Monday’s Five Facts, Top Morning Headlines

Toxic River
The Animas River is still flowing with toxic waste from the Gold King Mine on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015, as seen from the 32nd Street Bridge in Durango, Colo., as the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad train goes by. (Jerry McBride/The Durango Herald via AP)

The five facts you need to know:

  1. Two suspects in a chase that ended in a police-involved shooting on I-25 are facing charges, and the owner of the car they allegedly drove says he skirted death. Rob Helton says one of the men pointed a gun at him as he was loading his Corvette on Friday in Edgewood and pulled the trigger, but the gun didn’t go off. Eventually the driver made it to northbound I-25 before the men tried running. Police say 24-year-old Dakota Cook shot at officers so they fired back hitting one of them. Cook and 28-year-old Sheliky Sanchez were arrested.
  2. Monday, partly cloudy with isolated showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 80’s to mid 90’s. Monday night, partly cloudy with isolated showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the lower to mid 60’s.
  3. The state is warning homeowners affected by the Dog Head Fire to watch out for schemes. At least a dozen families lost their homes in the fire earlier this month in the Manzanos and dozens of other structures also burned. New Mexico’s Regulation and Licensing Department says to beware if your contractor is trying to rush you through the rebuilding process and make sure they’re licensed in state.
  4. You are invited to hear more about the long-term effects of the Gold King Mine Spill. A team tasked with tracking public concerns is set to meet Monday night. The Department of Game and Fish is also scheduled to give an update on fish contamination after 3 million gallons of mine waste water was dumped into the Animas and San Juan rivers last August. Monday night’s meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. in the San Juan College Student Center.
  5. A film shot by a New Mexico native is getting a lot of attention. “Sickhouse” was released entirely on Snapchat in 10 second-clips, over five days. The film is now available to download and stream on Vimeo.

Top Morning Headlines:

State wildlife officers have captured two black bear cubs that were orphaned after their mother was shot and killed for attacking a marathon runner in northern New Mexico. The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish announced Sunday that officers used a catchpole to get the 10-pound cubs down from a tree Saturday.

New Mexico judges are being cautioned about using social media by the state’s highest court. The New Mexico Supreme Court has issued guidelines for judges who use Facebook and other online platforms. The court’s remarks came up last week in a decision to order a retrial for a defendant convicted in a 2010 killing of an Albuquerque woman. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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