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Snowbowl Construction Progressing Despite Protests

Construction is ongoing this summer along parts of Snowbowl Road, as the Flagstaff area ski resort management works to build infrastructure for snowmaking.

The Coconino County Sheriff’s office is reporting the arrests of several people protesting construction at Snowbowl.  On Saturday, three people were arrested for trespass and disorderly conduct.

Snowbowl General Manager JR Murray tells Flagstaff Business News the protestors are wasting public resources and taking first responders away from other important activities.  “It would be nice if they (the protestors) were ford to compensate the public for those costs,” said Murray, referring to the time and efforts of U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement officers and the sheriff’s department.

For Arizona Snowbowl, moving forward with snowmaking is the result of nearly a decade of public processes and legal battles.  “For us, it’s about customer service and improving the ski area for our guests,” added Murray, saying the upcoming season will include the long awaited snowmaking equipment.

Summer visitors to the ski resort, might experience slight delays on Snowbowl Road during the construction process.

 

The arrestees are

Klee Benally, age 35 for Disorderly Conduct and Trespass

Mary Sojourner, age 71 for Disorderly Conduct

Rudy Preston, age 39 for Disorderly Conduct and Trespass

 

 

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