A high-power transmission line runs through the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey Conservation Area south of Kuna. A congressional compromise embraces the route for new powerlines through Southern Idaho recommended by a coalition of Idaho and local interests.
A high-power transmission line runs through the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey Conservation Area south of Kuna. A congressional compromise embraces the route for new powerlines through Southern Idaho recommended by a coalition of Idaho and local interests. Idaho Statesman file photo
A high-power transmission line runs through the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey Conservation Area south of Kuna. A congressional compromise embraces the route for new powerlines through Southern Idaho recommended by a coalition of Idaho and local interests. Idaho Statesman file photo
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Spending bill, power line compromise shows how government give and take can work

May 03, 2017 06:43 PM

UPDATED May 04, 2017 12:54 PM

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Rocky Barker is the energy and environment reporter for the Idaho Statesman and has been writing about the West since 1985. He is the author of several books, including "Scorched Earth How the Fires of Yellowstone Changed America," "The Flyfisher's Guide to Idaho" and "The Wingshooter's Guide to Idaho."