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By Lou Marzeles

BPA: 'We want to be good neighbors'

BPA talks with The Sentinel about new historical sites and its transmission line


Lou Marzeles

POT STIRRED: Representatives from the Bonneville Power Administration spoke with The Sentinel last week in the wake of a story on Oct. 23 about the discovery of major new historical sites on a Wishram property. A group of historians makes its way to a cave on the property almost directly below a BPA power line; the cave is considered extremely sensitive to the Yakama Nation.

The Sentinel ran a story Oct. 23 this year on a visit by historians to major new Native American and Lewis and Clark sites discovered on the property of Robert Zornes in Wishram. In that story, reference was made to construction being done in the area for the new Big Eddy-Knight transmission line by the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), and last week several representations from BPA spoke with The Sentinel.

The Oct. 23 story indicated that BPA at some point might do damage to the sites in question-in particular a cave extremely sensitive to Native American sensibilities-either for access roads to a new transmission tower or in building the tower itself. That information was based on...

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