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Letters to the Editor for Nov. 22, 2017


Glad city is looking to clean up messy places

In the Oct. 30 paper there was a write up about nuisance violators. I’m just as concerned about RVs, autos being collected in very small areas. That looks like a trashy site. What does the city do about that?

We have a very pretty city so why turn it into trash city or the city of wrecked cars? Is there a permit or registered paper now about the nuisance violators of junk yard. Maybe community service, jail time or stiffer fines.

I’m so glad this was brought up. Some people buy

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Glad city is looking to clean up messy places

In the Oct. 30 paper there was a write up about nuisance violators. I’m just as concerned about RVs, autos being collected in very small areas. That looks like a trashy site. What does the city do about that?

We have a very pretty city so why turn it into trash city or the city of wrecked cars? Is there a permit or registered paper now about the nuisance violators of junk yard. Maybe community service, jail time or stiffer fines.

I’m so glad this was brought up. Some people buy a place then within months it’s all messy? Why?

Please help us clean our city up.

Sharon Maloy-Styer

Baker City

Boardman-to-Hemingway power line not a done deal

The BLM released its Record of Decision for the B2H power line. This allows BLM to grant right-of-way to Idaho Power for the construction, operation, and maintenance of the B2H Project only on BLM-administered land. The approved route is the Agency Preferred Alternative which was published on Nov. 28, 2016.

The most important element of this publication is that it starts the clock ticking for the three partners to come to several agreements. We may not know for some time, but the first action is for partners to pay their costs for permitting to Idaho Power. Idaho Power has 60 days to submit a bill to PacifiCorp and Bonneville Power, those two have 20 days to tell Idaho Power they will pay and then must pay by 60 days. Idaho Power’s share of just permitting costs is over $10 million and they only have 21 percent.

Those who continue have up to two years to finalize Development and Construction Agreements. If you read the Funding Agreement either PacifiCorp or BPA can withdraw at any time for any reason.

This BLM route is best for the Oregon Trail, not great, but better than the Idaho Power route. The BLM and Forest Service dictate the route on their public lands, but do not control private property! That is where Idaho Power has stated they do not plan on following the Agency Preferred Route on some of the private lands. The decision on private land route rests with the Oregon Department of Energy’s Energy Facilities Siting Council. Likely a two-year process!

Idaho Power would lead us to believe that all is wonderful. Remember, 66 percent of the power line is on private property. This has not yet been accepted by the Oregon siting council for review, and the Oregon Public Utilities Commission has yet to make a decision on the Integrated Resource Plan.

Don’t believe all the glitzy, professional articles and news releases, it is not yet a done deal. Both PacifiCorp and Bonneville, who together have 80 percent of the costs, have yet to show much interest.

At some point the public will become aware of just how bad this is for Oregon and how destructive the 250-foot wide gouge in the landscape to support 195-foot tall steel towers will be for our quality of life!

Gail Carbiener

Bend