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Nov 14, 2013 - The Associated Press

Pipeline decision put off

BOISE, Idaho -- The U.S. Interior Department has given final approval to the pathway of a new, 990-mile high-voltage transmission line that stretches from southern Wyoming to southwestern Idaho. There are some questions about the power line's route that remain unsettled, however.

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell gave the final OK to the Gateway West Transmission Line Tuesday, calling it a critical project for strengthening the power grid in the West and bringing a more diversified power portfolio to the regional market.

Although the agency signed off on the proposed routes for eight of the line's 10 segments, federal officials will continue working with stakeholders to determine the precise pathways in central and southwestern Idaho.

"Gateway West is a high-priority project of the president's power infrastructure initiative -- a common-sense approach that is speeding job creation in the near term while spurring the economy and increasing the nation's competitiveness in the long term," Jewell said in a statement.

The project is being proposed by Idaho Power Co. and Rocky Mountain Power and is mapped out in 10 separate segments, originating at Glenrock, Wyo. The 500-kilovolt power lines, with towers 150 to 180 feet high, then cuts across southwestern Wyoming, into eastern Idaho and ends near Melba, Idaho, southwest of Boise.

Residents seek relatives after Haiyan

DENVER -- Red Cross workers in Colorado and Wyoming have heard from 37 families trying to locate loved ones in the Philippines after the devastating typhoon.

Red Cross officials said Wednesday the families are trying to contact 168 people who live in the Philippines or were working or visiting there. About a third of the families have re-established contact.

At least 2,300 deaths have been confirmed from the typhoon and the toll is expected to rise. An estimated 600,000 people have been displaced, and many have no shelter and little food or water.

Colorado and Wyoming residents seeking help locating a loved one in the Philippines can open a family tracing request by contacting Tim Bothe, international services manager, American Red Cross Colorado and Wyoming Region, at tim.bothe2@redcross.org or 303-607-4785.

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