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Valhalla, New York, "One Airline at New York County Airport Agrees to Comply with Voluntary Nighttime Noise Curfew" (Sep. 7, 1997). The New York Times reports that in response to resident complaints about nighttime flights at the Westchester County Airport in Valhalla, New York, the County Transportation Commissioner wrote letters to the offending airlines asking them to cooperate with a voluntary nighttime curfew. But only one airline, Continental Express, agreed to delay its first flight of the day to comply with the curfew.

Valley Village, California, "Two letters to the Editor Concerning Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena (California) Airport Noise" (Jan. 11, 1998). The Los Angeles Times printed the following letters to the editor:

Van Nuys, California, "California Senators Criticize Makeup of Airport Committee" (Dec. 14, 1996). The Los Angeles Times reports that state and federal officials are concerned that noise issues surrounding expansion plans for Van Nuys Airport are not being properly addressed due to the glaring exclusion of state lawmakers from a noise committee.

Van Nuys, California, "Encino Resident Makes Recommendations to Van Nuys Airport Steering Committee" (Oct. 27, 1996). The Los Angeles Times printed the following letter to the editor by Gerald Silver, an Encino resident and president of Homeowners of Encino and Stop the Noise:

Van Nuys, California, "Van Nuys Airport Curfew May Not Meet with FAA's Approval" (Sep. 6, 1996). The Los Angeles Times reports that it is likely that the Federal Aviation Administration will reject a proposal -- supported by residents inundated by noise -- to extend a noise curfew at Los Angeles' Van Nuys Airport.

Van Nuys, California, "FAA Approves Increased Airport Noise Regulations at Van Nuys, California Airport" (Aug. 30, 1997). The Daily News of Los Angeles reports that the Federal Aviation Administration has approved changes at the Van Nuys (California) Airport to extend the nighttime curfew and to restrict the presence of noisier aircraft at the airport. The FAA's ruling is a reversal of its decision a year ago not to allow extending the curfew and limiting the jets, the article says.

Van Nuys, California, "Los Angeles Council Member Calls for Stricter Noise Rules at Van Nuys Airport" (Feb. 11, 1997). The Los Angeles Times reports that Los Angeles City Councilwoman Laura Chick is renewing her past efforts in pushing officials at Van Nuys Airport to establish restrictions on noise.

Van Nuys, California, "Airplane Interior Customizing Company at California Airport Considers Expansion; Residents Angry at Possibility of More Jet Noise" (Jun. 20, 1997). The Daily News of Los Angeles reports that UNC Corp.'s Jet Center is considering setting up a "completion center" to customize the interiors of new Boeing 737 business jets at the Van Nuys (California) Airport. Supporters of the idea say the new business would be a boon for the airport, but residents who are already upset about noise from existing jets are outraged. The issue comes at a time when a Federal Aviation Administration study of noise at Van Nuys and a city master development plan for the airport are bogged down in political fights between the interests in and around the airport, the article says.

Van Nuys, California, "Residents Concerned About Safety and Noise Problems From Former Military Jets Taking Off From California Airport" (May 13, 1997). The Daily News of Los Angeles reports that about a dozen former military jets take off from the Van Nuys (California) airport on a regular basis. The planes are owned by the wealthy and are considered the ultimate aircraft to own among some pilots. Meanwhile, Valley residents concerned about safety and noise at the airport say that every unnecessary flight out of the airport increases the danger factor from aircraft.

Van Nuys, California, "California City Attorney Says Limit on Aiplane Size at Van Nuys Airport is not Law" (May 7, 1997). The Daily News of Los Angeles reports that a city attorney said Tuesday that the Van Nuys (California) Airport does not have to follow a resolution passed by the Airport Commission in 1984 prohibiting certain types of heavy aircraft at the airport. Many such aircraft already operate at the airport.

Van Nuys, California, "FAA to Place Inspectors on News Helicopters Leaving California's Van Nuys Airport" (May 10, 1997). The Los Angeles Times reports that the Federal Aviation Administration will have inspectors on some news helicopters that fly over the San Fernando Valley, to address residents' concerns about noise from helicopters Van Nuys Airport.

Van Nuys, California, "California Residents and Aviation Operators Clash Over Proposal to Ban More Noisy Jets at Van Nuys Airport" (Nov. 25, 1997). The Los Angeles Times reports that a public meeting attended by more than 250 people, residents and aviation-business owners argued over a proposed ban of the noisiest corporate jets from Van Nuys Airport. Also on the table was the issue of whether to include helicopters in the ban. Business owners said layoffs, economic instability, and financial ruin would result from the bans.

Van Nuys, California, "Noise Restrictions at California Airport Approved by Airport Commission" (Oct. 22, 1997). The Daily News of Los Angeles reports that the Los Angeles Airport Commission Tuesday approved a plan to impose restrictions on jets at Van Nuys Airport to cut down on aircraft noise. The restrictions would ban flights by noisy jets starting at 10 p.m., instead of the current 11 p.m. curfew, and prohibit any more of the older, noisier, Stage 2 jets from joining the Van Nuys fleet. The article notes that the proposal still needs approval from the Los Angeles City Council, but that approval seems likely.

Van Nuys, California, "Residents Protest Possible Disappearance of Community Garden Near California Airport" (Oct. 2, 1997). The Los Angeles Times reports that a 22-year-old community garden across the street from Van Nuys Airport may turn into a car dealership if the city goes through with its plan to lease the property to a developer. Residents oppose the idea.

Van Nuys, California, "Editorial - Van Nuys Residents Want Equity in Airport Noise Decisions" (May 1, 1998). The Daily News of Los Angeles published the following editorial by Ellen Bagelman, president of the Lake Balboa Neighborhood Association. It's Bagelman's opinion that noise complaints from residents who live near the Van Nuys Airport are ignored. Bagelman wrote:

Van Nuys, California, "An Increase of Noisy Jets at the Van Nuys Airport in California Fuels the Push to Ban the Noisy "Stage 2" Jets" (Apr. 7, 1998). The Daily News of Los Angeles reports that the number of noisy Stage 2 jets based at Van Nuys Airport has increased 62 percent in the past four years.

Van Nuys, California, "CA Van Nuys Airport Publishes New Noise Restrictions" (Jan. 21, 1998). Press Release to News Editors/City Desks from Stacy Geere at Van Nuys Airport:

Van Nuys, California, "Resident Decries Residential Development Near California Airport" (Jun. 7, 1998). The Los Angeles Times printed the following letter-to-the-editor from Sal Del Valle, a resident of North Hills, California, regarding jet noise and residential development near the Van Nuys Airport:

Van Nuys, California, "Business Association in California Opposes Additions to Airport Noise Regulations" (Mar. 1, 1998). The Los Angeles Times printed an editorial by Bonnie Herman, president of the Valley Industry and Commerce Association. She says that further restrictions on Stage II jets at Van Nuys Airport will be an economic problem for the community, which will lose jobs and money.

Van Nuys, California, "Van Nuys' Noise Variance to be Reviewed after Residents Complain" (May 12, 1998). The Los Angeles Times reports that a review of Van Nuys Airport noise concerns will be undertaken by the California Department of Transportation. At stake will be the renewal of a variance that allows Van Nuys Airport to operate above state noise limits.

Van Nuys, California, "Residents Weigh in on Noise From California's Van Nuys Airport" (May 24, 1998). The Los Angeles Times printed the following letters-to-the-editor from George Jerome, chair of the Van Nuys Citizens Advisory Council, and Anne Carver, co-chair of the airport committee of the Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association, regarding noise from the Van Nuys (California) Airport:

Van Nuys, California area, "California Valley Residents Debate Jet Flight Proposal" (Jun. 27, 1997). The Daily News of Los Angeles printed the following letters-to-the-editor from residents in Van Nuys and Encino, California regarding jet noise from the Van Nuys Airport:

Vancouver, British Columbia, "Vancouver, British Columbia's International Airport Concentrates Operations On One Runway As Two Others Are Repaired; Complaints Don't Increase" (Jul. 12, 1999). The Vancouver Sun reports that the north runway at Vancouver International Airport in British Columbia is being used more while two other runways are being repaired. The $4.25 million project will last 28 days, and will strengthen the runways, improve the electrical system, and resurface several areas. Airport officials say that many planes have taken off over the water, keeping increased noise away from residents, but some residents have definitely noticed the increase.

Vancouver, British Columbia CANADA, "Canadian Race Officials Offer Compensation to Residents Hit Hardest by Noise from 3-Day Event" (Mar. 30, 1999). The Vancouver Sun reports in response to a health board's noise findings on last year's race, the Molson Indy is offering a noise compensation package to residents of a housing complex in Vancouver, British Columbia, during this year's three-day event.

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, "Canadian Officials Consider Placing Highway Through a Vancouver Park Underground" (Apr. 12, 1997). The Vancouver Sun reports that Canadian officials are considering placing a highway that runs through Stanley Park in Vancouver, British Columbia underground to lower noise levels and reduce air pollution in the park.

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, "Canadian Police Say Noisy Motorcycles Are Hard to Measure" (Aug. 26, 1997). The Vancouver Sun printed a question-and-answer column in which the question of why motorcycles are allowed to be so noisy is addressed. According to Staff Sergeant Garnet Salmond of the Vancouver (British Columbia) police traffic section, motorcycle noise is difficult to measure.

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, "Residents and Task Force in Vancouver Make Recommendations About Noise Regulations" (May 15, 1997). The Vancouver (British Columbia) Sun reports that Vancouver's Urban Noise Task Force, a 10-member committee formed by the city council in March 1996 to recommend solutions to urban noise problems, has come up with a report of 165 recommendations to reduce noise. In addition, Tuesday night members of the public were invited to comment on the city's noise problems. Citizens spoke out about problems ranging from motorcycles to street buskers, ambulance sirens to leaf blowers.

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, "Urban Noise Task Force In Vancouver Suggests Ways To Quiet Noise" (May 22, 1997). The Vancouver Sun reports in an editorial that the Vancouver (British Columbia) Urban Noise Task Force recently produced a list of 165 recommendations on ways to quiet the noise of urban life. The list ranged from motorcyclists who rev their engines, to leaf-blowers, to barking dogs, to the beeping of trucks backing up, to the fall of garbage can lids by careless workers. The list suggests controlling the hours one may mow the lawn, turning all parks into quiet parks, and eliminating the West Coast Expressway's whistle. Councillors will be reviewing the list next Tuesday.

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, "Vancouver Task Force Presents Recommendations on Urban Noise" (May 22, 1997). The Vancouver Sun reports that the Vancouver (British Columbia) Urban Noise Task Force, a residents' committee, recently presented the city with a list of 165 recommendations to lessen urban noise. The article prints excerpts from the report, which includes recommendations with respect to harbor air traffic, transportation noise, and watercraft noise.

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, "Vancouver City Council Passes Noise Ordinance" (May 28, 1997). The Vancouver Sun reports that the Vancouver City Council Tuesday adopted a noise ordinance that will crack down on everything from motorcycles to weed-eaters in an effort to make big-city life more civilized. In a somewhat related move, the council also voted to put a halt to further major road construction in Vancouver and provide funding for more buses, trains, bicycles, and pedestrians, an action with benefits to traffic noise levels.

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, "Residents Near Vancouver Airport Have No Grounds for Lawsuit, According to Airport" (May 10, 1997). The Vancouver Sun reports that a lawsuit filed a month ago by residents of Richmond, British Columbia against the Vancouver International Airport Authority and the federal government claims that residents are entitled to compensation for noise and nuisance from aircraft using the new, third runway of the airport. In response, the airport authority and federal government filed documents this week in the British Columbia Supreme Court saying residents should have been aware of the airport plans for a new runway and there are no grounds for a court to allow a class-action lawsuit on the matter.

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, "Proposed Light Rail Transit Line in Canada Encounters Problems Related to Noise, Vibrations, Wildlife Habitat Disturbance, and Others" (Nov. 28, 1997). The Vancouver Sun reports that the Canadian government has released a report that identifies problems with a light rail transit link proposed to run between Vancouver (British Columbia) and Coquitlam. Problems include everything from noise and vibrations for local businesses and residents to a loss of traffic lanes to disturbance of a wildlife habitat in an important ravine.

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, "Vancouver Area Residents Plan Legal Action To Fight Airport Noise" (Dec. 3, 1997). The Vancouver Sun reports that Vancouver, Canada area residents are preparing to take legal action to fight airport, noise and the third runway at the Vancouver International Airport which has prompted a rise in noise complaints.

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, "Motorcycle Noise in Vancouver Inspires Resident to Take Action" (Sep. 22, 1997). The Vancouver Sun printed a column that discusses the response of one Vancouver (Canada) resident, Russell King, to noisy motorcycles on his street. King said he wants the noise laws enforced more stringently, and is going to start working with neighborhood groups to address this growing noise problem.

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, "Motorcycle Coalition in Vancouver Wants to Help City Reduce Motorcycle Noise" (Oct. 2, 1997). The Vancouver Sun reports in its column "Traffic Jam" that recent articles about noisy motorcycles drew a letter from the British Columbia Coalition of Motorcycles, a group that says it is "lobbying for responsible motorcycle legislation." Coalition members said in the letter that the group wants to work with the city on a proactive education campaign to reduce motorcycle noise.

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, "Editorial Says Jet Skis Ruin Peace and Quite of Canadian Lakes" (Aug. 11, 1998). The Vancouver Sun published an editorial about personal watercraft ruining the peace and quiet of Canadian lakes.

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, "Vancouver To Build Sound Barrier For New Development" (Feb. 19, 1998). The Vancouver Sun reports that planners will make use of a "sound wall" to shelter neighbors of a proposed sports center from noise.

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, "Committee Seeks Creative Ways to End Noise on Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Street" (Jan. 6, 1998). The Vancouver Sun reports that the Clinton Neighborhood Committee which is lobbying to reduce the noise and traffic on First Avenue in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada will hold a meeting Friday night to show city, regional and provincial politicians just how serious the problem is. The meeting will also discuss solutions to the noise problems.

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, "Vancouver Airport Projects Mean Noisy Summer for Nearby Residents" (May 20, 1998). The Vancouver Sun of British Columbia, Canada, reports a new runway-improvement project at Vancouver International Airport will result in noisy jets taking off over residential areas. Some residents are anticipating a lousy summer.

Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA, "Vancouver Police Checkpoints to Inspect Noise Levels of Motorcycles" (May 7, 1998). The Vancouver Sun reports Vancouver police will check motorcycles for noise levels four times during the month of May.

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, "British Colombian District Requests Respect for Noise Laws from Region" (Nov. 19, 1998). The Vancouver Sun reports North Vancouver, British Columbia, has requested that Greater Vancouver regional district abide by local noise laws when they complete a number of projects next year beside Cleveland Dam.

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, "Canadian Buses Too Noisy for Woman" (Apr. 19, 2000). The Vancouver Sun reported a complaint from a woman who says that diesel buses make more noise than the electric trolley buses from previous years.

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, "Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada) Residents Protest Noise From "Rave" Concerts" (Apr. 3, 2000). The Vancouver Sun in Canada reports that "rave" concerts in Richmond, on the outskirts of Vancouver, have been annoying residents in Vancouver and preventing them from being able to sleep.

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, "Construction Project on Vancouver, Canada's Cleveland Dam to Be Delayed One Year; Residents Concerned About Construction Noise" (Mar. 16, 2000). The Vancouver Sun reports that work on the Cleveland Dam has been delayed and will begin in March 2001 instead of this year. The delay is due to continuing questions about the dam upgrade's effect on the nearby Capilano salmon hatchery. There have also been complaints about the noise that will be generated by the construction project and the district engineers are attempting to address the concerns.

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, "Noise Dispute in Canada Results in Controversial Police Action" (Mar. 27, 2000). The Vancouver Sun reported on a noise dispute that resulted in a police arrest in which the subject's arm was broken. The Supreme Court in British Columbia ruled that the police officer is not liable for damages.

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, "Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada) Resident Says Stop Complaining About Airport Noise" (Mar. 31, 2000). The Ottawa Citizen printed an indignant letter from a reader who believes people should stop complaining about airport noise. The letter is reprinted here in its entirety:

Vancouver, Canada, "Car Alarms Considered a Noisy Menace" (Jul. 30, 1998). The Vancouver Sun published the following editorial concerning the need to legislate against the menace of car alarms.

Vancouver, Canada, "Vancounver's Residents Hand City Council a Petition Demanding Councilors Do Something About Rail Horns" (Oct. 6, 1998). The Vancouver Sun reports that citizens of Maple Ridge, Vancouver, Canada want train whistles silenced. An 800-name petition asked that city councilors do something about high-volume air horns.

Vancouver, Canada, "Vancouver, British Canada Residents Want Indy Car Race Out of Their Neighborhood" (Apr. 21, 1999). The Ottawa Sun reports that a group of citizens in Vancouver, B.C. want the Molson Indy Car Race to leave their neighborhood despite race organizer's attempts to placate them with offers of free hotel rooms, field trips for children, and earplugs.

Vancouver, Washington, "Washington Metal Shredder Proposal Concerns Residents" (Dec. 21, 1997). The Columbian reports that several neighborhood activists are airing concerns about a metal shredding plant proposed for the site of the former Fort Vancouver Plywood cooperative in Vancouver, Washington.

Vancouver, Washington, "Oregon Airport Experiments With Flying Planes at Lower Altitutes Over a Washington County" (Apr. 24, 1998). The Columbian printed an editorial that explains that the Portland International Airport in Portland, Oregon will allow some passenger jets to make their big turns at lower than usual altitudes over Clark County in Washington for 60 to 90 days, beginning Monday. The experiment is a test to determine how sensitive residents are to jet noise in the area. The editorial writer says that airport officials should prepare to get lots of complaints.

Vancouver, Washington, "Storms Re-route Aircraft; Vancouver and Portland Residents Annoyed by Noise" (Jun. 28, 1998). The Columbian of Vancouver, Washington, reports Friday afternoon thunderstorms caused several dozen complaints about aircraft noise from downtown Vancouver and north Portland residents.

Vancouver, Washington, "Vancouver Residents Say Portland Airport Noise Abatement Test Moves Noise from One Neighborhood to the Next" (May 15, 1998). The Columbian of Vancouver, Washington, reports complaint calls to the Port of Portland's noise abatement office are rising along with tests of new routes for jets departing Portland International Airport. The tests are being done to in an attempt to shift noise from areas that get a lot to areas whose residents might not notice. Next week, an airport noise committee holds a special meeting, and could cancel the test.

Vancouver, Washington, "Oregon Airport Officials End Experiment to Reroute Planes Due to Noise Complaints" (May 24, 1998). The Columbian printed an editorial that says the Port of Portland, which operates Portland (Oregon) International Airport, ended an experiment last Wednesday to reroute jets after hundreds of people complained about the noise. The editorial argues that the complaints are understandable, and that the representation of Vancouver, Washington on a new formal panel to address airport noise issues will be important for the community.

Vancouver, Washington, "Editorial Says It's Time For Vancouver to Object to Portland Airport Noise Exports" (May 3, 1998). The Columbian printed an editorial that says Portland International Airport's practice of sending noise over Clark County, Washington, is unacceptable. It's time for residents to object to this noise abuse and secure representation on the Portland Airport's governing board.

Vancouver, Washington, "Noise Abatement Group Attempts to Quiet Portland Airport" (May 8, 1998). The Columbian reports since total elimination of noise from the Portland International Airport is impossible, PDX and the airport's Noise Abatement Advisory Committee are making attempts to mitigate the noise. The article goes on to list some of the mitigation measures and their challenges.

Vancouver, Washington, "Chicago O'Hare Airport Built First "Hush-House" For Quieting Engine Tests in 1997" (Aug. 31, 1999). The Columbian reports that the first 'hush-house' -- a three-walled enclosure designed to reduce noise from engine testing at airports -- was built at Chicago O'Hare Airport in 1997. Noise is reduced by three-quarters, and complaints about engine-testing noise stopped. Maintenance crews love the structure, since it is in an area where no runway crossings are required, and since it is lit particularly well. Although using the $3.2-million structure is voluntary, over 80% used it last year.

Vancouver, Washington, "Portland International Airport in Oregon Plans to Build "Hush House" For All But Largest Jets to Quiet Late-Night Engine Testing; Critics Say the Largest Jets -- Which Will Be Tested At the Airport's Corner Nearest Vancouver, Washington -- Will Create Noise Problems for Vancouver" (Aug. 31, 1999). The Columbian reports that the Portland International Airport in Portland, Oregon plans to build a 'hush house' to quiet late-night engine testing, but jumbo jets that won't fit will be tested at the edge of the airport near Vancouver, Washington. Airport officials say a 'hush house' large enough for jumbo jets would have raised the price, which is not justified since less than 2% of the engine tests would involve jumbo jets. Others worry that Vancouver will be inundated with noise, and may see a drop in property values; they also note that the percentage of jumbo jets will rise as international traffic becomes more common A particularly vocal Portland resident is responsible for pressuring the airport -- with FAA assistance -- to build the hush-house. Before the hush-house is built, airlines may only test engines at night if departure times necessitate it.

Vancouver, Washington, "Seattle's Sea-Tac Airport Plans to Use New, "Two-Tiered Flight Path" For Departures; Noise Will Be Balanced More Evenly, But Residents Who Will Get More Noise Are Upset" (Nov. 29, 1999). The Columbian reports that residents near Seattle, Washington's Sea-Tac Airport are split over a new plan to use a two-tiered flight path system for takeoffs that will increase noise for some residents.

Vancouver, Washington, "Vancouver, Washington Resident Claims Department of Transportation Falsely Stated A Noise Wall Would Be Erected Behind His House; Instead, a Second Off-Ramp Was Built, Taking Up the Only Available Space For a Wall" (Dec. 2, 1999). The Columbian reports that a Vancouver, Washington resident claims that the Department of Transportation (DOT) falsely told him that his house was a prime candidate for a noise wall. Now they say that the wall couldn't have been erected because it was too close to a wetland, and because a stream -- requiring a break in the wall -- would have rendered it useless anyway. In the meantime, a second off-ramp has been built in its place.

Vancouver, Washington, "Proposed Amphitheater in Vancouver, Washington Faces Lawsuit that Claims Shows Are Not "Public" and Thus Are Not Permitted to Make As Much Noise or to Be Held as Late at Night" (Oct. 16, 1999). The Columbian reports that a lawsuit is threatening a proposed amphitheater in Vancouver, Washington. Opponents fear noise as well as traffic, environmental damage and reduced property values. They argue the noise will be inappropriate for 'non-public' events. Officials claim that the events will in fact be public, and that all concerns were addressed in the application.

Vancouver, Washington, "Residents of Vancouver, Washington Want Noise Wall With Planned Road Extension; Officials Say They Don't Have the Money" (Jan. 8, 2000). The Columbian reports that residents near Interstate 5 in Vancouver, Washington want a noise wall in their neighborhood where a planned extension will increase traffic. State transportation officials say that it could take about ten years to build the $50-million worth of noise walls currently on the waiting list with an annual budget of just over $5-million.

Vancouver, Washington, "Opponents of Outdoor Amphitheater in Vancouver, Washington File Lawsuit Against County and Developer" (Mar. 30, 2000). The Columbian in Vancouver, Washington reports that two citizen organizations have sued Clark County, Washington, and Q Prime, a developer that wants to build an 18,000-seat, 800,000-square foot amphitheater in Clark County. The suit alleges that the amphitheater would cause noise pollution, harm the environment, and lessen the quality of life for area residents. This is the third time that opponents have filed a lawsuit trying to stop the project.

Vancouver, Washington, "Reader Protests Preschool Noise in Vancouver, Washington Neighborhood" (Mar. 31, 2000). The Columbian in Vancouver, Washington recently printed a number of letters to the editor. One of them is from a reader who is disturbed by noise from a preschool in her residential neighborhood. The letter is reprinted here in its entirety:

Vancouver, Washington area, "Editorial Says Jet Ski Ban in Some Washington Lakes Makes Sense" (Jul. 13, 1998). The Columbian printed an editorial that argues Jet Ski bans make sense in some Washington lakes. In national parks and other important natural areas, Jet Skis are not appropriate, the editorial says. But on other lakes, such as the Lacamas Lake near Vancouver, Washington, seaplanes and motorboats already have shattered the silence and residential developments have eliminated much of the former natural setting. On such lakes, the editorial argues, Jet Skis should be banned only if they can be shown to be environmentally harmful.

Venice, Florida, "Florida City Councillor Proposes Moving the City's Airport" (Sep. 2, 1997). The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports that Venice, Florida City Councillor David Farley is lobbying for the city to consider moving the city's general aviation airport to another location to eliminate neighbors' noise complaints and free up the prime waterfront property on which the airport is located. The article points out that such a project would require approvals by state and federal agencies and millions of dollars.

Venice, Florida, "Florida City Council Candidates Give Opinions on Moving Municipal Airport Due to Noise Problems" (Oct. 17, 1997). The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports that the six candidates running for Venice (Florida) City Council gave mixed opinions about moving the Venice Municipal Airport at a candidate's forum on Thursday. According to the article, the incumbents said they would reserve judgment until they see the results of a study being conducted on the topic. The new candidates, for the most part, are opposed to the idea, the article says.

Ventura County, California, "California County Considering Tougher Noise Law" (Nov. 23, 1996). The Los Angeles Times reports that the Ventura County, California Board of Supervisors may allow police to issue noise citations.

Ventura County, California, "Californian Columnist Writes about the "Wacky World of Leaf Blowers"" (Aug. 15, 1998). The Ventura County Star published the following commentary from columnist, Chuck Thomas regarding California's proposed legislation that would prohibit cities from banning leaf blowers.The other cities with leaf-blower bans tend to be environmentally cool places like Carmel and Santa Barbara, cities that have little else in common with L.A. With bans in Santa Barbara and L.A., Ventura County is sort of surrounded by the crusade -- without being part of it.

Ventura County, California, "Ventura County Airports Conduct Noise Studies; May Apply for FAA Grants" (May 5, 1998). The Ventura County Star reports the Camarillo and Oxnard airports are undergoing a noise study to determine if there is a problem at either airstrip.

Ventura County, California, "Noise Abatement Manager for California's Camarillo and Oxnard Airports" (Nov. 19, 1998). The Ventura County Star reports California's Ventura County's Department of Airports is considering creating a position to deal with noise complaints from residents living near the Camarillo and Oxnard airports.

Ventura County, California, "Calif. Writer Says Noise Violates Even Sacred Places in Our Modern World" (Apr. 4, 1999). The Ventura County Star published a column in which the author tells of a recent vacation across Coconino National Forest of northern Arizona, where she rediscovered the sounds of silence. But in her attempt to embrace it, she notes the pervasive lack of silence in our modern world.

Ventura County, California, "Airport Officials Rethink Decision: California Man's Jet Can Stay" (Jan. 15, 2000). According to the Ventura County Star, a Ventura County man can store his Czechoslovakian military jet at the Camarillo Airport because it passed the required noise test. This recent decision rescinds an earlier one requiring him to remove the jet.

Ventura, California, "California Residents Worry About Expansion of Nearby Church, Saying More Noise and Traffic Will Result" (Nov. 14, 1997). The Ventura County Star reports that residents living near the Ventura Missionary Church in Ventura, California, are worried that the church's proposed 33,000-square-foot expansion will add more noise and traffic problems to their neighborhood. The Planning Commission is set to consider the church's request on Dec. 2, the article notes.

Ventura, California, "Environmental Impact Report of Redevelopment District in California City Finds Noise and Other Problems Can be Mitigated" (Jul. 24, 1998). The Los Angeles Times reports that Ventura, California City Council will hold a public hearing on August 26 to address a proposed redevelopment district. The project would improve the quality of many older, run-down buildings in an attempt to lure private investment in the area. An environmental report was drafted to consider the project, and five potential problems were outlined. They were traffic, school crowding, air pollution during construction, noise, and historic preservation. The problems can be planned for, however.

Ventura, California, "California Resident Complains About Noise From Gun Range" (Jul. 29, 1998). The Ventura County Star printed the following letter-to-the-editor from Mike Barton, a Ventura, California resident, regarding noise from a gun range in the area:

Ventura, California, "Ventura, Calif. Residents Protest Firing Range Noise; Police Officers Say Facility is Necessary" (Nov. 19, 1998). The Los Angeles Times reports residents of Ventura, California, want to close nearby firing range because of incessant noise, but county law enforcement agencies say range provides vital service.

Ventura, California, "Ventura, California, Resident Says Firing Range is a "Noise Generator" Spewing "Aural Graffiti"" (Apr. 11, 1999). The Los Angeles Times published a letter from John W. Wagner of Ventura, California. Wagner vehemently opposes the noisy pistol range in his city. Wagner writes:

Ventura, California, "California Residents Upset Over Gun Range Noise: Current Reduction Measures Not Working" (Jul. 6, 1999). According to the Ventura County Star, some residents who live near Grant Park's Gun Range have filed numerous complaints about the noise from 9mm gunshots. And the sound-reduction measures, an earth berm and metal barriers, are required by the city, but aren't effective.

Ventura, California, "Eight Gang-Members Arrested In Connection with Beating Death of 18-Year-Old Whom They Suspected of Reporting Them for Noise" (Nov. 3, 1999). The Los Angeles Times reports that eight gang members have been arrested for allegedly murdering an 18-year-old man they suspected of reporting noise violations.

Ventura, California, "Residents Panicked by Confusing Test of Ventura's Dam Siren Warning System" (Feb. 17, 2000). The Ventura County Star published six letters to the editor complaining about the recent test by the City of Ventura of its siren warning system for a nearby dam. The letters are reprinted below in their entirety:

Ventura, California area, "Proposed California Joint Military Base/Commercial Airport a Bad Idea" (Nov. 10, 1996). The Los Angeles Times recently printed the following letter to the editor by Jon Simmons of Camarillo, California:

Vernon Hills, Illinois, "Night-Time Train Whistles Bother Illinois Residents; Meetings Scheduled with Railroads. In Other Noise News: Vernon Hills Trustees Allow Weekend Construction" (Feb. 24, 1999). The Chicago Daily Herald reports residents in Vernon Hills, Illinois, annoyed by the sound of train whistles late at night, plan to join other towns in asking railroads to stop the noise.

Vernon, Connecticut, "Connecticut Gravel Company Appeals Decision Denying Permit" (Dec. 9, 1997). The Hartford Courant reports that a gravel excavation company in Vernon, Connecticut has appealed a recent planning and zoning decision that denied it a permit to remove gravel from land near Route 83. The Commission denied the permit, saying the work would create dust and noise that would bother area residents.

Vero Beach, Florida, "New Procedures at Vero Beach Airport Aims to Reduce Noise" (Aug. 14, 1998). The Press Journal reports that the Vero Beach Airport Commission has approved a master plan that outlines development through 2020. Much of the projected development aims to reduce noise and includes specific procedures established by the airport director for meeting that goal.

Vero Beach, Florida, "Florida's Vero Beach Airport Commission to Sit as its Own Noise-Abatement Committee" (Jun. 19, 1998). The Press Journal published an article regarding a special workshop to brainstorm ideas for softening the noise of airplanes flying into and out of the Vero Beach Municipal Airport. However, the Vero Beach Airport Commission decided to sit as its own noise-abatement committee during the workshop.

Vero Beach, Florida, "Florida Residents Prefer Peace and Quiet to Softball in their Neighborhood" (Mar. 19, 1998). The Press Journal of Vero Beach, Florida, reports that residents strongly object to a proposed softball complex in their neighborhood. They predict the complex will bring noise and traffic to their quiet neighborhood.

Vero Beach, Florida, "Vero Beach, Florida Residents Unfazed By Fatal Plane Crash in Their Backyard" (Apr. 29, 1999). The Stuart News/Port St. Lucie News reports that residents of Vero Beach, Florida, who have endured years of noisy low-flying planes from the Municipal Airport, came home to find wreckage of a plane crash in their backyard near the children's swing set. John O'Neal, owner of the home, was unfazed, saying "If you're going to live near an airport, you have to live with noise and whatever else." Four people died in the crash.

Vero Beach, Florida, "Vero Beach, Florida Resident Criticizes Flight Safety Company For Noisy Touch and Go Flights, Praises Mayor for Beginning Use of Noise-Monitoring Equipment" (Aug. 10, 1999). The Press Journal prints a letter to the editor which criticizes Flight Safety International's noisy touch and go flights. The author says that the company has done nothing to mitigate noise, and praises the mayor for instituting a noise-measurement program at the airport.

Vero Beach, Florida, "Letter to the Editor Recommends the Dissolution of the "Endlessly Complaining" Airport Noise-Abatement Committee" (Jul. 20, 1999). The Press Journal prints a letter to the editor from a resident who believes that the Vero Beach, Florida Airport Commission should dissolve the Noise Abatement Committee. The author has previously worked with another airport commission, and says that the "endless complaints" of their noise-abatement committee were effectively silenced by the commissioner when he dissolved that committee.

Vero Beach, Florida, "Limits on Noisy Nighttime "Touch and Go" Operations at Vero Beach, Florida's Municipal Airport Cause Declines in Takeoffs and Landings; Decrease May Affect Eligibility for Federal Grants" (Jun. 27, 1999). The Press Journal reports that limitations on noisy night operations at Vero Beach, Florida's Municipal Airport may affect the airport's eligibility for federal grants, including one that was expected to help build an approved $4.6 million control tower. The 95-foot tower would replace the old one, which has structural problems and technological inadequacies according to the FAA.

Vero Beach, Florida, "Airplanes' Noise Affects Quality of Life in Vero Beach, Florida" (May 26, 1999). Anyone remember the introduction to the "Fantasy Island" TV show?

Vero Beach, Florida, "Florida Flight School Too Noisy for Vero Beach Residents" (Apr. 17, 2000). The Press Journal printed this op ed regarding aircraft noise from FlightSafety Academy in Vero Beach, Florida. The editorial is written in its entirety.

Vero Beach, Florida, "Florida Residents Say Private Planes Not Commercial Are Too Noisy" (Apr. 19, 2000). The Press Journal reported on complaints against jet noise at Vero Beach Municipal airport, but this time the complaints are against private aircraft rather than commercial.

Vero Beach, Florida, "Local Café Works with Vero Beach, Florida Officials to Find Solution to Noise Problem" (Apr. 7, 2000). The Press Journal in Vero Beach, Florida reports that city police, attorneys, and planners are meeting this week with Hugh Raiten, owner of the Riverside Café, a bar with live music that has been the focus of noise complaints since it first opened in 1993.

Vero Beach, Florida, "Vero Beach, Florida Residents Want Noise Ordinance Amended Because of Loud Music From Café" (Apr. 2, 2000). The Press Journal in Vero Beach, Florida reports that residents Jim and Kathleen Norconk have had it with the loud music from the local Riverside Café. They have hired attorney James A. Taylor to help them with a petition that they hope will encourage the City Council to amend its noise ordinance. Other residents in the communities of Vero Isles, Vista Harbor, and McKee Point are supportive of the Norconks' efforts.

Vero Beach, Florida, "Florida Resident Likes Aircraft Noise: Disclosure a Must" (Apr. 15, 2000). The Press Journal printed a letter from an aircraft engineer regarding jet noise complaints. The letter is printed in its entirety.

Victoria, Australia, "Australian Airport Bans Airlines Because of Noise and Safety Concerns" (Jan. 13, 2000). According to an AAP Newswire bulletin, the Victorian government banned Virgin Airlines from establishing its headquarter and barred it from temporarily using the city's Essendon Airport for an 18 month-interim until a new airport is built in Tullamarine. Governmental officials said the airline's 737 jets would create noise and safety risks in the suburban residential area.

Viera, Florida, "Local Florida Commission Hesitates to Ban Airboats; Waits for Outcome in Nearby Community" (May 20, 1998). The Press Journal reports the Brevard County Commission voted Tuesday to postpone action on requests to ban airboats from the waterway despite concerns from residents about noise and other environmental issues.

Villa Park, Illinois, "Illinois Village Officials Consider Noise Pollution Ordinance" (May 27, 1998). The Chicago Tribune reports that officials in Villa Park, Illinois are considering a noise pollution ordinance in order to address complaints from residents of Willow Pointe Condominiums that trucks parked at a Motel 6 make noise all night. The article says that several residents have recently demanded that the village control noise from parked trucks, especially those with refrigeration units.

Villa Park, Illinois, "Residents of Villa Park, Illinois Want Existing Noise Ordinance Strengthened to Increase Enforceability and Eliminate Late-Night Idling of Refrigerator Trucks" (Jun. 30, 1999). Chicago Tribune reports that the Villa Park, Illinois Village Board is considering changes to its noise ordinance that will allow police to crack down on drivers of refrigerator trucks who leave them idling all night. Residents near a motel lot where refrigerator trucks often idle complained at a recent board meeting. The current ordinance prohibits the trucks from running between 8 PM and 6 AM, but suggested changes would make the property owner responsible for not allowing the trucks to idle. One board member suggested putting the regulation under traffic laws, allowing easier enforceability.

Virginia Beach, VA, "Clark County, WA Group Fights Proposed Amphitheater" (Jun. 13, 1999). The Columbian reports residents of Clark County, WA fear a proposed amphitheater will ruin their peace and quiet. For ammunition, they have examined what life is like near Virginia's GTE Virginia Beach Amphitheater.

Virginia Beach, Virginia, "Virginia Plans Regulation Of Personal Watercrafts" (Dec. 27, 1997). The Virginian-Pilot reports that Jet Skis, WaveRunners and SeaDoos could be limited to Broad Bay and 500 feet or farther off the Chesapeake Bay and ocean beaches, if the draft recommendations of an advisory group are followed.

Virginia Beach, Virginia, "Virginia Road May Get Noise Barriers During Road Widening" (Jun. 4, 1997). The Virginian-Pilot reports that part of the Kempsville Road that links Virginia Beach, Virginia to Chesapeake is set to be widened from two lanes to six lanes, and noise barriers to protect residential neighborhoods from the increased traffic noise likely will accompany the project.

Virginia Beach, Virginia, "Amphitheater Manager in Virginia Continues with Noise Reduction Measures; Residents Still Unhappy" (Oct. 15, 1997). The Virginian-Pilot reports that noise complaints have plagued GTE Amphitheater in Virginia Beach, Virginia since it opened two years ago. At a meeting of the City Council on Tuesday, representatives of Cellar Door, which manages the amphitheater, said they plan to plant trees to cut down on noise, adjust lawn speakers, and consider purchasing better speakers. But City Councilors and residents continued to by skeptical and angry about the problem, the article says.

Virginia Beach, Virginia, "Factions will Speak for and against Relocation of Navy Jets to Virginia Beach; Noise is one Issue" (Oct. 27, 1997). The Virginian-Pilot of Norfork, Virginia, reports that the Navy will holds the first of two public hearings in Hampton Roads to ask residents if they want the Hornets as their new neighbors. For Virginia Beach, the proposed relocation of 180 Hornets to Oceana, raises a number of issues. For Virginia Beach, a lot is at stake: economics, noise, safety, traffic congestion and water supply.

Virginia Beach, Virginia, "Noise and Safety are Issues for Virginia Residents in Navy's Relocation of Jets" (Oct. 28, 1997). The Virginia-Pilot of Norfolk, Virginia, reports that a large group of residents at a public hearing in Virginia Beach opposed the Navy's plan to bring 180 jets to Oceana. While city and state officials Monday night made a strong case for the Hornets, citizens asked the Navy for: peace, quiet and safety.

Virginia Beach, Virginia, "Military Jets Will Make Life Noisier in Virginia City, Columnist Argues" (Sep. 27, 1997). The Virginian-Pilot printed an editorial in which the writer argues that although there will be substantial economic benefits if the Navy moves all of its F/A 18s to Virginia Beach, Virginia from the Cecil Field in Florida, life in the city will be noisier for all.

Virginia Beach, Virginia, "Massive Expansion of Virginia Navy Air Base Would Bring More Jet Noise and Other Impacts" (Sep. 12, 1997). The Virginian-Pilot reports that a U.S. Navy draft report released Thursday recommends that all 11 Navy jet squadrons and 180 jets (Hornets) at the soon-to-close Cecil Field near Jacksonville, Florida be transferred to the Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The article reports that although the expansion of the base in Virginia Beach would bring economic benefits, it would also increase jet noise in residential neighborhoods, congested roads, and population, including an influx of children into the school district. The article notes that at this stage, the plan is only a draft, and still could change as a result of politics and more review by critics and the Navy.

Virginia Beach, Virginia, "One-Fourth of Virginia City's Schools Would Have to be Moved if Navy Air Base Expands" (Sep. 12, 1997). The Virginian-Pilot reports that according to a draft Environmental Impact Statement report regarding expansion of the U.S. Navy's Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia Beach, Virginia, one-fourth of schools in the city would have to be moved or shielded against jet noise if the project is carried out. The report also found that two schools would be in the jet base's potential crash area, 22 schools would be in a high-noise zone, and two schools which had previously been in the base's crash zone (one of which has been moved) would no longer be in the new potential crash zone.

Virginia Beach, Virginia, "Citizens Group and State of North Carolina Oppose Moving Military Jets to Virginia Air Base" (Apr. 20, 1998). The Periscope Daily Defense News reports that residents in Virginia Beach, Virginia and officials in North Carolina are opposing a plan by the U.S. Navy to move several jet squadrons to Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia Beach. Residents believe the jets will increase noise over their neighborhoods, and North Carolina officials want some of the jets to go to an air base in their state. The article notes that members of the two groups have been working together, and could join forces in the future to more formally oppose the Navy's plans or sue.

Virginia Beach, Virginia, "Citizens Group Says it Will File Suit Against the Navy for Bringing Jets to Virginia" (Jul. 8, 1998). The Virginian-Pilot reports that Citizens Concerned About Jet Noise in Virginia Beach, Virginia plans to file a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Navy's decision to move 10 squadrons of Hornet jets to the Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia Beach. The group has hired an attorney and will meet Thursday to discuss the issue and solicit donations. The group has until July 16 to file the suit, the article notes.

Virginia Beach, Virginia, "Two Loud Virginia Amphitheater Concerts Anger Residents" (Jul. 11, 1998). The Virginian-Pilot reports that a pair of rock concerts at GTE Virginia Beach Amphitheater in Virginia Beach, Virginia have resulted in the heaviest noise complaints this season about the amphitheater. City officials and representatives of Cellar Door, a company that operates the amphitheater, will meet Monday to again discuss ways of keeping the noise down, the article says.

Virginia Beach, Virginia, "Virginia Citizens Group Will Challenge Navy in Federal Court Over Bringing Jets to Town" (Jul. 10, 1998). The Virginian-Pilot reports that the group Citizens Concerned About Jet Noise has announced it will bring a lawsuit against the U.S. Navy over plans to bring 10 squadrons of Hornet jets to Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The article says about 100 residents attended a meeting Thursday to lend their support to the group. The group has until Thursday to file their lawsuit.

Virginia Beach, Virginia, "Navy Considers Residents Concerns Over Relocation Of Jet Station" (Mar. 8, 1998). The Virginian-Pilot reports that the proposal to relocate the Hornets, the U.S. Navy's jet squad, to the Virginia area is still unpopular.

Virginia Beach, Virginia, "Citizens' Group Sues Navy Over Jets at Virginia Beach Air Station; Uncovered Naval Report Predicts High Noise Costs to Homes, Schools" (Nov. 16, 1998). The Virginian-Pilot reports a lawsuit filed against relocation of Navy Jets to an Air Force Base in Virginia Beach uncovered an unreleased Naval report estimating the high costs of noise-proofing local homes and schools.

Virginia Beach, Virginia, "Virginia Beach Amphitheater Successful, but Neighborhoods Want Their Quiet" (Nov. 18, 1998). The Virginian-Pilot reports while concerts at the GTE Virginia Beach Amphitheater bring welcome revenue to the town, they also blast unwanted noise to surrounding neighborhoods, making for a mixed review.

Virginia Beach, Virginia, "Virginia Beach to Study Noise Mitigation Measures for Schools after Luring Noisy Navy Jets to Area" (Nov. 16, 1998). The Virginian-Pilot reports in the wake of the Navy moving 10 F/A-18 squadrons to Virginia Beach, Virginia, city officials will fund a noise-mitigation study for schools in the high-noise zone.

Virginia Beach, Virginia, "Virginia Beach Hires Consultant to Reduce Noise from Amphitheater" (Sep. 16, 1998). The Virginian-Pilot reports Virginia Beach's City Council decided to hire a consultant to investigate ways to reduce the noise levels from the GTE Virginia Beach Amphitheater.

Virginia Beach, Virginia, "Virginia Residents Losing Sleep Because of Naval Air Station" (Dec. 13, 1999). Letters to the editor of the Virginian-Pilot call for community leaders to implement an anti-noise plan because of jet overflights at Oceana Naval Air Station near Virginia Beach. The editorial asks community leaders to act immediately because jet over flights have reached a level where the noise adversely affects the quality of the residents' lives.

Virginia Beach, Virginia, "Several Virginia Beach Residents Write, Supporting Military and Opposing Anti-Noise "Whiners"" (Dec. 5, 1999). The Virginian-Pilot prints three letters to the editor on the subject of jet noise from Virginia Beach's Oceana Naval Base. They all support the military jets, and criticize the paper for emphasizing opposition from anti-noise groups.

Virginia Beach, Virginia, "Editorial by Virginia Beach Resident Claims Local Government Has Gone Too Far In Seeking Economic Growth By Inviting Jets to Relocate There, While Not Addressing Noise Concerns of Residents" (Jul. 14, 1999). The Virginian-Pilot prints an editorial by a Virginia Beach resident who believes that local government went too far in promoting economic growth when it invited additional jets to Oceana Air Base without addressing the existing noise problems in communities surrounding the base. She hears noise from jets who fly overhead as many as 50 times in just a few hours; the noise may continue until 2:30 AM, and begins again at dawn.

Virginia Beach, Virginia, "Virginia Beach Amphitheater Too Loud for Neighbors" (Mar. 23, 1999). The Virginian-Pilot reports for the second time in as many years, GTE Virginia Beach Amphitheater officials have agreed to turn down the volume of summer concerts, but nearby residents say noise from the venue is still too loud.

Virginia Beach, Virginia, "Oceana Naval Base Near Virginia Beach Reports Noise Complaint Increase, Blames Added Squadrons, Weather and Repairs" (May 25, 1999). The Virginian-Pilot reports that Oceana Naval Air Station saw a 30 percent spike in aircraft noise complaints last month. Normally the base receives about 50 complaints each month, but with several squadrons of loud jets relocating from Florida and unpredictable weather redirecting flight paths, noise has increased.

Virginia Beach, Virginia, "Virginia Beach Resident Says Jet Noise is Price of American Freedom: Treasure It" (Nov. 18, 1999). The Virginian-Pilot prints several letters to the editor, one of which asserts that jet noise around Virginia Beach's Oceana Naval Base is simply the price we pay for freedom.

Virginia Beach, Virginia, "Former Navy Pilot Dispels Myths About Jet Noise Around Virginia Beach's Oceana Naval Base" (Nov. 4, 1999). The Virginian-Pilot prints a letter to the editor from a former navy pilot who dispels some myths about jet noise from Virginia Beach's Oceana Naval Base.

Virginia Beach, Virginia, "Letters to the Editor, Including a Virginia Beach Resident Who Believes Navy Pilots Training at Oceana Naval Base Have the Right to Make Noise in Preparation for Putting Their Lives on the Line" (Sep. 10, 1999). The Virginian-Pilot prints several letters to the editor, including one from a Virginia Beach resident in support of Oceana Naval Base training flights. The author admits that he does not live in the affected area, and if he did he acknowledges he would be 'on edge.' However, he asserts that military personnel who put their lives on the line should be allowed to make noise if it is necessary for their training.

Virginia Beach, Virginia, "Two Residents Take Opposing Views Of a New "Early Alert" System Proposed By Virginia Beach's Oceana Naval Base to Help Citizens Avoid Jet Noise" (Sep. 10, 1999). The Virginian-Pilot prints letters to the editor from two Virginia Beach residents regarding jet noise from Oceana Naval Base. The first resident applauds the proposed plan, which would allow residents to take measures in preparation for expected jet noise. He still believes that the city council needs to establish a noise committee with disaffected residents, and be tougher on the Navy when they move louder jets into the area. The second resident applauds a plan to fly jets higher -- this lessening noise -- but says early warning for noise is irrelevant. He says "Noise is noise, and 108 decibels is just as loud when you know it's coming as it is when it surprises you."

Virginia Beach, Virginia, "Readers in Virginia Beach Voice Concern Over Oceana Naval Air Station Noise" (Apr. 7, 2000). The Virginian-Pilot in Virginia Beach printed a selection of letters to the editor from readers who are concerned over jet noise at the nearby Oceana Naval Air Station. The letters are reprinted here in their entirety:

Virginia Beach, Virginia, "Virginia Beach Mayor and Citizens' Group Debate Best Way to Request Noise Mitigation from Oceana Naval Air Station" (Apr. 5, 2000). The Virginian-Pilot reports that Virginia Beach mayor Meyera E. Oberndorf has come under fire from the local Chamber of Commerce and from a citizens' group for failing to take a comprehensive approach to securing relief for the community from jet noise at the nearby Oceana Naval Air Station.

Virginia Beach, Virginia, "Reader Complains About Jet Noise in Virginia Beach" (Apr. 11, 2000). The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Virginia published a letter to the editor from a reader who is complaining about jet noise in Virginia Beach. The letter is reprinted here in its entirety:

Virginia Beach, Virginia, "Virginia Beach Residents Contemplate Lawsuit Against Government for Jet Noise at Navy Base" (Apr. 10, 2000). The Daily Press in Virginia Beach, Virginia reports that over 300 residents of Virginia Beach and Chesapeake attended a meeting recently to discuss the jet noise problem from the nearby Navy base. The meeting was organized by Citizens Concerned About Jet Noise (CCAJN), a local citizens' group whose members currently number more than 1,500. City and Navy officials also attended the meeting.

Virginia Beach, Virginia, "Virginia Beach, Virginia Residents Discuss Solutions to Jet Noise from Oceana Naval Air Station" (Apr. 9, 2000). The Associated Press reports that a meeting was held recently in Virginia Beach, Virginia to ask for help from the city and from Navy officials in reducing jet noise from the nearby Oceana Naval Air Station. The meeting was called by Citizens Concerned About Jet Noise (CCAJN), a group that was formed two years ago and has 1,500 members.

Virginia Beach, Virginia, "Anonymous Protest Launched Against Businesses in Support of Virginia's Oceana Naval Base" (Feb. 17, 2000). The Virginian-Pilot reports that an anonymous person or persons has circulated unsigned leaflets and a letter protesting six Beach businesses' support of the Oceana Naval base. The letter proposes a boycott of the businesses, which claim that the businesses "support jet noise at Oceana." Leaflets have been found attached to telephone poles and erected on stakes.

Virginia Beach, Virginia, "Oceana Naval Air Station, Virginia to Construct Soundproofing Facility for Testing Jet Engines" (Feb. 19, 2000). The Virginian Pilot reports that the Oceana Naval Air Station will build a $9.9 million "hush house" for testing jet engines. The new soundproofing facility will significantly cut down on the noise generated by the testing of jet engines.

Virginia Beach, Virginia, "Virginia Naval Base Will Enclose Engine Noise" (Feb. 19, 2000). According to the Virginian-Pilot, Oceana Naval Air base has finally acted on reducing noise from testing jet engines, a source of irritation for the base's neighbors for years.

Virginia Beach, Virginia, "Virginia Naval Station Proves Costly for Schools" (Jan. 16, 2000). The Virginia-Pilot reports jet noise from the Oceana Naval Air Station is so disruptive to education in Virginia Beach that 15 schools need better insulation that will cost $3.5 million.

Virginia Beach, Virginia, "Virginia Noise Walls Not the State's Job" (Mar. 23, 2000). The Virginian-Pilot printed this letter to the editor regarding noise walls around interstates. The letter and its response are both in their entirety.

Virginia City, Nevada, "Virginia City, Nevada Says No to Noisy Helicopter Tours" (Apr. 7, 2000). The Associated Press reports that residents of Virginia City, Nevada and other parts of Storey County are opposed to Sierra Gulf Helicopters and Virginia City Venture bringing helicopter tours to the area. The planning commission held a meeting last week, attended by 100 opponents. The planning commission decided to recommend that the County Commission turn down the request at its upcoming meeting next month.

Vogeltown, New Zealand, "Vogeltown, New Zealand Couple Says Millennium Concert Was Too Loud and Lasted Too Long" (Jan. 5, 2000). The Daily News reports that a couple living in Vogeltown, New Zealand thought the Millennium concert on New Years' Day night was too loud and went too long. Local officials thought that most people wouldn't mind the once-in-a-millennium exception.

Volusia County, Florida, "Keep Your Music to Yourself; Florida County Adopts Noise Ordinance Aimed at Lowering the Volume of Boomboxes at the Beach" (Feb. 23, 1999). The Orlando Sentinel Tribune published an editorial supporting the adoption of a noise ordinance to quell loud beach music in Volusia County, Florida.

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