Sentencing Hearing of March 4 Megaload Blockaders

On Friday, April 6, at 1:00 pm, Cass Davis and Jim Prall will offer statements that describe their reasons for protesting and blocking three transports of tar sands processing equipment that traversed Moscow, Idaho, late on Sunday evening, March 4, 2012.  Idaho state and Moscow city police arrested, jailed, and charged Cass and Jim for disturbing the peace at the intersection of Fourth and Washington streets.  Represented by Dana Johnson of the Northern Rockies Justice Center, both defendants have pled guilty to their misdemeanors and will personally present their motives during their sentencing hearing before Judge John Judge in the Latah County Courthouse.  The officially recorded session is open to the public and reporters, but normal courtroom policy disallows recording devices such as cameras and camcorders.  Please join community members and friends at 1:00 pm on Friday afternoon for this hearing at 522 South Adams Street in Moscow. Continue reading

Foes of Megaloads Face the Music

Helen Yost

MOSCOW – The last megaloads have reportedly passed through downtown here, leaving behind 11 misdemeanor court cases against people who protested shipment of infrastructure equipment to Canadian oil fields.

Last to plead innocent to two allegations was Helen Yost, 54, of Moscow. Yost, spokeswoman for Wild Idaho Rising Tide and an organizer of the months-long protests, appeared in Latah County Court here Wednesday morning.

She is charged with two misdemeanors for allegedly throwing a sign at a megaload and attempted battery of a Moscow police officer. She and two other demonstrators, Cass Davis, 47, and James Prall, 67, both of Moscow, have pretrial conferences set for April 3, according to court records.

Davis and Prall were arrested March 4 during a protest and charged with resisting, or obstructing police for allegedly refusing to stay out of the roadway when oversize loads were moving through town on Washington Street. Yost received citations for her actions two nights later, after she publicly admitted that she threw a sign and “air-kicked the transports and their police escorts out of town.” Continue reading

Megaload Protester Faces Charge for Throwing Sign at Truck

Wild Idaho Rising Tide protester Helen Yost faces a misdemeanor charge in connection to her last act of protest against two Imperial Oil refinery modules that came through Moscow last week.

The 54-year-old Moscow woman was charged in Latah County Second District Court with throwing a substance at a vehicle after she threw her cardboard protest sign at one of the passing tractor-trailers as it came through Washington Street on March 6.  She was cited Thursday and will have an initial court appearance [at 8:30 am on] March 21.

Yost is also set for trial in Kootenai County for a charge of obstructing an officer in connection with her arrest in August 2011 by an Idaho State Police trooper while monitoring module transports, where she said she refused to give the law enforcement officer her license.  She was also cited at that time with failing to wear her seatbelt, which she said was because the vehicle she was in was parked at the time.  Her trial in Kootenai County is set for May 14.

(By The Moscow-Pullman Daily News)

Media Release: More Charges Brought Against Tar Sands “Megaload” Protesters in Moscow, Idaho

As some of the last five of over 70 massive parts of an Alberta tar sands upgrader plant rumbled through the small, quiet, college town of Moscow, Idaho, at about 11 pm on Sunday, March 4, four protesters linked arms and sat down in the middle of Washington Street to stop three of these “megaloads” weighing 200,000 to 415,000 pounds and measuring 150 to 200 feet long.  Police arrested Cass Davis and Jim Prall for resisting and obstructing officers and dragged Jeanne McHale and Pat Monger to the sidewalk, as another 40 protesters voiced their opposition to expanding tar sands mining operations.  Again on Tuesday, March 6, when the final two similarly huge shipments crossed this 22,000-person city, demonstrators pounded drums, chanted slogans, played music, and engaged in street theater.  Helen Yost tossed a cardboard protest sign at the rear of the last megaload and air-kicked the transports and their police escorts out of town, resulting in misdemeanor charges for throwing an object at a moving highway vehicle and attempted battery of a peace officer.

All three accused protesters are pleading not guilty based on the necessity of their actions induced by their moral obligation to directly confront the causes of climate change that are currently killing millions of people, plants, and animals around the globe.  For their statements, please listen to Cass Davis and Jim Prall on Flashpoints and Helen Yost on KRFP Radio Free Moscow.  Other articles, photos, and videos of numerous megaload passages and protests are available on the Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) facebook page and website. Continue reading

Yost Charged with Two Misdemeanors for Throwing Cardboard Sign at Rear of 415,000-Pound Megaload, Air-Kicking in Direction of Officer

On Thursday, March 8, Moscow City Police Lieutenant Paul Kwiatkowski served two misdemeanor charges to Helen Yost for “throwing…a two-by-three-foot sign…at a vehicle traveling on a highway” and for “willfully attempt[ing] to kick…a peace officer…while he was walking away” at the final megaload protest in Moscow, Idaho, on Tuesday, March 6.  Listen to between 14:56 and 6:35 of the Thursday, March 8, Evening Report, Sign Throwing Charge, on KRFP Radio Free Moscow for an interview and discussion of Yost Charged with Two Misdemeanors for Throwing Cardboard Sign at Rear of 415,000-Pound Megaload, Air-Kicking in Direction of Officer.

Lakotas and Idahoans Forming Human Roadblocks

Debra White Plume: “If you don’t see the importance of the Lakotas and the Idahoans forming human roadblocks against tar sands contracted trucks in this nation’s heartland, know that those people are putting their lives on the line for this nation’s water and food security.  With all the folks freaking out over foreign terrorists poisoning our food and water supplies in this country, the real threat to our nation’s homeland security is a threat to the water supplies of this nation’s heartland, which produces the bulk of the food you eat throughout the year.”

Flashpoints Interview of Cass Davis and Jim Prall

On Wednesday evening, March 7, two of the four valiant activists who risked arrest or were jailed by police on Sunday, March 4, for peacefully blocking megaload parts of an Alberta tar sands upgrader plant moving through Moscow, Idaho, talked with Flashpoints host Dennis Bernstein.  Listen to the first 17:52 minutes of this radio program as Cass Davis and Jim Prall describe tar sands devastation, political corruption, Idaho’s megaload dilemma, Wild Idaho Rising Tide’s anti-megaload campaign, and protesters’ civil disobedience on KPFA Free Speech Radio in Berkeley.

Two Arrested in Idaho for Attempting to Block Passage of Tar Sands Equipment

Two people were arrested in Moscow, Idaho, late Sunday night after they attempted to stop the passage of megaload trucks carrying oil company equipment to the Canadian tar sands.  Activists said the two were arrested after they linked arms and sat down in the street in an attempt to block the trucks.  Sunday’s action was one of dozens spurred by the passage through Moscow of shipments carrying oil-related equipment to the tar sands.

Watch Amy Goodman’s news report between 10:58 and 11:27: Two Arrested in Idaho for Attempting to Block Passage of Tar Sands Equipment

(By Democracy Now!)

(Link provided by Prairie Thunder Wolfe: “Holy Shit!!!  Wild Idaho Rising Tide finally made Democracy Now!!!!!  We have been waiting for sooooo long for DN! to recognize our struggles against the megaloads!  Way to go, WIRT!”)

Last Megaloads Leaving Port of Lewiston for Canada

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — The final two oversized loads of oil field equipment at the Port of Lewiston were set to be shipped out 18 months after the first massive Korean-built equipment arrived by barge via the Columbia and Snake rivers.

Imperial Oil moved three loads on Sunday and planned to move two more late Tuesday, weather permitting, company spokesman Pius Rolheiser said.

“There will still be some additional loads coming out of the port, but they’ll be legal loads on conventional trailers as opposed to these over-legal loads on hydraulic trailers,” Rolheiser told the Missoulian.

Rolheiser estimated the company has 100 loads remaining at the Port of Pasco in Washington, which also will travel Interstates 90 and 15 through Montana.

Read more: Last Megaloads Leaving Port of Lewiston for Canada

(By The Associated Press, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, The Moscow-Pullman Daily News)

Police Arrest Two Imperial Shipment Protesters Sunday, Last Shipment Slated for Tonight

Moscow Police arrested two Imperial Oil/ExxonMobil protesters for refusing to leave the roadway at Washington and Fourth streets as a convoy of three shipments of refinery modules attempted to pass through the city.

Moscow Police Chief David Duke said James Prall, 67, and Cass Davis, 47, both of Moscow, were arrested after they were removed a second time from the road around 11 p.m. They were first removed and warned about obstructing the travel of three shipments, but then returned to the roadway where they sat down and linked arms, he said, adding two women were also removed from the roadway. They did not return, however, and so they were not arrested. Continue reading