? What: The next open house on a proposed transmission line.? When: 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12.? Where: Amboy Middle School, 22115 N.E. Chelatchie Road, Amboy.? More info: Meetings, comments, information on proposed BPA project.CAMAS — As the Bonneville Power Administration continues to hone plans for a high-powered transmission line through Clark and Cowlitz counties, plenty of residents made it clear Thursday they feel the agency has more work to do.More than 100 people turned out for an open house meeting in Camas, which sits in the path of the proposed 79-mile line. Only 14 signed up to speak during a formal public hearing. But many more took the chance to study detailed maps and chat with project officials.The gathering was the first such forum since BPA announced its preferred route for the project last fall. Five more sessions will follow.“I thought I should come down and look at it,” said Charles Farrell, who lives in the Camas-Washougal area. “You want to know just how close this is going to be to you.”Farrell said his property isn’t affected by the transmission line. But for those who are, he said, “I feel for them.”Thursday’s crowd was smaller than some previous meetings on the topic. But their worries were no less urgent — many cited familiar property and health concerns. One resident said she feels “held hostage” by the project, unable to do anything with her property with the specter of a new power line hanging over it.The BPA first proposed the transmission line in 2009 as a way to ease a strained Northwest power grid and support growing energy demands across the region. The project would stretch a 500-kilovolt line between Castle Rock and Troutdale, Ore., connecting substations in those cities. The line would cross the Columbia River at Camas.
About 800 Alaska Court System employees will be forced to take two days unpaid leave around the holidays — a result of state budget cuts.Download Audio:For more about Alaska’s possible government shutdown and layoffs, visit the 360 North government shutdown page.Except for emergency business, the court system will be closed the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, Nov. 27, and Christmas Eve, a Thursday, says spokeswoman Mara Rabinowitz. They’re typically light work days.Court employees aren’t affected by the executive branch layoff notices mailed Monday.Dimond Court Building in downtown Juneau. (File photo by Matt Miller/KTOO)