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The Past 100 Years, March 23, 2019

March 23, 2019

March 23, 1969: The little train was rescued from oblivion and possible abandonment Saturday by Santa Fe’s two senators, Alex Martinez and Edmundo Delgado.

An expected fight on grounds that HB230 creating the New Mexico Train Authority would interfere with private enterprise did not materialize. However, as the session drew to a close with preoccupations about appropriations, there was speculation that the train bill would be passed over.

March 23, 1994: Owners and former owners of an Ortiz Mountains gold mining site face a federal lawsuit if they don’t act aggressively to clean up contamination there, a coalition of Santa Fe County citizens groups warned Tuesday.

In a letter dated today but released to reporters Tuesday, Friends of Santa Fe County alleges that La Minerals Inc. and Pegasus Gold Corp. have violated both the federal Clean Water Act and the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act in their handling of contamination from a waste rock pile at a Cunningham Hill mine site.

Jeanie Cragin, chairwoman of the coalition’s steering committee, and New Mexico Environmental Law Center attorney Doug Wolf said they believe the two Canadian companies could be fined up to $94 million if they have violated the laws.

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