» The too-long arm of the law? You could be forgiven for thinking so over the case of New Mexico’s Lori Teel, who was reportedly arrested over $36 worth of overdue library checkouts — one copy of Twilight, and a DVD of the book series’ second film, New Moon. Arrest warrants had been sent out, but not to Teel’s current home — rather, to her childhood home she hadn’t lived at in years, leaving her unaware of the impending retribution. In the course of investigating a disturbance, police arrested Teel in front of her five young children and took her off to jail, where she spent the night. The charges have since been dropped, but that may be cold comfort — I don’t think any of us expect to be arrested for a modest library bill. At least, ahem, we hope not.
» Authorities have confirmed that the fire, which formed after two separate lightning-induced blazes converged last week, has now destroyed more than 265 square miles inside of Gila National Forest. The blaze surpassed a fire from 2011 that destroyed more than 153,000 acres, and threatened the Los Alamos Nuclear Laboratory before authorities could stop contain it.
» Immigrants’ rights groups cheer: While Martinez, a Republican, is licking her wounds, advocates for undocumented immigrants have a right to cheer today. ”This goes to show that you come in with a radical, extremist agenda, you’re going to get push-back because New Mexico is not a radical extremist state,” said Somos un Pueblo Unido head Marcela Diaz. By the way, amongst border states, New Mexico is the only one that allows immigrants to get licenses.