ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Albuquerque is getting spruced up for its annual balloon fiesta.
Mayor Richard Berry says more than 300 residents participated in the third annual "Company's Comin' Community Clean Up."
Berry says the volunteers picked up more than 8,000 pounds of trash around Balloon Fiesta Park and city neighborhoods last weekend in anticipation of the Saturday opening of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.
More than 700,000 visitors are expected to visit Albuquerque during the fiesta, which runs Oct. 6 through 14.
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An Albuquerque Police officer involved shooting over the weekend marks the fifth since late October and city officials are taking notice.
A woman was stolen from her daughter's car, a woman who died more than five years ago.
Albuquerque police shot and killed a man Sunday night after responding to an assault call near UNM.
Deputies were led on a chase around 4 p.m. Monday after a person called 911 to report their vehicle had been stolen and was being driven recklessly around Albuquerque.
New Mexico could have hundreds of millions of dollars more to spend as legislators get ready to put together next year's budget in the upcoming legislative session.
Organizers of the Gildan New Mexico Bowl are hoping to shed the disappointing attendance numbers that weighed down the event last year when the Colorado State Rams and the Washington State Cougars face off Dec. 21.