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Senate advances bills to preserve Montana creek, rename peak

BILLINGS, Mont. – The U.S. Senate has approved measures to protect a creek that flows through south-central Montana and to rename a peak in the southwestern portion of the state. The bills approved Wednesday had backing from Montana’s two U.S. senators – Democrat Jon Tester and Republican Steve Daines.

Forest Service calls off N. Idaho salvage logging project after lawsuit

The U.S. Forest Service has rescinded a decision approving a salvage logging project in northern Idaho along two wild and scenic rivers after a federal judge halted the plan at the request of two environmental groups. The Lewiston Tribune reports that Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest...

GE subsidiary gives up megaload battle

LEWISTON, Idaho — A General Electric Co. subsidiary has given up its legal fight to haul the second of two huge loads of water purification equipment through the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest and will find another way to get the equipment to the Canadian oil fields.

Agency shuts down U.S. 12 to megaloads

BOISE – Federal forest administrators issued a closure order Wednesday for a section of U.S. Highway 12 through north-central Idaho that for now suspends all future trucking of big and wide loads. The order, signed by Faye Krueger, regional forester of the Northern Region, targets a 100-mile stretch of the roadway that passes through the Lochsa-Clearwater Wild and Scenic River corridor.

New oversize load waits for U.S. 12 approval

The controversy over shipping oversize loads to Alberta’s oil patch through an Idaho river corridor took another turn last week. Two giant water-purification units arrived at the Port of Wilma in Clarkston, but it remains unclear when, or if, the equipment will get clearance to travel through Idaho on U.S. Highway 12.

More megaloads possible for Inland NW roads

Imperial Oil approved an expansion for its processing plant under construction in the Kearl Oil Sands in Alberta, Canada. The move raises the possibility of additional megaloads on north central Idaho’s roads, even though many of the details of the project are still being hammered out.