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Josh Turner to headline at Balloon Fiesta

July 14th, 2014 at 6:20 pm by under Latest Posts

The Balloon Fiesta will be filled with country music this year.

Balloon Fiesta officials announced Monday that country artist Josh Turner will headline the music fiesta on Saturday, October 11.

The event will also feature several other country singers after the morning mass ascension and before the evening night magic glow.

Advance tickets are $50 for reserved seats and $20 for lawn seating.

Fans to decide 2015 Balloon Fiesta theme

July 11th, 2014 at 11:57 am by under Latest Posts

This year’s Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Theme Contest received over 850 entries. Balloon Fiesta fans can begin voting for their favorite theme on Friday, July 11.

The Balloon Fiesta team has narrowed down the list to five:

  • Poetry in Motion
  • Here We Glow Again
  • Where Dreams Take Flight
  • Got Lift?
  • Pushing the Envelope

Balloon Fiesta fans are encouraged to vote for the 2015 theme by visiting Balloon Fiesta’s Facebook page or Contests.BalloonFiesta.com.

The top five entries will be posted on July 11, 2014 for all to vote on. Voting shall continue until 11:59 p.m. MDT, July 18, 2014. One vote per email address please.

The contest winner will receive a prize pack including a balloon ride for two, access to the Gondola Club (for two) during a session of the 2014 “Spirit of the Winds” event, and 2015 official merchandise, customized with the winning theme.

Photos: Rio Rancho Lightning Storm

July 10th, 2014 at 11:15 am by under Photos

From photojournalist Carey Olson: Photos from Wednesday night’s storm in Rio Rancho.
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Illegal firework hotline a success

July 7th, 2014 at 8:51 pm by under Latest Posts

The Albuquerque Fire Department said its illegal fireworks hotline was a success over the long holiday weekend.

AFD said they received 1,600 calls to the hotline between Friday night and Monday morning.

They gave out 19 criminal citations, compared to just 10 last year.

They also confiscated at least 80 pounds of illegal fireworks.

The fire department said the number of citations could still go up as more crews who were in the field turn in their reports this week.

AFD firework safety tips for Fourth of July

July 1st, 2014 at 4:45 pm by under Latest Posts, Wildfires

Fire Department leaders are encouraging Metro Area residents to attend public firework displays instead of purchasing fireworks.

If residents must buy fireworks, buy from local vendors to be assured what you buy is safe and legal for use within the City of Albuquerque. People that purchase illegal fireworks and import them to use in the city are placing their community at risk for a disaster.

Firework Guidelines

The following fireworks are illegal:

  • Ground audible devices: Chasers and Fire crackers.
  • Aerial devices: including Aerial shell kits and Reloadable tubes, Aerial spinners, Helicopters, Mines, Missile-type, etc.
  • Once ignited, aerial and ground audible devices take an unpredictable flight path and pose a significant fire hazard to structures and vegetation. They also possess a significant injury potential to the user and innocent bystanders. These devices are also disturbing to public peace.

The following fireworks are legal and may be used:

  • Cone Fountains, Crackling Devices, Cylindrical fountains, and Flitter sparklers.
  • Ground Spinners, Illuminating torches, Toy smoke devices, and Wheels.

Firework Hotline

  • To report illegal fireworks on July 3rd, 4th, 5th from 7:00pm-1:00am call (505) 833-7335.
  • To report illegal fireworks any other time, call (505) 833-7390.

Units from the Albuquerque Fire Department will be patrolling from July 3th -5th inspecting local firework vendors and searching for illegal fireworks. Those who are caught WILL be cited and will have a mandatory court appearance.


  • Anyone who is caught with illegal fireworks will be cited, have their fireworks confiscated, must go to court and could face up to a $500 fine and/or 90 days in jail.

Firework Safety

If you must use fireworks, please follow these firework safety tips:

  • Fireworks should not be used on “Red Flag Warning” days, as these days indicate extreme risk for fires. To keep current, go to www.weather.gov
  • What and where to buy -Always buy fireworks from local vendors.
  • Have a water source available close by.
  • Supervision – Always have an adult present and never allow children to use fireworks.
  • Use caution – Always use fireworks outdoors on a paved area clear from homes, trees, vegetation, and other combustible materials.
  • Follow directions – Always read and follow directions carefully. Only light one firework at a time then move away quickly.
  • Disposal – Dispose of used fireworks in a bucket of water.
  • Do not attempt to make your own fireworks. Homemade fireworks (for example, ones made of the powder from several firecrackers) can lead to dangerous and unpredictable explosions. In 2012, illegal and homemade fireworks were in involved in all 6 U.S deaths during the 4th of July holiday.