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Megaload lawsuit betweeen Forest Service, environmental groups settled

Environmental groups, the Nez Perce Tribe and the U.S. Forest Service have agreed to a settlement in a lawsuit over huge “megaload” shipments. Shipments of the very large truck loads have been on hold along a 100-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 12 between Lewiston, Idaho and the Montana border.

ITD sets hearing on Highway 12 megaload rules

Three years after a court ruling blocked pending “megaload” shipments from using the scenic U.S. Highway 12 river corridor in north-central Idaho, the Idaho Transportation Department is looking to update its rules governing such oversized shipments, the...

Eye on Boise: McMillan ‘grateful’ for House ethics review

North Idaho Rep. Shannon McMillan says she’s grateful for the process in which the House Ethics Committee decided to not take any formal action against her for failing to disclose a conflict of interest before voting against a bill. McMillan, R-Silverton, cast one of just two votes in the House against HB 510, which would remove a special exemption dating back to 1939 that protects elected officials and legislators from having their wages garnished due to state court judgments. She didn’t disclose that she faces numerous court judgments, including at least one in which garnishing of her legislative wages was blocked because of the special exemption. House ethics rules require such disclosures.

441-foot-long megaloads bound for Montana through CdA

At the east end of Coeur d’Alene, bald eagles swoop and dive over the lake as excited onlookers snap pictures or watch with spotting scopes, and others stroll by on the Centennial Trail with their dogs, enjoying the winter wildlife show. This is where a temporary onramp will be constructed to allow three giant, Montana-bound megaloads of oil refinery equipment to complete their roundabout journey through the area in January and February and trundle back onto Interstate 90 on the far side of the tall stretch of Veterans Memorial Bridge. On Thursday night, more than 50 people turned out for a public meeting about the hauls, with questions about everything from safety to fisheries.

Interstate 90 at CdA could close for megaloads

BOISE – Interstate 90 through Coeur d’Alene could be closed for brief periods to allow megaloads of oil field equipment to pass through on their way to Canada. The Idaho Transportation Department is inviting the public to a meeting Thursday in Coeur d’Alene to discuss widening an on-ramp and brief, temporary closures of I-90 at Sherman Avenue that would be required to accommodate the three megaloads.