New briefing for June 7, 2019

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Posted: Friday, June 7, 2019 6:00 am | Updated: 2:00 pm, Thu Jun 13, 2019.

The driver in a fatal wrong way collision on Interstate 40 this past Saturday has been identified. Krista Laine Begay was identified as the woman who drove her Kia the wrong way on I-40, crashing into an RV that was heading East, and causing both cars to catch fire. The Pearblossom, California man driving the RV was taken to Flagstaff Medical Center, but as of this report the man’s condition remains unknown.

Both lawmakers and tribal leaders are urging congress to pass legislation preventing mining near the Grand Canyon. On Wednesday, environmental officials gathered with tribal members in Washington to support the “Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act.” If passed, the law would prevent mining in a one million acre of land near the Canyon. Supporters were mainly motivated by the dangers of uranium mining in the areas around trial land, but critics say that the dangers of uranium mining overblown.

Down south in Yuma, a traffic stop resulted in the seizure of 527 pounds of methamphetamine. The department of Homeland Security stated yesterday that they had arrested Angel Leon-Camberos for speeding, found 95 pounds of illegal drugs in his car, then got a search warrant to search the rest of his home. In total, they gathered 527 pounds of methamphetamine which holds around $7.2 million in street value.

Sunny skies are expected for today, with a high near 76 degrees, with winds to the southwest estimated at 6-15 miles per hour, though they could get as high as 26 miles per hour. Tonight, we have clear skies with a low around 43 degrees, and winds expected to be west southwest at 5 to 11 miles per hour, with maximum speed estimated to be 18 miles per hour.