San Juan County fears extra patrol burden at Navajo Lake

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) – San Juan County officials say they will be left holding the bag if New Mexico State Parks is allowed to stop patrolling thousands of acres around Navajo Lake.

The Farmington Daily Times reported Saturday that officials are up in arms over a proposal to reduce the area overseen by parks personnel.

Under the proposal, the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office could potentially be forced to patrol 15,000 more acres of land by the end of the year.

San Juan County commissioners plan to pass a resolution condemning the idea.

County Undersheriff Shane Ferrari says the state continues to push more duties onto local agencies despite a lack of funding and resources.

State Parks Deputy Director Toby Velasquez says there are not enough personnel to enforce such a large area.

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