FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities have arrested six people who chained themselves to heavy construction equipment to protest snowmaking plans at the Arizona Snowbowl in Flagstaff.
Coconino County Sheriff's deputies say they responded to the area of Snowbowl Road and Highway 180 about 5 a.m. Thursday.
A Snowbowl security officer reported people chained to a large excavator in the area of the water pipeline construction.
Authorities cut off the chains and say they arrested five adults and a 16-year-old girl for trespassing. All but one of those arrested are Flagstaff residents.
The Snowbowl ski resort began construction last month on a water pipeline to make snow when Mother Nature doesn't come through.
A lawsuit pending in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals challenges the use of reclaimed water to make artificial snow.
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