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  • Here They Come
  • Here They Come

    Spokane's mayor green-lights megaloads on city streets. Environmentalists cry foul.
      Oil spokesman Jon Hardin says trucks may only move through the neighborhood between 11 pm and 5 am. So far, about 10 of the 250 loads, which weigh 200,000 pounds and are over 16 feet tall, have come through town, escorted by the Washington State Patrol, Harding says.
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  • Roadblock
  • Roadblock

    The Idaho House says you need to pony up to sue over megaloads.
      The lawsuits don’t seem so frivolous to residents of central Idaho, who only found out about the transport of 264 proposed megaloads by accident — when power lines were being raised — even though oil companies had been discussing the issue with the state for the better part of two years.
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  • Munson's Legacy
  • Munson's Legacy

    Remembering a Founding Father of Spokane Valley. Plus, a trip to the White House.
      “He leaves the legacy of the city,” says Bill Gothmann, a friend and fellow council member, who adds that Munson and the other founders “worked day and night establishing ordinances and putting together the city. It was unbelievable how hard they worked.
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  • Who Will Blink?
  • Who Will Blink?

    Time's running out to decide whether to allow Big Oil to ship mega equipment along a scenic highway.
      This is a big week in the world of megaloads. OK, we know that “megaload” is a made-up word, but it works nicely to describe the enormous cargo shipments — the size of small office b
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  • Roll On
  • Roll On

    Oil company mega-cargo piles up in Lewiston while the courts decide on permits.
      Even as the Idaho Supreme Court considers whether to allow four shipments of oversized industrial cargo to trundle over Lolo Pass, another 207 of the so-called megaloads are arriving at the port of Le
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  • The Elephant in the Room
  • The Elephant in the Room

    Can a Mormon Harvard professor out-cowboy Butch Otter?
      The imagery in the race for Idaho governor is as rugged and spectacular as the state itself.Call up either campaign site — either for incumbent Republican Butch Otter, or for Democratic cha
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  • Oil and Cop-Watching
  • Oil and Cop-Watching

    Idahoans don't seem too enamored of oil gear mucking up their highways, and the Spokane City Council actually voted on stuff.
      The combination of BP’s Gulf of Mexico disaster and mounting concerns of residents in rural north-central Idaho is making things sticky for Exxon/Mobil’s plans to transport 204 shipments o
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  • The Oil Trail
  • The Oil Trail

    Oil giant Exxon will route massive machinery up the wild Lochsa River to reach the tar sands fields in Alberta
      The oil industry, with the era of gushers a faded memory, is settling in to wring and wrest the very last traces of crude out of the Earth itself in places like the oil shale fields of northern Albert
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