June 11, 2008

Snowbowl battle continues

Snowbowl continues development plans despite court rulingDespite a federal court case now under consideration and a March 2007 ruling that rendered illegal the proposed development and expansion on the leased federal land occupied by Arizona Snowbowl, the ski resort has announced plans to attempt to move forward with their development proposal.

Arizona Snowbowl is seeking an amendment from the Forest Service to their current lease permit in an attempt to start construction on the ski teaching area included in the controversial proposal.

A Ninth Circuit Court ruling on March 12, 2007 provided protection for the San Francisco Peaks, a mountain held sacred by more than 13 Native American tribes and has been hailed as a victory for religious freedom, environmental justice and cultural survival. The San Francisco Peaks are recognized internationally as a sacred site as well.

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