|by CYNDY COLE, Sun
Arizona Daily Sun
10 July 2010
Tribe's legislative body voted unanimously Thursday to
use any remaining legal avenues to stop snowmaking at
Arizona Snowbowl, the tribe's leader said Friday.
"Ultimately and straightforwardly, we're just opposed to
any snowmaking at all," said Chairman LeRoy
Hopi people's lives are based on our values and what
we've been told to protect in our lives," he said. "And
as Hopis, we just cannot go against the teachings we've
been taught to guarantee the survival of our Hopi
legal options now remain is the question.
lawsuit against snowmaking filed by the Save the Peaks
Coalition and regional residents heads to court for oral
arguments in Phoenix on July 20. It asserts reclaimed
wastewater might make unhealthy snow for skiers and
midday Friday, U.S. District Court for Arizona Judge
Mary Murguia had not ruled on a request for a temporary
restraining order regarding construction. But she had
approved an agreement between Snowbowl and the
plaintiffs that construction would not begin until at
least July 21.
lawsuit comes after a first that asserted snowmaking on
the San Francisco Peaks would violate some tribal
members' religious freedoms. The courts rejected that
cleared through the latest court round, construction to
install snowmaking equipment and new trails at Snowbowl
would likely not begin until August at the earliest.
Staff at the Coconino National Forest say they need time
to receive and review specific construction plans and
consult with tribes.
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