KRKO radio tower foes again lose in court

SNOHOMISH — Construction could begin as early as Monday on two new radio towers in the Snohomish River Valley after opponents lost the latest round in court.

The 199-foot AM structures would be identical to three existing towers that occupy the site near Short School Road, said Andy Skotdal, a member of the family partnership that wants to build them. A 349-foot antenna also occupies the site.

The most recent development came on Friday when King County Superior Court Judge Douglass North upheld a February land-use decision by the Snohomish County Council.

S-R Broadcasting, parent company of KRKO-AM 1380, wants the new antennae so it can transmit a new signal at 1520 AM. Skotdal, also S-R Broadcasting’s president and general manager, said he hoped the new station’s signal would be on the air by year’s end.

Opponents could still challenge the latest decision in the state appeals court.

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