A total of 17 people protesting a plan to make artificial snow at Arizona Snowbowl have been arrested over a four-day period.
According to a flier being distributed in the city, "Protect the Peaks" called for a week of action between Aug. 4 and Tuesday at various locations throughout the city.
At an event Friday downtown, one person taking part in protests was arrested for obstructing a public thoroughfare after blocking traffic in the street, according to Flagstaff police reports.
Another protest Sunday began in Wheeler Park, but police told the protesters that the venue had already been reserved by the Arts & Crafts Fair.
The protesters, moving toward the downtown area, were witnessed by officers blocking traffic. After several warnings by police not to block a public thoroughfare, six protesters were arrested -- for obstructing either a public thoroughfare or a government operation.
Two of those arrested during this weekend's protests had also been arrested in June in another attempt to block Snowbowl Road.
Protesters estimated the turnout downtown Sunday at more than 100. Police estimated the crowd at more than 50.
Ten protesters were arrested Monday morning for trespassing and blocking Snowbowl Road. They were bound together with chains and pipes connected to 55-gallon barrels filled with cement, officials with the Coconino County Sheriff's Office said.
"There's a whole lot of first-responders up there that are now unavailable to handle true emergencies because they're committed to cutting these people free," said Commander Rex Gilliland of the sheriff's office.
The 17 people arrested between Friday and Monday ranged in age from 20 to 35, and hail from Flagstaff, the Valley and out of state, according to official reports.
People opposed to snowmaking at Snowbowl gathered again Monday afternoon with signs and a bullhorn outside the Coconino National Forest headquarters to ask the agency to reverse its decision approving snowmaking with reclaimed wastewater.
There have now been a total of 23 arrests since construction of a pipeline began along Snowbowl Road in late May of this year, and some of those arrested have been minors.