Video: Morning News, Monday, June 30, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Effective today, many popular areas in the Sandia and Manzano Mountains are closed to the public because of the continued drought and high fire dangers. Among the areas closed to the public include the La Luz Trail. Albuquerque fire officials say they don’t expect to close the Bosque this summer. They’d rather keep it open and have more eyes watching for fires sparking up in the city’s open spaces.

Texting and driving in New Mexico becomes illegal Tuesday throughout the state. Drivers can be pulled over if law enforcement sees you even looking down at your phone.

If you’re caught texting and driving the fine is $25 for a first offense, and $50 for each subsequent arrest. New Mexico joins 41 others states nationwide with similar laws.

There’s free admission today at the BioPark Zoo. The Albuquerque BioPark is making some changes to its master plan, which will be on display for public input. There’s regular admission today at the Botanic Garden and Aquarium.

Today kicks off the 100 Days and Nights of Summer DWI Enforcement campaign across New Mexico. Officers will look for drunk drivers at checkpoints and in saturation patrols. The campaign runs through Sept. 30. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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