Magdalena Sharpe

5 things you need to know

October 11th, 2013 at 9:25 am by under 5 Things, Latest Posts

Five things you need to know Friday morning.

5. The owners of a ranch for troubled kids are fighting allegations of abuse. Tierra Blanca owner, Scott Chandler, is suing the state accusing CYFD of conducting an illegal investigation.

4. As we hit day 11 of the government shutdown, Washington lawmakers appear to be a step closer to compromise. House Republicans met with the President late last night and are working on a bill to raise the nation’s borrowing limit without any restrictions.

3. The shutdown could hurt New Mexico in a big way. If the shutdown doesn’t end we could see LANL and Sandia Labs shutdown as soon as next Friday, putting thousands out of work.

2. Balloons launched this morning, see our live blog for more info.

1. It was a cold morning for Balloon Fiesta, see what the weather is like in your area!

5 things you need to know

October 10th, 2013 at 8:52 am by under 5 Things, Latest Posts

The 5 things you need to know this Thursday, October 10th.

5. The government shutdown has entered its 10th day now and sources say members of the GOB are considering a short term increase in the national debt to avoid going into default next week.

4. Local food banks are trying to step up their efforts to help furloughted workers who have found themselves in a bind.

3. The possible closing of Sandia labs could cause a massive domino effect which would be detrimental to New Mexico’s economy. Between Los Alamos and Sandia as many as 18,000 people could be unemployed.

2. Strong winds can be seen in much of the state, much cooler temperatures are anticipate for Albuquerque so bundle up!

1. Balloons did not launch at this morning’s Balloon Fiesta but there are still plenty of events in store. Tonight’s big event is the Special Shapes Rodeo at 7 p.m.

Monday at Balloon Fiesta

October 7th, 2013 at 5:29 am by under Latest Posts, Morning Show

9 a.m.: And that’s a wrap! Thanks so much for joining us on Day 3 of Balloon Fiesta!  Make sure to check back every morning this fiesta for more live blogging!


8:55 a.m.: More balloons making their way to the field for the competition.


8:30 a.m.: Competitors fly in, hoping to hit their targets at this morning’s Balloon Fiesta.


8:11 a.m.: Don Edwards talks with Kristen and Matt, says Balloon Competition set to start in next hour.

8:00 a.m.: I spy a crowd favorite!


7:53 a.m.: Balloons fill the sky this beautiful Monday morning!


7:40 a.m.: The bees get ready to fly.


7:15 a.m.: Balloons filling up on the park.


7:00 a.m.: Phillips 66 Balloon gets the morning started as they fly the flag and the national anthem is sung.


6:39 a.m.: Back from pilot’s briefing.  As expected balloons will launch this morning.  In fact, they’re already in the air and conditions look good as there is a high box.


6:10 a.m.: Pilots gather at Pilot’s briefing.


5:50 a.m.

Matt, Michael and Brittany (the new Face of Fox) hanging out in the trailer.

Matt, Michael and Brittany (the new Face of Fox) hanging out in the trailer.

5:20 a.m.: Good morning Balloon Fiesta lovers!  John Smith is optimistic about this morning’s Balloon Fiesta weather!  He tweets:  Weather looking fantastic for this morning’s balloon launch! Temp currently near 40° at the park.

Stay with us as we report the latest live from Balloon Fiesta park!

UNM issues test alert

September 9th, 2013 at 11:04 am by under Latest Posts

UNM will be testing it’s emergency alert system Monday early afternoon.

Alerts will be sent to test the UNM Campus Warning and Notification System.

To sign up for alerts or for more information visit Lobo Alerts.

Taos Pueblo tops lists of “US Places to See Before you Die”

August 28th, 2013 at 2:48 pm by under Latest Posts

Taos Pueblo in Taos, New Mexico has made Fodors list of the top 20 “U.S. Places to See Before You Die.” Taos Pueblo is the only living Native American community to be designated both a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and a National Historic Landmark.

The article, published on Aug. 23, 2013, says of Taos Pueblo: “As though frozen in time, Taos Pueblo appears much as it did when the first Spanish explorers arrived in New Mexico in 1540, and inside, the traditional Native American way of life endures.” The article encouraged visitors to strike up a conversation with pueblo residents, and to try the popular fry bread.

In addition to Taos Pueblo (ranked #7), Fodors included many well known, iconic American attractions in its top 20 list including: French Quarter in New Orleans, L.a.; Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Fla.; Times Square in New York City, N.Y.; Fenway Park in Boston, Mass.; Mount Rushmore in S.D.; Pike Place in Seattle, Wash.; Big Sur, Calif.; Grand Canyon in Arizona; South Beach in Miami, Fla.; Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Calif.; Las Vegas sign in Las Vegas, Nev.; Thomas Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C.; Millenium Park in Chicago, Ill.; Hollywood sign in Los Angeles, Calif.; Grand Central Station in New York City, N.Y.; Portland Head Light in Maine; Grand Tetons in Wyoming; Philadelphia City Hall in Philadelphia, P.a.; and Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.

Taos Pueblo has also been called one of the top 10 “Classic American Experiences” by CNN Travel and top 10 “Places Every American Should See” by Budget Travel, among other accolades.

Taos Pueblo is celebrating the feast day of the Pueblo’s patron saint, St. Jerome (San Geronimo), on Sept. 29 and 30 with San Geronimo Eve Vespers and San Geronimo Day which includes traditional pole climbing. The event is open to the public; however, cameras are not allowed during religious ceremonies. For more information on Taos Pueblo, visit or call 575-758-1028.

Also on Sept. 29 and 30, as part of the Town of Taos’ Grand Fall Arts, local artisans will open their studios for the 16th annual “High Road Studio Tour.” The tour is one of the most renowned art tours in the Southwest, where art lovers can see or purchase pottery, fiber arts, retablos, paintings, sculptures, photographs, and more from well known artists along the scenic 30 mile High Road route. Visit for complete details. is a well-known guide and review resource for travelers and vacationers. Fodors receives more than 1.4 million page views per month, and more than 516,000 unique visitors per month. Visit to read the full article.