Toxic Metals Concern
State officials are concerned that new spring temperatures are melting a snowpack that could stir up toxic contaminants left behind by the Gold King Mine spill. According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, the state environment department issued a warning last week saying all of the melting snow could cause gallons of poison metals at the bottom of the Animas and San Juan River to move around. The state is expected to monitor the water as part of an agreement made after EPA contractors spilled toxic waste water into the rivers last year.
The feds are now giving New Mexico an extension to meet tougher ID requirements. The US Department of Homeland Security notified Governor Susana Martinez of the extension on Friday. What it means is the state has until October of 2016 to tighten up its requirements for immigrant driver’s licenses. This comes after the state legislature approved new rules for those ID’s like making immigrants here illegally submit fingerprints to get driver’s authorization card. Last year, the feds denied New Mexico the extension. After that, some military bases stopped accepting state driver’s licenses to gain entry. The governor plans to sign the revisions into law soon.
Accused Arsonist Caught
Fire investigators caught a man they say started a fire in the Bosque. Patrol crews spotted the blaze near central on the west side of the river on Friday night. They caught Christian Frescas who is now charged with an arson felony charge. There’s been more than a dozen fires set in the Bosque in the last month or so. At this time, investigators aren’t sure whether Frescas is connected to those too.