Megaload Protesters Arraigned in Justice Court

The 15 adult protesters charged in Monday night’s actions to delay the megaload were arraigned on Wednesday morning in Grant County Justice Court.

Justice of the Peace Kathy Stinnett set security at $10,000 or $1,000 cash for each, and set conditions for their release, including:

* No contact with Omega Morgan or its employees.

* No coming within 1,000 feet of materials, equipment, or other loads being transported by Omega Morgan.

* No possession of “dragon sleeves” or other items used to lock oneself to a fixed object or to prevent safe extraction.

The accused were charged with misdemeanors in connection with the protests, in which vehicles were disabled in the highway, in an attempt to stop the Omega Morgan megaload from proceeding.

A 16-year-old girl, also apprehended at the protests, was released to family friends.

(By the Blue Mountain Eagle)

Megaloads Might Roll through Moscow in January

Trucks, loads to be 472 feet long and weigh 800 tons

The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) might allow three megaload deliveries of oil field equipment to travel through Moscow, en route to a refinery at Great Falls, Montana.

One vehicle and its equipment load would weigh 1.6 million pounds total and be 472 feet long, 27 feet wide, and 16 feet high, according to a press release sent out by ITD.

State officials aren’t “being fully transparent” about the route or when the cargo is expected to reach certain areas, because they want to avoid controversy, said Helen Yost, an organizer with Wild Idaho Rising Tide, a group based in Moscow.

About a dozen protesters came out to show their displeasure when four smaller megaloads came through Moscow in mid-October, for example.

“And we’re definitely going to protest this time,” Yost said about the planned January deliveries. Continue reading