Monday Morning Roundup

Jun 24, 2013

2 Rival Albuquerque Gangs Agree To 'Truce' - KRQE-TV and Associated Press

Members from two rival gangs in Albuquerque have called a truce.

KRQE-TV reports that leaders from two of the largest African American gangs in Albuquerque — the Kirk Town Piru and Blackstone Rangers — agreed to a truce Saturday during a meeting in a city park.

Both sides promised that they would no longer engage in physical fights or shootings.

Kirk Town Piru member Kano Brown says he's calling for peace after burying his brother and a cousin.

Kirk Town Piru, also known as KTU, is said to be associated with the nationwide gang the Bloods.

The Blackstone Rangers started as a gang in Chicago and then spread across the U.S.

Silver Fire Expected To Grow More Throughout Week - Associated Press

A 109-square-mile wildfire is continuing to burn in southern New Mexico's Gila National Forest, and will likely grow even more throughout the week.

Officials say the raging Silver Fire gained strength over the weekend due to high winds and hot, dry weather. Those conditions are expected to remain over the next few days.

The blaze is especially expanding to the north, into Animas Canyon and the Aldo Leopold Wilderness, which is closed to the public.

More than 400 firefighters continue battling the massive blaze that is still 20-percent contained.

No structures have been lost.

Crews have begun fuels reduction around the community of Cooney and started examining Hermosa where a few residents live on ranches. Officials said those communities are not directly threatened.

2 Pueblos Join Fireworks Ban In NM - KOAT-TV and Associated Press

Two pueblos have agreed to join a fireworks ban amid New Mexico's dangerously dry conditions.

KOAT-TV reports that Santa Clara Pueblo and the Santa Ana Pueblo agreed last week to join a ban on fireworks on the reservation after meeting with Gov. Susana Martinez.

The governor recently met with leaders from all 22 pueblos and told them about the effects of the state's extreme drought.

Martinez says this is the worst drought the New Mexico has seen in 118 years.

Officials hope to have a list next week of all the pueblos that have banned fireworks.

Fire Risks Prompt Temporary Closure Of NM Forest - Associated Press

Wildfire risks have prompted authorities to temporarily close the Santa Fe National Forest to the public beginning Monday morning.

Officials say they're temporarily cutting off the public's access to the forest because they don't want the added risk of fires started by people.

They also cited hot and dry weather conditions that make the forest vulnerable to wildfires.

The closure will be lifted after the area receives enough rain to lessen wildfire risks.

The forest is following the lead of the Sandia and Manzano ranger districts on the Cibola National Forest, which borders the state's most populated area.