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Letters to the Editor for Sept. 6, 2017


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City deals promptly with graffiti along Adler Parkway

Hats off to the code enforcement officer Powell! The wife and I frequently walk the Leo Adler Parkway and recently notice some punks have graffitied the walkway with filth. These knuckleheads also tagged on trees along the walk.

I called Baker City code enforcement and they jumped right on it. Got it covered up promptly. Let these idiots know we won’t stand for that nonsense in this town. Now if we could get the transients sleeping in the park and along the river to move along, it would be awesome to stroll our city again.

Thank you Officer Powell.

Thomas Wilcoxson

Baker City

What if we just said “Stop” with Idaho Power’s B2H?

When the editor of the Baker newspaper called out of the blue, and asked why an 81-year-old from Bend was concerned about the Oregon Trail and Idaho Power’s Boardman to Hemingway power line, it was difficult to give an adequate answer. Neither my wife nor I had anyone who came on the Trail — well one on my wife’s side came in 1849 to Utah.

I don’t count myself an environmentalist. Heck, I grew up in the oil fields of California. As a kid, I went to the mountains a lot; church groups, summer camps, and scouts. When our family arrived, we always fished, camped and hiked in the Sierra. All three continue to do that today.

So now that I am 83-plus, it is easier to see that the B2H is in direct opposition to what I believe and have enjoyed all my life. I look at the existing power line next to I-84 in Union County and the clearcut for the right-of-way in the forest, and in the Baker Valley near Flagstaff Hill and down through Durkee, over to Huntington and across the BLM Birch Creek Oregon Trail ruts, across farm fields of alfalfa in Willow Creek in Malheur County. I try to envision the B2H being twice as big in a brand new route.

Idaho Power continues to press on. They have presented Oregon Public Utility Commission with 890 pages of their 20-year Integrated Resource Plan, which includes B2H, and they sent to Oregon Energy Facilities Siting Council 13,000 pages for their site application. They overwhelm individuals with massive data and statistics.

Good folks are speaking up. Union County and City have held public meetings, so has Baker County, and early on Malheur County folks got IPC to move the line off of agricultural lands. What if all these folks just said “STOP?”

I wonder what IPC could do if some effort was spent trying to determine how to provide 20-years of service without B2H. I believe there are some within Idaho Power who would like that challenge.

Gail Carbiener

Bend