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Coupeville crowd adamant against jet noise

COUPEVILLE — The U.S. Navy is moving full steam ahead to bring 36 EA-18G Growler aircraft to its Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, having rejected every request for studies, mitigation and citizen collaboration to reduce jet noise. Friday night 350 area citizens and members of the Sound Defense Alliance crowded into Crockett Barn, near the Whidbey Island shore west of Coupeville.

Annie Jesperson, a farmer, tapped the energy of the sympathetic audience getting them to stand and raise their hands as she polled them on the current impacts of jet flights. Her litany started with bothersome n...


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