IDAHO FALLS (AP) -- Officials with Idaho Falls Power say the city-owned utility's main transmission line is now at capacity, but farmers in the region say they don't want a new line to be routed through their land.
According to news reports, the utility is considering nine potential routes for the North Loop Transmission project. Nearly all of them would impact the rural New Sweden neighborhood.
Four of the routes would affect Louis Thiel's potato farming operation, splitting one of his fields in half. Thiel says that would mean he would lose valuable land and be forced to reconfigure his irrigation pivots.
Neighbor Pam Lyon said crop-dusting planes also wouldn't be able to treat the area after lines are built.
But utility officials say that without a new line, the city could have frequent, widespread power outages.