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Eye On Boise archive for April 2011

MONDAY, APRIL 25, 2011

In this April 11, 2011 photo, activity around the Imperial Oil test module increases as crews prepare to depart from the Port of Lewiston in Lewiston, Idaho. The module, which is 250 feet long, 30 feet tall, 24 feet wide and weighs almost 500,000 pounds, will be the first of many the oil company hopes will travel the route on its way to the Kearl Oil Sands project in Alberta, Canada. (AP Photo/Lewiston Tribune / Kyle Mills)

Big loads, big issues... 

Here's a link to my full story at on the news from today's megaloads hearing, including ITD's contention that it wouldn't be "practical" to require the giant loads to be cut down and run on routes other than scenic, winding U.S. Highway 12 -…

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Megaloads hearing wraps up for the day

The megaloads contested-case hearing has wrapped up for the day, at 4:30 p.m. Boise time, and will take up again tomorrow morning at 9; ITD official Regina Phipps will continue her testimony then. The hearing is scheduled to last all week and possibly into next…

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Otter on Marek: 'A tragic loss'

Gov. Butch Otter has issued this statement in reaction to the recovery of the body of miner Larry "Pete" Marek, who had been missing for more than a week after a cave-in at the Lucky Friday Mine in North Idaho: “With the news of Mr.…

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Regina Phipps, vehicle size and weight specialist for the Idaho Transportation Department, testifies at a contested case hearing on Monday; Laird Lucas, right, attorney for megaloads opponents, is questioning her. (Betsy Russell)

Megaloads hearing examines precedent... 

Regina Phipps, vehicle size and weight specialist for the Idaho Transportation Department, is the next witness called at the contested case hearing on U.S. Highway 12 megaloads, which is scheduled to run all week and possibly into next week. Among the issues that have been…

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Brundage to extend skiing to May 15, a record

With the wintry conditions, Brundage Mountain got 3 inches of snow this morning and has announced it'll extend its "bonus" late-season weekend openings through May 15 - and maybe even further, if conditions warrant. “We have an extremely healthy snow base, and it actually continues…

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Megaloads contested case hearing opens Monday morning at the Idaho Transportation Department. Retired judge Duff McKee, second from left, is presiding as the hearing officer; the first witness is Ruth May, operator of a bed-and-breakfast on Highway 12; she's at right. (Betsy Russell)

Megaloads hearing opens...

The contested case hearing on the proposed 200-plus megaload shipments of oil equipment across U.S. Highway 12 in north-central Idaho has opened at the ITD headquarters this morning, with retired Judge Duff McKee, second from left, presiding as hearing examiner. The first witness is Ruth…

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Rusche: Otter veto 'prevented legal mayhem'

House Minority Leader John Rusche, D-Lewiston, a pediatrician, is praising GOP Gov. Butch Otter's veto of HB 298, the grandson-of-nullification bill on health care reform, saying, "Gov. Otter prevented legal mayhem - for that he is to be thanked." He has concerns, however, about the…

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FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 2011

Dems name redistricting commissioners

Idaho Democrats have announced their three appointments for the 2011 Redistricting Commission, a bipartisan citizen committee that will draw new legislative and congressional districts lines this summer for the next decade's worth of elections. Republicans haven't yet announced their three picks. The Dems' choices: Allen…

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Guv declares May 'Lupus Awareness Month'

May will be "Lupus Awareness Month" in Idaho, under a proclamation signed this morning by Gov. Butch Otter, to draw attention to what Otter called "an important public health issue." Sen. Joyce Broadsword, R-Sagle, said her 12-year-old granddaughter died of the disease in 2005, just…

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Federal judge steps down from prison lawsuit

U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill has agreed to step down from the lawsuit over conditions at a violence-ridding Idaho private prison at the request of the lockup's operator, Corrections Corp. of America, the Associated Press reports. Click below for a full report from AP…

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College tuition, fee hikes approved 

The Idaho State Board of Education has voted to approve, as requested, proposed tuition and fee increases from the state's four-year colleges and universities: 8.4 percent at the University of Idaho; 7 percent each at ISU and LCSC; and 5 percent at Boise State University.…

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Otter's veto message...

Here's a link to Gov. Butch Otter's veto message on HB 298, the final version of the "nullification" bill on the national health care reform law. "Even though I vetoed the bill today, I have issued an executive order ... prohibiting state agencies and departments…

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Otter vetoes final version of nullification bill

Gov. Butch Otter has vetoed HB 298, the final version of a much-debated legislative effort to "nullify" the federal health care reform law; the bill declared that Idaho wouldn't comply with discretionary provisions of the law for one year, made various declarations, and prohibited the…

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Newest state board member: Goesling, of Moscow

As the Idaho State Board of Education meets today to consider student tuition and fee increases at the state's colleges and universities, it has a new member: William H. Goesling of Moscow, a former Naval aviator and educator and retired financial consultant, has been named…

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