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  • What does that green panel on the Siskiyous do?

  • If it were a billboard, it would have a prime location.
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  • If it were a billboard, it would have a prime location.
    It stands along the Siskiyou Summit east of Interstate 5. Southbound motorists on Interstate 5 can see it just as they pass the Mount Ashland exit, but it's easy to ignore, because it's green. Not the same green as the trees, but green enough to fade into the hillside unless you're looking for it.
    Turns out, the big green slab is one of the many devices that help modern communications equipment function in Southern Oregon's mountainous terrain. It's an aluminum reflector panel that Qwest Communications uses to transmit signals down into the little community of Colestin, on the south slope of the Siskiyous.
    The round dots are big rivets that hold the three pieces of the reflector together, says Bob Gravely, a Qwest spokesman in Portland.
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