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Eye On Boise archive for Dec. 8, 2010

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 8, 2010







Rammell charged with poaching

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Former Idaho gubernatorial candidate Rex Rammell has been charged with poaching an elk in eastern Idaho. Bonneville County Prosecutor Bruce Pickett says the Idaho Falls man was charged Tuesday with misdemeanor possession…

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Attorney Natalie Havlina of Advocates for the west, standing at right, questions ITD District Engineer Jim Carpenter, left, at a contested-case hearing in Boise on Wednesday. (Betsy Russell)

Opponents call Lewiston district engineer

The intervenors have now called their next witness, James Carpenter, ITD's district engineer in Lewiston. Carpenter told attorney Natalie Havlina that when he attended a meeting in Kooskia about ExxonMobil's proposed megaloads, he was asked about traffic delays. "My response was that I was unaware…

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ITD didn't solicit public comments on megaloads

ITD public involvement coordinator Adam Rush, under questioning from attorney Natalie Havlina, confirmed that ITD received a petition over the summer opposing the megaloads with signatures from about 3,000 people, opposing the granting of permits to ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips or any other corporation "to transport massively…

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Crowd grows restive at megaloads hearing 

As attorney Laird Lucas continued cross-examining ITD motor vehicles administrator Alan Frew, he noted that Frew, in his memorandum of decision, described public comments the department received as "subjective and hypothetical concerns," and asked whether he'd reviewed the chances of an accident. Frew said there…

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ITD: Frequent passing means every 15 minutes

There's been lots of sparring over how an ITD regulation says over-legal loads shouldn't block traffic for more than 10 minutes, but ITD used a 15-minute delay standard in issuing the ConocoPhillips megaloads permits. Alan Frew, ITD's motor vehicle administrator, said his interpretation is that…

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Megaloads hearing goes on noon break

The ConocoPhillips megaloads hearing has gone on a break for lunch; it'll be back in one hour at 1 p.m. Boise time, at which time cross-examination of the second witness of the day, Idaho DMV chief Alan Frew, will begin. (Note: The time stamps on…

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ITD: 'Scenic nature' of route not a factor

Alan Frew, ITD motor vehicles chief, said, "In my experience, there is nothing 100 percent safe on the highway. We checked and rechecked to make sure we were reasonably sure that these loads could move safely." Asked if he received public comments about the planned…

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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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