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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

ACTION ALERT: Snowbowl Arizona Aug. 4--9, 2011

San Francisco Peaks destruction for sewage water pipeline
News advisory
(928) 600-0856

Week of Action Planned to Address Sacred Site Desecration
'Protect the Peaks' Events to be Held in Flagstaff, Arizona

Press statement

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – From August 4-9, 2011 events will be held in Flagstaff, Arizona to protest Snowbowl ski area and the Obama administration's US Forest Service sanctioned desecration of the holy San Francisco Peaks.

On May 25th 2011, authorized by the US Forest Service, owners of Arizona Snowbowl began further destruction and desecration of the Holy San Francisco Peaks. Since then Snowbowl’s hired work crews have laid over 5 miles of the planned 14.8 mile wastewater pipeline. They have cut a six foot wide and eight foot deep gash into the Holy Mountain.  Snowbowl is currently in the process of clear-cutting more than 30,000 trees and burning slash-piles. 

Although a current legal battle is under appeal, Snowbowl owners have chosen to undermine judicial process by rushing to construct the pipeline.

Encampments have been established on the holy Mountain in protest of the destruction and desecration.

 Events Schedule: August 4-9, 2011

Thurs. 4th - BANNER MAKING - 5:30PM
At Taala Hooghan Infoshop - 1704 N 2nd St.

Fri. 5th - AWARENESS MARCH - 5:30PM
Meet at Heritage Square downtown Flagstaff. We will walk through downtown and hand out flyers.

Organized by Youth of the Peaks. Pray where you are.
A gathering will also be held near Snowbowl parking lot by Humphrey‘s Trail at 11AM.
Sun. 7th - MARCH FOR THE PEAKS! - 12:30PM
Meet and start in Wheeler Park downtown Flagstaff, AZ. Bring banners and signs.

Mon. 8th - RALLY AT USFS OFFICE! - 12:30pm
At Coconino Forest Service Office - 1824 S. Thompson St. Flagstaff, AZ (Near AZ Daily Sun off of Old Rt. 66)  Come on your lunch hour.  Bring banners and signs. 

504 E Butler Avenue (across from New Frontiers)

Meet at Flagstaff City Hall on Rt 66 side.  Bring banners and signs, drums and song.

Background:   For more than a dozen years Indigenous Nations, environmental activists, and concerned community members have worked together to protect the holy site and surrounding area from further ecological destruction, public health threats, and spiritual desecration.
Arizona Snowbowl's development plans include clear-cutting 74 acres of rare alpine habitat that is home to threatened species, making new runs and lifts, adding more parking lots and building a 14.8 mile buried pipeline to transport up to 180 million gallons (per season) of wastewater to make artificial snow on 205 acres. The Peaks are central to the ways of life of more than 13 Indigenous Nations.  The use of wastewater undermines internationally recognized rights of Indigenous people; rights that the Forrest Service and administration is obliged to protect.


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