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    Four radio towers toppled in Black Canyon City

    BLACK CANYON CITY, Ariz. The Yavapai County sheriff's office says vandals have toppled four radio towers in Black Canyon City. It says it was told that the damage will run into the (m) millions.
    There was heated debate a few years back when a complex of seven radio towers was constructed at the site.

    Just after 10 p-m last night, the sheriff's office got a call that someone had cut the steel support rods to four of the towers and the towers had fallen.

    The call came from someone who went to investigate after hearing crashing sounds.

    Sheriff's spokeswoman Susan Quayle says investigators determined that the support rods had been cut with some type of torch.

    People opposed to construction of the towers waged an unsuccessful fight in 2001 to overturn Yavapai County's decision to grant a use permit for the 190-foot towers.
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    Vandals bump spanish station off the air
    4 radio towers toppled

    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 preliminarily 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 launched last month.

    Tom Duran, the station manager, said there was no immediate indication when the station would be back on the air. It could take "several weeks," Duran said.

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

    He said he was 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 and about 30 miles north of Phoenix.

    Investigators have determined that somebody used a blowtorch 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 injuries to people or horses, Quayle added.

    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 2000 when the Arizona Court of Appeals validated a referendum seeking to put the issue before Yavapai County voters.

    Opponents lost their bid to have the towers torn down when voters approved the cluster in November 2002.

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