the Senate majority caucus chair, the No. 4 position in the majority leadership; a commercial…

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Geddes won't seek another term as pro-tem 

Longtime Idaho Senate President Pro-Tem Bob Geddes has decided not to seek another term in the Senate's top leadership post, and his decision already has prompted two senators to seek the post - Sen. Russ Fulcher, R-Meridian, and Sen. Brent Hill, R-Rexburg.Geddes distributed an embargoed…

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New firm says it'll buy Tamarack

Green Valley Holdings has called a press conference for 10 a.m. today to announce its intent to purchase Tamarack Resort, the bankrupt Valley County ski and golf resort. Green Valley Holdings is a newly established limited liability company based in Boise and headed by Matthew…

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Boise awoke Monday to several inches of snow on the ground, after a weekend of snow falling but not sticking. (Betsy Russell)

Snow day in Boise...

It snowed all day yesterday in Boise without sticking, but today's a different story, as the city awoke to a fluffy white blanket of snow a couple of inches thick. It's the first driveway-shoveling day of the season, and for schoolkids, it's time for snowman-building…

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FRIDAY, NOV. 19, 2010

There was a big crowd at today's megaloads hearing at the Idaho Transportation Department. In the front row are the parties and attorneys; the audience behind includes more than 50 employees of ConocoPhillips' Billings refinery, who came on a bus to support the project and wore T-shirts touting it. (Betsy Russell)

Today's megaloads hearing...

Lawyers for opponents and backers of the first four mega-loads of oil equipment proposed to travel north-central Idaho's U.S. Highway 12 faced off in a crowded Idaho Transportation Department auditorium today, sparring over whether more hearings must be held before the four loads can roll;…

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Conoco hearing concludes, decision next week

The hearing has wrapped up on the ConocoPhillips megaloads and whether to allow opponents to intervene in the permit case. "I will take this matter under advisement," said hearing officer Merlyn Clark. "I will issue a decision before Thanksgiving, it will be a written recommendation…

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Conoco attorney: 'They're in a bind'

ConocoPhillips' Billings oil refinery is "intertwined with the Idaho economy and the Montana economy," Conoco attorney Erik Stidham said as he wrapped up his legal arguments. "There's no assurance that they will not have to have an unplanned stop if they are not allowed to…

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ConocoPhillips Billings refinery manager Steven Steach is at right, and to his right is Erik Stidham, attorney for ConocoPhillips. (Betsy Russell)

Conoco: 'Really is about politics' 

"Going back to what is really at issue here," ConocoPhillips attorney Erik Stidham told an ITD hearing officer this morning, "we're facing a situation that really is about politics and not about this refinery in Bilings."He displayed a protest website that referred to "Axles of…

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Conoco attorney: 'Plenty of safety precautions'

Erik Stidham, attorney for ConocoPhillips, has begun his arguments. "They want to talk about things beyond the four permits," he said of the opponents of the four ConocoPhillips megaloads, things "that don't relate to four shipments traveling in the middle of the night with plenty…

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'Believe they're going to set a precedent'

The hearing today on whether to allow full contested-case hearings on the four proposed ConocoPhillips megaloads on Highway 12 will focus just on those four loads, hearing officer Merlyn Clark warned. "I am limiting my scope of examination today to the four loads that are…

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Crowd at ITD hearing Friday on ConocoPhillips megaloads (Betsy Russell)

Big crowd for ITD hearing today 

Today is the day that an ITD hearing officer will hear arguments from all sides on the proposed four mega-loads of oil refinery equipment that ConocoPhillips wants to send across U.S. Highway 12 in north-central Idaho. ITD's auditorium is quite full; among the crowd are…

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