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Eye On Boise archive for April 27, 2011


Test megaload stalls again, this time due to snow 

The Imperial Oil/ExxonMobil "test module" that's demonstrating how the biggest megaloads will fare on U.S. Highway 12 won't travel tonight after all, ITD has announced, because forecasts call for snow near Lolo Pass. Weather permitting, the giant load, now stopped just short of the pass…

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First day of murder-for-hire trial a doozy 

The first day of the Edgar Steele murder-for-hire trial in federal court today was a doozy. After opening arguments, initial witnesses included Larry Fairfax, the hit man-turned-FBI-informant, who told the court, "Mr. Steele was getting agitated, and he said if i didn't take care of…

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Alan Frew, motor vehicle administrator for the Idaho Transportation Department, answers questions from ITD attorney Tim Thomas at a contested-case hearing Wednesday on proposed megaloads on U.S. Highway 12. (Betsy Russell)

Frew takes stand at megaloads hearing 

Alan Frew, motor vehicle administrator for the Idaho Transportation Department, has been called to testify at today's contested-case hearing on the proposed Imperial Oil/ExxonMobil megaloads on U.S. Highway 12. Frew is the one who signed off on the memorandum of decision to grant the permits.…

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Steele trial revs up in federal court

There's pretty wild stuff coming out in federal court in Boise today at the Edgar Steele murder-for-hire trial; you can read about it at S-R reporter Meghann Cuniff's "Sirens and Gavels" blog here. In federal prosecutor Marc Haws' opening argument, he told the jury it'll…

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Results of tree-trimming to accommodate megaloads on U.S. Highway 12 (Courtesy photo / Idaho Rivers United)

Of power outages and tree-trimming... 

Asked about the incident in which the ExxonMobil "test module" for its megaloads transport knocked out power to two Idaho towns, ITD District 2 maintenance engineer Doral Hoff said the load immediately was pulled over at a nearby turnout and the road was closed. "We…

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Test megaload traveled 100+ miles last night

After a two-week delay, the "test module" for Imperial Oil/ExxonMobil's giant loads of oil equipment traveled more than 100 miles on U.S. Highway 12 in north-central Idaho last night, ITD reports, and reached a chain-up area near the Idaho-Montana border. The megaload arrived at milepost…

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