July 16, 2010

Snoqualmie residents vs. Snoqualmie Casino

Snoqualmie residents blast back at Snoqualmie Casino concerts with air hornsA handful of Snoqualmie residents protested Snoqualmie Casino’s summer concert series Thursday evening. While Peter Frampton and Yes played on an outdoor stage overlooking Snoqualmie Valley, the residents, who say noise from the concert series is a nuisance, blasted air horns, and demonstrated with signs and shouts at the casino’s entrance.

The protestors were targeting concertgoers as they drove into the casino, asking them to boycott the casino.

Snoqualmie Casino says that it carefully monitors its concerts to ensure that they are do not exceed the city’s sound ordinances. The casino doesn’t have to follow the ordinances; it sits on the Snoqualmie Tribe’s reservation, making it sovereign land.

But the casino wants to be a good neighbor, says Mike Gallagher, Snoqualmie Casino’s vice-president of marketing.

To do that, decibel levels are monitored at the show and in Snoqualmie during the show.

The level at the show peaks at 95 decibels, according to Gallagher. Ninety-five decibels is slightly louder than a lawn mower.

On the valley floor, the noise is much quieter, but it is the bass that is the aggravating part, several protestors say.

“You can’t sit in the yard and relax. It’s as though someone is blasting a stereo with just the bass in your yard,” says Kit McCormick.
Comment:  As with other disputes of this type, I'd say it's incumbent upon the tribe to do more.

For a similar subject, see Barona Racetrack Is Buzz-Kill.


Rob said...


Noise dispute rocks ’n’ roils: Snoqualmie Casino says it’s a good neighbor despite protests

As musician Peter Frampton twanged on his guitar at Snoqualmie Casino, about 2,000 fans cheered at the casino’s outdoor Mountain View Plaza, about 10 protestors picketed outside the casino’s entrance and people across Snoqualmie Valley either opened or closed their windows, so they could either hear or block the music wafting from the concert July 15.

Some Snoqualmie residents said they are unhappy with the noise from the casino’s outdoor concerts, calling the noise disruptive. Casino staff said they had voluntarily implemented a sound curfew and decibel limit, and might make changes to the venue next summer.

When the casino opened in 2008, it had two concert venues: the Snoqualmie Ballroom, seating 1,000 people, and Sno Lounge, seating 250 people. Last year, casino staff found they could transform the performers’ parking lot into a concert venue they named Mountain View Plaza, seating about 2,000 people.

“Once we started outdoor shows, we knew that sound was going to travel,” said Snoqualmie Casino Vice President of Marketing Matt Gallagher, explaining why the casino has a 10 p.m. curfew, the same as the city of Snoqualmie’s noise ordinance, and a 95 decibel limit.

Rob said...


After complaints, Snoqualmie Casino shortens concert season

After receiving dozens of calls complaining about its outdoor concerts last summer, Snoqualmie Casino has implemented several changes to its schedule at Mountain View Plaza.

The season will be shorter; shows will start and end earlier; there will be fewer double billings and the casino will not hold any Friday concerts.

The casino has also started a phone hotline for community members who have questions or comments about the outdoor concerts—888-HELP (4357).