Wednesday, June 4, 2014

New power poles would decimate the beauty of the valley

    On May 21, 2014, the front page article “Idaho Power applies for new line” was published in the Idaho Mountain Express.
    A  photograph of one of the unsightly 47-foot-tall steel poles that are being proposed to replace (at great expense) the smaller wooden poles that were installed within the past year between East Fork and St. Luke’s hospital is printed on Page A18. This photograph also shows a huge, enormously wide and tall steel H-shaped apparatus that is directly next to the 47-foot-tall steel pole and appears to be connected to it by a series of wires.
    On May 7, my letter to the editor (Page A11) “Why not put power lines underground” was published in the Idaho Mountain Express. In this letter, I suggested that all of the utility lines and telephone lines between East Fork and St. Luke’s be placed underground while that portion of Highway 75 continues to be torn up and under construction.
    Directly under my letter, in italics, is printed: “Editor’s Note: Idaho Power Co. plans to install a new 130-kilovolt transmission line through the northern part of the valley from Hailey to Ketchum. … The plan calls for taller poles for the transmission line but does not call for installation of large-scale steel structures in the valley.”
    Based upon the above, is Idaho Power Co. engaging in “semantic obfuscation?”  Doesn’t the photo printed on Page A18 of the May 21, 2014, issue of the Idaho Mountain Express depict proposed “large-scale steel structures in the valley?”
    Would these immense, industrial-grade structures lining Highway 75 from East Fork to St. Luke’s that would decimate the beauty of this scenic gateway to Sun Valley/Ketchum for an additional power line that would add to the valley’s consumption of energy from coal-fired power plants bring honor to the legacy of Earl Holding and his priceless gift to all of us?
Linda Pertel
Sun Valley

    Editor’s note: The examples of new power poles originally published in Idaho Power’s Wood River Electrical Plan are not be as bulky as those now being proposed.

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