Controversial power line crosses milestone

A crew works on a transmission line tower outside of Boardman. The Bureau of Land Management has announced a 300-mile, 500-kilovolt transmission line that will be built from Boardman to just outside of Boise.

Idaho Power Co. has applied to the Idaho Public Utilities Commission for a certificate of public convenience and necessity associated with the proposed Boardman to Hemingway transmission line.

The Jan. 9 application means the Boise-based utility is asking the commission to formally recognize that the project serves the public interest.

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