ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - It's the unofficial start to summer on this Memorial Day weekend. If you haven't headed out on the road to your vacation spot this weekend, you won't be alone on the road or in the air.
AAA estimates that about 34.8 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home during this weekend. That's an increase of 1.2 percent. Since the gas prices have been going down, that may help in encouraging travel. Current estimates have gas prices around the country down about a quarter from this time last year.
For people going long distances, there may be a bit of good and bad news. That's because car rental rates are dropping but hotel rates are on the rise.
Even though AAA predicts a decline in airline travel by about 5.5 percent, the Sunport in Albuquerque is still expecting a lot of people to pass through their doors.
"Looking at today, about 9,000 outgoing passengers, you can essentially double that and that's basically the total passenger count," says Dan Jiron, spokesman for the Albuquerque Sunport. "So we'll be seeing anywhere from 18 - 20,000 folks come through here today and tomorrow."
You can also find if weather is affecting your travel plans by car if you call 511, the New Mexico Road Hotline.
Police responded to dozens of weather-related crashes in only a matter of hours Sunday.
A small plane crashed at about 8 a.m. Sunday morning on the Canyon Rim Trail near N.M. 502 and the entrance of Los Alamos.
Sunday night in Albuquerque and around the world people gathered for candlelight vigils to remember the loss of their children.
Department of Agriculture officials are warning customers to not get burned when buying firewood.
Church groups, parents and teachers met Sunday at the 20th annual Albuquerque Interfaith Convention. State education reform was their central focus.
Police officers were called out to Lovelace Hospital on Saturday after a patient woke up to find his laptop missing.