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RADICAL GROUP SAYS IT TOPPLED TWO RADIO TOWERS

Associated Press

SEATTLE - Two radio station towers near Seattle that have generated intense local opposition were toppled early Friday in an act of sabotage that bore the initials of the radical Earth Liberation Front.

The towers for KRKO-AM - one of which was 349 feet tall - were torn down because of health and environmental concerns, said an e-mail from the North American ELF Press Office, which has represented the shadowy group in the past.

"We have to weigh our priorities, and the local ecosystem in Everett, along with the local residents, do not need additional sports news radio station towers that come at the expense of reduced property values and harmful radio waves," ELF press office spokesman Jason Crawford said in the e-mail.

The ELF is a loose collection of radical environmentalists that has claimed responsibility for dozens of attacks since the 1990s. A banner that bore the initials of the ELF was left at the scene, authorities said.

The towers apparently were taken down with a track hoe, a piece of heavy construction equipment already on the site, said FBI Agent Marty Prewett.

The towers of KRKO, a family-owned station in Everett, about 25 miles north of Seattle, have prompted complaints from neighbors of interference from radio signals on home telephone and intercom lines.

The station remained on the air Friday after shifting to other transmission equipment.

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