The Hopi Tribe’s efforts to block the City of Flagstaff from using snowmaking machines at the Arizona Snowbowl proceeded to potentially decisive arguments before Coconino County Superior Court Judge Joe Lodge.

Both sides were hoping to persuade the judge that a longer trial wasn't necessary, and he could rule on the spot.

“You can’t slap another name on a claim and make it a new claim,” Ballard Spahr attorney John Kerkorian argued on behalf of the City.

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