FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Many part of the West are dealing with drought. But nowhere else has more state and federal land been closed to recreation than in Arizona where conditions are ripe for massive wildfires. The partial closures in some of Arizona's national forests represent a small percentage of the land overall, but they're putting a damper on camping, hiking, fishing and mountain biking in popular recreation areas.
FORT MORGAN, Colo. (AP) - Authorities say a suspect in a double homicide in New Mexico has died after he was shot by officers in Colorado. Officials in Colorado announced the death of 31-year-old Dustin Brian Montano Friday. Montano was a suspect in the deaths of two people whose bodies were found Thursday in an apartment complex in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Five members of a New Mexico prison gang have been found guilty of federal racketeering charges involving violent crimes including murder. The U.S. attorney's office in New Mexico says a Las Cruces jury on Friday acquitted two other defendants of racketeering offenses. Prosecutors say they killed four men, including three inmates in 2001, to boost their status in the Syndicato de Nuevo Mexico Prison Gang.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Workers had to evacuate the U.S. government's only underground nuclear waste repository after finding a container of waste misaligned inside its packaging. But officials said Friday that no radiation was released. It marks another problem for the New Mexico facility where a drum of radioactive waste leaked in 2014 and shut down operations for nearly three years. That led to sweeping changes in the way low-level nuclear waste is handled.
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