Snowbowl Protesters Face Charges for "Quarantine" of Forest Service Office

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Protect the Peaks' September 21 protest.
Four people are accused of violating federal law when they took to a Forest Service office in Coconino County in September to protest the use of reclaimed water to create snow at Arizona Snowbowl.

Perhaps there's some irony involved here, but one of the protesters' concerns is that the reclaimed water could contain materials that are hazardous to humans. One of the protesters is facing charges related to dumping some clear liquid on the ground in the office, and a federal complaint says Forest Service employees "were extremely concerned that the liquid spilled could be hazardous."

The case against the four protesters -- Klee Benally, Dawn Dyer, Michael Anders, and Evan Hawbaker -- was just filed yesterday, and they were among about 20 people at that protest, which was billed as a demonstration to "quarantine" the lobby of the office.

Some people dressed in white jumpsuits and masks, some tied "caution" tape up around the office, there were several types of signs, and of course, there was the bucket of liquid.

According to the federal complaint, Forest Service employees kept trying to get the protesters to leave that Friday afternoon, which a Forest Service agent says is the busiest time for the office, as people stop by for permits and other things for weekend adventures.

While trying to get everyone out, one employee noticed a five-gallon bucket on its side, and the employee saw "a large amount of relatively clear liquid that ran across the tile and carpet near the front doors."

Some points on the liquid from the federal complaint:

"There was a small white cardboard sign in the center of the clear liquid that read, 'Caution contains Treated Sewage Effluent,' in large blue letters, and 'Reclaimed Water, Hazardous constituants: antibiotics, fecal matter, endocrine disrupters, prescription drugs, narcotics, birth control pharmaceut'l, carcinogens,' in small lettering below it...

"Several of the USFS employees had observed the individuals wearing the white suits and masks and were extremely concerned that the liquid spilled could be hazardous...

"Aware of the USFS employees concerns, [a USFS captain] called the Flagstaff Fire Department for their assistance with a potential hazardous material incident...

"The Flagstaff Fire Department dispatched three fire engines, one special operations HazMat truck, and ten firefighters to ensure that the unknown liquid was not hazardous."

At that point, it appears that the irony of the situation was lost on the Forest Service, although they probably did the right thing, from their perspective.

After a second-by-second review of the surveillance footage from inside the office, the Forest Service investigators knew what pretty much everyone was doing at any given moment.

That has now resulted in federal charges of interfering with Forest Employees "in the performance of [their] official duties for the improvement and administration of the National Forest System..."

Each of the four people named in the complaint face two of these charges, except Hawbaker -- the alleged bucket-tipper -- who faces four.


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naatsosie
naatsosie

@PaddoCrackr there is a special place in heck for morons like you. Do the world a favor. Dont have children.

redpatcher
redpatcher

Love how it is interfering with improving the forest system, ie clearcutting thousands of trees, cultural genocide, and spraying treated sewer water everywhere.

PaddoCrackr
PaddoCrackr

Good - I hope they lock them up. Filthy hippies.

fairymagic13
fairymagic13

@PaddoCrackr Please recall that a hippie ACORN community organizer just got re-elected to the Presidency of the United States.  Put that in your pipe and smoke it PutoCrackr!

Paddoisapunk
Paddoisapunk

You are the only filthy one here...enjoy eating poop snow, loser

QstionEvythng
QstionEvythng

@fairymagic13 Actually, a Harvard educated attorney (graduated Magna Cum Laude), big-firm lawyer, law school associate professor, and U.S. Senator was just re-elected to the Presidency of the United States. Its amazing how you right wing fruitcakes want to focus on his community organizing from 1983- 1988 but want to totally ignore everything he did from 1991 though his election in 2008. Yeah - lets focus on everything he did in the first 5 years after graduating college and forget how successful he was in the 17 years after graduating law schol.  Idiot!

fairymagic13
fairymagic13

@LegitQuestions @loosecannonsbluesban Oops - can't keep my ids straight!  Well, fruitcake is pretty good if you microwave a piece for about 20 seconds so I'm not sure why you used that term - unless you meant old dried up fruitcake, then that's a really bad insult.  However, idiot - there's a real insult: 

From Wikipedia:

An idiot, dolt, or dullard is a mentally deficientperson, or someone who acts in a self-defeating or  significantlycounterproductive way. Archaically the word mome has also been used. The similar terms moron, imbecile, and cretin have all gained specialized meanings in modern times. An idiot is said to be idiotic, and to suffer from idiocy. A dunce is an idiot who is specifically incapable of learning. An idiot differs from a fool (who is unwise) and an ignoramus (who is uneducated/an ignorant), neither of which refers to someone with low intelligence.

Check it out - thoughly interesting!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idiot#Etymology

Also, check out ACORN - it's a great organization was massively wronged by the idiot right-wing fruicakes you speak of.

QstionEvythng
QstionEvythng

@loosecannonsbluesban As far as I can tell you weren't "dissing" the President since this is your first post unless you also post as someone else.  If you also also post as airymagic13 - your  post made me think that you were criticizing the President for his ACORN-affiliated activities, not praising him.  I have no real opinion on ACORN, I do resent those who try to use it as a criticsim while refusing to consider the entirety of his resume. 

Is it "fruitcake" or "idiot" that I should look up the definition of? Quite frankly I've been called worse than either of them (most likely within the last 24 hours) so I'm not sure it makes a difference.

loosecannonsbluesban
loosecannonsbluesban

@LegitQuestions @fairymagic13 Dude, I worked as a volunteer for ACORN in the 1970s and support that organization's mission 100%.  I wasn't dissing the President for being an hippie ACORN comunity organizer, I was Praising him!  The fact that he went corporate and sold out was the bad part!!!  BTW - You should look up the definition of the word you used to be impolite here - it might ring some bells in your own psyche.

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