Best route for the power line

We’re encouraged by the latest news from the sluggish process that is Idaho Power Company’s Boardman-to-Hemingway project.

The latest map, to be specific.

The newest possible route for the Boise company’s 500-kilovolt transmission line looks as though it addresses the most significant of the local concerns about the line’s effects.

Known as the Timber Canyon alternative, this route would site the power line through eastern and northern Baker County.

Most importantly, this alternative keeps the line out of the viewsheds of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center and of Baker Valley.

Idaho Power’s preferred route, by contrast, has the line running about a mile east of the Interpretive Center.

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