Helicopter lowers worker

Helicopters started flying around the Duke Energy transmission line that runs 27 miles from just east of North Wilkesboro in the Antioch community and through Alleghany County this week as part of the installation of shields to protect transmission towers from vultures. A helicopter is lowering a worker to a transmission tower Monday morning in this photo. The shields, also delivered by helicopters, are made of corrugated high-density polyethylene pipes cut lengthwise into quarters.

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