KRKO Towers Felled by Vandals

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Snohomish, WA - Sep 5, 2009 - Two radio towers belonging to Everett, WA, radio station KRKO were toppled the morning of Sept. 4, 2009. A sign -- a painted sheet -- was left at the site that initially led investigators to believe that the Earth Liberation Front was responsible. The ELF press office also posted a press release claiming responsibility for the action. That release states:

"Two radio station towers were torn down early Friday by the Earth Liberation Front (ELF) in the Lord's Hills valley in Snohomish County, WA. The towers, owned by station KRKO, have been a source of controversy for years. A sign left at the scene claimed responsibility by the ELF.

Due to the health and environmental risks associated with radio waves emitted from the towers, we applaud this act by the ELF," stated Jason Crawford, a spokesperson for the North American Earth Liberation Front Press Office. "When all legal channels of opposition have been exhausted, concerned citizens have to take action into their own hands to protect life and the planet."

For the past eight years, opponents have waged a legal battle against the towers, arguing that AM radio waves cause adverse health affects [sic] including a higher rate of cancer, harm to wildlife, and that the signals have been interfering with home phone and intercom lines.

The station erected four towers in 2008. The station worked through a number of hearing and appeals to gain the rights to construct the towers. The plans are in place to add two more towers to the array.

KRKO General Manager Andy Skotdal has said that while the ELF is claiming responsibility, he is not certain that group is responsible. News reports say that FBI investigators are also not convinced that the environmental group is the culprit. Police say the vandals stole an excavator from a fenced yard, broke through a fence surrounding the towers and then used the machine to pull the two towers down.

Photos of the toppled towers are posted at KOMO-TV.

The station plans to offer a reward to help identify the vandals.

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