Northwest NEWS

February 4, 2002

Editorial

Radio antenna plan fails to follow Fish and Wildlife Department guidelines 

KRKO, whose conditional use permit for radio towers was heard by the Snohomish County Hearing Examiner on Jan. 31, bought 35 acres to build eight radio towers, one of which is 425 feet tall on flood plain, wetland, salmon habitat and migratory bird flyway. Will habitat be lost? How will our business and home life be impacted? Because these towers are considered a utility, the Snohomish County Hearing Examiner, (Peter Donahue, M/S 605, 300 Rockefeller Ave, Everett, WA 98201; ref. file # 00-107495) has the final say.     
   How will property owners be compensated for damages for the first year after construction that is within the one-half volt-per-mile radius for reception problems, electronics interference, erratic phone reception and lack of computer use? Our business relies on our phone. Nothing is stated about compensation for the wildlife or relocating the trumpeter swans who cannot maneuver quickly, or the eagle nests, ducks and other wetland fowl whose path will be destroyed, not to mention the federal/state dollars for restoration of the endangered salmon along the river front.  
   Snohomish County Planning and Development approved this project without an environmental survey and without consulting with Snohomish County Parks or the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife whose guidelines for the siting and construction of towers to minimize the danger to wildlife were totally disregarded.
   The trumpeter swans are here because the Snohomish County Parks and people who care for the land are here. Why jeopardize this? For more information, please contact Citizens to Preserve the Upper Snohomish River Valley www.geocities.com/CPUSRV/index.
   Curtis and Vicki Creighton, Snohomish