ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Colorful hot air balloons in all shapes and sizes bid farewell to Albuquerque for the year in a mass ascension Sunday.
The nine-day Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta drew balloonists from 35 states and 18 countries, and spectators from all around the world.
It began in a mall parking lot 42 years ago and is one of the state's single largest tourism draws. Albuquerque residents anticipate balloons floating over the city each morning.
The weather allowed all but one of the 14 balloon events to take place during the fiesta.
The fiesta also had some accidents and hard landings. Rio Rancho police say a 68-year-old man was injured Sunday after the hot air balloon he was riding in hit a curb while trying to land.
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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.