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On 10/10/19, I went to Snowbowl to take in my favorite fall view of aspen groves both near and far and departed in tears. Blocking my view were huge berms of excavated dirt from the demolition of a large, lovely meadow of wildflowers, trees and boulders.

These used to line the entrance to Aspen Loop trail, loved for its easy accessibility and moderate hiking. I won't go back, but everyone needs to see this. The smell of diesel fuel and cacophony of earth-moving machines erased the beauty of autumn's earthy aromas, bird calls and joys of quiet reflection. When is this more necessary than now?

I am an older woman -- so who will listen? Rampant, thoughtless development is the order of the day. Highway 180 is a crowded corridor made worse with Snowbowl expansion. No one in power is courageous enough to say "NO." Property rights and such! Are no places sacred? Wake up, Arizona!

"They paved paradise and put up a parking lot"- Joni Mitchell.

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(PS: On another note -- is a possible spark from machinery against rock on these last windy days worth another fire? Who is paying attention?)

MARILYN SCHWIND

Flagstaff

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