Sunday, June 10, 2012
ALPINE — The armada of earthmovers and steamrollers is clearing out, and the little town that was turned upside down is finally catching a break.
Alpine is looking more like its rural-flavored self again now that San Diego Gas & Electric has completed the construction of its Sunrise Powerlink transmission line through the heart of the East County community.
The 18-month project left a bitter aftertaste. It also transformed many in town and across the sprawling backcountry. Residents say it hardened their resolve to challenge other projects that threaten their quiet, countrified ways.
Laura Cyphert of El Monte Valley, near Lakeside, is among those unnerved by proposals to construct industrial-scale wind and solar farms in the region.
She thinks residents will be quicker to mobilize against them in light of what they witnessed during the work on Powerlink. “We’re all on notice,” she said. “There’s so much more to come, unless we’re engaged and active.”
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