2011: Oh, What a Year


Six residents arrested during megaloads protest (Moscow Pullman Daily News photo)

Megaloads and murder lead our list of the top stories this past year on the Palouse. Each editor and reporter had other stories they would have put on the list. So If you disagree with our choices, let us know.

 

1. Megaloads

What started as a debate about the wisdom of running huge loads of oil field equipment up a two-lane road beside a pristine river, suddenly shifted aim mid-year. ExxonMobil decided that if it couldn’t run the loads up Highway 12, it would cut them in half and send them through Moscow to Interstate 90. Protests and accidents occurred as debate evolved from highway safety over the Alberta Oil Sands project, where the loads were headed.

(By Lee Rozen, Managing Editor, Moscow-Pullman Daily News)