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Posted: 3/30/2006 2:15:46 PM EDT
www.azcentral.com/news/articles/0329towers0329-ON.html

Vandals topple 4 radio towers north of Phoenix

Brent Whiting
The Arizona Republic
Mar. 29, 2006 10:20 AM


Vandals took a torch and toppled four 197-foot radio towers that are part of a seven-tower cluster in Black Canyon City, authorities said Wednesday.

The damage has been preliminary estimated at "millions of dollars," said Susan Quayle, a spokeswoman for the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office.

Knocked off the air was KMIA-AM (710), a Spanish station in Phoenix. It broadcasts ESPN Deportes, a sports-talk format that was launched last month.

Tom Duran, the station manager, said there was no immediate indication when the station will be back on the air

It could take "several weeks," he said.

"It's disheartening to know that somebody would do damage like this to a federally licensed facility," Duran said.

He said he's unable to say whether the damage may be linked to recent immigration unrest throughout the nation. He said the FBI will be asked to investigate.

The station is owned by Entravision Communications Corp., a Santa Monica, Calif. firm that operates a string of Spanish stations throughout California and the Southwest, including KLNZ-FM (103.5) in the Valley, also known as Radio Tri-Color.

Quayle, the sheriff's spokeswoman, said the vandalism occurred late Tuesday at the Krazy Horse Ranch Polo Club, which is west of Interstate 17 in the community 30 miles north of Phoenix, Quayle said.

Investigators have determined that somebody used a torch to cut the steel support rods to four of the towers, causing them to crash to the ground, she said.

The ranch manager heard the towers crash, but there were no injures to people or horses at the ranch, Quayle said.

The towers, which went up in the late 1990s, became the focus of a contentious lawsuit involving Black Canyon City residents opposed to the cluster.

The opponents won a key ruling in late 2000 when the Arizona Court of Appeal validated a referendum seeking to put the issue before Yavapai County voters.

They were defeated in their bid to have the towers torn down when voters approved the cluster in November 2002.

Link Posted: 3/30/2006 2:19:04 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/30/2006 2:19:28 PM EDT by Lon_Moer]
"I'm on the Mexican radi.......................................................................................................................................................................................
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Link Posted: 3/30/2006 2:19:11 PM EDT
I think it was the work of Pancho Villa!
Link Posted: 3/30/2006 2:19:42 PM EDT
Holy Crap , i wish i were there to see em fall !!! , i wonder if the Commies will try some SHT like this on towere that broadcast Rush Limbauh , Mike Savage , ect. ect, , and leave the ones that broadcast NPR , CNN , ect. , naaa , liberals dont know how to use oxy-acedaline torches
Link Posted: 3/30/2006 2:19:53 PM EDT
I was thinking "has it begun?" until I read the part about the people who were just pissed about the eyesore.
Link Posted: 3/30/2006 2:20:00 PM EDT

Knocked off the air was KMIA-AM (710), a Spanish station in Phoenix. It broadcasts ESPN Deportes, a sports-talk format that was launched last month.


Hmm, I wonder if it's directed at them because of all the riots.. I mean peaceful Mexican undocumented worker marches.
Link Posted: 3/30/2006 2:21:53 PM EDT
And so the USA/Mexican war begins. The shot that will be heard around the world...
Link Posted: 3/30/2006 2:23:02 PM EDT

They're only toppling towers americans aren't willing to topple....
Link Posted: 3/30/2006 2:30:26 PM EDT
So what stations did the other towers broadcast? I really doubt it was done because of the Mexican radio station.
Link Posted: 3/30/2006 2:30:51 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/30/2006 2:33:52 PM EDT
I think this goes a little beyond "vandallism"
Link Posted: 3/30/2006 2:40:08 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Zakk_Wylde_470:
I think this goes a little beyond "vandallism"




No doubt!! That place is hated!!!
Link Posted: 3/30/2006 2:42:15 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/30/2006 2:49:22 PM EDT

Originally Posted By jrzy:
www.azcentral.com/news/articles/0329towers0329-ON.html



....It broadcasts ESPN Deportes, a sports-talk format that was launched last month......




DEPORTes?
Link Posted: 3/30/2006 2:52:53 PM EDT

Originally Posted By GeorgiaBII:
And so the USA/Mexican war begins. The shot that will be heard around the world...




We can only hope
Link Posted: 3/30/2006 2:58:39 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Currahee:
I was thinking "has it begun?" until I read the part about the people who were just pissed about the eyesore.



That's what I was thinking too
Link Posted: 3/30/2006 3:00:43 PM EDT
El Chupacabra
Link Posted: 3/30/2006 3:06:22 PM EDT

Originally Posted By sherrick13:
I'm a cop.

And I think if I came across these people as they were getting away I would just have to let them go.



Because one of the victims of the crime was a Spanish language station? What about the other three?

Link Posted: 3/30/2006 3:08:58 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/30/2006 3:09:56 PM EDT by npd233]
In other news, a homeless guy was seen entering a metal salvage yard pushing a grocery cart loaded down with scrap metal beams.
Link Posted: 3/30/2006 3:14:05 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/30/2006 3:35:52 PM EDT
Tag.
Link Posted: 3/30/2006 3:39:12 PM EDT
Revolutionaries not vandals.
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