DirtFish Rally School draws noise complaints from neighbors

April 20, 2011

By Staff

Gail McCullough works construction. She drives a dump truck for a construction company. Her husband Tim also drives a dump truck.

Their workdays are full of loud noise, so they appreciate the quiet of their home the east of Snoqualmie, overlooking the former Weyerhaeuser Mill site.

But the mill’s new tenant, the DirtFish Rally School, is cutting into that quiet, the McCulloughs say.

They could clearly hear the roaring engines and public announcement system during the Global RallyCross championship round held recently at the school.

Other neighbors said they could hear the noise, too.

Rally driving uses souped-up street cars on dirt and gravel courses.

An information packet put together by DirtFish executives when they were applying to King County for permits to open the school explicitly states that the site “will not have any rally or racing competition events taking place at our facility.”

But the Global RallyCross event was a made-for-television event filmed by cable sports network ESPN, DirtFish President Ross Bentley said.

“We don’t have ongoing race events,” he said.

The Metropolitan King County Council issued a special temporary permit for the two-day race.

The race was within the county’s limits on noise, Bentley said.

The event brought in money for local businesses. Driver Rhys Millen said he spent $1,200 at the 76 Station in Snoqualmie.

DirtFish’s neighbors are wary, though.

“Our understanding was that it would be just a driving school,” Gail said.

She and other neighbors said they could hear cars racing after 6 p.m.

Bentley said operations stop by 6 p.m. at the latest and usually at about 5 p.m.

“If people are hearing things, they should contact me,” he said.

From his office at DirtFish, he said he can sometimes hear trucks at a nearby gravel pit, and dirt bikes being run by people not affiliated with the school and not on the mill site.

The McCulloughs and some neighbors said they plan to bring their concerns to DirtFish, and to King County and Snoqualmie, which is in negotiations with the county to annex the mill site.

Dan Catchpole: 392-6434, ext. 246, or editor@snovalleystar.com.

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16 Responses to “DirtFish Rally School draws noise complaints from neighbors”

  1. Brian Thurston on April 24th, 2011 11:49 pm

    I was shock and surprised to here any body complain about the noise. Considering the large dissidents that there is from the cores to the nearest home. I am a resident of the Vally of more than 23 years and am 52 years old . I think what Dirt fish has created is grate, and i plan on attending the school soon. . I all so think that the Vally should be open to new things, Motor sports is a grate spectator sport. And for are Little town to be part of global Rally games. WELL HOW COOL IS THAT.

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  10. Rod Powell on April 30th, 2011 7:31 am

    I find it interesting how and the author of the article linked in the comments has the capacity (or rather, the opinion) to label those that like Motorsports as having a “neurological disorder”.

    Using this tortured logic, that label can be aptly applied to anyone on planet earth. Thus, those that enjoy the sound of birds in the woods can be labeled with a “neurological disorder” by those who demand silence or those who are completely unnerved by silence.

    Any urban dweller who has grown accustomed to ongoing background noise will tell you that the first night in the wilderness is the toughest “because of the quiet”.

    Ever slept right on a beach with crashing waves? I certainly have, darn near impossible for the first two nights.

    So, once again, labeling is the easy way out for the intellectually lazy. No thought, nor effort was put forth to explain why one may enjoy a particular sound, and others may not. It is an argument proffered in the PNW often, and it is useless on its face, and certainly says more about the author than about the event itself.

    ‘Should we kill Hirshcel the sea lion, or send him packing to CA again. We know he will eat the fish at the locks, but we don’t want to be murderers, so maybe we can complain a bit and it will go away’ One of the best examples of a quote about PNW’ers I have ever read.

    I have lived here my entire life, four generations worth in fact. What the hell happened?

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