The Helper Arts and Music Festival is releasing 2,000 balloons in honor of the nine miners who lost their lives in the Crandall Canyon disaster. But do they realize what damage that many balloons can do to the environment? Once they are out of sight, they explode at high elevations, usually landing on the nearest or highest peak. I have had hunters tell me while looking for sheep on high mountaintops they have encountered numerous mylar and latex balloons. The shiny material makes them very attractive to birds, and they have been found in the stomachs and intestines of some animals.

I am sure another wonderful tribute to the miners could be used.

Dawn Serrano

Salt Lake City