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AT&T Accepting More Feedback On Proposed Cell Tower Near Redfish Lake

The Sawtooth Mountains near Stanley.
Chadd Cripe
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Idaho Statesman

The planned 195-foot cell tower near Redfish Lake would be part of the FirstNet Program, which would provide first responders more coverage to connect in a crisis. But opponents say the proposed AT&T tower would adversely impact the Sawtooth National Recreational Area.

“This has now been going on for about 18 months or so at this point and ICL and local community members continue to have concerns," said Josh Johnson with the Idaho Conservation League.

He said the tower would be too tall, obstruct views and alternatives haven’t been considered.

Last November, the Idaho Department of Lands told Boise State Public Radio it had yet to finalize the lease.

AT&T announced a public comment period to comply with National Historic Preservation Act procedures. Johnson said he hopes stakeholders will write in.

“Folks who live here in Sawtooth Valley, or recreate and visit Sawtooth Valley, will have their opportunity to weigh in and make their voice heard in their process," he said.

Email comments on the proposal must be received by August 20.