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Demonstrations Disrupt Snowbowl 75th Anniversary Parties

14 Feb

BY MITCH KULLOS —

Crowds gathered in Heritage Square at 5 p.m. on Feb. 9, not to celebrate the Dew Downtown event, but rather to protest and bring awareness to the various forms of environmental negligence levied against the Arizona Snowbowl. The ski resort has been celebrating their 75th anniversary for the past week at various bars and restaurants in downtown Flagstaff; these events were disrupted at nearly every venue by passionate protestors demonstrating their views on Snowbowl’s celebration.

Klee Benally leads the drum circle during an Arizona Snowbowl protest, the protest took place at heritage square in downtown Flagstaff on Saturday. Arizona Snowbowl has been using reclaimed water to blow snow onto the mountain which started in December of last year. (Photo by Jeff Bucher)

Klee Benally leads the drum circle during an Arizona Snowbowl protest, the protest took place at heritage square in downtown Flagstaff on Saturday. Arizona Snowbowl has been using reclaimed water to blow snow onto the mountain which started in December of last year. (Photo by Jeff Bucher)

With such frequent protests, protesters are assumed to have been working with or inspired by the organization Idle No More. Often, the protestors carried signs and banners voicing their cause to remove Snowbowl from the San Francisco peaks, which is considered to be sacred by local indigenous tribes. This debate was recently reignited by the use of 100 percent wastewater recycled snow on the mountain. The coordinated protest events began with a downtown street march on Monday and culminated with a flash mob protest in Heritage Square on Feb. 9.

Members of the protest gave statements of why they were participating, their purpose and evidence supporting their cause. Continue reading

Flagstaff Community Members Begin Hunger Strike for Protection of the San Francisco Peaks

7 Jun

FLAGSTAFF, AZ – Two young Flagstaffians announced the beginning of a hunger strike to call attention to human rights violations sanctioned by the US Forest Service and perpetrated by Arizona Snowbowl and the City of Flagstaff on Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at a Flagstaff City Council meeting. The announcement was made to current council members and mayor as well as incoming council members.

 “We will begin our hunger strike today and continue until we have justice,” stated Jessica Beasley. “We are calling for community members to join us in our struggle for freedom and equality. We will be attending Flagstaff City Council meetings and encourage others to attend as well, until our voices are meaningfully heard. We hope that other concerned individuals will also join us on the lawn at Flagstaff City Hall to publicly protest the aforementioned human rights violations.”
 The hunger strikers are also urging everyone who cares about the desecration and destruction of the San Francisco Peaks to call or write Flagstaff City Officials and the US Forest Service to make their complaints known.
 
The statement read at the city council meeting is presented below in its entirety: