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Eye On Boise archive for May 2011

TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2011

Montana court hearing focuses on megaloads

A three-day court hearing kicked off in Missoula yesterday on a possible injunction to block construction of numerous new turnouts and other roadwork to allow Imperial Oil/ExxonMobil megaloads to pass through Montana. Among those testifying was Steve Seninger, a University of Montana economist who said…

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MONDAY, MAY 16, 2011

Luna, teachers tussle over political activity warning

State Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna is warning Idaho teachers they could lose their certification if they participate in recall efforts against him or a referendum effort to repeal his school reform legislation or engage in other political activities on school grounds. Idaho Education Association…

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Six to receive Idaho Medal of Honor

It was an evening last June when an EMS crew from the Coeur d'Alene Fire Department was dispatched to a scene where a vehicle had crashed into a home. Firefighters Nathan Hyder and Dylan Clark found a truck crashed into the garage, its wheels still…

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Rain on a window turns the Boise spring landscape into something like an impressionist painting; Idaho precipitation is well above normal this spring and keeps coming. (Betsy Russell)

Water, water, everywhere...

There's even some snow mixed in this morning here in the Boise foothills, in this spring that still doesn't seem to have sprung. Here, the rain on my window yesterday afternoon turned the green Boise spring landscape into an impressionist painting. According to the Natural…

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SUNDAY, MAY 15, 2011

FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2011

THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2011

Mullan 'Capital for a Day' reset for May 25

Gov. Butch Otter's "Capital for a Day" event in Mullan, postponed last month after an accident at the Lucky Friday Mine that prompted an urgent but ultimately unsuccessful rescue effort and left a miner dead, has been rescheduled for May 25. “The people of Mullan…

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Census: North Idaho population aging

North Idaho is aging faster than the rest of the state, numbers released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau show. The median age in each of Idaho’s five northern counties rose much more over the past 10 years than did the statewide average; in…

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Pro-megaloads group decries opposition 

A business group backing megaloads on Highway 12 in Idaho is decrying the megaloads opponents' arguments as "littler more than unverifiable claims and personal opinions." Alex LaBeau, president of the Association of Commerce and Industry and a member of the group "Drive Our Economy," said…

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Megaloads debate continues...

Here's a link to my full story at on the wrapup today of testimony in the megaloads contested-case hearing, after three weeks; a decision is due in June. Tonight, company and ITD officials will be in Moscow, Idaho for a public meeting on the…

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ExxonMobil: 'We eagerly await the judge's decision'

Cynthia Bergman White, spokeswoman for ExxonMobil, issued this statement after the close of testimony in the megaloads hearing today: "The hearing process further demonstrated the years of careful planning and steps taken to ensure these loads can be transported safely and with minimal disruption to…

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Retired Idaho District Judge Duff McKee, at left, presides over the contested case hearing on proposed megaloads on Highway 12 on Wednesday; testifying is traffic engineer Pat Dobie. (Betsy Russell)

Megaloads hearing takes back up...

The contested-case hearing on Imperial Oil/ExxonMobil's proposed megaloads on U.S. Highway 12 in north-central Idaho has taken back up this morning, with the megaloads opponents recalling their expert witness, Boise traffic engineer Pat Dobie, as a rebuttal witness. Asked about testimony from ITD officials that…

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