ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Local officials say the government shutdown could not have come at a worse time for Albuquerque.
The International Balloon Fiesta starts Saturday and typically draws thousands from all around the world to the city.
But they also come to see everything else New Mexico has to offer during the day when they're not at Fiesta.
The Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce says they are worried about the affects the federal closures could have and the money that could be lost.
“If we're in for the long haul here, and Congress drags this on through the end of the year, tourism will be affected and it will be affected badly and that's not good for us,” said Terri Cole of the Chamber of Commerce.
There are still plenty of things people can do while visiting the city from shopping in Old Town to trying out many great restaurants and enjoying the Bosque trails.
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.