U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood traveled up to central Idaho late Wednesday to promote river traffic after spending some time in Boise earlier in the day promoting light rail.
While in Lewiston, LaHood was thanked by local officials, Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter, and Republican Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch for $1.3 million in federal funding to expand the Port of Lewiston’s container dock. Paper and agricultural products are shipped from the dock to Portland, Oregon, and on to Pacific Rim destinations.
This morning’s Lewiston Tribune reports that LaHood was also met by a half-dozen protesters from the Wild Idaho Rising Tide activist organization. They disagreed with using more federal dollars at the port, calling it a “taxpayer hoax.”
(By George Prentice, Boise Weekly)