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Eye On Boise archive for Aug. 16, 2010

MONDAY, AUG. 16, 2010

ITD was about to issue Conoco permits 

The Idaho Transportation Department was poised to issue four oversize permits to ConocoPhillips for mammoth shipments on U.S. Highway 12 tomorrow, but now will hold off due to the filing of a lawsuit in 2nd District Court in Grangeville today by local residents seeking to…

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Otter calls for $10M bond on huge shipments 

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has decided to require a $10 million bond from both ConocoPhillips and Imperial Oil/ExxonMobil for their huge, oversize shipments of oil equipment over Idaho's scenic Highway 12 corridor along the Lochsa and Clearwater rivers. "We have asked for and the companies…

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Idaho will apply for fed school aid

Idaho will qualify for $51.6 million in aid to its hard-hit public schools under the new federal jobs bill, and Gov. Butch Otter has announced that he'll apply for the money, a decision welcomed by state schools Supt. Tom Luna. Click below to read Otter's…

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F&G Commission: 'Pursue all options'

Fish & Game commissioners have approved a resolution to call for an appeal of the federal court decision putting wolves back on the endangered species list; calling for working with the governor and Idaho's congressional delegation on legislation addressing the issue; pursuing all available management…

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FWS to Idaho: 'We're in this with you'

Robin Thorson, regional director of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, closed her presentation to Idaho's Fish & Game Commission on wolves today with this comment: "It's not just words. We are in this with you, until you're back to delisting - you earned it."

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Residents sue to block huge truck shipments

Here's a news item from The Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Three Idaho residents are asking a state judge to block the first wave of oversized shipments of oil equipment planned along scenic U.S. Highway 12 in northern Idaho. The lawsuit filed Monday seeks…

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U.S. FWS to add Boise employee on wolves

Idaho Fish & Game Commission Chairman Wayne Wright said on wolves, "Idaho's plan didn't fail, but yet the process did fail us." He questioned whether the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service bore some "responsibility" or "culpability" for that. Robin Thorson, FWS regional director, said the…

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No decision yet on possible wolf appeal

Idaho Fish & Game Commissioner Tony McDermott of Sagle said he's been hearing from "frustrated sportsmen," and he told Fish & Wildlife Service Regional Director Robin Thorson, "I'm not sure your federal rule failed, I think it was maybe the federal justice system and one…

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Fish & Game opens wolf meeting

Idaho's Fish & Game Commission was supposed to meet today to set wolf-hunting seasons, but since a federal judge re-listed wolves on the endangered species list, that's off the table; instead, the commission's agenda at its Idaho Falls meeting today includes a proposal to kill…

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