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Eye On Boise archive for Jan. 1, 2010


Barricades and byways...

A provision in the ConocoPhillips permits that allows the company to barricade highway turnouts on U.S. Highway 12 24 hours in advance of when its megaloads would need to pull off in them has come up in today's hearing. Laird Lucas, attorney for the megaloads…

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Attorneys mill about before the start of the contest-case hearing in Boise on Wednesday on giant mega-loads proposed for U.S. Highway 12 in north-central Idaho. (Betsy Russell)

Short break, then witnesses...

This morning's contested-case hearing in the ConocoPhillips megaloads case has paused for a 10-minute break after opening statements, after which ITD will begin presenting its case in chief. Its first witness will be ITD staffer Reymundo Rodriguez. Here, attorneys from all sides mill about before…

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ConocoPhillips: 'ITD did exactly what it should'

ConocoPhillips attorney Erik Stidham said in his opening statement, "ConocoPhillips believes strongly that the process worked exactly as it should in this case. ConocoPhillips has a specific need for these permits." He said the Billings refinery has giant coker drums that are "at the end…

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Opponents: ITD 'brushed aside' objections

Natalie Havlina, attorney with Advocates for the West, is giving the opening statement for the opponents of the megaloads. "What is reasonable under these circumstances depends on what is appropriate and isn't for this particular road," she said. "This particular road is a scenic byway,…

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There's a full house for the contested-case hearing in Boise on Wednesday on proposed megaloads on Highway 12 (Betsy Russell)

Full house for megaloads hearing

There's quite a full house this morning for the contested-case hearing on the four ConocoPhillips megaloads proposed for U.S. Highway 12 in north-central Idaho. With all seats taken, there are now more being set up in the back of the room.

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Susan Bennion dies at age 65

Susan Bennion, the longtime Idaho legislative analyst, redistricting whiz and consummate professional in the political world of the state Capitol has died of cancer at the age of 65. She worked for the state Legislature for more than three decades and retired in 2005. Funeral…

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TUESDAY, DEC. 7, 2010

Otter on wolves: Negotiations still on

Here is a statement from Jon Hanian, press secretary for Gov. Butch Otter, on the wolf de-listing negotiations between Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and the U.S. Secretary of the Interior:“The Governor was encouraged to hear that Secretary Salazar continues to share our belief that wolves are…

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PERSI to postpone rate increase 

PERSI, the Public Employee Retirement System of Idaho, will postpone its contribution rate increase that had been scheduled for next July 1, based on the system's current strong funding position and the impact an increase would have on the budgets of public employers and employees…

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MONDAY, DEC. 6, 2010

Election flier hoax being investigated 

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) — A Republican who lost his bid for the Idaho Senate says religious mailers that were sent to Latah County voters and appeared to carry his endorsement may have cost him the election. Gresham…

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Rex Rammell's tale 

After being caught last week dragging an illegally shot elk behind his snowmobile, former political candidate Rex Rammell has released an op-ed piece claiming he was misled by a sporting goods store that sold him an elk tag and that state Fish & Game wardens…

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