Letters: Congrats and Paine Field

Jun 13, 2018

Congrats Kamiak grads

Carpe diem, it’s a Latin phrase meaning, “seize the day.”

Class of 2018, your day begins now. The world is opening up to all of the choices and opportunities that will shape the course of your lives. I’m excited about this day because I know the world is about to be introduced to some amazing young adults.

The greatest assets in our community are our youth. It is my priority to ensure the youth in our community have the best opportunity to grow up in a safe environment.

I’ve had the opportunity to see many of you go through your high school years and overcome adversity, achieve astounding success while showing your brilliance, and even take on challenges others wouldn’t dare and have the tenacity to tell anyone who didn’t believe in your potential, “You’ll see…”

What small piece of advice I’d offer you is to know the resources that are available to you and to lean on them when you need help.

As a community, we should be able to come together to help each other out, regardless if we say we need it or not.

The greatest successes aren’t achieved alone; they are created through the combined efforts of a team. Go forth in your new lives knowing that there are people who care about you and want to see you grow into the successful professional that you are capable of becoming.

You are our future. This is your time. This is your day. Carpe diem.


Cheol Kang

Mukilteo Police Chief


New FAA study a welcome sight

After years of costly attempts by our community to derail the Paine Field airport proposal, we have been given some reprieve at last with the FAA (on its own!) requiring the environmental impact study be redone to reflect doubling of proposed airport operations.

This is a chance to address many issues. The County did not make any plans whatsoever to address impact on heavy traffic that is already a problem in and around Paine Field.

The cost of any needed street and road capital improvements need to fall on the private developer of the airport and not on County taxpayers.

I encourage others to look at the noise study report and maps that were a part of the original approval. See: https://snohomishcountywa.gov/DocumentCenter/View/41085/Noise-Contours-2-7-17.

Based on the original 12 flights per day, it would have you believe that all of Mukilteo would suffer zero noise impact. It further states that the most noise is 65 decibels (equivalent to the background noise inside a busy office).

Per the study, the maximum of 65 decibels happens roughly at the location of McDonald’s on the Mukilteo Speedway at the south end of the runway.

If you’ve been there when an airliner takes off, the noise is far more than 65 decibels. The worst noise is further away, I would say near Serene Lake and points south.

The high-pitched noise on takeoff that is most detrimental to quality of life occurs when an airliner has climbed roughly 1,000 to 1,500 feet, at which point they retract flaps and increase power (disclaimer: I am not a pilot). I can hear high-pitched jet noise from Paine Field takeoffs at my office near the Convention Center in Lynnwood.

The original noise study comes nowhere near to meeting professional standard, much less common sense.

The new environmental review should require that a new firm redo the noise study.


Kurt Stark


Comments (1)
Posted by: Joe Kunzler | Jun 15, 2018 14:17



The FAA averages the noise over a 24-hour period.  That's why the issues.  Courts have given the green light to this approach.


Traffic, not noise, is the big issue here.  Commercial jets are highly regulated in the kind of engines they have and the amount of permissible noise they can spew.  Military aircraft like the An-124 and EA-18G and the warbirds... not noise regulated.




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